New lineup of Basque cheesecakes made by skilled Japanese bakers and patissieres!

31.March.2019 | FOOD

Basque cheesecake is a type of burnt cheesecake that originated from Basque, Spain. Sweets Gift Shop “BLOCK BLOCK TOKYO Roppongi sells mini sizes of Spanish Basque cheesecakes. They are collaborating with the patissieres Handmade Fruits Sweets Shop “shirokane sweets TOKYO which uses seasonal Japanese fruits!

 

The two collaboration cakes “BASQUE APPLE CINNAMON BLOCK BLOCK” and “BASQUE CASSIS BLOCK BLOCK” will be released for sale from 2nd April on the online store.

 


BASQUE APPLE CINNAMON BLOCK BLOCK ー ¥360

When you take your first mouthful, you can taste the cinnamon. The acidity and sweetness of the apple lingers and finally, you get a taste of rich cream cheese. The perfectly balanced flavours spread through your mouth. This divine dessert is something you just cannot get enough of.

BASQUE CASSIS BLOCK BLOCK ー ¥360

 

As the highlight of this cheesecake is its caramelized flavour, this has been enhanced further to make a rich cheesecake. The flavour of the cassis blackcurrant liqueur and its acidity have been deepened. The characteristic polyphenol Cassis Anthocyanin, which is known to be good for your eyes, back, and good for healing your fatigue, has been included in the dessert. This is perfect for the modern workaholic!

 

The new Basque cheesecakes would make for the perfect gift! So ー how about it?

 

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  • Daimaru department store celebrates Hinamatsuri with 7 new desserts!

    22.February.2019 | FOOD

    Every year on 3rd March, Japan celebrates Hinamatsuri ーa day dedicated to girls. When a girl is born, her family and friends wish her a healthy life full of happiness and successful development.

     

    To contribute to the celebration, Daimaru department store’s Tokyo branch is releasing a series of cute spring-themed Hinamatsuri desserts. These are perfect to bring along to a Hinamatsuri party or to give away as a souvenir or gift. There is a variety of seven sweet treats to choose from.  

    〈Sugar Butter no Ki〉Sandwich biscuit coated with strawberry chocolate(contains 8 biscuits)¥1,080/ (Department store 1st floor)

    Crunchy, creamy sandwich biscuits covered in sweet yet sour strawberry chocolate.

    〈Kamakura Goro main store〉Kamakura Sakura cha hangetsu(contains 10)¥1,080/(Department store 1st floor)

    Sakura cherry blossom- flavoured tea fused with fresh aromatic cream, sandwiched between sweet crunchy, fragrant crackers.

    〈Gin no Budou〉Ichigo no Truffle(contains 6)¥1,080/ (Department store 1st floor)

    Fragrant, milky white chocolate filled with a sweet yet sour, juicy strawberry purée, wrapped in ganache.

    〈ANTENOR〉Ruby Chocolate ¥864/ (Department store 1st floor)

    This is made using “Ruby chocolate” ー what is now known as the “fourth kind of chocolate”. This is the perfect accompaniment for the lime and white chocolate mousse and balances out the sweet and sour strawberry and framboise flavours. What a wonderful variety of flavours!

    〈La Terre Saison〉Ohinamatsuri Ru-ro (Approximate length: 12cm)¥1,728/ (Department store basement floor)

    ※ On all days besides 1st-3rd March, there will be a different version of this dessert where the strawberries take on the appearance of “ohinasama” and “odairisama” dolls that are commonly used to celebrate Hinamatsuri. 

    This roll cake will melt in your mouth like rice. The rice flour used to make this cake is 100% sourced from Niigata prefecture. The round-shaped Hinamatsuri doll figures are very cute!

    〈Wittamer〉Fraise Rouge(Approx. diameter: 10.5cm)¥2,808 ※Available until 4th March

    Strawberry mousse, jam, crispy feuillantine and chocolate mousse are layered to perfection. The mild flavour of strawberry will fill your mouth.

    〈Patisserie KIHACHI〉Gateau Pistacchio ¥562 ※Available from 27th February

    Fresh cake layered with mousse and pistachios, complimented with more pistachios and white chocolate cream.

