I heard about this fair through a co-worker who's stationed at our Ikebukuro office. She has a predilection for red velvet cupcakes, so when she saw them at the fair, she sent me a text to tell me I'd better get my butt down there. I'm so glad I did!
I actually went twice. lol Once on Saturday night, where I just bought stuff I wanted to take home, and then again on Sunday to have lunch with GEG. Mochi will show you what you could be missing if you don't go.
There are the expected cheesecakes and bagels, of course. I also found deli-style sandwiches, pickles, buffalo wings, barbecue sauces, Johnsonville sausages (which I don't need to buy since the local supermarket stocks them), pretzels, etc. I kind of laughed when I saw the cheesecakes from Junior's, because I'd seen them the day before at Queen's Isetan for about 700 yen MORE than the fair was selling them for.
Now Mochi, can you recommend some goodies to us? What should I buy?
Bagels? Check! Ess-a-Bagel was high on my list of priorities.
Cupcakes from Billy's Bakery and brownies from Fat Witch? Done and done!
What, everything? Um, Mochi, let's not get greedy! If I buy all that how can I afford to keep you in gourmet cat food?
There's also a wine and cheese section at the fair, but considering how commonplace that stuff is in Tokyo these days, I didn't even bother browsing that section. I walked away with some great stuff from the fair! Let me show you what you could be chowing down on!
I'm not from NY, so I'd never heard of this chocolate brand before, but the samples I tasted were all so good! I'm a huge fan of sweet and salty, so this black salt caramel bar intrigued me. I haven't touched it yet because it was so pricey and I'm thinking of saving this for a chocolate emergency. lol Er, ignore the fluff on the carpet. Mochi is shedding big time since it's getting warm here and I can't keep up with the fur.
I also bought several bagels, but forgot to take pictures before throwing them in the freezer.
I didn't get a chance to try them, but several other things that looked good were the lobster rolls from Luke's Lobster, the whoopie pies from Ciappuccino, the cookies from Soul Snack Cookies, the beer from Tail's ALEHOUSE and the ginger ale from BCGA.
If you're in the neighborhood, and even if you're not, run right up to the 7th floor of Seibu and check it out! I promise there's something for everyone!