Visiting Hakone? Pick Up A Freshly Baked Hakone Basque Cheesecake

29.July.2019 | FOOD

A brand new Basque Cheesecake shop called Hakone Cheese Terrace opened on July 26th. The carefully balanced rich flavour and smooth texture of these cheesecakes makes them the perfect Hakone souvenir! Basque cheesecake is a type of burnt cheesecake that originated from Basque, Spain.

Hakone is home to a large number of Japan’s popular tourist spots as well as relaxing hot springs and beautiful nature. Located just 1.5 hours from Tokyo, Hakone has an extraordinary atmosphere which will heal both your body and mind. Hakone Cheese Terrace opened to enhance the appeal of the nature surrounding Hakone resorts and to contribute to the fascinating culture of the area. 

The basque cheesecake comes in a mini cup so customers can enjoy this delicious treat while on the go exploring the local area. This is also the perfect souvenir size.

The cheesecakes at Hakone Cheese Terrace are made mostly from locally sourced ingredients. For a creamy, fresh taste, milk sourced from the south of Hakone is combined with high-quality cream cheese. An original recipe blend is used for a rich flavour and smooth texture.

The cheesecakes are baked fresh at the shop so you can enjoy your cheesecake at its most delicious stage. Rock salt, black pepper and soy sauce are available as toppings for customers to discover a new flavour.

 

Come enjoy the flavours of Hakone to your heart’s content at Hakone Cheese Terrace

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    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?

     

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Hello Kitty No-Bake Cheesecake

    14.April.2019 | 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.

     

    In this recipe you’ll learn how to make a no-bake cheesecake by simply combining and mixing! This easy recipe can be followed by anyone and can be easily changed into a character cake of your choosing. Chocolate plates are hard to make but if you follow these steps you’ll be able to make your own in no time!

     

     

    Ingredients

    200g cream cheese

    200g fresh cream

    70g sugar

    1 tbsp lemon juice

    10g gelatin

    20 crackers (I used Ritz crackers)

    50g unsalted butter

     

    Preparation

    ・Add 5 tbsp water into the gelatin. Head it in the microwave for 40 seconds before combining with the cream cheese.

    ・Melt the unsalted butter in the microwave

    ・Let the cream cheese come to room temperature and then wrap the bowl in cling film before leaving to soften in the microwave.

     

    1.

    ①Blitz 10 crackers in a food processor and then pour in your melted unsalted butter. Add the other 10 crackers and blitz again.

    Add the mix into a cake tin. Wrap a potato masher in cling film like the photo below and press the mix.

    *By pressing multiple times with force at this stage it will prevent the biscuit from breaking later when the cake is cooked.

    2.

    ①Blitz the cream cheese and sugar in the food processor to combine.

    ②Transfer the combined cream cheese and sugar into a bowl and add the lemon juice, fresh cream and the microwaved gelatin.

    ③Once fully mixed pour it on top of your cracker in the cake tin. Put into the refrigerator to fully cool and solidify. Your no-bake cheesecake is done!

    Next we need to draw Hello Kitty’s face. I made a video so check that out below too.

     

    1: Get a picture of Hello Kitty (or character of your choice) and affix see-through baking paper on top with sellotape.

     

    2: Trace the lines of the picture with a chocolate pen that has been warmed.

    *The fatter your lines the less likely it is to break when you put it on the cake.

     

    3: Once you’ve finished drawing, place it into the refrigerator to harden. Once both the cheesecake and chocolate have cooled you can begin decorating.

     

    4: Place the hardened chocolate on top of the cheesecake.

    *Don’t worry if your chocolate breaks a little when putting it on top. You can join the broken lines back up once you’ve placed it on so nobody will know.

     

    5: Once the framework is on add the eyes and nose making sure to check the sizes and balance. Finally, fill in the ribbon and clothing with either strawberry sauce or strawberry jam that has been mixed with a bit of water.

     

    And you’re done!

    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!