     

    Celebrate Hinamatsuri in Japan with these cute desserts! ♡

  • CANOBLE’s Butter That You Can Eat―New Lemon Flavour Released

    25.March.2019 | FOOD

    CANOBLE is Japanese a butter brand by BEURRE AROMATISÉ that offers a new way to enjoy butter.

     

    Dubbed ‘butter you can eat,’ the brand is releasing its new Setonai Lemon Butter which is made using ingredients from the area around the Seto Inland Sea such as Setoda lemons, refind Japanese sugar and more. The butter will be available to order online from March 23 before hitting stores on March 24.

    The lemon and the butter combine to make a perfect harmony of flavours. The limonene of the lemon has a solubility that makes it melt easily into the butter. It also brings a smoother texture to the butter. The sugar used maintains the sourness of the lemon while giving it a gentle sweetness. Seaweed salt from the Seto Inland Sea has a delicate seaweed flavour which permeates through all the flavours in the butter.

    The butter can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. It can be eaten on its own as a dessert, spread onto bread or toast, lathered onto meat―whatever you can think of.

     

    The butter will also be sold at select department stores and elsewhere for a limited time. Details below and on CANOBLE’s website.

  • Food Review: Café Bridge’s Super Melon Pancakes

    08.March.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hi, everyone! I’m Banako from MOSHI MOSHI FRIENDS.

     

    I’m currently working in Ginza. Until I worked there I saw Ginza as a posh, sophisticated part of the city, but it’s actually home to a lot of different long-standing and old fashioned cafés.

     

    Today, I introduce you to one of them: Café Bridge, known for its melon pancakes.

     

    It’s located on floor 1F of NISHIGINZA which connects directly to exists C7 and C5 of Ginza Station’s Tokyo Metro Line section. It’s about a three-minute walk from the Ginza Exit via the JR Yurakucho Line area. You’ll catch sight of the café’s sign immediately as you walk through floor B1F.

    The bright and colourful food samples lining the café window give it a Showa vibe. Each and every one of them is crafted down to the finest of details. They look cute as they glisten with the lighting against the glass♡

    Already at the entrance window is a great spot for photos! The excitement begins here.

    The café sells a variety of pancakes besides melon, as well as other food and drinks too. I pondered on the long list for a short while but caught myself―today is melon pancakes! They cost ¥1,000. I got them with my favourite melon soda too which is priced at ¥800.

     

     

    Behold!

    So big! It’s even bigger than I had imagined, and its round and fluffy shape has it looking just like a melon.

     

    Here’s what it looks like inside.

    Pieces of melon and vanilla ice cream are packed snug in the pancake. The outside batter and sauce are sweet. The too sauce has a faint melon flavour to it. The melon flavour isn’t overpowering even when eaten with the pieces in the middle. It’s balanced enough that it’s delicious all the way to the end. They also have maple syrup you can use so if you’re a sweet tooth then don’t hold back!

    Lining up the melon soda along with the melon pancake is like being sent to melon paradise. My friend who went with me ordered the Lunch Pancake (which is served outside of lunchtime too) and shared it with me. You can order a large portion free of charge. It was a belly-filling portion indeed, even for me who’s sure to order large!

     

    There are some other pancakes and seasonal items I’m interested in so I’d like to visit again.

     

    The café is spacious and relaxed too so I recommend it for people who fancy taking a break someplace different!

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    22.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The Pokémon Café in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, is adding an apple flavoured Eevee frappe to its ever-growing Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café menu. The frappe will be available from October 2 to December 4.

    Eevee Apple Pie Frappe

    The sweet tang of the apple combines with the caramel to create a tasty dessert drink, topped with whipped cream, crunchy piece bits, and a cute Eevee tail cookie.

    Buy the separate Eevee sleeve to put on your drink to make a fully complete and adorable Eevee frappe♡

     

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  • Hotel New Otani Tokyo, Osaka & Makuhari Now Serving Rich Chestnut Pancakes For Autumn

    20.September.2020 | FOOD

    The Tokyo, Osaka, and Makuhari branches of Hotel New Otani are now serving seasonal autumn versions of their specially made pancakes at their coffee shop and all-dining restaurant SATSUKI until November 30, 2020

     

    Fantastically fluffy pancakes

    Hotel New Otani has been serving its special pancakes for the past 10 years which have become a favourite amongst guests.

