Food

Tokyo Cafe’s Matcha Fair Includes Spicy Matcha Burgers

2017-08-16 03:37

Whether it’s double-matcha Kit Kats, matcha-flavored curry, or the world’s most intense matcha ice cream, you’ll find no shortages of ways to scratch your green tea craving in Japan. Coupled with a boom of several cafes trotting out adventurous burgers such as the ghoulish Ghostbusters burgers and Studio Ghibli burger, it was only a matter of time before a restaurant took on the challenge of the matcha burger, complete with deep green buns. Source: Fashion Press/Elle Cafe For a limited time, ELLE café in Tokyo will be sporting a heavily matcha-themed menu for a matcha fair event, in partnership with English brand Matchaeologist. While the menu contains a variety of…


Japanese Fried Chicken Chain Releases Idol Girl Sweat-Flavored Sauce Karaage

2017-08-01 04:28

The world of Japanese Japanese idol and pop groups, driven by very passionate fans, is pretty congested at the moment. So in order to stand out, sometimes idol groups have to figure out a creative way to promote themselves and stand out more–like attending fan “greet and hug” events in hazmat suits. The same might also be said of karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken), which many Japanese pubs and mom-and-pop shops boasting to own the nation’s best. So the latest (and perhaps first) idol group and karaage collaboration aims to kill two birds with one stone in the form of fried chicken with idol girl sweat-flavored sauce. Source: At Press Karaage…


Have Your Cup And Eat It Too With Tokyo’s Cute Coffee In Ice Cream Cones

2017-08-01 12:25

For those that have been to Japan, one lasting image of the country’s coffee scene may be the nearly endless selection of canned coffees found available in ubiquitous convenience stores and vending machines. As the cafe scene continues to grow in Japan, however, there remain a variety of ways to enjoy coffee–including a very traditional world’s first tatami-style Starbucks in Kyoto, spreadable coffee for toast, and beautiful kimono-patterned tumblers. Coffee Cone in Tokyo, which recently , is giving latte art a cute aesthetic boost with the creative twist of serving their coffee in ice cream cones! 日本初はCOFFEE CONE TOKYOさん(@coffeeconetokyo)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 7月 30 5:03午前 PDT 日本初はCOFFEE CONE TOKYOさん(@coffeeconetokyo)がシェアした投稿 – 2017…


This Camembert Cheese Bun Super Cheese Burger Is A Monument To Man’s Arrogance

2017-07-31 04:03

While Japanese fast food chains definitely have a history embracing over-the-top burgers and spooky toppings for fries, for the most part overwhelming burgers don’t come to mind when you think of Japan. Tokyo chain J.S. Burgers Cafe bucks forgoes that image, however, with past releases that include terrifying Ghostbusters burgers, which featured anchovy paste, marshmallows, and ghost peppers, as well as towering Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton burgers in honor of the recent United States Presidential Election. The chain is back again, this time with a re-release of their previously popular “Super Cheeseburger”, which is most notable for using globs of Camembert cheese in place of standard buns. Source: Fashion…


Japan’s Newest Online Trend Is Sticking Straws Through Cheeseburgers

2017-07-25 01:53

Japanese social media trends can be adorably quirky, but for the most part are often limited to the confines of a special “holiday” and reported on with a hint of exaggeration. This past week, however, one fast-food photography trend, mainly on Instagram, has been picking up considerable steam thanks to its jarring visual. The recent trend consists of buying a drink and burger from McDonald’s, placing the burger on the lid of the drink, and then thrusting your straw through it. Like so: moeさん(@im_mmoe)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 7月 20 1:46午前 PDT 眠すぎてこれ見た時ストローの中でミニハンバーガー出来てるじゃんwwwwwwwって1人で死ぬほど笑ったおやすみ pic.twitter.com/qIFk2uhA9Q — は む (@O_om86) 2017年7月8日 It’s being called “drink x hamburger” (ハンバーガーxドリンク) and is being circulated as a…


