Here’s a picture of a meal I enjoyed with my family at a local Starbuck’s in Japan. I ordered my usual: iced soy latte and a cinnamon roll. I can get the same thing in Seattle or anywhere in the US, but there big differences in the quality/taste.
In the US, soy milk often has sugar or vanilla flavor added to it. A lot. So, when you drink soy milk in the US, it’s thick, syrupy and kind of nasty. The soy milk in Japan has only a little flavor, so it doesn’t overpower the coffee, and doesn’t feel heavy.
Likewise, the pastry was awesome. The cinnamon flavor was light and not over-powering, and wasn’t sickly sweet. It was also somewhat smaller than American-sized cinnamon-rolls which are HUGE. It was a light snack, not a meal, but it didn’t make me feel heavy after eating it.
Why can’t American be more like this???!!! Why do we put up with poor-quality food, and ridiculously over-sized portions? Why do we allow the American food industry feed us with more sugar, and cheap food?