GODIVA Releases New Heavenly Chocolixir Tea and Chocolate Pairing Drink

03.October.2019 | FOOD

As the almighty creator of the chilled chocolate drink called the Chocolixir, GODIVA has now transcended to a whole new level with its Tea Magic Series which pairs luxurious GODIVA chocolate with a specially made tea. The fourth and final heavenly Chocolixir drink for the Tea Magic Series has now been revealed to be called the Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami. This is a pairing of GODIVA white chocolate and Uji matcha. A limited number of these will be released for sale from October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019.  

 

The GODIVA Tea Magic Series is made using the finest GODIVA chocolate. The chocolatier considers the most appropriate tea to enhance the flavour of the chocolate and only uses the finest tea leaves to make the drink. The result is a chilled chocolate tea which is filled with a flavour that will enlighten you. Hojicha Chocolate tea was the first tea of the series and was released on July 1st.

Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami (270ml): ¥602 (before tax)

GODIVA’s mildly sweet and velvety white chocolate is blended with rich uji matcha tea and then chilled to a perfectly refreshing temperature. A light cloud of whipped cream floats on the surface and is sprinkled with carefully made uji matcha powder. Matcha chocolate sticks garnishe the drink. 

 

From your first sip to your last, your mouth will be filled with a rich and luxurious matcha flavour. From time to time, your tongue will discover the exciting texture of small pieces of smashed white chocolate pieces.

 

This is the perfect opportunity to indulge in the luxurious flavour of mild white chocolate blended with rich uji matcha. 

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  • Check Out the Chocolate Matcha Frappé at McDonald’s This Autumn

    23.September.2019 | FOOD

    McDonald’s is bringing back its irresistible Uji Matcha drinks series this autumn and adding a brand new drink: The Choco Matcha Frappé, which will be sold from September 25 for a limited period. This drinks series is only available at McDonalds Restaurants which serve the McCafé by Barista menu. 

     

    The overwhelmingly popular Uji Matcha Series is currently being served for a limited period. From a Strawberry Matcha Frappé to Uji Matcha Chocolate and even Oreo® Cookie toppings, this series is the perfect way to indulge in a fusion of Japanese and western flavours. The Choco Matcha Frappé is the latest drink to join this series.

     

    The base of the chocolate Matcha Frappé consists of chocolate whipped cream and a layer of high quality Belgian couverture chocolate sauce. The next layer is the frappé, which consists of matcha milk made from matcha sourced from Uji, Kyoto. This is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate sauce and sprinkled with bitter cocoa Oreo® pieces. The faint green colour of the matcha is a wonderful contrast with the chocolate colour, creating the image of autumn.  

     

    The mild flavour of the Uji matcha and chocolate is a matcha match made in heaven that you will want to taste again and again. The crunchy, bitter Oreo® cookie pieces create a texture adventure and enhances the flavours of the chocolate and matcha. This frappé is the perfect way of enjoying both the colours and flavours of autumn.  

     

    The Matcha Frappé Latte, Matcha Latte and Iced Matcha Latte have been returning to the menu year after year since their first appearance in 2014. These drinks are also available this year. The entire drinks series is made using the slightly bitter Uji matcha sourced from Kyoto: the birthplace of matcha. The mellow flavour is perfectly balanced out by the milk. These matcha drinks are definitely worth trying. 

  • This Week’s Lunch: Peach & Yoghurt at dotcom space Tokyo in Harajuku

    29.September.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent in order to live a happy life.

     

    Today, I went and got my lunch early ahead of my morning work. I visited dotcom space Tokyo, a café in Harajuku where you can indulge in a laid-back experience.

    ©️photo Takumi Ota

    The café is just a 4-minute walk from the Takeshita Street exit of Harajuku Station. Its atmosphere is so peaceful and related that you wouldn’t believe it’s right next to noisy and busy Takeshita Street. It’s a spacious place with simple and stylish furniture and furnishings. I fancied something sweet this time, so I went and ordered the Peach & Yoghurt bread.