    The hotel’s pastry chefs have whisked up a variety of flavours in line with the changing seasons this past decade using strictly-selected ingredients including strawberry, melon, mango, chestnut, and more.

     

    A marriage of rich chestnut and fluffy pancake

    Hotel New Otani Specially Made Chestnut Pancakes 2020 | ¥2,800 (Before Tax/Service Charge)

    Chestnuts are the flavourful theme for autumn 2020’s pancakes, made with strictly-selected chestnut astringent skin, sweet bean jelly, and topped with a chestnut macaron.
    The pancakes are served with melt-in-the-mouth Italian ricotta. There are two different doughs, one made from coffee flour which has high nutritional value, and the hotel’s original “White Cereal” which is a combination of millets and amaranth.
    The pancakes are cooked on a low heat for about 5 minutes on each side so they rise to a fluffy 5cm thickness and become startlingly smooth.

     

    Strawberries for winter

    For this year’s winter, the hotel will be serving strawberry pancakes.

     

    Enjoy a selection of seasonal pancakes when staying at Hotel New Otani.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Winnie the Pooh Pumpkin Soft Cookies

    19.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    Halloween in closing in, so for this recipe I’ll be using pumpkin to make delicious cookies—crunchy on the outside and moist in the middle. This recipe rolls the dough into a ball, so it’s a great alternative for people who aren’t good with shaping or cutting cookies.

     

    Ingredients

    50g pumpkin (mashed and skin removed)

    20g-25g sugar (I used sanonto sugar to bring out the sweetness of the pumpkin, but white sugar is fine too)

    30g unsalted butter

    A pinch of salt

    60g weak flour

     

    1

    Combine and mix the steamed pumpkin, room temperature butter, and sugar. Then incorporate the salt and flour and mix again.

     

    2

    Now to shape everything. For pumpkin decorations, roll the pumpkin together and create a little depression in the top. Use a toothpick or something similar to create five indents around the outside as pictured above.

    To make Pooh Bear, simply roll round and add the ears.

     

    3

    Bake at 150℃ for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool, then decorate Pooh’s facial features with a chocolate pen.

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

  • Starbucks Japan Unveils Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino®

    18.September.2020 | FOOD

    Starbucks Coffee Japan has revealed the second beverage in its Artful Autumn @ Starbucks® series of drinks. The “Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino®” will be released at Starbucks branches in Japan on September 23, 2020.

    Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino® | Tall Size Only – ¥590

    Each drink is made using a whole chopped and blended Japanese daigaku imo candied sweet potato to serve those autumn flavours, with its marbled golden colour also reminiscent of the autumn leaves. It’s topped with whipped cream, black sesame seeds, and sweet potato syrup.

     

    Truly the perfect dessert drink to sip on for the changing seasons.

  • Halloween Doughnuts Creep Their Way Into Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Japan

    18.September.2020 | FOOD

    Halloween arrived at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Japan on September 16 with the “monster HARVEST” collection of themed doughnuts. Available until November 1, the spooky lineup incorporates a selection of Japanese autumn flavours like pumpkin and purple sweet potato.

    The doughnut collection is here to put us in the Halloween spirit nice and early. Krispy Kreme Japan’s popular jack-o’-lantern doughnuts are back this year, as are the new black cat doughnuts which first arrived last year. A completely new purple sweet potato flavour was also introduced to the menu on September 1.

    Pumpkin Pudding Jack-o’-lantern | ¥240 (Before Tax)

    The jack-o’-lantern doughnuts have been made even more delicious for Halloween 2020 by using pumpkins from Hokkaido and filling them with velvety pumpkin Japanese-style pudding. Add to that the chocolate facial features and you’ve got yourself a tantalising treat for the spooky season.

    Black Cat Caramel | ¥250 (Before Tax)

    A black cat made with big white chocolate eyes and a dark chocolate face topped with crunchy almond pieces and stuffed with caramel cream.

