My time so far in Australia has been shopping for things for the house. We emigrated with virtually nothing apart from our clothes. The rest of our things are on a ship which isn't due into port for another 8-10 weeks. We didn't bring our furniture so it's been a lot of furniture stores, Ikea, appliance store and electronics shops. It's getting really boring now. I could happily stay clear of Ikea until X-mas time when we need to get ornaments and a tree.
I've been scoping out Japanese Grocers and managed to pop out and see my closest one which was Suzuran on Burke Road and it was great! I managed to get all my usual favourites and then spent a fortune on all the other stuff I'd never had the chance to try. They even had green konnyaku! I got to try a mochi cake for the first time which we loved, as I had to buy one for the kids as well, and I figured they wouldn't like them as they were filled with sweet red beans but of course; they loved them. The grocer also has a sushi counter in the adjoining room which I didn't partake of this time, but will next time. They also had a good sized frozen foods section which I'll give more attention next time, but on this trip I didn't plan on going home straight away and didn't want to risk thawing. I did buy an assortment of furikake, rice, toasted sesame seeds, bag of mixed mini treats, wasabi peas, nori, 40pc inari and hontsuyu sauce and as I was walking and the bag was getting heavy, I stopped there. But cannot wait to go back
I did ask the cashier if they ever carried bento supplies and she said they did once but not for a long time. I said I'd love to find a store like Daiso and her face lit up "You've been to Japan!" and I had to confess I had not been to Japan but that I would love to one day and I like obento. She treated me to many big smiles after that. Makes me really want to go to Japan now.
I found out from my perusals of blogs that I may find some bento boxes at a shop in Melbourne central called Robio and I also want to go and see Fujimart in South Yarra.
I think, ultimately, I'll have to feed my habit via Ebay. How disappointing. Takes all the fun out it.