Delicious Matcha Desserts Released at Itohkyuemon Gion Shijo in Kyoto
Kyoto-based green tea company Itohkyuemon has been around since the end of the Edo period, its longevity having established itself has a hugely popular store. The company have just announced that they will open their first ever tea house extension in Kyoto called Itohkyuemon Gion Shijo on August 7.
The cafe will serve up its own exclusive menu items from desserts to meals.
(Left) Gion Parfait – ¥1,480 / (Right) Sweets Plate – ¥1,680
The Gion Parfait is made with high-quality Uji matcha, something Itohkyumon is renowned for. It’s served in a large parfait class bigger than their usual matcha parfait and is stacked sumptuously with chestnuts, tamba black beans, chocolate, a slice of Uji matcha roll cake, and more.
If you love Japanese tea then you’ll adore the Sweets Plate which is filled with an assortment of matcha and houjicha sweets.
Matcha Curry Udon: ¥980
The Matcha Curry Udon, which was previously sold only at the JR Uji Station branch of Itohkyuemon, will now be served at the new establishment. This Itohkyuemon-original dish is a combination of chewy matcha udon noodles and white broth matcha curry. The curry is also served as a souvenir; when it was first released in 2014 it sold out its stock of 2,000 in just two days. Experience matcha like never before when visiting Kyoto at Itohkyuemon Gion Shijo.
Itohkyuemon Gion Shijo
Address: 586 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto (Japanese Address: 京都市東山区四条通大和大路東南角祇園町南側586 井澤南ビル)
Business Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
No Fixed Holidays (Except New Year’s)
Price: ¥1,480 (Tax Included)
Price: ¥1,680 (Tax Included)
as Drink Set: ¥1,980 (Tax Included)
Matcha Curry Udon
Price: ¥980 (Tax Included)
as Rice Set: ¥1,240 (Tax Included)
as Rice & Mini Parfait Set: ¥1,580 (Tax Included)
Come Try These Tasty Matcha Meals and Desserts at OMATCHA SALON ー Coming Soon to Ikebukuro PARCO, Tokyo
From June 20, a new matcha tea shop will open on 8th floor of Ikebukuro PARCO Main Building (the restaurant floor). The OMATCHA SALON uses uji matcha green tea purchased from an old and traditional Kyoto shop called Kitagawa Hanbee Syouten.
Their famous Matcha Soba Seiro comes in 14 varieties. (Seiro is a cold noodle dish served with a warm dipping sauce). Along with the grand opening, OMATCHA SALON also announced the release of a curry and uji matcha soba noodle menu that is bound to be loved by everybody. The curry is to be served risotto-style with cheese and cha soba* made with Japanese-style dashi stock and then cooked in a porcelain dish.
*Cha soba is thin Japanese soba noodles that are infused with green tea.
The menu also features a detox salad cha soba which is served with a range of vegetables and assorted grains that are high in nutrients which are good for detoxing.
Other kinds of cha soba include the thick-sliced bacon carbonara cha soba which is made with a rich and creamy sauce, aromatic bacon and an onsen egg, which has a thicker yolk and runnier egg white.
There are also five tongue-tantalizing desserts, bubble tea made with fresh tapioca pearls, and much more. The desserts menu includes the Kitagawa Hanbee Syouten Mitarashi Dango which is a skewered rice dumplings in a sweet soy glaze and served with tiramisu which is made from mascarpone cream and uji matcha. There is also a tiramisu served with strawberry daifuku (rice cake stuffed with bean jam).
You should also check out the Ikebukuro-limited menu that serves Kogashi flour muscovado shaved ice.
As soon as you enter the OMATCHA SALON, you will notice a teakettle in the “CHASHITSU” where you can watch the finest selection of matcha tea being made before your very eyes. If you are looking for a place to take a relaxing break from your busy day, look no further than the OMATCHA SALON, Ikebukuro, PARCO.
OMATCHA SALON Ikebukuro PARCO
Location: 8th floor Ikebukuro PARCO main building
Address: 1-28-2, Ikebukuro, Minamiikebukuro, Toshima City,
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (Last orders: food: 22:00, drinks: 22:30)
OMATCHA SALON Official Website: https://omatcha-salon.jp/
Mogu Mogu Nippon | Convenience Store: 3 Seven Eleven Matcha Desserts
If you are wondering what Japan is particularly good at, matcha desserts is definitely one of them. However, you don’t have to go to a shop that specialises in matcha sweets to get your fill. Matcha desserts can be easily obtained from the convenience store and once you start, it is hard to stop.