Tokyo’s “Cosplay Alley” Lets Customers And Staff Cosplay Over Collection Of Japanese Food And Drink

2017-07-21 04:31

Hidden in some of Japan’s more sprawling metropolises are “yokocho”, alleyways that are typically jam-packed with cozy drinking establishments, as well as smokey and adventurous eateries. One of the most famous of these is the nostalgic Shinjuku Omoide Yokocho (Shinjuku “Memory Lane”–although it is sometimes less glamorously called “Piss Alley” or “Drunkard’s Alley”), which offers a friendly collection of tiny bars and restaurants that seat you elbow-to-elbow with other patrons in a neighborhood that to this day carries an atmosphere reflective of post WWII Japan’s izakaya. コスプレ横丁の新しい看板が出来ました!!目印にしてね(*^ω^*) #コスプレ #コスプレ横丁 #鶯谷 #鶯谷コスプレ横丁 pic.twitter.com/9u74QIwlx2 — コスプレ横丁(鶯谷の居酒屋です) (@cosplay_yokocho) 2017年6月28日 A recently opened yokocho in Tokyo is offering the same assortment of drinks and…


Have A Drink Inside Barbie’s Dollhouse At Barbie-Themed Pink Holiday Cafe

2017-07-14 04:04

If there’s one word to describe Barbie in Japanese, it would probably be “kawaii.” With her fashionable clothes and enviable lifestyle that includes big houses and pink convertibles, it’s no wonder many Japanese fans look to her with a feeling close to that of admiration. This might be the reason why Barbie is popular with adults, not just kids, and why people have been flocking to the Barbie-themed Pink Holiday Cafe in droves. A post shared by yuka.k (@yuka0223_) on Jun 20, 2017 at 8:07pm PDT The cafe, located in Yokohama, is decorated to be every Barbie-lover’s dream. Inspired by a Barbie dollhouse, the interior is pink from floor to…


Cause Noodle Slurping Inception With Cup Noodle Gag Shirts

2017-07-14 01:23

Nissin Cup Noodle is no stranger to creative promotional campaigns. In the past, the college student appetite saving noodle maker has comically over-sized Ultima Weapon forks from Final Fantasy, and even went to the lengths of making a short-anime sequel to Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service. Now Nissin is releasing a gag T-shirt that makes it appear as if you are constantly eating Cup Noodle brought to life by fan support. The shirt is doubly confusing if you happen to actually be eating. Source: PR Times The shirt, although not previously sold, was originally posted on Nissin Cup Noodle social media accounts last year as part of there “If this…


Top Ramen-Flavored Pringles Is The Hangover Food We Didn’t Know We Needed

2017-07-13 04:50

Dorm life, school cafeterias, hangovers — there’s nothing like top ramen to take us back to our memories of the good old days. And now thanks to Nissin Foods, we won’t even have to eat top ramen to get a nostalgic taste of college (or whatever point in life top ramen was heavily involved). Sold in the U.S. for a limited time only is the new Top Ramen Chicken-Flavored Pringles. Available for purchase exclusively at Dollar General stores, one container can be devoured for $1.50. Better yet, it can be enjoyed side-by-side with some actual piping hot top ramen for double the deliciousness. Ramen-flavoured @Pringles now exist, and they taste…


McDonald’s Japan Chooses Pikachu Chocolate Banana For Pokémon McFlurry

2017-07-12 11:11

Last week McDonald’s Japan asked customers to guess which Pokémon their new Pokémon McFlurry would be inspired by. Adventurous flavors and Pokémon combinations included Charmander Habanerno, Bulbasaur Broccoli, Gengar Purple Sweet Potato, Jigglypuff White Peach, and Squirtle Ramune as possible options. The leading “vote” getter and actual result shouldn’t come as a shock (well, maybe a little) to Pokémon fans, however. It seems plans all along were to model the Pokémon McFlurry after the popular franchise’s flagship Pokémon with a Pikachu Chocolate Banana Pokémon McFlurry. Source: McDonald’s Japan Source: McDonald’s Japan Pikachu was a likely winner from the start, being easily the most popular and marketable Pokémon in the series,…


