Tag Archive for Japan

Rest of World Simply Cannot Get Enough of Japan’s Kit Kats

Source: Grub Street NY

People are so enamored of Japan’s legendary collection of unusual Kit Kat flavors that Nestlé Japan is opening a second factory to keep up with the “booming demand” for the bars, which come in chocolate, obviously, but also strawberry, edamame, grilled potato, sake, and wasabi, to pull at random from …

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Bites: A Sonoma Restaurant That’s Pricey but Not Pretentious

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Source: NY Times Food

SingleThread, in Healdsburg, Calif., offers personalized meals that are inspired by California and Japanese cuisine and use a lot of local ingredients.

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Front Burner: When the Seasoning Is as Important as the Sushi

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Source: NY Times Food

Jonathan Blum, a lawyer and soy sauce connoisseur, is importing Shiso handcrafted soy sauces from Japan.

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A Man Ordered an Airline’s Gluten-Free ‘Meal’ — and Got a Single Banana With a Knife and Fork

Source: Grub Street NY

Options for gluten-free eating have expanded significantly in both restaurants and grocery stores in recent years. But there is still one force committed to stopping the tide of flourless pasta that you actually want to eat: Japan’s All Nippon Airways. According to a report in the Telegraph, after …

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Coca-Cola Insists It Made Coke ‘Healthy’ by Putting Fiber in It

Source: Grub Street NY

Coca-Cola says a new soda it just released in Japan ended up with some fiber in it — please note that this isn’t another crazy recall notice, though. In fact, the fiber was added on purpose to this beverage, which is being marketed as the …

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This Is the Cotton-Candy Pizza You’ve Been Waiting Your Whole Life For

Source: Grub Street NY

As cherry-blossom trees begin their bloom in March, it is tradition in Japan to celebrate their arrival and the start of spring. One restaurant got in on the festivities with this floral-inspired pizza.

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Manny Ramirez Negotiates ‘Unlimited Sushi’ Into Japanese Baseball Contract

Source: Grub Street NY

Pro-ball players are master contract negotiators (Roger Clemens once got his sons a locker in the Blue Jays clubhouse next to his), but the deal retired all-star Manny Ramirez signed to swing a bat in Japan’s independent league is truly next level. To play for the …

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These Intricate Fruit Carvings Will Make You Feel Terrible About Your Knife Skills

Source: Grub Street NY

So you can julienne vegetables with a hand tied behind your back? Cute, but that’s child’s play next to the knife skills of Gaku, an artist whose Instagram is dedicated to the art of mukimono. That’s the ancient Japanese culinary tradition of carving intricate patterns into …

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Hardcore Brunchers Can Now Relax in Japan’s Maple-Syrup Baths

Source: Grub Street NY

There’s a real live maple-syrup bath located in Japan’s famous Hakone Kowakien Yunessun hot-springs theme park — the same beloved getaway where guests can relax in sweltering tubs of green tea or pools of red wine and sake. (The park offered some

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Panda Sex Is Great News for Tokyo Restaurant

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Source: Grub Street NY

Nothing has ever gone so well for anyone after such a brief tryst. Tokyo restaurant operator Totenko Co. saw its stock rise 2.9 percent following the announcement of the 52-second mating session between Ueno Zoo giant pandas Shin Shin and Ri Ri. That bump is five times its …

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Japan Finally Invents Spreadable Coffee for Toast

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Source: Grub Street NY

For as long as bread has been sliced, people have endured the indignity of having to have their coffee with, and not on, their morning toast. Recognizing this gaping hole in the spreadable-things market, Japan’s Snow Brand Milk has invented a spreadable version of its coffee. Set to …

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Pizza Hut Japan Is Bringing Back Its Store Run Entirely by Cats

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Source: Grub Street NY

Unclear why this took so long, but Pizza Hut Japan is reopening its Pizza Cat! store, a (wholly fake) location mismanaged by a team of cats that proved wildly popular online in 2014. The all-feline staff excelled at looking cute, but were literally the worst at …

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Here’s What a $22 Strawberry Looks Like

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Source: Grub Street NY

Think a $18 cup of coffee is excessive? How about a single strawberry for $22? Part of Japan’s grand tradition of wildly overpriced fruit, the so-called Kotoka strawberry is sold at upscale Hong Kong supermarket, and purveyor of $522 apples, CitySuper. Beyond the exorbitant …

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BLT Steak’s Japan Outposts Are Selling a $50 Trump Burger

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Source: Grub Street NY

The BLT restaurant brand, which agreed to stick a BLT Prime in the spot José Andrés abandoned in the new Trump International Hotel, has introduced a new burger at its two BLT Steak locations in Japan that pays homage (sort of?) to its landlord …

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Here’s a Bluefin Tuna That Just Sold for $632,000

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Source: Grub Street NY

New year, new bluefin tuna selling for an outrageously high price in Japan. A single 466-pound tuna was sold for $632,000 during the annual auction that kicks off the year at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. The winning bidder was Kiyomura Corp. and Sushi Zanmai chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura, …

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