Today, Instagrammer Yukko is going to introduce you to three delicious matcha desserts that you can get from Seven Eleven.
Dorayaki Pancakes Filled With Matcha Cream ￥278 (before tax)
Seven Eleven is always selling some kind of delicious matcha cream-filled dorayaki. This time, the name has been changed slightly. This dorayaki is just ￥3 more expensive than last time, however it looks just as good as it always has. You just will not be able to resist buying it.
As you take your first bite of this high-quality snack, the scent of the matcha will reach you first, followed by the flavour of the matcha which spreads instantly through your mouth. The matcha is rich yet so light that it will instantly melt on your tongue. The pancakes sandwiching the large creamy matcha filling are both fluffy and thick. Cut it in half and you will not be able to resist.
This is a wonderful snack to sink your teeth into while you walk. If you want to keep your hands clean, you could even use a spoon to scoop out the filling. Enjoy it in your own unique way as it is tasty no matter how you choose to enjoy it!
Matcha and Matcha Parfait ￥278
As the name implies, this matcha parfait is the perfect opportunity to taste a variety of matcha flavours in one single tub. From the bottom, the cup is filled with matcha jelly, followed by matcha mousse, milk mousse and matcha whipped cream. Within the layers of matcha whipped cream you will discover a goldmine of matcha jelly and a dorayaki pancake core.
The matcha flavour of the jelly is quite weak, however its wobbly and springy texture contributes to the deliciousness of the parfait. The moderately sweet whipped cream combined with the matcha flavour is perfectly balanced. The milk mousse has a rich, milky flavour. It may be sweet, however the matcha mousse underneath it is slightly bitter, so enjoy them together for a delicious overall flavour.
The fluffy matcha mousse and rich matcha is unbelievably delicious. The dorayaki centre is soft, fluffy and thick which accents the flavour. Overall, the parfait is not overpoweringly sweet and the matcha flavour is gentle on your tongue.
Uji Matcha Cream Mochi: ￥110 (before tax )
Uji Matcha Cream Mochi is a soft, thin and chewy dough that is rolled out thin and then wrapped around a large spoon of uji matcha cream. This is always a popular pick. Last time, they served the uji matcha chocolate mochi. I wonder how the Uji Matcha Cream Mochi will taste!
This time, the mochi has a slightly more springy texture. The outside is chewy, yet the inside is gooey. This mochi cake is bursting with matcha so you can really enjoy the matcha flavour. The bitter matcha flavour is perfectly balanced with a touch of sweetness. This dessert even come with a fork so that you don’t have to get your hands dirty.
I know, it is hard to choose which matcha dessert to try. Convenience stores are always refreshing the varieties of goods they sell, so if you are particularly attracted to any of the desserts mentioned above, it is probably best to try them before they are replaced.
Mogu Mogu Yukko introduces lots of desserts and sweets that are easily found in convenience stores and supermarkets on her Instagram so please check out her other posts:
Photos and Text: Mogu Mogu Yukko
Häagen-Dazs uses first tea pick of the season to make luxurious matcha and hojicha tea ice creams!
24.May.2019 | FOOD
Häagen-Dazs Japan is releasing the matcha-flavoured crispy sandwich ice cream Green Tea Crème brûlée and a Japanese tea-flavoured latte ice cream in a mini cup called Hojicha latte. These two new ice cream flavours will be released on Tuesday 21st May countrywide at the same time for a limited period.
Green Tea Crème brûlée crispy sandwich ice cream (for a limited time only ) ¥272 (RRP before tax)
The matcha crème brûlée made from matcha custard and caramel is the perfect flavour combination. This is encased in two crispy wafers. The rich aroma of matcha and the high quality sweetness is complemented with the creamy custard of the crème brûlée and provides a rich flavour for you to enjoy. A generous amount of caramel powder is used to create a deep-flavoured crème brûlée caramel. After biting through the crispy, fragrant wafer you will reach the subtle bitter flavour of the caramel.
