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Japanese Breakfast at Panya

This morning I started my day at my favourite bakery in the city, Panya. It's on the corner of 8th St and 2nd Ave near St Marks and has Japanese breads, sweets, and bento boxes. I got the traditional Japanese breakfast which has Salmon, natto, salad (or fruit,) miso soup, rice, and 2 side dishes. SO YUMMY. It is servd until 5pm every day! Their pastries are amazing, try the chocolate chip melon bread! Definitely stop by if you're in this part of the city.
@peteryang292 Japanese food has got to be one of my favourite cuisines!
@caricakes Japanese cuisine is my favorite as well! There is a simple sophistication to it that I absolutely love
@caricakes glad you enjoyed it!!!
mmmmm that looks delicious!
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