    ©️photo Takumi Ota

    ©️photo Takumi Ota

    The interior decorating scheme is based on wood; you can feel how particular they were about the furniture. It’s easy to wind down at this café due to its spacious interior. It’s common to see workers scattered throughout too. It’s a nice place to leave your desk for a little bit for lunch for a change of pace.

    Peach & Yoghurt ¥680 / Iced Café Latte ¥550

    The bread is piled with a generous serving of yoghurt cream and shiny peach which the light shines on.

    I feel happy just looking at this delicious treat. Just spellbinding!

    I sliced my first piece and popped it into my mouth. The bread is deliciously chewy, and the refreshing yogurt cream and sweet peach filled my mouth. The bread itself is a thick-cut slice and made by Pelican, a bakery in Asakusa. It has a chewy and moist texture you can’t find anywhere else.

     

    The yogurt cream isn’t overly sweet, instead having a more refreshing flavour to it. When eaten together with the sweet ripened peach, the gorgeous mix blends together around your taste buds and melts in your mouth. Depending on the season, you can pick fruits other than peach too. They always have seasonal choices. I’m looking forward to their autumn and winter line-up.

    The iced latte has a slight acidity to it, my favourite kind of flavour. It went really well with the Peach & Yogurt bread. The café is also particular about its coffee bean selection; one of its baristas is noted to be a past “Japan champion” when it comes to coffee. I’ve got to try the hot coffee the next time I visit.

     

    A set meal, burger or the likes would have been good too, but I had my eyes set on a sweet dessert lunch. Getting a moment to chill out and enjoy something sweet made me happy today. I recommend enjoying some autumn fruit-topped bread too as the seasons change.

     

    Today’s Presents

    Apple Juice ¥450

    I’s important to share the happiness between family and colleagues on when you get the chance to enjoy something tasty. I bought them some apple juice, which is poured into a cup with a smiling face on the side. It’s made from 100% apples from Nagano. The straw is made from environmentally-friendly sugarcane.

     

     

    Writer:Sayuri Mizuno(MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

  • Catch the Pikachu and Poké Ball Doughnuts at Mister Donut This Winter

    24.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Mister Donut has announced another collaboration with Pokémon following the success of last year’s doughnut line-up. It will hold a campaign entitled “Let’s Catch Pokémon at Mister Donut!” beginning on November 15. In the run up to Christmas, the doughnut chain will sell a range of products and merchandise that both kids and adults can enjoy.

     

    The Pikachu doughnut was such a hit last year that they are bringing it back for 2019 together with two all-new doughnuts.

    Mister Donut is also teaming up with the upcoming video games Pokémon Sword and Shield, which are also releasing on November 15 on the Nintendo Switch, to bring fans a range of new doughnuts themed on the new game. Details on the products and merchandise will be announced in the near future, so stay tuned.


    ©2019 Pokémon. ©1995-2019 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
    Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK inc.

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  • Hilton Tokyo Bay Tips Over the Toy Box to Reveal Playful Pink Strawberry Dessert Buffet

    05.December.2019 | FOOD

    Tokyo Disney Resort® ‘s official hotel Hilton Tokyo Bay will be serving up a strawberry dessert buffet called Strawberry Playroom from December 28 at lounge O. The buffet will be served exclusively on weekends and national holidays excluding New Year’s Day.

     

    Hilton Tokyo Bay has tipped over the toy box, creating a dessert buffet which is like the playroom of every little girl’s dreams. The interior decor of the buffet room is a nostalgic throwback to the Vaporwave days of dial-up internet, bulky CRT TVs and retro games, however, everything is transformed with a pop pink filter. 

    If you think the decor is playful, just wait until you see the desserts. Slice into the heart-shaped Very Berry Cream Cake and a strawberry and heart-shaped chocolate filling will come bursting out like a jack-in-the-box. This is the dessert to go for if you want a slice of fun.

    Delving deeper into the world of toys, you will discover the Berry Brownie Toys dessert, which is garnished with chocolate robot toys. 

