It's in Mill Valley, across the freeway from the town we moved out of last spring, and it was never even a store we shopped in regularly.
But we were driving past on the way home from an appointment, and decided to check it out.
Pretty nice, I'd say. In the produce department, they had not only taro roots, but malanga roots, which are close cousins. The cheese department was half-hearted, sad to report, and I didn't really snoop around deeply enough to say much more. Well, they carry Semifreddi's bread (good), lots of organic this and that, huge wine section. The whole place is huge.
But this isn't a Safeway review.
It's simply a report on the best darn arare (Japanese rice-cracker snack) I've ever tasted, and I bought it in the newly remodeled Safeway.
I don't know how to tell you the brand name. (I've left a request for Obachan to drop by and suggest a translation). I do know they are called Iso Maki, and I suspect the "maki" part refers to the nori wrapper. They are very crisp and substantial. The nori tasted fresh and bright, not at all soggy. The shoyu glaze on the nuggets was an artful blend of flavors, including sugar, seaweed powder and bonito powder. Ooh, and they stuck to my fingertips in just the right way.
You do know the right way, don't you? You just press a fingertip onto the cracker and it should stick. Then you transfer the morsel to your mouth.
And your fingers get successively stickier with each bite.
On the back of the package (sorry, that package was empty by the time I photographed it), it says simply "Distributed by JFC International Inc., S. San Francisco, CA." I don't even know if the crackers were manufactured here or abroad.
Oh well. Look for the black cellophane bag.