Today a friend took me to this mysterious location.
Porter Exchange Mall, a retail space inside Leslie University, has a hidden alcove of Japanese shops! It is a small space. Although the Japanese grocery is gone, there are half a dozen ramen shops, sushi bars, or casual eateries. We had sushi at Bluefin, which was traditional and friendly. After lunch my feet led me to Japonaise Bakery and planted me in front of the display case. I tried to convince myself that I was not interested, but then I saw a delectable treat called "Azuki Cream." When I see azuki, I can't help myself. Azuki is the Japanese name referring to a small bean found in East Asia. They are usually red in color, and are commonly sweetened for use in various desserts. I love it!