    The MELTY or NOT Mousse Cake is the only time you won’t feel disappointed seeing a dropped ice cream. This vanilla mousse cake is topped with a “melting ice cream” and is freshly baked from the fantasy oven.

     

    When you need a break from all the sugar intake or are looking for a late lunch, make sure to check out the 15 savoury dishes. Some savoury dishes include the Infinite Coleslaw Tower, which is made of purple cabbage and crunchy fried noodles, the Peachy Pink Beetroot Scattered Sushi (Chirashizushi) which is made from purple sushi rice and the Macaroni Gratin Treasure Hunt which challenges you to find the macaroni with a unique shape. 

     

    All together, the buffet includes approximately 40 varieties of fun savoury mains and desserts for you to enjoy and are bound to get lots of likes on your Instagram. 

  • PEANUTS Cafes and Diners Across Japan Release Christmas-Limited Snoopy Courses

    04.December.2019 | FOOD

    If you’re a Peanuts fan, you can’t miss out on the gorgeous Christmas menu which will served up at the PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and PEANUTS DINER Kobe from December 2 – 25. 

    Order the Christmas Dinner course for a large angus beef steak drizzled with a sweet and tangy sauce made of berries and raspberry vinegar.

    After your dinner enjoy the luxurious Christmas desserts plate of bite-sized treats such as a soft and tender canelé and sweet madeleine. The plate is decorated with a Christmas Snoopy pick where Snoopy’s face can be seen peeking through a wreath. 

     

    You don’t have to book in advance but we recommend you do. This can be done via the links in the information section below.

    Order the Salmon Cheese Gratin Christmas Plate for a luxurious course of mains, salad and dessert all on one tray. The sautéd salmon is the steal of the show as it sits in a bath of creamy stew and is topped with a generous layer of cheese. This is served alongside fluffy bread branded with Christmas designs that will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit. A Snoopy pick replaces the traditional cherry on the sundae that will leave you with a sweet aftertaste after your meal.

    The White Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to ward off the cold of winter. Like a white blanket of snow, white chocolate milk fills the cup and is topped with the traditional colours of Christmas. Allow yourself to be soothed by the drink’s mild sweetness.

     

    Make the most of your Christmas with Snoopy and friends. 

     

    © 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

  • Japan’s ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Releases Christmas Themed Menu

    01.December.2019 | FOOD

    ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORYーan ice cream chain in Japan specialising in ‘rolled’ ice creamーreleased its Christmas menu today.

    From Left: Reindeer’s Christmas / Pink Pink Christmas / Blue White Christmas / Royal Pink Christmas

    This will be ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY’s third-ever Christmas menu, which they have made even more fun. There are three festive ice creams to choose from, including two featuring Santa Claus and a reindeer. The ice creams can be served in either their regular cups, or the store’s new “Fuwamoko” snowstorm cups, which looks like snow blowing in the wind. Check out the video below.

    Until now, people would take photos of the ice cream being made, but these new cups make for an even more Instagrammable post. Edit in a Christmas song or your favourite music to make your own cute video for your Instagram Stories. The Christmas menu is available until December 25, but these cups will be served until late February 2020. You’ll find the Christmas menu at the select branches and pop-up stores listed below.

  • Top 10 Most Popular Souvenirs to Pick Up at Tokyo Station’s HANAGATAYA Store | 2019 Edition

    30.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    HANAGATAYA is a souvenir variety shop that opened in Tokyo Station’s central passage back in July. After over 5 months of sales, the store has revealed its Top 10 most popular products based on sales.

     

    The line-up features a selection of HANAGATAYA exclusives, as well as products from elsewhere which have received pre-sales at HANAGATAYA. You will be spoilt for choice with this selection, all of which are perfect for ringing in the New Year when travelling back home. Let’s take a look.

     

    1st Place

    Banana Custard Cream – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Emblem Design (Tokyo 2020 Official Licensed Product) – Contains 8 – ¥1,134 (Tax Included)

    Officially licensed by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, these chewy cakes are made from domestic Japanese rice, and are filled with deliciously creamy banana custard.

