Food

Ahhh Yeah! It’s Sriracha Doritos Time In Japan!

2018-02-23 09:15

Much like Kit Kats, Japanese potato chips tend to embrace seasonal and limited-time-only (期間限定) flavors, which often result in adventurous flavors such as Sukiyaki Pringles, milk and toast chips, and the uh….problematic blackface potato chip. Japanese Doritos lead the way in the “weird flavor” chip march, however, having released unusual salami, Caesar Salad, and shrimp mayonnaise flavors–to name a few. Their latest effort taps into what has become one of the world’s most beloved hot sauces, however, as Frito Lay Japan released Sriracha-flavored Doritos this month. Source: (C) Grape Japan名 Japan might not exactly be the country you thought would incorporate the popular spicy rooster sauce into a Doritos release,…


Kobe Beef Yakiniku Restaurant Installs Personal Stalls To Appeal To Women And Self-Conscious Solo Diners

2018-02-23 04:02

Japan’s Abura Nikuhachi is sure to attract many visitors with its melt-in-your-mouth selection of A4-A5 ranked premium wagyu and Kobe Beef, as well as affordable lunch sets, but the yakiniku restaurant seems primed to reel in a new batch of customers, even if they have to come in one by one. In an attempt to appeal to those who want to eat alone, but simply feel socially awkward doing so, the restaurant has installed personal booth spaces for a solo-yakiniku experience that limits as much contact with others as possible. Source: At Press The practice may sound strange to some, but there’s precedent for it in Japan due to a…


This Chu-hai Canned Highball Tastes Like A Famous Furikake Rice Topping

2018-02-21 03:00

A trip to any local convenience store or supermarket in Japan will reveal a bewildering selection of canned alcoholic beverages, with new varieties appearing on shelves almost on a weekly basis. The majority of canned alcoholic beverages will either be beer or beer-taste beverages, on the one hand, and chūhai, on the other. Combining the first syllable of high-ball and the last syllable of shōchū, chūhai are always a popular and inexpensive choice at the local store and although they were originally lemon-flavored, all manner of fruit combinations and even more exotic versions are available these days, so it’s almost anyone’s guess what flavor will appear next. Source: KY /…


Complement Your Starbucks Japan Sakura Frappucino with Cherry Blossom Desserts This Spring

2018-02-20 05:22

Starbucks Japan have already rolled out their Sakura Series drinks range which means, never mind the freezing temperatures that continue here in Tokyo, spring is officially here! They heard we like sakura so they gave us the cherry blossom frappucino, the cherry blossom latte, the cherry blossom tea, then they turned around and blessed us with an edible range of cherry blossom items too. スターバックス公式さん(@starbucks_j)がシェアした投稿 – 2月 15, 2018 at 10:14午後 PST First is the Sakura Donut. Starbucks Japan have imagined what a cherry blossom would look and taste like in donut form so that you don’t have to. The classic light pink flora is evoked in the coating which…


Japan’s Viral Sexy Daikon Radish Can Now Be Your Giant Veggie Waifu

2018-02-20 01:13

When Japanese online retailer Felissimo isn’t coming out with eccentric animal-themed goods like scratch-n-sniff stickers that smell like cat and Shiba Inu tummies, their YOU+MORE! series (a play on the pronunciation of “humor” in Japanese) tends to focus on the cute and cuddly, as seen with the popular fruit tarts pet bed and this giant French Lop bunny cushion. Never lacking in creativity, now Felissimo is offering a up a large cuddly pillow version of one of Japan’s popular Twitter trends–the sexy daikon radish. If you’re unfamiliar with a sexy daikon radish, it’s a hashtag description used on harvested daikon that appear to be sexily crossing their “legs” or posing…


Green Tea Curry Udon and Other Creations by Traditional Kyoto Tea Shop Itohkyuemon

2018-02-19 06:19

The matcha craze sweeping overseas has made green tea incarnations of every type a success with tourists in Japan. Matcha Kit Kats, Matcha Frappucinos, we can’t get enough of these Japan-only products that expertly mix bitter green tea with sweet treats. But a tea house named Itohkyuemon, located in the historical city of Uji in Kyoto, is offering a green tea concoction which could be a bridge too far. Source At Press Specialising in Uji tea, which is mainly grown in that area, the historical teashop proports to give a Japanese tea culture experience. Who knew this would entail the intriguing combination of Uji green tea and Curry Udon. It…


Stay Warm And Entertained In Winter Aboard The Yomeishu Kotatsu Train

2018-02-15 05:02

The Sanriku Kaigan is a beautiful coastline extending along the Pacific Ocean from southern Aomori prefecture, through Iwate prefecture and northern Miyagi prefecture. Popular for scenic spots, seafood, diving and hiking trails, it unfortunately suffered heavily from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, like many other places in the Tohoku Area. Mamusi Taka [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons The Sanriku Railway, the lifeline of the coast for residents as well as tourists, was badly hit, with over 5.8 kilometers of tracks washed away. However, with the exception of one segment between the towns of Miyako and Kamaishi expected to reopen later this year, service…


