What is convenient?

No time to eat?

No time to eat?

Today, I grabbed my jar of homemade vegetable soup and some crostinis to make a convenient lunch that I could heat up at work.  On the way home I purchased organic ramen at a healthy grocer so my sick hubby could make a quick soup while working.  Tomorrow I am planning to stop at Starbucks and try their new mocha coffee latte that is out just this week.  All of these items above I would consider to be conveniences.  Yet, many others may disagree.  They may find the stop for coffee to take up too much time in the morning or making your own soup and taking it to lunch is not something they can work into their nightly schedule.  However you define convenience I really enjoyed reading the article from The Splendid Table on Japanese Convenience stores.  While I expected to read all about the much healthier food and beverages they serve (there are a few), I was struck most by the proliferation of the stores, even in urban areas, and the cleanliness they abide by (who isn’t all for more cleanliness when we go to shop for food?!).   I also began to reminisce about my own frequents to a local convenience store for a Redbox or diet soda and the friendliness of one of the attendants that works there (as you can tell I visit more than once a month, more like once a week, or more!).  So what is your favorite item from the Japanese Convenience stores and do you really have a place you go to make life a little easier and more convenient?

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