     

    2nd Place

    Tokyo Banana Butter Madeleine (Tokyo Banana World) – Contains 4 – ¥560 Tax Included)

    Exclusive to HANAGATAYA come these all-new butter madeleine’s created by famous confectionery company Tokyo Banana. These baked treats feature a buttery fragrance and taste, and are made with a banana confiture and finished with fresh lemon.

    *Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street

     

    3rd Place

    Toro One Press Chocolate Chick (Tokyo Hiyoko) – Contains 3 – ¥648 (Tax Included)

    This year marks 107 since the company Hiyoko was established. The “Toro One Press Chocolate Chick” is a new confection from them: an adorable skyward-looking chick made up of three chocolate layersーeach with their own distinct flavour. At the heart of the chick is a moist chocolate paste.

    *Exclusive to Tokyo Station

     

    4th Place

    Cheese Wich – Contains 5 – ¥594 (Tax Included)

    These light and refreshing cheese cookies, called Cheese Wiches, are filled with a chocolate-coated melted cheese sauce. Three layers means an enjoyable amalgamation of flavours and textures.

    *Exclusive to Tokyo Station

     

    5th Place

    Chocolate Chestnut Eggs (Ginza Tamaya) – Contains 4 – ¥800 (Tax Included)

    “Goma Tamago” is a popular bite-sized egg-shaped confection. This chestnut flavour was created for HANAGATAYA, a mix of dark chocolate and vanilla flavoured chestnut paste.

    *Exclusive to Tokyo Station

     

    6th Place

    Strawberry Cookie Sandwich (Berry UP!) – Contains 8 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    Berry UP! is a cute confectionery brand which creates baked strawberry sweets. Keeping with that theme, they have created a crunchy quintuple-layered cookie sandwich filled with sweet and sour strawberry chocolate.

     

    7th Place

    Shinjuku Curry Ebi (Shinjuku Nakamuraya) – Contains 6 – ¥600 (Tax Included)

    If you’re looking for something more savoury, then this one’s for you: Shinjuku Nakamuraya’s light, fluffy and melt-in-the-mouth ebi, coated in curry spices. One nibble is enough to get you instantly hooked.

     

    8th Place

    Strawberry Polvorón (Berry UP!) – Contains 6 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    Another entry from Berry UP!, these polvorón shortbreads are made from lots of fresh strawberries mixed with condensed milk and mascarpone, creating a subtle sweetness that’s enough to have your mouth watering.

     

    9th Place

    BLUE MELTIN SAND (Tokyo Campanella) – Contains 8 – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    What if herbal tea and cookies became its own snack? That’s what Tokyo Campanella asked too, and so make it a reality. Their BLUE MELTIN SANDs are cat’s tongue cookies stuffed with a herbal tea sauce that has a natural blue colour.

     

    10th Place

    Premium Cacao Full Sablé (Mary Chocolate) – Contains 18 – ¥1,350 (Tax Included)

    Finally, we have a premium edition of chocolate company Mary Chocolate’s Cacao Full Sablés. This one’s for the adults, a sophisticated combination of bittersweet chocolate and berries.

    *Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Which one takes your fancy the most? Whether as a souvenir for the folks back home, or as a treat to yourself to celebrate 2020, if you’re in Tokyo this year then be sure to give HANAGATAYA a visit.

