Hello Tokyo! Harbs Strawberry Cake (東京下午茶:Harbs 草莓蛋糕)

Information:  Address: Lumine EST Shinjuku, 3-38-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, B2F | Tel.03-5366-1538| Hours: Weekdays: 11:00am -10:00 pm (last order 9:30 pm) Weekends and holidays: 10:30 am-10:00 pm (Last order 9:30 pm)| Website: http://www.harbs.co.jp/harbs/eng_menu.html

One joyful discovery made during this trip to Tokyo, is that strawberry season is in the winter in Japan. Every grocery store we stopped in, there were gorgeous, plump, perfectly red strawberries on display.  This particular example is in the basement of Isetan Department Store, in Shinjuku.  Each strawberry is individually nestled in a small compartment to prevent jostling.  (And at 3780 yen~ or approximately $35 USD for 12 strawberries!!)  But don’t despair, there are less expensive options in other grocery stores, and even in the convenience stores, so have a look around.  Another option is that most of the bakeries in Japan also take bountiful advantage of strawberry season, and there are lots of cakes and desserts featuring strawberries.

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