Kuroneco Jack Sells Sensational Chocolate Gâteau in Kanazawa

07.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

Gâteau Chocolat shop Kuroneco Jack just opened this May in Kanazawa, Ishikawa and has already become a sensation.

The shop interior is colourful. The wooden features add warmth to the surroundings, creating a relaxing atmosphere. Although this is a very difficult location to reach if you don’t have a car, the shop is filled with customers every single day. 

Every day, the highly experienced patissiers create 12 flavours of cute and delicious gâteau. From standard chocolate to fruit, black sesame and matcha, you can find many rare flavours here. 

The standard chocolat JACK is made from 62% cocoa chocolate. The raspberry JACK offers chocoholics the opportunity to enjoy Jack’s luxurious chocolate with a sour touch of fresh raspberries to accent the flavour. Just the aroma of the Black Sesame JACK proves its fantastic quality. There are also many more flavours on sale that you just won’t be able to resist. 

If you pop by the shop, you should also check out the popular parfait menu that consists of three fruity parfaits. Just looking at them will make your mouth water. Of course, Jack’s chocolate is also used in the parfaits. The SHIRONECO Parfait uses a white chocolate base, whilst the KURONECO Parfait uses a dark chocolate base. There is also the DORANECO parfait, which is completely left in the chef’s hands to do as they please. 

There is also original soft serve ice cream, gâteau chocolat with brûlée, cheesecake and many more fusion desserts that are sold as part of the INTO Series. I know everything looks so delicious you will not be able to decide, but if you ever find yourself in Kanazawa, please pop by. 

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    22.May.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Hey everyone! This is Midori from MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON’s Editorial Department!

    Summer is almost here and it’s not summer without ice cream! Rather than normal ice cream, ice creams with beautiful toppings are no.1 trending right now!

    That’s why I took a trip down to N.Y. Cupcakes; a specialist cupcake shop in Shimokitazawa.

    N.Y.Cupcakes is just a four-minute walk from Shimokitazawa station. Look out for the pretty pink store sign. Look at all the rows of cute cupcakes!

    These would make perfect gifts, and are perfect for weddings, too!

    Purchase a N.Y Cupcake and then it’s just an extra ¥210 to get it turned into an ice cream cupcake!

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    The cookie & cream cupcake I chose  has been transformed into an ice cream!
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    There’s also some frozen fruit topping too.

    The top half of the cupcake rests on top of vanilla ice cream.

    I took a bite. The combination of the spongey cupcake and cold ice cream was very interesting and the overall sweetness level was just right!

    I ate my way down the cone to discover the rest of the spongey cupcake!

    The bottom part of the ice cream contained blueberries. From the start to the very end, this was very delicious!

     

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  • Discover A Whole New World of Exotic Flavours with Ginza Cosy Corner’s Aladdin Petit Cake Set

    19.June.2019 | FOOD

    To celebrate the release of the live action adaptation of Aladdin, Ginza Cozy Corner is releasing an Aladdin-themed petit cake set to be sold at all branches that sell fresh cakes. This cake set will take you on an adventure to a whole new exotic world of flavours. The cakes will be sold for a limited time only from June 17 to July 11, 2019.

    Aladdin Star Festival Collection (9 mini cakes)

    The box is decorated with the iconic scene where Aladdin and Princes Jasmine soar through the night sky. Inside the box, you will discover a wide range of magical petit cakes, each themed around a character or a symbolic item from the film. The theme of three wishes from the film is a sprinkle of inspiration on the cakes. We recommend you think of the story whilst enjoying them.

     

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  • Toy Story Alien Themed Ice Cream Cake Arrives at Baskin-Robbins in Japan

    28.June.2019 | FOOD

    Baskin-Robbins Japan has unveiled its new ice cream cake based on the aliens that appear in the Toy Story franchise which it will begin serving on July 1.

     

    Also known as the Little Green Men, the aliens first appear in the claw machine located inside Pizza Planet. These iconic characters are loved for their cute appearance and speech pattern.

    The three large eyes, head and ears of these adorable cake are all made from chocolate. The mouth, which is shaped in such a way as if the alien is about to start talking about ‘The Claw,’ is made from chocolate whipped cream. The trademark uniform too is made from chocolate.

     

    The cake is served on a colourful mat with illustrations of space, rocks and Buzz.

    The cake is filled with popping candy and chocolate chips too. If you loved Toy Story 4, why not celebrate the end of the film series by sinking your claws into the adorable new alien cake from Baskin-Robbins?

     

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    Halloween Cocktail

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    Kuromi’s Autumn Soup

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    Hello Kitty’s Apple

     

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    Praline Paris-Brest

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    The collaboration logo for the project was inspired by Kyary’s 2018 album Japamyu, which was released after four successful overseas tours. The album cemented the artist as one of Japan’s top talents, and the logo combines Poeme with Japamyu to make Poemyu.

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    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Otabe (with Original Sticker)

     

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  • Fruit Cakes from Patisserie Giraud Available at Gotanda Station for a Limited Time

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    Those passing through Gotanda Station in Tokyo might want to keep an eye out for some tasty treats on sale for a limited time. Patisserie Giraud has opened a limited-time pop-up location inside the aptly-named shop Have You Eaten This Before? The pop-up will be open until May 31, 2022.


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    Celebrating the 10th anniversary of her major label debut, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is staying active in 2022. Next month, the singer will finally take to the stage at Coachella 2022 in California. In conjunction with the nationwide tour, the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project was launched to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities. The singer has just announced a collaboration with the now globally-recognized curry chain Go! Go! Curry!, headquartered in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.

     

    With locations popping up around the world, Go! Go! Curry! serves real Kanazawa-style curry. Kanazawa curry can be recognized by its thick roux, and it is often accompanied by plenty of shredded cabbage. Served on a stainless-steel plate, it can be eaten with a fork or spoon, and a crunchy cutlet is placed on top. 

     

    The collaboration logo is a mix of the key visual from Kyary’s current 10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 CANDY WAVE and the Go! Go! Curry! gorilla mascot. This recognizable ape is now seen wearing Kyary’s 10th-anniversary red ribbon.

     

    Fans can now buy the aptly named ‘Go! Go! Kyary!,’ a classic Kanazawa beef curry, from the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website. A collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo!

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