Mini Cup Hojicha latte (for a limited time only ) ¥272 (RRP before tax)
Two types of hojicha tea latte swirl together with a maple finish. You can enjoy the real taste of tea leaves and their delicious aromatic flavour. This ice cream became very popular when it was sold in 2017. It was made using leaves from the first pick of the tea season. These leaves are less bitter and less acidic, so you can enjoy the elegance of the tea along with the luxurious flavour of the milk. Both of these combined create an exquisite flavour. The temperature of the water in which the tea is brewed and the time it is brewed for has been carefully managed to produce a clear, refreshing aftertaste whilst maintaining the highly aromatic hojicha fragrance.
Indulge in these two exquisite Häagen-Dazs ice creams filled with carefully balanced flavours.
Häagen-Dazs Matcha Crème brûlée (for a limited time only)
Launch: Tues 21/05/2019
Available at: Supermarkets countrywide, convenience stores, department stores, etc
Häagen-Dazs special edition website: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/green_tea_creme_brulee/
Häagen-Dazs Hojicha latte (for a limited time only)
Launch: Tues 21/05/2019
Available at: Supermarkets countrywide, convenience stores, department stores, etc
Häagen-Dazs special edition website: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/houjicha_latte/
Gion Tsujiri, Kyoto Releases Mouthwatering Summer-Limited Peach X Matcha Milkshake
20.June.2019 | FOOD
For a limited period, popular Ujicha and Matcha (green tea) sweets shop Gion Tsujiri will release the Summer-Coloured Matcha Milkshake.
Summer-Coloured Matcha Milkshake: ￥700 (after tax)
Specially-selected, rich-flavoured matcha and mild milk is deliciously blended to make a matcha milkshake. This is topped with fresh fruity peach whipped cream and a generous serving of juicy yellow peach pieces. This summer-limited drink is the perfect balance of sweet and sour.
Gion Tsujiri stays true to its traditional sweet-making values whilst developing new ways to enjoy them. Make sure you pop by!
Andy Warhol Exhibition in Kyoto: Select Major Artworks Revealed
20.November.2019 | SPOT
An exhibition centred around Andy Warhol, the American artist who was at the forefront of the pop art movement, is set to roll up to the Kyocera Museum of Art in Kyoto from September 19, 2020. Around 200 pieces of art will be showcasedーover 100 of which have never been displayed in Japan beforeーas well as 15 video art pieces.
Three Marilyns (1962), Andy Warhol. The Andy Warhol Museum. *First showcasing in Japan
All of the pieces to be shown at the exhibition are the property of The Andy Warhol Museum, which is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the US, where Warhol was born.
The Last Supper (1986), Andy Warhol. *First showcasing in Japan
Tunafish Disaster (1963), Andy Warhol. *First showcasing in Japan
Peacock (1957), Andy Warhol. *First showcasing in Japan
The line-up displays Warhol’s diverse works, including his highly treasured Three Marilyns, as well as Tunafish Disaster from his Death and Disaster series, the enormous The Last Supper piece, Peacock which makes use of the Japanese style of gold leaf art, and more.
Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera) (1956), Andy Warhol.
The exhibition will also turn its attention to Warhol’s connections to Kyoto which haven’t been discussed before. It will feature Warhol’s sketch of Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto which he drew during his trip around the world.
*All pieces are property of The Andy Warhol Museum
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
ANDY WARHOL KYOTO
Running: September 19, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Location: Toyama Cube, Kyoto Kyocera Museum of Art
Exhibition Website: https://www.andywarholkyoto.jp/
Exhibition Twitter: https://twitter.com/andywarholkyoto/
Exhibition Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andywarholkyoto/
Exhibition Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andywarholkyoto/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Frozen 2 Milk Tea Muffins
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.
In this recipe, you’ll learn to make cupcakes based on the upcoming Disney film Frozen 2 which is set to hit theatres worldwide on November 22, 2019. These cupcakes are inspired by the Anna and Elsa poster design for the movie. This recipe has parts that are a little more tricky compared to my usual recipes, but put yourself to the test and you’ll end up with something delicious!
