The Adorable Peach Coloured Cat Themed Set With Red Bean Paste Bread

21.February.2019 | FOOD

The Bakery Blue Jean cafe and bakery at Hotel New Hankyu Osaka has revealed a special cat themed set of items that will go on sale from February 21 for four days only. The set is arriving in time for Cat Day in Japan on February 22.

The set comes with a pre-release of the new cherry blossom flavoured red bean paste cat bread arriving at the cafe in March. It also comes with cherry blossom flavoured cat paws, macarons, cookies and more including a pink Blue Jean cat plate. This will be available on Cat Day.

 

Be sure to get your paws on this set quickly as they sold out in 4 hours last year!

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    Tsutsuji Garden at Hotel de Yama

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  • Coronavirus in Japan: Kaname Inn Tatemachi in Kanazawa Offers Free Accommodation to Foreigners Who Can’t Get Home

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  • Cat-Shaped Bread Shop Neko Neko Shokupan Re-Releases Neko Neko Packs Due to High Demand

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    Neko Neko Pack is available in two versions, A and B. Both contain one piece of cat-shaped bread, jam, and an original folder.

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  • Dine in Luxury With Truffle Toast at Patisserie SATSUKI in Hotel New Otani Osaka

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    Premium toast with loaded truffle

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    The ambrosial Spring Truffle Toast lacks nothing when it comes to taste, texture, and smell. The ingredients used to make ordinary bread like eggs, milk, and butter aren’t used for the shop’s Spring Truffle Toast. Instead, strong flour, yeast, water, and finely chopped spring truffles are used. To bring out even more flavour, truffle butter, pure olive oil, and shortening is used.


    The same goes for the crustーeggs and milk aren’t used like in ordinary bread. And to prevent the bread from drying out, more time and labour is put into kneading the dough. A lava pot is used to bake the dough. By using far infrared to heat it, it makes the finished bread nice and chewy.


    The shop’s head chef wanted to ensure that the bread’s fragrant smell is preserved when you take the lid off, and so the entire loaf is lathered in truffle oil, which also gives it a moist taste.

     

    The bread can be toasted and enjoyed on its own, and you’re guaranteed great flavour and smell, but you can take it to the next level by topping it with a fried egg or scrambled egg to create an extraordinary and filling meal.

     

    These truffles can only be harvested in spring

    Truffles are a delicacy in kitchens around the world. The types used for the Spring Truffle Toast are Bianchetto. They are a very popular traditional truffle of Italy and can only be harvested from mid-March to April. As a result, they are extremely rare in Japan, making the toast that much more special.

  • Succulent Strawberry Drinks & Desserts Served Up at GELATO PIQUE CAFE

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    GELATO PIQUE CAFE branches in Japan began their “Strawberry Fair” on Wednesday serving up drinks and desserts made using seasonal strawberries.

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    “Desserts for adults” is the concept at GELATO PIQUE CAFE, a cafe brand developed by GELATO PIQUE which specialises is comfy loungewear. The cafe, which has branches in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and elsewhere in Japan, serves comfort food and is interested in the health and happiness of its guests. Their menu is overflowing with ideas, with all options made using only the best selected ingredients.

     

    The enticing line-up is nothing short of kawaii, and screams springtimeーfitting for the season as Japan celebrated Vernal Equinox Day yesterday, the first day of springーwith sweet and sour strawberries adorning their crepes, smoothies, gelatos, soft serve ice creams, and more.

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    Strawberry Milk Soft Serve Ice Cream – ¥450 (Before Tax)

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  • Shirasagi Coffee: Ehime Prefecture’s Cafe Releases Springtime Cherry Blossom Menu

    21.March.2020 | FOOD

    Shirasagi Coffee, a cafe in Ehime Prefecture, has released a new seasonal menu full of strawberries and cherry blossoms to commemorate the spring season.

     

    Shirasagi Coffee’s logo features a heron, a reference to a legend that says the locals of Matsuyama in Ehime noticed that a white heron healed its injured leg by bathing in the hot springs of Dōgo Onsen, one of the oldest hot springs in  Japan. The cafe was renovated using furniture made from scrap wood from when Dōgo Onsen was built. It’s an artistic cafe that has garnered much attention from both locals and tourists.

    Thick-Cut Natural Yeast Toast

    This thick-sliced bread is provided by Panya Uzu, a bread shop also in Matsuyama, Ehime. Perfect for breakfast or lunch, it’s topped with a cherry blossom jam and mascarpone cheese cream.

    Top: Cream Soda / Right: Cherry Blossom Tea Latte / Left: Cherry Blossom & Strawberry Mint Sour

    This line-up of three drinks are made using seasonal strawberries grown in Ehime Prefecture.

    Sweet Bavarois

    Bavarois is a classic dessert at Shirasagi Coffee, and this one is made using matcha grown in the village of Shingu in Ehime and is coated in a cherry blossom cream.

    Spring Madonna Parfait

    This limited-time parfait is stacked with 12 different ingredients of varying textures and flavours, including cherry blossom, as well as Ehime strawberries, chestnuts, and matcha. It’s the culmination of Ehime’s springtime ingredients.

    Takeout Drinks

    Mini Parfait

    The cafe also serves mini parfaits, drinks and other items for takeout. Pick something out and go and observe the cherry blossoms for Hanami at Dōgo Park.

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