  • 5 Refreshing Shaved Ice Desserts to Try in Japan This Summer – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    28.July.2019 | FOOD

    The Japanese photo app LINE STEP is used to look up the hottest and most popular spots in your current location. The company has just revealed this summer’s Top 10 must-try shaved ice desserts in Tokyo.

    We’re going to take a look at our 5 most recommended from the selection.

     

    Shaved Ice Serve in an Entire Watermelon at KKOTBING

    KKOTBING in Jiyūgaoka serves Korean-style shaved ice, including their very Instagrammable melon shaved ice which is served in an entire melon! The mango yoghurt flavoured shaved ice is also a tantalizing treat guaranteed to make you drool with its refreshing combination of fresh mango pieces and light yoghurt. The store even has photo spots where you can set down your shaved ice and snap tempting photos to show off online.

     

    LINE STEP Page: https://m.linestep.io/review/1293001925947556534

     

    ▼KKOTBING

    Address: Jiyūgaoka Masumoto Bldg. 1F, 1-26-3 Jiyūgaoka, Meguro Ward, Tokyo

    Business Hours: Weekdays 12:00-23:00 / Weekends 11:30-22:30 (Food & Drink Last Orders 22:00)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: https://kkotbing-japan.com/

     

     

    Super Fluffy Shaved Ice Made With Natural Ice at Shigeyoshi


    Everybody knows about Shigeyoshi in the northern part of Senju. Every year without fail, you could be waiting up to 2 hours during shaved ice season at this hugely popular store. The unmissable menu choice this year is their cute strawberry flavoured bear shaved ice. This succulent strawberry selection is swimming in strawberry sauce. And don’t worry, the ears won’t melt or slide off while you’re taking your photo!

    LINE STEP Page: https://m.linestep.io/review/1293003652490855077

     

    ▼Shigeyoshi

    Address: 1-24-8 Senju, Adachi City, Tokyo

    Business Hours: 11:00-18:00 (*Summer season hours)

    Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays (Subject to change

    Official Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/shige_2017

     

    Cute, Crunchy & Fluffy Shaved Ice at foru cafe

    Out shopping or taking purikura pictures in Harajuku? Then make sure you drop by foru cafe which is famous for its brulee French toast. This summer, the cafe has whipped up a very special strawberry milk pavlova shaved ice dessert. The creamy and refreshing taste of the milk mixes lovingly with the sweetness of the strawberries. It’s all crowned with a crunchy meringue too which makes a delicious pairing with the shaved ice. Oh, and there’s a lemon pavlova version too which is super refreshing!

     

    LINE STEP Page: https://m.linestep.io/review/1292991141230150422

     

    ▼foru cafe

    Address: WeWork Iceberg 1F, 6-12-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Business Hours: 9:00-19:00 (Food Last Orders 18:00 / Drink Last Orders 18:30)

    Official Website: https://forucafe.com/

     

     

    Make Your Own Shaved Ice at #gram factory

    If you’d like a little serving of self-customisation with your shaved ice then you’ll want to head to#gram factory where you are free to choose your own toppings to make your own personalised dessert. Their milk flavoured shaved ice is made only with milk and condensed milk for a smooth and fluffy texture. Their popular choices include “SNOW QUEEN” where you can pick from various cute cookies like a flamingo or shell, and #OREOgram which is piled full of crunchy Oreo cookies. Delicious AND Instagram-worthy!

     

    LINE STEP Page: https://m.linestep.io/review/1293361333047132186

     

    ▼#gram factory

    Address: 2-15-1 Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

    Business Hours: 11:00-20:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/gram_factory/

     

     

    Combinations and Toppings You Have Never Seen Before at Ichou no Ki

    Last on our list is Ichou no Ki where you can experience their beautiful hydrangea shaved ice. The littering of purple and light blue petal toppings are made from agar-agar to look like a hydrangea. Hiding underneath the white shaved ice is matcha cream, mint powder, houjicha tea syrup, and cornflakes, making for a kaleidoscope of colours and textures.