Milk Tea Muffin Ingredients (Makes 5)
100g weak flour
70g unsalted butter
50g granulated sugar
1 tsp bottled chestnut syrup
5-6 chestnuts preserved in syrup
50ml milk tea
*To make the milk tea, add one black tea bag into 70ml of milk and draw 50ml from that
Bean Paste Ingredients
500g white bean paste (shiro-an in Japanese)
25g unsalted butter (room temperature)
A bit of of vanilla extract
A bit of Wilton White icing colour
1. First, we’ll make the milk tea muffins. Bring the unsalted butter to room temperature and whisk with a hand mixer. Add the granulated sugar and continue to whisk. Whisk the egg fully, and then add slowly to the mixture. Make sure to add the egg slowly so as to not split the butter.
2. Sieve the wheat flour and baking powder and add to the mix. Slowly add the milk tea and continue to whisk to bring the mixture together.
3. Add a teaspoon of the chestnut syrup. Chop the chestnuts and add those too, then mix once again.
4. Add 70-80% of the mixture equally between five cupcake cups. Bake at 170° for approximately 25 minutes.
5. Next, we’ll make the bean paste cream. Do this by mixing together the white bean paste, unsalted butter, milk, vanilla extract, and Wilton White all at once. The Wilton White makes the cream turn a pure white colour.
6: Allow the muffins to cool, lather over the bean paste to taste, and finally decorate. All done!
I added colouring to chocolate plastic for the chest part of the dress. Then I cut it up and added it to the cupcakes. I hope you enjoyed the recipe, be sure to try making your own movie-inspired handmade desserts at home too!
The long-awaited sequel to Disney’s blockbuster animated is right around the corner. The first Frozen film touched the entire world with its frosty beauty with both its story and music. Let It Go in particular was a worldwide phenomenon, and was an immense hit in Japan too.
Frozen 2 will see Elsa embark on a dangerous journey with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven as she discovers why she was born with magical powers, the answer to which is threatening her kingdom.
The new film’s main theme, Into The Unknown, captures the complex feelings and emotions Elsa holds as she steps forth, with all her anxieties and hopes, into a new world.
Frozen 2 Trailer Japanese Version
The first Frozen film was a widespread global hit and there’s no denying that Frozen 2 will follow in its footsteps. Get together with your family, friends or lover to watch it for the best experience.
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!
©2019 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Release Date: November 22, 2019
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios/Motion Pictures
Directors: Chris Buck/Jeniffer Lee
Starring: Idina Menzel (as Elsa), Kristen Bell (as Anna)
Official Website: https://disney.co.uk/movies/frozen-2
Heart-Meltingly Cute Olaf Confection to Arrive in 7-Eleven to Celebrate Frozen 2
Tabemas is a Japanese confectionery series of small, traditional sweets designed to look like characters. To celebrate the release of Frozen 2 on November 22, the series is releasing an Olaf confection which will be sold at 7-Eleven convenience stores across Japan from the same day as the release of the film.
The series name “Tabemas” means “edible mascot” and as the name suggests, Olaf has completely transformed into a delicious traditional sweet from carrot nose to adorable feet. In sweet form, the 40mm-tall chubby Olaf is stood still, staring up at you with adorable round eyes overflowing with adoration.
This is a traditional nerikiri confection made from bean paste and soft mochi to a surprising level of detail. Even the snowflake pattern has been recreated. As Frozen 2 is set in autumn, Olaf has been stuffed with the most appropriate autumn flavour: maple. This small and dainty confection is the perfect treat for people of all ages.
These are in limited stock so hurry down to your nearest 7-Eleven from November 22 if you are interested.
Tabemas Confectionary Series: Frozen 2 Olaf
Recommended Retail Price: ¥258 (Before Tax)
Release Date: November 22, 2019
Available at: The chilled desserts section of 7-Eleven convenience stores across Japan
*As these are in limited stock, sales will end once stock has been depleted.
*Not available at all 7-Eleven convenience stores.
More Information: https://www.bandai.co.jp/candy/tabemas/olaf/
TOTOCO Odawara: Kanagawa’s Sea Food Theme Park Opens November 22
Gyoko no Eki TOTOCO Odawara is a new “fish theme park” set to have its grand opening on November 22, 2019 at 10:00am (JST).
