The universal Peeps

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How do you say “Peeps” in Japanese? My father-in-law, YY, seems to know. He just got back from China last night, via Tokyo and Portland, Oregon. These foreign Peep-shaped pastries came with him, made fresh yesterday at the Tokyo airport. They have come a long way and are well worth it. I should mention though, that unlike the American multi-hued marshmallow Peeps, these are more like a chick-shaped, soft, steamed, biscuit in texture. And the center is about the same, except made of chestnut flour. Nice twist!

Also: big thanks to YY’s friends who shepherded the Japanese Peeps (along with some tea and other goodies courtesy of YY and P, my mother-in-law) on the next leg of their journey, a flight this morning from Minneapolis straight to Boston. Lucky they were coming in for their daughter’s graduation in town. Thanks for making sure they got here okay!

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