Cheapness is goodness vol.1
When I travel alone, I usually eat in first food shop or diner. I'm not
gourmet but hungry.
It was tough to me finding the diner in Iran. First of all, the number
of restaurants was small. Secondly, the working hour was short and closed
on Friday (Islamic holiday). I could not expect food stall things except
Theran. In the quite tough situation, I got a life saver. It's a hamburger
shop which is generally run by a young owner. Allured by the good smell
and I went into the burger shop.
You may say "Eating a hamburger in Iran? Oh, it's nonsense" However
the hamburger which was cooked by the young owner in quite rough style
was really tasty. Price's around 2 USD. The burger's neatly wrapped by
the tin foil. Four times big as the Japanese one. Yummy! I visited next
evening too. Although I hardly found the shop. Because almost all shops
in town were closed the shutter. I guess on a day before holiday the working
hours were shorten. But it's just 6:30 in the evening.
So I had to find another place to eat. And finally I found a cafe. I looked
over the menu. Sandwich, hamburger ... "OK, so I'll have a burger"
As soon as a hot burger was settled on the table, I sucked it. Two female
college students at opposite table asked to me. "Are you really such
a hamburger crazy?" "Ah ... Ya. Could eat three times in a day"
"OK, So we'll tell you most delicious burger shop in this city (Yazd)"
"Oh, Yes please" "Cesar Fastfood on Azardi St." "Thanks!
I remember the name"
As soon as I came back to hotel, I asked about the burger shop to the receptionist.
"Yes, of course I know the shop sir. Delicious " "It's near
from here?" "Unfortunately on the opposite side of the city.
So you need take a taxi. Around 7 USD for the round trip" 7 dollar
taxi ride for 2 dollar hamburger .... "Well, I gotta leave the city
tomorrow night. So I'll stop by the burger shop before it" Then the
receptionist remember something "Oh I'm sorry. The shop will be closed
coz Friday(holiday) tomorrow" I was disappointed. If you stay in Yazd,
please remember the name "Cesar Fastfood" on Azardi St.
Now I flight back to Japan. Once I wrote in this column "How much a sandwich of Japan's convenience store gets to small?" However if you look over products in the convenience store now, you may notice everything gets small. Feel like I became Gulliver. On the contrary, the price is going up. Breads are noticeable. Reduced 30% in content, increased 30% in price. The word "Price hike" is replace to "New price", and "Lowered calories" for "Reducing contents" I saw a something thin slice in the bread section. "Outer skin of melon pan 76 JPY" Imagine it's a small piece of melon flavored outer skin.
In Japan's bubble economy period, products became more gorgeous and price's
raised. Japanese products in those days are relatively high-quality because
makers took a cost. However now in Japan the cabinet made a consensus "Price
hike is virtue". As a result most of the products are just price hiked
with diminishing contents and quality. "Our price increase rate has
not reached to 2% yet?" Are you kidding, Mr. Governor of Bank of Japan?
What are you measuring? No, I'll not complain in this issue.
In such a convenience store, recently I got another Salvador. It's a self-service
drip coffee and donut. 100 yen (85cents) for each. Reasonable, and the
coffee is tasty enough. For donut ... umm ... not bad. The Coffee and donut
of convenience store make me recall a Deli (or Delicatessen) in my old
NY days. (After all, whichever I travel or not I have got most of my energy
from first food or junk food) A regular coffee in the paper cup was 65
cents. Donut was also 65 cents up, I remember. Well, it's a price of 25
years ago. The regular coffee had extremely weak taste like brown colored
water. Compare to that, 85 cents barista's choice, it's said on the machine,
coffee in Japan's convenience store has great value.
" Burger shop " Esfahan, Iran 2013