Category Archives: FOOD

New opening - Cesky: Azabu-Juban


Freshly baked trdelnik – flaky cylindrical pastries popular in the Czech Republic – are served here in sweet and savory variations, accompanied by Czech herbal teas, coffee and Czech beer. Savory offerings include the Pilsen (sliced ham and cheese) and the Bohemia (Czech meatloaf and cheese), while the numerous dessert versions incorporate ingredients like soft ice cream, jams, flavored syrups and whipped cream.

A “drink set” with regular tea or coffee and a chocolate trdelnik is priced at Y800, while a savory trdelnik plus beer costs Y1050. There are two seats in the shop, plus a couple of benches outside. …continue reading


Ta-im: Marunouchi


Falafel, hummus, babaganoush, Israeli salads and pita sandwiches are the specialties at this casual office-building basement shop. Lunches come with soup plus either a pita sandwich or platter with falafel, schnitzel, chicken or lamb. The lamb platter is particularly recommended – it’s built around a hefty slab of tender roast lamb, accompanied by cole slaw, baby-leaf salad, very soft roast potatoes, hummus, pita bread and Ta-im’s excellent home-made vegetable soup.

The menu expands a bit at dinnertime, with additional options like lamb and beef kebabs, shakshuka (egg and vegetable casserole), matbucha (a spicy tomato and pepper cooked salad), basmati rice dishes and traditional Middle Eastern sweets. The brightly decorated shop has a handful of tables at the back and counter seating as well. Lunches are priced from Y1080-1680, while dinner averages around Y3000-3500 for food and drink. …continue reading


Starbucks Japan Launching New Frappuccinos with Ridiculous Hashtag Names

Source: Gaijin Pot

Since Starbucks Japan first opened in 1996, it’s become a social media sensation and gained a huge following on Instagram. Starbucks Japan has almost two million followers and ten million posts for its two most popular hashtags: #スターバックス and #スタバ.

And now, the coffee chain giant is fully leaning into its popularity on Insta for two new drinks that have hashtags built right into the names: #STRAWBERRYVERYMUCHFRAPPUCCINO__RED and #STRAWBERRYVERYMUCHFRAPPUCCINO__WHITE. In words that’s “Strawberry Very Much Frappuccino Red” and “Strawberry Very Much Frappuccino White.” Wait… that still makes no sense.

Anyway, not only are these social media-savvy names long enough to tire out your fingers from typing the whole thing out, but they are also crammed full of the sugary sweet goodness that we’ve come to expect from Starbucks Japan.

According to Starbucks’ press release on April 4, the red version of the frappuccino features a creamy strawberry base with chunks of real strawberries and strawberry syrup stirred in, all topped with whip cream dusted with strawberry powder. The white version pumps it up a notch with white mocha and strawberry macaron crumbles.

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The Gourmet Guide to Osaka: 10 Foods to Try

Source: Japan Cheapo

Osaka is well known for its neon lights and nightlife but it also has enough delicious delicacies to well and truly earn its nickname as “Japan’s Kitchen”.
Whether you’re making a quick stopover on your way to Kyoto or spending a while in this friendly city, one of the top things to do on your list should be eating. Now, that’s pretty much top of my list wherever I go, but I promise that in Osaka it is a worthy goal. While it may not be as big as Tokyo or as refined as Kyoto, this city has a gourmet reputation all of its own. Here, you can feast on the food enjoyed by locals: Takoyaki, okonomiyaki and kushikatsu are some of the more well-known dishes. There’s also traditional pressed sushi, ridiculously

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Fukushima sake PR campaign hit by foreign commenters alleging radiation contamination

fukushima sake story video campaign

A promotional series of videos by Fukushima Prefecture promoting the region’s sake has run into the very thing it was trying to combat: the taint of contamination (and false information) that the prefecture has suffered, including its sake brewers, since the nuclear power plant disaster in 2011.

Organizers found that the videos on YouTube were being inundated with English-language comments suggesting that the prefecture’s sake was radioactive and unsafe to drink. The prefecture responded by deleting all comments and turning off comments for the videos in an effort to silence such speculation harmful.

fukushima sake story video campaign

The main “Nasake” video has been viewed over 2 million times since it was uploaded in September last year. The decision to delete all the comments was reported (sympathetically) by Japanese-language news media on April 3rd.

Here is how the Fukushima sake campaign describes the video, which was produced by Robot Communications and Tohoku Hakuhodo.

A Japanese student, Reiko, drinks sake alone at a bar in N.Y.

Through a conversation with the man from Kentucky who’s sitting next to her, she realizes and regains something important from within her.

What is the hidden meaning of NASAKE in Fukushima’s sake?

This is a heartwarming short film about a drink from one’s hometown.

Reiko, played by Noa Kawazoe, features in other videos in this “Fukushima sake story” series.

The Japanese-subtitled version of the main video remains online with comments allowed, though this is basically the same video and the dialogue in the New York scene is in English (albeit heavily accented).

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