     

    LINE STEP Page: https://m.linestep.io/review/1293370743358226467

     

    ▼Ichou no Ki

    Address: 1-28-14 Kita-Shinagawa, Shinagawa, Tokyo

    Business Hours:

    [July-September] 11:30 until all reservations are made

    [October-June] 11:30-17:00

    *Group bookings can only be made for groups of 4 and under

    Closed: Thursdays (and select days which can be found on the shop’s official blog)

    Official Blog: http://s.ameblo.jp/ichounoki1979/

     

    Nothing beats shaved ice when the weather’s hot, so eat as much of it as you can this summer while in Tokyo.

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    Chocolate Parfait Flurry / Phrase Parfait Flurry

    The original Parfait Flurry desserts are made in the image of a bloomed flower. When they were released back in April 2019, they instantly garnered attention across social media and news websites for their gorgeous design. Pascal Le Gac Tokyo has brought them back to the menu, this time in the form of cakes.

     

    Cakes that are like parfaits

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  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make a Toy Story’s Little Green Men Japanese Parfait

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    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.

     

    We’re all locked up at home right now as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and so I want to show you a fun character ice cream recipe that can be made with things you have at home! In this recipe, we’ll learn how to make a Japanese parfait made in the image of the Little Green Men from Toy Story. This recipe is taken from the recipe book Disney Tsum Tsum Sweets Recipes.

     

    Ingredients

    Matcha Ice Cream

    Chocolate Pens

    Fruit

    Toppings of your choice, such as red bean paste or soy flour

     

    1.

    Draw the eyes, ears, and antennae of your little green men onto a baking sheet using a chocolate pen. Place into the freezer to chill.

     

    2.

    Let the ice cream come to room temperature so it’s easier to scoop, then scoop out with a round ice cream scoop.

    You can get an ice cream scoop from a dollar store. If you don’t have one, place the softened ice cream into something round, and then let it harden again in the freezer. Afterwards, remove and place it into some cling film to shape it roundーthe same method you use for making onigiri rice balls in Japan. Then let it solidify in the freezer once more.

     

    3.

    Before letting your ice cream from Step ② fully solidify, first place on the face parts from Step ①. If your ice cream is completely solidified and not soft enough, the parts will break when you try to fix them on, so make sure to take note. Once the parts are on, place into the freezer to harden. By doing this, the eyes, ears, and antennae will affix to the head.

     

    4.

    In the recipe book, they top their parfait with rice flour dumplings, but I’m using the outer part of a large daifuku for my toppings. It’s something I saw on the TV recently.

    Add a tablespoon of granulated sugar and two tablespoons of potato starch into a bowl and slowly add hot water until it becomes transparent. This is a super easy way to make gyuhi, a type of soft Japanese confectionery like mochi and daifuku.

     

    5.

    Add the gyuhi on top of the red bean paste and top with soy flour.

     

    6.

    Add your Little Green Man and fruit of your choice, then tuck int!

     

    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!

     

    ©Disney

    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→@kaopan27

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    Doremo LeTAO has released a new pancake flavour called “Very Berry” for the spring season which tops the cafe’s popular pancakes with strawberries and raspberries.

     

    What is Doremo LeTAO?

    Doremo LeTAO is about 7-minutes by car from New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. This desserts cafe makes use of its almost 5,300m² space to pack in all the charm of the brand. Its concept is “Sweets Resort” with which it whips up everything from authentic homemade pastries made using Japanese white birch yeast, cakes and cheesecakes to eat in or take away, soft-serve ice cream which is served all year round and is made with milk from Jersey cattle and cheese, and more.

     

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    Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi is set to open in the Goshominami area of Kyoto on April 25, 2020. The single-accommodation hotel is a complete renovation of a traditional Kyoto-style townhouse.

    Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi comes as the 7th branch of hotels from Kyo no Ondokoro. It’s a single building to rent for up to 4 people, who can enjoy taking a soak in the man-made carbonated spring bath which is kind to the skin and hair, using the soft water shower, and getting ready in the spacious makeup corner. It’s the perfect getaway for girl groups travelling together.