The facility was established to promote further exchanges with Odawara Fishing Port which is said to be the biggest fish market in western Kanagawa Prefecture. It is the first “Fishing Port” (Gyoko no Eki*) and will sell seafood sourced locally, fishery products and more, as well as hold events to help promote Odawara.
The building has three flours. The first floor is like a marketplace where fish, fishery products, produce, and more will be sold. The second and third floors house seafood restaurants and offer a panoramic view of Sagami Bay. This view is best observed from the terrace while you enjoy your delicious meal.
*Fishing Port (in Japanese: Gyoko no Eki, or 漁港の駅) is a registered trademark of Odawara City to highlight facilities that promote exchange with Odawara Fishing Port. (Registered Trademark No.: 6163121).
Odawara Fishing Port sells fresh fish sourced from the waters of Sagami Bay, which houses a variety of fish species, as well as fish and processed marine products from around Japan. TOTOCO Odawara will sell these very same products, all delivered directly from the port, to help spread the fishing culture and economy of Odawara.
Let’s take a look at some of the delicious gourmet seafood meals you can expect to tuck into at TOTOCO Odawara!
Totomaru Summit Bowl – ¥2,480
A hearty and towering dish so high that it looks like it might topple over.
Greedy Sea Urchin Eggs & Salmon Roe Bowl – ¥4,280
A dream combination you’ve been waiting for your entire life. Savour the richness and sweetness of both of these mouth-watering delights.
Oyster Egg Donburi Set – ¥1,680
You can’t even see the rice any more for the pile of tasty oyster eggs, with their exquisitely soft texture.
Osashimi Tengoku – Odawara Kaisen GO GO
The third floor of the building is home to Osashimi Tengoku – Odawara Kaisen GO GO, a restaurant that calls itself “Sashimi Heaven” and offers a 59 minute all-you-can-eat buffet of fish, sides, desserts and more.
59 Minute All-You-Can-Eat
Adults – ¥2,590 / Children (Elementary School & Younger) – ¥1,390 / 3-Years & Younger – Free (All Prices Before Tax)
Gyoko no Eki TOTOCO Odawara is easily reachable from Tokyo and right next to the local station. If you’ve come to Japan looking to try the country’s famous seafood, then make sure to put this place on your list.
Gyoko no Eki TOTOCO Odawara
Address: 1-28 Hayakawa, Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture (West side of of Odawara Fishing Port)
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Subject to change depending on the season)
Access: By train – 10 minutes on foot from JR Hayakawa Station / By car – 2 minutes from Seishō Bypass Hayakawa Interchange or 4 minutes from Odawara-Atsugi Road Odawara-Nishi Interchange
Official Website: https://www.totoco-odawara.com
The Perfect Souvenir: Kyoto’s Famous OTABE Confections in Velvety Matcha Chocolate
17.November.2019 | FOOD
If you’re in Kyoto looking for a delicious elegant souvenir for your people back home then BijuuCo.,ltd. is your port of call. Their irresistible desserts vary from their well known sweet bean paste-filled Yatsuhashi to their Kyo-Baum. They will be releasing the mouthwatering Matcha Chocolate OTABE from November 20, 2019.
The rich aroma of the matcha chocolate will be the first thing to entice you. The matcha Yatsuhashi is made from specially selected water and Koshihikari rice, which is famed as Japan’s best rice. The soft and chewy texture of the Yatsuhashi dough gently embraces a velvety, melt-in-the-mouth matcha chocolate ganache filling. These OTABE confections are bursting with the flavours of Kyoto and are only available to purchase for a limited period.
OTABE combined with Kyoto’s famous matcha chocolate is matcha match made in heaven. If you’re ever in Kyoto, you must try it.
Matcha Chocolate OTABE
Selling: November 20, 2019 to the start of May, 2020
Price: Box of 10 (2 packs of 5): ¥660 Before Tax
Eat within 11 days of production.
Purchasable from souvenir shops in Kyoto and Kyoto Station.
Official Website: http://www.otabe.kyoto.jp/
Take a Look at Daimaru Tokyo’s Delicious Seasonal Sweets Line-Up
16.November.2019 | FOOD
With the weather getting colder and colder, don’t you just want to snuggle up indoors under a nice warm blanket and eat tasty sweets and snacks? well, if you’re in Tokyo this autumn, head to Hoppe Town on the first floor of Daimaru Tokyo where they’re selling a bunch of different seasonal sweets from November 20 to 26. We’re going to showcase a select few.
