Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cheesecake and Densuke watermelon

Mexican style rice and lentils with tomato salad
Food Diary (June 21, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with raisins, coconut, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Mexican style rice and lentils with tomato salad
Dinner: Oat sourdough toast with cheese
Today's Favourite Photo
Glenn’s Cheesecake

Today’s Favourite Blog
On my way to a business meeting today I walked past a supermarket that had watermelons on special – US$0.90/€0.65 for a kilogram. I didn’t buy it as I thought it may look a bit unusual if I walked into the meeting with a big watermelon, especially since it was my first meeting with the person/organization, and the meeting was totally unrelated to fruits or food or anything edible.

Anyway, afterwards I read this post on Wall Street Journal about recession affecting the price of watermelons in Japan. The price of the Densuke variety fell sharply and sold for only 300,000 yen, about $3,740 on wholesale this year. Bargain hunters dream come true. In 2007 the price was $8,100. This year Isetan purchased the lot and they will retail at a nominal 5% markup.

Densuke is no ordinary watermelon. It is grown exclusively in Hokkaido, there are only about 100 of the stripeless watermelons available on the first day it goes on sale each year. The watermelon is crispy and extra sweet. I would imagine they are crispier and sweeter than the US$0.90/€0.65 watermelon I saw today. 


  1. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cheesecake. Now I'm totally craving some. That looks so good!

  2. That was a really touching post about the cheesecake, wasn't it?

  3. I saw the same post for Glenn's cheesecake, and it really does look delicious!

  4. The cheese cake caught my attention. :P

  5. Delicious creammy cheese cake, I like!

  6. Thank you for helping to honor my uncle.It means alot to me. I think it looks even more delicious on your blog!

  7. Mmm I've never heard of a Densuke watermelon. Wonder if we have them here in the US...

  8. I could eat THREE slices of that cheesecake :D

  9. I would like to taste the famous Japanese watermelon... They are often very cheap at my market, but only at the stall belonging to Turks. Every time I tasted the expensive watermelon sold by the Swiss, it was worse, so I stick to the cheap one! I have always thought the watermelon price doesn't have anything to do with its quality.
    It was funny imagining you carrying a huge watermelon while meeting someone you have never seen ;-) Were you wearing a suit and a tie? (it would be even funnier this way!)

  10. ummm. can I PLEASE have that cheescake! It looks fantastic and that watermelon- so fresh and so beautiful!

  11. Please cut me at least two slices of that cheesecake!

    You made me laugh at the idea of you sitting in a meeting with a vast watermelon - it would have been a good conversation point :)

  12. heheh u must try the massaged salad! its amazing. love it! i haven't had a cheesecake in ages! it's pretty delightful from what i remember!!

  13. Hahaha... as it had nothing to do with fruit, food or anything edible.

    I think you should have bought it and told this person you were meeting for the first time what you just told all of us!

  14. Kristy: me too, and I haven’t had cheesecake in a while

    Angela: yes, very touchy indeed

    Yummychunklet: very delicious, and really makes you want to have a slice immediately

    Little inbox: yes it is very attractive!

    Pete: thank you for visiting, please to have you here

    Lorraine: I am not surprised!

    Maris: you are most welcome

    Joanne: I don’t think it is available in the US

    Tiffany: me too:)

    Nourham: thank you for visiting, please to have you here

    Sissi: good lesson, expensive is not always the best! I didn’t wear a tie, it does not go well with a watermelon:)

    Kitchen Belleicious: wish I could offer you a slice or two

    Hester: good point, it would have created a lasting impression

    Junia: I haven’t had one either, it’s a reminder to have one soon!

    Bhealthy: maybe I should have, the reaction would have been priceless