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{oh joy eats} sweet treats in little tokyo...
9 Apr 2013

Oh Joy | Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

When we visit our friends—especially those who have new babies—one of my favorite things to do is bring a box of treats for the new parents. And since we've had a ton of friends having babies over the past year ('tis the season!), I've been looking for something to bring other than my standard cupcakes or pies. So I took a little trip to L.A.'s Little Toyko in search of some treats for friends, as well as some for future sweet cravings of my very own.

Oh Joy | Fugetsu-do in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Fugetsu-do in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Fugetsu-do in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

My first stop was Fugetsu-do, a family-owned staple of Little Tokyo since 1903 that specializes in the freshest mochi (rice cakes) and manju (sweet bean-filled rice cakes). In addition to the beautiful mochi and manju, Fugetsu-do has packaged and boxed candies and crackers that I stocked up on for last-minute gift and snacking needs. (And they're up with the times and offer shipping across the country and sell online!)

Oh Joy | Mikawaya in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Mikawaya in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Mikawaya in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

For the best ice cream mochi (rice cakes filled with ice cream), Mikawaya (located in Japanese Village Plaza) was my next stop. Mikawaya has a ton of regular mochi options, but specializes in the ice-cream-filled variety. So while these might not be things I can take over to a friend's house, they are a nice treat to have while you're in the area shopping. The green tea, cookies and cream, and plum ice cream mochi were my favorites.

Oh Joy | Cafe Dulce in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Cafe Dulce in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Cafe Dulce in Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

While in the Japanese Village Plaza, I stumbled upon Café Dulcé. I'd heard great things about the green tea doughnuts, and I loved the variety of doughnut and pastry selections available—it's simply a great Japanese version of your favorite local bakery. I especially loved the tapioca roll and, of course, the green tea doughnut.

Oh Joy | Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Oh Joy | Little Toyko | Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Once all was said and done, I gathered together my finds from all three places to put together a little box of treats for friends. It was such a fun morning of exploring what Little Tokyo has to offer and experiencing a bit of Japan right here in Los Angeles...

Fugetsu-do | 315 East First St. | Los Angeles, CA 90012 | 213.625.8595

Mikawaya | in Japanese Village Plaza | 335 E. 2nd St.| Los Angeles, CA 90012 | 213.346.9910

Café Dulcé | in Japanese Village Plaza | 335 E. 2nd St.| Los Angeles, CA 90012 | 213.346.9910

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. My outfit: dress by En Soie, tote by Mar Y Sol, vintage shoes.}

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