Cookie Doumei Assorted Box
Contains 10 (5 Types, 2 Each) – ¥1,900 @ Cookie Doumei (Floor 1F)
Enjoy a box of assorted cookies made by a UK-based cookie brand with a recipe like that mother uses. These simple baked cookies are made with wheat flour from Japan, fruits, spices, and chocolate.
Premium Chocolate (Dark/Matcha)
Contains 5 – ¥1,080 Each @ Dari K (Floor B1F) *Available until December 3, 2019
These crunchy and buttery biscuit sandwiches come in two flavours: a dark chocolate and salt, and a matcha made with freshly powdered matcha from Kyoto. These biscuits only appear a few times in Tokyo throughout the year at events, so don’t miss out on this rare opportunity.
¥345 Each @ Le Soeur (Floor 1F)
Bearing a crunchy exterior and chewy inside, these rich chocolatey canelé are topped with almond for added texture. Change it up and put them in the fridge to set for a crispier texture.
Caramel & Raspberry
Contains 5 – ¥675 @ Caramel Verger (Floor B1F) *Available until December 3, 2019
These crunchy chocolate cookies are filled with a mix of dried fruits, caramel and cornflakes. The sourness of the berries coupled with the smoothness of the caramel is to die for!
Premium Natural Sweets
Contains 10 – ¥1,500 @ Lady Bear (Floor B1F)
These raw chocolates from Lady Bear get their natural sweetness from a delicious agave syrup. Delicious, tempting, irresistible.
Baked Mallow Crystal Cherry
Contains 4 – ¥1,382 @ Baked Mallow (Floor 1F) *Available until November 30, 2019
Graham crackers covered in couverture chocolate with high cocoa content and stuffed with fluffy marshmallow and a whole juicy Amarena cherry. What’s not to like? These are available in a very limited number, don’t miss out!
Which of these six tasty treats are most tempting to you?
Running: November 20, 2019 – November 26, 2019
Location: Hoppe Town, Daimaru Tokyo Floor 1F (1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)
Daimaru Tokyo Official Website: https://www.daimaru.co.jp/tokyo/
McDonald’s Japan to Release Hot Cinnamon Melts Dessert For Wintertime
14.November.2019 | FOOD
Roll up to McDonald’s in Japan from November 20 to enjoy the return of the delicious Cinnamon Melts dessert, coming to all branches across the country.
McDonald’s Melts series is a popular dessert in Japan. It introduced the new Double Chocolate Melts earlier this year. Customers have been waiting for the return of the elusive Cinnamon Melts since 2017, the first time the flavour made an appearance in seven long years. Well, their wish has finally come true. Look forward to tucking into soft pastry glazed with cinnamon sugar and drizzled in a sweet cream cheese syrup.
When customers open a box of these delicious delights, their noses are met with the tempting cent of cinnamon. Served warm, they are the perfect choice for tackling the harsh cold weather.
Compare their test with the Double Chocolate Melts which were released on November 6 and are still available for a limited time, or pair them with a cup of Premium Roast Coffee which the fast food chain revamped this year with a richer and more delicious flavour.
Price: ¥300 (Tax Included)
Running: November 20, 2019 – Late January 2020 (Subject to change)
Available: At most McDonald’s branches in Japan
*Price may vary from branch to branch and for McDelivery
Double Chocolate Melts
Price: ¥330 (Tax Included)
Running: Now Until Late January 2020 (Subject to change)
Available: At most McDonald’s branches in Japan
*Price may vary from branch to branch and for McDelivery
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Instagram-Worthy New York Christmas Lunch and Dessert Buffet Jollies Up Omotesando, Tokyo
BAR & GRILL DUMBO is a restaurant heavily inspired by the Brooklyn neighbourhood town of Dumbo in New York. They will be adding a sprinkle of New York Christmas magic to the menu from November 7 – December 25, 2019 with the Christmas New York lunch and dessert buffet.
The buffet table will be filled with irresistibly cute and delicious desserts. From the Statue of Liberty to Brooklyn Bridge, the background is lined with skyscrapers and New York’s most iconic landmarks.
