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2008.02.11

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Brian

Yeah, I figured standard takyubin rates for shipping, like 1000-1500 yen per item. But it was so high! My ikea desk has been without a chair since I got it a month ago.

Rates are ok if you intend to outfit your whole house I guess...

ioyces

"any holiday that involves food is a holiday I try to celebrate"
Love your philosophy Amy! :D

Kat

sounds like a good reason to celebrate :)

David Hallam

I learnt that shipping from IKEA is a fiasco. My mum tried to buy some stuff there and when she asked for delivery they told her that shipping was done through a contractor. That's the norm nowadays, but back then it was a bit of a hastle. I went there a few months ago to buy a baby crib, and stayed for lunch. I was surprised to see how expensive they had become. Their cafeteria used to be so economical.

Sherry

I live by Ikea. I wish I had known you were going to be there. I would have loved to have met you. Darn! Maybe next time.

Sherry

PS. If you go on a weekday, expecially in the morning the place is almost empty, at least compared to the weekend madness. That is when you need to go for serious shopping.

sherry

PPS. If you have an Ikea Family Card the food is cheaper.

Jin

The meatballs at the Ikea near me (in the States) are still pretty tasty imho.

At first glance, I thought the salmon pudding was some Swedish-Japanese fusion roasted tofu thing. -__-;

TM

I also live a couple of stations away from Ikea, too bad, we could have met together with Sherry. Maybe next time! :D And yup, Canadians sure do love their pancakes! ;) lol.

Ushka

We are debating whether or not to make the trek to Ikea for the semlor bun, was there real marzipan in it?

Amy

Brian, glad I'm not the only one who was shocked. I'm used to paying 2000 to 3000 yen for furniture ordered from catalogues here so would have been willing to pay that or a bit more. But it was more than double that for my area.
Hope you find a chair soon!

Thanks ioyces!

Do they celebrate Shrove Tuesday in Hawaii, Kat?

David, a baby crib? I guess congratulations are in order!

Thanks for the tips, Sherry. Next time I go I'll let you know beforehand for sure!

Jin, I thought the same thing when I saw the picture at the cafeteria, and the mysterious name had me so intrigued I just had to order it!

TM, you me and Sherry-- let's do lunch at Ikea soon!
I didn't even know Shrove Tuesday was a religious holiday until I was an adult. In our house it was just Pancake Day! We really do love our pancakes.

Ushka, I didn't try it so I'm not sure. My husband described it as a soft plain bun filled with blueberry whipped cream and he didn't mention marzipan (he doesn't know what marzipan is though). The sign said something like "This year's flavour is blueberry" so they probably have a different flavour cream each year to appeal to the Japanese customers. I have a feeling marzipan and cardammon just don't go over very well here.

Kat

We call it "fat Tuesday" and eat malasadas (a portugese donut) similar to regular donuts except without holes and they are covered in sugar.

Amy

Kat, just like in New Orleans! I love how the traditions vary in some places and then duplicate themselves in totally unexpected places.

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