  • Enjoy the Flavours of Sendai with the Zunda Shake Kit Kat

    29.November.2019 | FOOD

    Sendai is famous for zunda mochi: a traditional dessert that fuses boiled mochi (rice cakes) and zunda (sweet edamame bean paste). The zunda mochi shop Zunda Saryo is collaborating with Nestlé to create a Kit Kat Mini with the regional flavour “Zunda Saryo Shake”, which will be released on December 1 at a number of shops including souvenir shops around Sendai Station and Sendai Airport, and selected KASHO SANZEN shops*

    *(Omachi  Hirose-dōri, Koji Matsushima and Monzen Matsushima) 

    Zunda Saryo spreads the delicious flavour of zunda across Japan through their variety of zunda-flavoured desserts and drinks. The Zunda Shake is an original drink made by fusing carefully selected milk with vanilla and then blending it with zunda to create an original sweet shake to represent Sendai. Kit Kat’s crispy wafers add texture to the layers of smooth chocolate, producing a divine flavour. Japan is home to more than 40 different Kit Kat flavours which are popular within Japan and overseas. 20 of those are from Japan’s regional flavour series, which is a collaboration with a regional specialty. 

    Foreigners and even Japanese visitors from other parts of the country will have never seen this new flavour before. The new Kit Kat Mini Zunda Shake flavour is sure to be the best way to experience the flavours of the region. 

     

    The cream filling is kneaded with edamame powder and sandwiched between crispy wafers. The Kit Kat is coated in Zunda shake-flavoured chocolate, creating the perfect Kit Kat flavour.  

     

    Whether you’re looking for a small snack or a souvenir, the Zunda Shake Kit Kat is perfect for you.

  • Instagram Sensation Unicorn Ice Cream Shop Now Selling Christmas Reindeer Ice Cream

    28.November.2019 | FOOD

    Looking for Instagram-worthy ice cream in Japan? You definitely need to check out Asakusa Tsuno Koi. Soon after opening in Tokyo’s traditional Asakusa on July 5, 2019, their soft serve unicorn ice cream instantly earned its fame on social media. From November 28 to December 24, the ice cream shop will be releasing a series of Christmas-limited ice creams that are sure to become a hit sensation.

    This shop is famous for being the only ice cream shop in the world to make unicorn-shaped cones out of financier cake dough and filling them with a sweet spiral of soft serve ice cream for the unicorn’s horn. This Christmas, the shop is introducing Christmas-limited toppings, flowers and wreaths to the decorations menu, making customising your ice cream more fun than ever before. 

    * According to research conducted by Asakusa Tsuno Koi. Protected status has been received for America, Korea and Japan. Applications are still being processed in the EU, Singapore and Mongolia.  

     

    For the Reindeer Soft Serve Ice Cream (¥780), each and every single financier cone is baked carefully, but this time in the shape of a reindeer – and it’s chocolate flavoured. Filled with soft serve ice cream, this reindeer is too cute to eat. 

     

    The Christmas Tree (¥830) is a soft serve pistachio ice cream made using high-grade pistachos: the reigning queen when it comes to nut varieties. The ice cream is finished with one of Asakusa Tsuno Koi‘s original Christmas trees. 

     

    The Santa Claus Soft Serve (¥500) is made using Asakusa Tsuno Koi’s rich-flavoured vanilla ice cream. Young or old, the moment you set eyes on Santa Claus’ face, a smile will automatically appear on yours! 

     

    The Christmas-limited toppings include stars, candy, and gingerbread men (¥100 each). Can’t choose? There is set including all three which costs ¥250.

    The shop interior is also looking more Christmassy. The interior is a fusion of Asakusa’s traditional heritage and the unicorn motif, which is popular in western countries. A colourful flowery background and Asakusa’s traditional folding fans and umbrellas perfectly finish the western-Japanese fusion scene, which is currently soaking in fame on Instagram.

     

    Asakusa Tsuno Koi is serving up a totally unique kind of ice cream that has not been spotted anywhere else in the world. The Christmas-limited ice creams are definitely worth the hype. 

     

    * Prices Before Tax

  • Fine & Fruity Christmas Tarts Baked Up at Qu’il Fait Bon in Japan For 2019

    28.November.2019 | FOOD

    Japanese fruit tart specialist company Qu’il Fait Bon is serving five special tartsーincluding four new onesーat 10 of their branches for Christmas this year from December 20 to 25.