The S’more Bar is the perfect opportunity to toast your own marshmallows. Sandwich your molten marshmallow between two crackers to enhance your New York Christmas experience.
Put your icing skills to the test at the Iced Biscuits Corner where you can enjoy decorating your own biscuits to your liking.
There is more than just desserts, however. You must try the Christmas gratin, which is garnished with a jolly green Christmas tree made from romanesco broccoli. There is also a DUMBO Caesar Salad in the shape of a wreath, a delicious Roast Turkey Breast dish and much more.
Make sure to pop down to Omotesando for a jolly New York-style Christmas celebration.
Christmas in New York Lunch and Dessert Buffet
Running: November 7 – December 25, 2019
Location: BAR & GRILL DUMBO, The Strings Omotesando Floor 2
Address: The Strings Omotesando, 3 Chome-6-8 Kitaaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo
Running: 15:00 – 16:30 (90-minute time slot)
Buffet Photography Times: 14:45 – 15:00
Prices: Adults:¥4,500/ Children: ¥2,250 *Tax and Service Charge Included)
Make Your Own Matcha Drink and Try Black Bean Butter Toast in Nakameguro, Tokyo
13.November.2019 | FOOD
If you’re looking for a cool café experience in Tokyo then head to Nakameguro for a goldmine of craft beer taprooms, coffee roasters and restaurants. One café to consider adding to your list of must-go places is music café and wine bar epulor. The café has added a number of exquisite and unique items to its menu this November including a matcha drink, black bean paste and butter toast and craft cola.
Take a seat and admire the walls of old records which create a soothing artistic atmosphere while sipping your cup of the café’s specialty hand drip coffee or sommelier-selected wine as the music of old records fills the air. When you have finished, feel free to take a gander at the gallery corner to appreciate the cafés art.
The November menu introduces a high-quality matcha by UK brand Matchæologist®, providing the opportunity to make and enjoy your own matcha drink. From the high-quality rich flavour to the contemporary design of the tea vessel, Matchæologist® lives up to its reputation as artisanal matcha green tea specialists.
Fans of epulor’s popular Red Bean Paste and Butter Toast are in for a treat as the café is now serving up the Black Bean Paste and Butter Toast. The bread is a charcoal bread from the bakery Lotus baguette, which uses only natural yeast, Japan-produced wheat and no additives. The binchotan charcoal used to prepare the bread is a traditional charcoal which has been used since the Edo period. The appearance is just as striking as its taste.
The café has also started to sell Japan’s craft cola TOMO COLA. The cola is spiced with flavours from around the world including kola nut, nutmeg, Japanese herbs and Japanese citrus fruits. This natural cola contains no additives so you can indulge in the taste of nature and enjoy a unique flavourful experience of Japan.
epulor is the perfect spot to enjoy a luxurious moment of relaxation during your busy day while immersing yourself in an artistic and cultural experience.
Address: ESCENARIO AOBADAI Floor 1, 1-19-10,Aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00
Krispy Kreme Celebrates the Year of the Rat With Cute New Year’s Doughnuts
13.November.2019 | FOOD
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Japan is releasing three new end-of-year doughnuts on December 26. They will be available for a limited time only.
2020 is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac, and so Krispy Kreme has taken that theme to create its own adorable rat doughnut. Lathered in caramel chocolate, this cute doughnut is filled with rock salt caramel cream. Its eyes, tail and large round ears are made of dark chocolate while its nose is made of coffee chocolate.
The second New Year’s doughnut in the series is the Lucky Strawberry Ring (¥230), which gets its deep crimson colour from the sweet and sour nappage made from strawberry puree and milky white chocolate. It’s finished with sprinkles of freeze-dried strawberries and gold leaf for that festive touch.
The Snowman Chocolate (¥230) is a cute snowman shaped doughnuts filled with a rich chocolate cream and covered in a milky snow white chocolate coating. Together with the Lucky Strawberry Ring, you get a festive mix of red and white which are symbolic colours of the New Year in Japan.
The three doughnuts are also available to purchase in a box set called Good Luck Zodiac Dozen which comes with twelve doughnuts including four Original Glazed®, the chain’s most popular doughnut.