Singaporean Baker’s Kawaii Chiffon Cakes Are Too Cute To Eat

2017-07-10 04:50

If there’s one thing that’s better than taking a bite of a cake as soft as a cloud, it’s eating a kawaii chiffon cake of our favorite anime characters. No one is better at this than Susanne Ng, who as a baker and founder of Loving Creations For You has made more cute desserts in her life than we’ve ever devoured. A stay-at-home mom living in Singapore, Ng shares creative and deco chiffon cakes on her blog and Instagram that look more like adorable stuffed toys than baked goods. Joined by Phay Shing, they not only make cakes but also decorative macarons, chiffon pops, cupcakes, and more. Because of Ng’s…


McDonald’s Japan Is Releasing A Pokémon McFlurry

2017-07-07 05:49

McDonald’s Japan is no stranger to taking advantage of regional ingredients to spruce up their frozen beverage menu, having released Matcha and even crunchy Sakura McFlurries as Japanese exclusives in the past. This time around, McDonald’s is turning to the mega-popular and colorful world of Pokémon for refreshing flavor inspiration, with the fast food chain set to release a Pokémon McFlurry this summer–the only question is which Pokémon the flavor will be inspired by. Fortunately, it seems you can help out. Once the flavor is decided upon, the Pokémon McFlurry is scheduled to be released on July 14th, one day before the theatrical release of Pokémon the Movie 20: I…


Daughter Asks Dad To Turn Her Drawings Into Adorably Unique Character Bentos

2017-07-07 04:52

As many dads in Japan have proved, a little bit of creativity goes a long way when it comes to putting a smile on their kids’ faces. But while some fathers might turn their children’s sketches into professionally designed anime characters, Japanese comedian Takafumi Ozeki reproduces his daughter’s cute drawings as accurately as he can into heartwarming, handmade character bento lunches. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Ozeki’s adorable creations, but it looks like he’s come far from the days when he worried he would make an awkward impression on his daughter’s teacher. This year for Father’s Day, his daughter requested he turn a drawing she made of him…


Sushi Cola And Sweet Sake Flavored Cream Puffs And Shaved Ice Make Summer Splash In Japan

2017-07-07 02:12

You may remember that popular conveyor belt sushi chain (kaitenzushi) Kura Sushi took love for sushi a step further by introducing curry bread and cola made from sushi rice a year ago. Now the sushi chain is giving sushi-lovers a summer treat with the taste of sweet sake and sushi rice cola flavored cream puffs and more. Sushi Rice Cola And Sweet Sake Cream Puffs Source: Kyodo News The whipped custard cream inside these cream puffs contains rice vinegar, along with the previously released sushi rice cola, which uses malted rice used in the traditional Japanese drink amazake, which is a sweet type of sake made from fermented rice, and…


Dine In The Presence Of Zombies And Lots Of Blood At Tokyo’s Bone-Chilling Vampire Cafe

2017-07-07 01:43

Dining in a room with blood-splattered walls may not sound like the most appealing way to devour a meal, but that’s the kind of experience that jogs the appetites of customers enjoying dinner at Tokyo’s Vampire Cafe. Serving up spooky dishes and cocktails containing eyeballs, fingers, and everything else you’d never want to put in your mouth (all fake, of course), the Ginza restaurant nonetheless offers deliciously prepared casual French-Italian fusion food to gore and horror-loving eaters roaming the city. Source: PR Times Source: PR Times Source: PR Times As if having dinner in a vampire’s lair weren’t enough, Vampire Cafe is currently holding a summer-exclusive Horror Night Fair as…


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