    Eight Fruit Tart (New Tart) – ¥968 per piece / ¥9,684 Whole 25cm / ¥5,316 Whole 17cm / ¥3,357 Whole 13cm

    Topped with eight kinds of fruit, this luxurious tart is filled with a white chocolate-laced custard cream and sat on a deliciously crunchy base. Each bite fills your mouth with an amalgamation of harmonious fresh fruity flavours.

    Strawberry & Berry Cheese Mousse Tart (New Tart) – ¥1,235 per piece / ¥12,355 Whole 25cm / ¥7,322 Whole 17cm / ¥4,897 Whole 13cm

    This tantalising tart is made with Le Gall cream cheese and is layered with sponge, cream and shortcake. It’s finished with a topping of juicy strawberries and even more cream.

    Sweet and Sour Berry & Chocolate Cream Tart (New Tart) – ¥967 per piece / ¥11,612 Whole 25cm / ¥6,139 Whole 17cm / ¥4,594 Whole 13cm

    A more sophisticated tart for the grown-ups, this rich delight is the perfect indulgence for the holy night this Christmas, finished with a glossy sauce and sparkly gold leaf. The smooth bavarian sauce coupled with the sweet and sour berry assortment is a match made in heaven. For texture, there is added crunchy feuillantine made from thinly baked crepe dough.

    Two-Coloured Grape Tart (New Tart) – ¥921 per piece / ¥7,369 Whole 21cm / ¥5,892 Whole 17cm

    If you love grapes, then this tart is a dream come true: a combination of red and green grapes sat on top of a bed of crème raffinée and a cinnamon-sprinkled base. Enjoy the sweet, sour and juicy flavours.

    White Chocolate Cream & Fukuoka Beni Hoppe Strawberry Tart – ¥1,647 per piece / ¥16,470 Whole 25cm / ¥8,138 Whole 17cm

    This tart is made with beni hoppe strawberries from Fukuoka which are renowned for their rich taste and balanced sweetness and sourness. This tart is made with only the best selection of these large grapes. Enjoy this simple but extravagant combination of white chocolate custard cream, fresh cream, and light and fluffy sponge.

    *Exclusive to the following Qu’il Fait Bon branches: Grand Maison Ginza, Aoyama, Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi, Yokohama, Fukuoka, Hamamatsu, and Sendai

    White Chocolate Cream & Fukuoka Amaou Strawberry Tart – ¥1,762 per piece / ¥17,625 Whole 25cm / ¥8,934 Whole 17cm 

    This tart is also made with strawberries from Fukuoka, a type known as amaou. They are juicy, plump, and glossy red. They are paired perfectly with white chocolate custard and fresh cream.

    *Exclusive to the following Qu’il Fait Bon branches: Grand Front Osaka and Kyoto

     

    These tarts are available for a limited-time only, so treat yourself this Christmasーa time that comes only once a year!

     

    *All listed prices include 8% consumption tax. Rate subject to change if dining in at a select branch. Select branches may not serve individual slices.

  • KIRBY CAFÉ to Release 15 More Café-Style Arrangements of Kirby Songs on CD

    27.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The KIRBY CAFÉ will be releasing its second CD soundtrack called Sound of Kirby Café 2 on December 12. The soundtrack will be available to purchase from the KIRBY CAFÉ and KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE in Japan.

    The KIRBY CAFÉ has only ever been a temporary café that makes an appearance now and again. However, it is finally sticking around for good from December 12. To celebrate, the café has a whole lineup of new songs. 

    HAL Laboratory, Inc. is the official sound team behind the Kirby’s Dream Land game series They have carefully selected 15 original songs from the game and arranged them specifically for use in the café.

     

    A team of six musicians, some of which are new, got together to create a variety of Kirby song arrangements. From sophisticated yet relaxing cafe-style songs to cute songs which represent the pop colours of the mains and desserts, each song perfectly preserves the catchy features of the original. From the careful song selection, the sound direction was done by Kirby’s Dream Land’s general director Shinya Kumazaki from HAL Laboratory, Inc.