Welcome the new year with some delicious and kawaii doughnuts from Krispy Kreme Japan.
New Year’s Doughnuts
Available: December 26, 2019 to Mid-January 2020 (subject to change)
Official Website: https://krispykreme.jp/
Instagram Launches #MY TOKYO IS Campaign With Tokyo Metropolitan Government
12.November.2019 | SPOT
Instagram launched a campaign with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government entitled “#MY TOKYO IS” on November 11 together with three limited-time stamps that can be used on people’s Instagram stories.
The campaign is a global initiative to have people capture their favourite moments in Tokyo in the form of photos, videos and stories on Instagram. Shared posts will be used to curate places and scenery in Tokyo that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government want to showcase to the people of the world. This curation will take the form of an exhibitionーwhich will take place at GINZA ATRIUM on floor 6F of GINZA SIX and GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS in late March 2020ーas well as a website and a book.
Statistics have shown that Instagram has a significant influence on the Japanese economy in terms of tourism, and so the Tokyo Metropolitan Government hopes that this interactive campaign will help to promote the city to tourists and travellers worldwide.
The stamps created as part of the campaign only appear in the tray when you’re in the city of Tokyo. When you click the stamp, the #MYTOKYOIS search result page will be displayed, allowing you to see the other photos and videos posted by the people who have used the campaign hashtag.
If you’re in Tokyo, then be sure to get involved in the campaign and show the world your favourite things about the city!
Enter via Feed Posts
・Follow the official Tokyo Tokyo Instagram account @tokyotokyooldmeetsnew
・Add hashtags #MYTOKYOIS and #TokyoTokyo to your post
・Add spot or location info to the photo or video you took, and post
Enter via Stories
・Follow the official Tokyo Tokyo Instagram account @tokyotokyooldmeetsnew
・Use the #MYTOKYOIS sticker or add the hashtag #MYTOKYOIS using the text tool / hashtag sticker
・Add spot or location sticker of the photo or video you took, and post
#MY TOKYO IS Campaign Website
BAKE CHEESE TART will be baking up another fresh flavour which will be released in BAKE CHEESE TART shops across the country from November 15. The new featured flavour is of a Japanese Satsuma sourced from Shizuoka prefecture called Mikka Mikan. The brand new Mikan Cheese Tart will be sold at BAKE CHEESE TART shops countrywide.
The Mikka Mikan Satsumas used for the cheese tart are sourced from Shizuoka, which is renowned for its deep history of producing Mikka Mikans, which are a kind of Satsuma Mandarin (Unshu Mikan). The Mikka Mikans are used to make a purée and powder which is then mixed with an original recipe cheese mousse for the tart.
This flavour first arrived at BAKE CHEESE TART’s PARCHÉ branch in Shizuoka to celebrate its grand opening back in November 2018. The tart was intended to be a delicacy limited to the Shizuoka branch and to only be sold for a limited time. However, following its immense popularity, the Mikka Mikan Cheese Tart is going to be released again this winter for a limited time.
The mild and fresh cheese mousse is perfectly balanced with the tangy sweetness of the Mikka Mikans. The subtle sweetness of the biscuit base makes for the perfect match with the soft cheese mousse which will melt in your mouth.
BAKE CHEESE TART is also running an Instagram campaign involving the hashtag #おすそわけタルト. Those who purchase the Mikan Cheese Tart and post a photo of it on Instagram during the limited time period have the chance to enter a prize draw for a BAKE CHEESE TART coupon.
Warm up your heart with a soft and sweet, freshly-baked cheese tart and join in the campaign fun.
Mikan Cheese Tart
Price: ¥280 each (Tax Included)
Selling: November 15, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Available at: BAKE CHEESE TART shops across Japan *Not available at ASSE Hiroshima and SAN-A PARCO CITY branches.
More Information: https://cheesetart.com/en/
Instagram Campaign Information #おすそわけタルト
Running: November 15 – November 30, 2019
Prize: A coupon for 6 freshly-baked cheese tarts from BAKE CHEESE TART (20 winners)
* For more information on application requirements and how to apply, please refer to BAKE CHEESE TART’s social media websites.
BAKE CHEESE TART Official Website: https://cheesetart.com/en/