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2 Easy Valentine’s Day Chocolate Treats To Make At Home

Whether you are trying to make the perfect Valentine’s chocolates for someone special, or just want to try your hand at making your own sweets, these are two simple recipes that are easy, not expensive to make, and of course, super delicious.

Filled Chocolates

Made with melted milk or dark chocolate, these treats are exceptionally simple to make, but done with the right finesse, are just as good as brand name chocolates. Plus, this simple recipe gives you plenty of opportunities to decorate and play with your creations!

To begin with, you will need jelly or chocolate molds, which can easily be found at every 100-yen store this time of the year, or you can even use a simple ice cube tray to make bite-sized chocolates. Make sure these molds are heat and cold safe, or else you may end up damaging the mold and contaminating your chocolates.

For fillings, prepare things like fresh pomegranate seeds, cherries, finely chopped nuts, or even, if you are feeling really ambitious, jam or liqueur can be combined and tailored to suit the recipient. While dried fruits are a good option, they can also really up the sugar content of these chocolates, so if you are trying to make a more healthy option, then fresh is the best choice. If you do want to make a liqueur filling, you’ll need to turn it into a syrup first — tutorials for this are available on Youtube.

What you need:

  • 2-5 milk/dark chocolate bars
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of filling (if jam, 3-5 tablespoons, if liqueur 5-8 tablespoons)

How to make:

Chop and melt the chocolate in a double boiler (essentially a metal bowl sitting in a pot of boiling water on the stove). Using a spoon, pour a little chocolate into each mold to cover the bottom by a …continue reading


Recipe: Edamame Hummus

Rich in fiber, protein, antioxidants and a number of vitamins and minerals, edamame, or those lovely green young soybeans we love ordering at the izakaya, is a popular healthy snack that also happens to be extremely versatile. Apart from eating them directly from the pods, there are countless of other different ways that you can use edamame: tossing the beans into salads, stir-fries, have them over rice, blend them into a warm or cold soup, use them as decorations on your plates — or turn them into a delicious and simple dip! Edamame hummus has always been one of my favorite ways to use edamame, and I’m sure that you’ll love it too. Here’s how to make it.


  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 200g edamame (out of the pod)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ clove of garlic, crushed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to season


  1. Toss the sesame seeds into a roasting tray and place in a fan oven preheated to 150ºC for about 5 minutes.
  2. Using a pestle and mortar, grind the hot sesame seeds until most of them are cracked.
  3. Cook the edamame, then drain. If still in the pods, remove by using your fingers to gently squeeze the beans out.
  4. Place the cooked edamame beans, ground sesame seeds and the remaining ingredients in a blender and blitz until the texture is nice and creamy.
  5. If you think the mixture is too dry, then add a little more olive oil or water.
  6. Serve with pitta bread or raw vegetable sticks.

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Beautiful Food: Tokyo’s Most Eye-Catching Eats

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. True, but this time, it it’s in the eye, the mouth and the stomach—as well as the lingering memories and fond daydreams for months to come.
Now, as a foodie, you will probably find most meals a pleasure to look at anyway—the glistening freshness of sashimi, the subtle grandeur of pancakes piled high—but some dishes are designed with presentation in mind. Now, this shouldn’t be the priority of food by any means, after all, what use is a stunning cake that’s dry and bland? None. But sometimes there is delicious food that also happens to be carefully crafted into a thing of beauty, and in Tokyo there are plenty. You might need a sweet tooth to appreciate most of these (and

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Do you like Ramen?

Source: j-hoppers

Konnichiwa from Hiroshima Hana hostel, It’s Kana here.

What Japanese food do you like the most?? I am from Hiroshima so Okonomiyaki which is Hiroshima’s specialty food comes first, but I am really into Ramen since I had short trip to Onomichi last year. Onomichi is well known as Ramen and there are many Ramen restaurant every where. It was like a heaven to me. Ramen for Lunch, Dinner and even for afternoon tea.

I would like to recommend you the one of best Ramen I had ever had recently.
One of coligue accidentally found this restaurant and strongly recommended me as she knew that I was really into Ramen now.

This Ramen called TORISOBA and has little faint scent of citron.Usually Ramen soup is bit or quite heavy but it was light and even finished them all without heartburn!!

If you have any opportunity to try TORISOBA, please give it a try! It won’t let you down and you will not regret for sure!

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Cardcaptor Sakura Cafe opens in Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo

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The manga and anime franchise Cardcaptor Sakura has spawned a lot of spin-off merchandise over the years, and it now has its own cafe in Tokyo.

The shojo manga about elementary school student Sakura Kinomoto is celebrated by a pop-up cafe at Tower Records Shibuya from February 6th. Similar cafes will be held at stores in Umeda (Osaka) and Sapporo.

Fans will delight at the special food dishes and drink menu themed around the popular manga and its characters. Though the beverages are a little pricey, at ¥750 for a caramel hot milk, the dishes and desserts are more reasonable, starting at ¥1,100. A Kyoto cotton candy item for ¥800 is also available for take-out. Customers who order something can claim exclusive merchandise items, including coasters and bookmarks.

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cardcaptor sakura cafe tower records japan tokyo umeda osaka sapporo

cardcaptor sakura cafe tower records japan tokyo umeda osaka sapporo

cardcaptor sakura cafe tower records japan tokyo umeda osaka sapporo

cardcaptor sakura cafe tower records japan tokyo umeda osaka sapporo

cardcaptor sakura cafe tower records japan tokyo umeda osaka sapporo

cardcaptor sakura cafe tower records japan tokyo umeda osaka sapporo

The three Cardcaptor Sakura Cafes are open until March 14th. Since the period also coincides with Valentine’s Day and White Day (March 14th), there are special romantic events planned.

These kinds of pop-up cafes have become very common ways to promote anime, manga, game, and other franchises. Though ostensibly still a music store, Tower Records has regularly hosted these cafes as a means of attracting new demographics. Past examples include Your Name., Dragon Ball, Godzilla, and <a target=_blank …continue reading