Recently I've really been missing all things Japan. I've been googling Asian markets around the area and talking to friends who have lived in and around Cleveland. One of the more promising places was CAM Asia Supermarket, so today I drove up. AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTING!
It was so great to be in a store filled with Asian food. The store itself looks to be in ground zero for a post apocalypse zombie movie. CAM is in a plaza of three stores -- two of which are out of business -- and it is across the street from a Circuit City -- which is also closed -- so things were not great outside. But once you are threw the doors it is a different story! I was so happy in that store. I even got to speak some Japanese with two Japanese shoppers. I asked them were the okonomiyaki sauce was. We looked together and talked, but could not find any. It was the one failure of the trip. They had everything else I wanted: curry roux, Japanese short grain rice, mabudofu, miso soup, teas, udon, pocari sweat (for dad), and I even found Kirin Milk Tea which was the New Orange Juice for me in Japan. I drank GALLONS of that stuff and could never replicate the taste here. I nearly jumped for joy in the isle while holding the Japanese style tall and slim ペト bottles!
Hurray for import stories!