Dear Food Diary:
Being in the midst of the hustle and bustle in Ahihabara and Tokyo (specially during rush hour), Hokkaido gave us a much needed peaceful break. Cleaner air, vast open spaces and time to connect with nature.
Not only that, but Hokkaido uni aka sea urchin (my love) and milk are considered to be some of the best in the world.
First stop after we got our car was Nijo Market in Sapporo.
It isn’t as big or impressive as Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, but I was on a mission to find some sweet uni asap.
The Botan-Ebi (spot prawn) just looked too good to pass. Naturally sweet with a bouncy texture to reflect its freshness. I believe it was live before we entered the joint. Salty oceany pops of Ikura (salmon roe) were perfect with rice. The Uni or as I like to call it “mayo of the ocean” was sweeter than what I was accustomed to. It melted in my mouth in a slow and steady pace. Smooth, creamy finish. Pure, joyful indulgence and love. One of the best uni I’ve ever had. Almost had tears in my eyes.
After my tummy was happy, we visited Moerenuma Park designed by Isamu Noguchi. Who’s name and work is also at The Noguchi Museum in LIC (my favorite museums to relax and have a zen moment). His spaces are perfectly quiet escapes from the noises of the city.
Due to the parks sheer size, we rented bikes (super inexpensive and great service) to get around. The entire park is considered to be a sculpture. And it’s FREE.
There was so much space. This city girl was ecstatic.
The playground was so colorful and fun. Filled with geometric and organic shapes. As a kid, I would of gone bananas. But then again, I was chubby and my mobility could of been a bit limited in the small holes (if you know what I mean).
After hours of roaming around and just lying on the grass, taking in the blue skies, we were hungry again.
Though not remarkable, they did the job and held us until dinner time at Shogetsu Grand Hotel, our onsen retreat for the long weekend.
If you are in the Sapporo area, this park is not to be missed.