    The hotel is in a convenient location for sightseeing in the ancient capital of Kyoto. The building has been completely renovated to adapt to modern lifestyle while still retaining those traditional elements of a Kyoto townhouse that was built during the Meiji Periodーand in an area that’s rich in traditional scenery.

    The lounge space sofa seats are inspired by Japanese rock gardens

    The lounge space, which connects the second-floor bedrooms and the washitsu Japanese-style room, are furnished with unique round sofas. All the rooms open up to each other so guests can enjoy the company of each other during their travel stay.

    Hinoki cypress artificial carbonated spring bath

    Amenities

    The round bath is made from hinoki cypress, and the carbonated water lets you stay glowing and nice and warm after you step out of it. The bathroom is also stocked full of amenities like shampoo courtesy of popular brand THREE.

    Up to four people can apply their makeup together in the makeup corner

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    Colourful art pieces also adorn the walls of the makeup room, Japanese-style room and elsewhere to add a touch of beauty to them.

     

    If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto with the girls then why not book at Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi when it opens on April 25?

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    Desserts brand Pastel is collaborating with popular Sanrio character Pompompurin to release a selection of puddings at Pastel stores around Japan for the whole month of April.

     

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    Pompompurin’s À La Mode – ¥600 (Before Tax)

    Served in an original design cup branded with Pompompurin’s adorable face, this à la mode includes a pudding topped with an orange slice and cherry.

    Pompompurin’s Chiffon – ¥2,200 (Before Tax)

    This fluffy chiffon cake is about 15 meters across in size, and is made with pudding cream, glazed in caramel sauce, and topped with a Pompompurin who’s just taking a little rest. *Available on weekends only

    Shopper Bag Design (Available while supplies last)

    When you order any of these desserts, you’ll receive an exclusive Pastel x Pompompurin collaborative bag which makes for a great gift or souvenir to friends.

     

    Don’t miss out on these tasty Pompompurin treats.

  • See 3,000 Rhododendrons in Full Bloom at the Tsutsuji Garden by Lake Ashi in Hakone

    29.March.2020 | SPOT

    May is the most colourful time of the year at Hotel de Yama near Lake Ashi in Hakone, when a total of 3,000 rhododendronsーcomprised of 30 different typesーbloom their beautiful flowers in the large Tsutsuji Garden, where one can enjoy a great view of Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi.

     

    Tsutsuji Garden at Hotel de Yama

    “Tsutsuji” is the Japanese word for rhododendron. The Tsutsuji Garden at Hotel de Yama was once the villa of Koyata Iwasaki, “the fourth and last president of a unified Mitsubishi.” During that time, numerous varieties of rhododendrons were planted in the garden, which have since been maintained. There are plants amongst them that are over 100-years-old, ones that tower over the human stature, and more; with petals that bloom pink, red, purple, and white.

     

    A combined view of the kaleidoscopic rhododendrons and Mount Fuji

    The staff who are experts on the garden have set up two photo frame stands in two of the best spots in the garden for taking picturesque photos. Snap some Instagrammable and memories with the colourful rhododendrons and Mount Fuji together.

    Rhododendron Desserts: Saison a colorier – ¥1,634 / Tea Set – ¥2,360 (Before Tax)

    Salon de thé Rosage, the dessert restaurant that sits in front of the hotel, is serving up a new special dessert called “Saison a colorier” in line with the full bloom of the rhododendrons. It captures the colourful pink, red, white, and purple appearance of the flowers, and looks like a mini version of the hotel’s garden on your plate. The main part of the dessert is the tea mousse, which has a bright red colour as it is coated beautifully in a strawberry puree nappage. The tea used in the mouse is an original rhododendron blend exclusive to the restaurant.


    The white rhododendron dessert is a macaron that’s filled with raspberry sorbet. The red which contrasts with the white is a rhododendron milk tea cream and fresh raspberries. The rest of the plate is adorned with pink jelly and edible flowers. The perfect afternoon tea to finish off your time at Tsutsuji Garden.

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