Japanese Plastic Food Displays Look So Delicious

2018-02-15 12:02

If you’ve ever visited Japan without a grasp of the language, you’ve likely had a dining experience or two saved by the incredibly realistic food samples that line the windows of many shops around the country. Behind the convenience of visually aiding a menu, artificial food samples in Japan have somewhat of a cultural significance. Japanese culinary culture has long put a strong preference on harmonizing great taste with beautiful aesthetics, so many seem to believe that the popularity of food samples is tied to a sense of relief and assurance that Japanese people get from first sampling the food with their eyes. In the video below, the Great Big…


Japan’s Kit Kat Ruby Pink Hot Chocolate is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Treat

2018-02-14 05:29

Last month Kit Kat Japan released the first ever ‘ruby’ chocolate bar, a naturally pink creation made from ruby cacao beans. For now, Nestle own exclusive rights to the new chocolate and Japan’s Kit Kat Chocolatory is the only outlet where you can get your hands on it. Source: (C) Grape Japan This month in honour of the most romantic day of the year, the second ruby chocolate product has been revealed. Perfect for these wintry nights, the world’s first hot chocolate made from the new ruby chocolate. Source: (C) Grape Japan The hot chocolate was available from the Kit Kat Chocolatory’s cafe located on the second floor of the…


Weird Things We Found at the Convenience Store in Japan This Week

2018-02-14 04:47

For visitors to Japan, the convenience store is a veritable treasure trove of deliciousness and strangeness. At any godless hour, the welcoming glow of the convenience store is a tempting sight. The staff are unfailing in their politeness, and look kindly past your car crash of a shopping basket filled with late night snacks and chuhai. For this reason, we at Grape Japan want to introduce to our readers the ever-changing weirdness that can be found at the convenience stores of Japan on a weekly basis. From bizarre combinations, to limited edition wonders, to eyebrow raising engrish, we want to show you it all. This is our most recent haul….


Get Back on Track at Tokyo’s Model Train Bar Ginza Panorama

2018-02-13 03:59

The healing properties of model railway sets are well documented. Especially if they run around a tiny model village full of tiny model people. In these tumultuous times, it’s nice to know these trains will keep running with certainty along their prescribed track. Source: (C) Grape Japan At Bar Ginza Panorama in Shibuya, you can enjoy a quiet drink surrounded by the soothing clacking of model trains going about their evening. The counter table surrounds an impressive replica of Shibuya complete with iconic crossing and Shibuya 109 department store. Various model trains rush around, replicating the bustle of the real deal. If you’re into this sort of thing, you can…


Sip Cocktails and Achieve Enlightenment at Tokyo’s Buddhist Monk Bar

2018-02-09 05:30

If you want to know more about Buddhism in Japan, your first instinct may be to visit a temple. But a group of monks in Tokyo have brought their religion to a more casual setting. Source: (C) Grape Japan Fittingly, Vowz Bar is tucked away in an unassuming side street of Yotsuya, Tokyo. As I walked around conspicuously with a camera, a restaurant owner asked me if I was going to Vowz Bar. When I asked how he knew, he informed me it’s world famous. The reason for its fame is not their original cocktails (which are great too), but the fact that the bar is owned and ran by…


Starbucks Sakura Drinks Revealed for Cherry Blossom Season 2018

2018-02-08 02:02

Out of all the cherry blossom themed goods and consumables, possibly the most anticipated each year is the Starbucks offering. Rather than using the same flavours each year or just simply changing the packaging as some companies do, Starbucks tries to be innovative each year bringing us new and interesting flavours to complement the main cherry blossom theme. スターバックス公式さん(@starbucks_j)がシェアした投稿 – 3月 6, 2017 at 9:17午後 PST The range this year includes a first in the history of the Sakura Series which is a tea alongside the Frappuccino and hot beverage options. Of course all three drinks have a sakura base, plus a decidedly spring-like strawberry flavour. After this they start…


Tokyo Confectioners Offer Chance to Win Macaron With Your Dog’s Face On It

2018-02-07 05:02

The trend for putting photos on things that previously you could not put photos on will always appeal to the narcissists in us, who deep down would just love to drink a cup of coffee with our own face in the froth. JAMAJAMAJAMAさん(@jamajamajama_food)がシェアした投稿 – 2月 1, 2018 at 8:35午後 PST Tokyo based Roppongi Macaron is an innovative company who realised this trend plus the flat surface of a macaron is a recipe for success. They offer high quality gift boxes of macarons which you can design yourself online and order. Not just photos, but other designs, patterns and words allow you to create the perfect box of macarons for the…


These Retro Japanese Patterned Icing Cookies Are Almost Too Pretty To Eat

2018-02-07 01:51

Japanese cookie creators are fond of putting their own unique spin on things with designs and patterns inspired by their own culture. For example, we’ve seen elaborate icing cookies reproducing the famous bird paintings by Jakuchu Ito as well as colorful cookies resembling ramen bowls viewed from above, complete with all the toppings. The latest icing cookie creator to earn the spotlight is Twitter user maiko (@sweetveilmaiko) who runs an icing cookie classroom in Yokohama called SweetVeil. With her gracious permission, we have reposted images of some of her incredible creations below. Feast your eyes on these fabulous retro Japanese patterned icing cookies: Source: ©sweetveilmaiko Her intricately decorated cookies reproduce…


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