    Muchimochi Purple Sweet Potato Mont Blanc | ¥240 (Before Tax)

    The tasty, chewy, and hot purple sweet potato doughnut is made with sliced sweet potato and coated in powdered sugar. It’s served hot which makes the flavour even more intense.

    Halloween Dozen (12 Doughnuts) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

    Share a dozen with friends this Halloween which includes not only two of each of the ones already shown, but Krispy Kreme’s popular “Chocolate Sprinkle” and “Original Glazed®” too.

    Halloween Mini Box (20 Doughnuts) | ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

    There’s also a colourful box of 20 mini versions of the doughnuts too.

  • Pastel Coloured Halloween Served Up at Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama’s Happy Halloween Sweets Buffet

    17.September.2020 | FOOD

    Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama is a new hotel which opened on July 1 this year. Easily spotted by its pink exterior, the hotel offers Grand Nikko’s brand concept of guests releasing all of their sense to enjoy a relaxing and sophisticated time while providing a refreshing resort-like experience.

    This Halloween, the hotel’s all-dining restaurant Le Jardin will serve up its “Happy Halloween Sweets Buffet” from October 10 to 16.

    There will be 20 different desserts to pick from all in pastel colours, offering a different kind of Halloween vibe. Desserts are decorated with cute Halloween motifs like Jack-o’-lanterns, ghosts, and pumpkins. The chefs will also be certain desserts in front of guests like pumpkin mont blanc, praline mille-fuille, and pavlova.

    There will also be a savoury menu too like roast beef in onion sauce, seafood acqua pazza, bread, salad, soups, and more, as well as soft drinks and non-alcoholic cocktails.

     

    The restaurant will be restricting the number of people allowed in the dining area at once to protect diners during the pandemic.

  • Luxurious Shine Muscat Grape Parfait Served Up at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo For Autumn

    16.September.2020 | FOOD

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, a museum and hotel combination, is home to New American Grill “KANADE TERRACE,” the hotel’s restaurant popular for its food grilled in the open kitchen, its afternoon teas made with seasonal ingredients, and cocktail lineup.

    This autumn, Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is serving up its new “Shine Muscat Parfait,” an richly-sweet and elegance-scented dessert made using Shine Muscat grapes.

    Shine Muscat Parfait ¥2,800 | With Champagne ¥3,600 (Before Tax & Service Charge)

    The parfait is layered with Kyoho grape and shampagne jelly, crémet d’Anjou which is made from fresh cheese, and maqui berry granola. It’s topped with blackcurrant sherbet and tuile.

  • Tangled Inspired Disney Princess Cake Revealed by Ginza Cozy Corner

    15.September.2020 | FOOD

    Ginza Cozy Corner has revealed its new Disney princess cake based on the 2010 animated film Tangled which will be available to order at all branches in Japan from October 1, 2020.

    Tangled Dress Cake | ¥3,500 (Before Tax)

    The cake is centred on the golden-lock beauty Rapunzel, with her dress as the foundation for the cake. The cake is made with cream chess, strawberry jam, and blueberries, while Rapunzel’s iconic hair is lemon flavoured.

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    The cake comes with the parts for you to decorate yourself. This adds a whole new level of fun to parties!

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  • Sweet Potato Milk Bubble Tea Pours Into Chun Shui Tang For Autumn

    15.September.2020 | FOOD

    Chun Shui Tang, a chain of Taiwanese bubble tea stores, is adding a new limited-time drink to the menus of all branches in Japan on September 16: the “Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea.”

    Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea | ¥650 (Before Tax)

    The beverage is made with annouimo sweet potatoes grown on the island of Tanegashima in Kagoshima Prefecture. The potatoes are known for their high sugar content, adding a delicious natural sweetness to the tea. It’s blended with a high grade sugar syrup and topped off with whipped cream and sweet potato chips to create a dessert drink.

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    In Japan for the autumn season? Enjoy the tasty autumn flavour of sweet potato with the Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea.

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    Uji Matcha Pudding & Raspberry Parfait | ¥1,250 (Tax Included)

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    The homemade raspberry jam brings a delightful sweetness too as well as adds that eye-catching aspect they’re going for. As you spoon your way through, your taste buds are treated to an amalgamation of indulging flavours.

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    Let’s take a look, and try not to drool too much on your keyboard.

     

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