     

    ​The KIRBY CAFÉ and store are also giving away free stickers decorated with the special design on the CD. These stickers are in limited supply and can only be obtained by purchasing the soundtrack from the café or official store. Information on general sales and online sales will be announced in the future. 

     

    Whether you’re cosying up on the couch or on the way to work, let the ​KIRBY CAFÉ’s official soundtrack create the perfect atmosphere for you. 

     

    © 2019 HAL Laboratory, Inc. /Nintendo

  • Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo to Release Celebratory Year of the Rat Roll Cake for 2020

    27.November.2019 | FOOD

    As 2020 is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac, Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo’s gourmet shop Melissa is ensuring their customers thoroughly enjoy their New Year’s celebration by releasing a roll cake dressed in Japan’s traditional celebratory colours and decorated with 2020’s zodiac theme of the Rat. The cake is appropriately named Akemashite omedetou gozaimouse, which is a play on words with the Japanese New Year’s greeting “Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu”. The roll cake will be sold from December 28 2019 to January 7, 2020 and only 10 will be sold per day.

     

    Melissa has been selling Chinese zodiac-themed confections since 2010, basing designs on the animal of the zodiac celebrated in that year. The pâtissiers never fail to produce cute designs full of fun and personality. 2020 will see the release of a strawberry roll cake decorated with the Year of the Rat theme. Pink dough is wrapped around a strawberry and strawberry cream filling. The cake is topped with an adorable chocolate mouse, strawberries, raspberries, red currants, pâte de fruits, and many more delicious toppings. The red strawberries and white cream represent the traditional colours of celebration in Japan.

     

    As the Year of the Rat is the first year of the Chinese zodiac’s 12-year cycle, 2020 is a year to start afresh and look forward to a fruitful year. The pâtissiers are putting their heart and soul into each and every roll cake they produce, making this the perfect way to bring in the New Year.

  • Valentine’s Day 2020: Japanese Chocolates, Golden Desserts & More at GINZA SIX

    24.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Winter may be cold, but that’s no excuse to stay indoors all day when there’s so many seasonal events and festivals to be enjoyedーespecially in Japan. With Christmas and New Year’s just on the horizon, it’ll soon be time to begin preparations for Valentine’s Day.

     

    GINZA SIX is the biggest shopping centre in Ginza, a district itself which prides itself as the high end part of Tokyo. Seeing as Ginza is home to many internationally-known chocolatiers, you can bet that GINZA SIX is sure to deliver when it comes to high-quality Valentine’s chocolates and sweets. And you’d be right in thinking that, because the shopping complex is ready to showcase some of the delectable delights set to pose in all of their delicious glory during the season of love. Whether it’s a treat to some premium chocolate to your special someone, or a bit of self-indulgence, GINZA SIX has you covered this coming Valentine’s Day.

     

    But that’s not all, because a string of pop-up shops are going to open too. Let’s take a peek into what’s to come.

     

    Premium sweets made with the “4th type of chocolate”

    We all know dark, milk, and white chocolate, but many people are still unaware of ruby chocolate. Made from ruby cocoa beans, the chocolate was officially unveiled in 2017, and is marketed as the “4th category” of chocolate. It will come as no surprise then that GINZA SIX will be making use of this still rare chocolate, as well as “blonde” chocolateーyet another unfamiliar type.

    Valrhona Blonde Chocolate Plate With Jasmine Scent – ¥1,200 @ THE GRAND GINZA

    Blonde chocolate’s characteristic quality lies in its combination of caramel and biscuit. The chocolate artisans over at Valrhona, a Japanese chocolate company savoured by some of the world’s top patissiers, have forged a blonde chocolate dome dessert injected with a raspberry puree and sweet vanilla mousse. The dessert is sat on a bed of crunchy crumble and surrounded with a pool of jasmine-scented blonde chocolate cream. This one’s for the adults to enjoy.

    Ruby Saku Langue de Chat (12 Pack) – ¥1,200 @ ISHIYA GINZA

    For a limited time only, ISHIYA GINZA’s langue de chat, also known as cat tongue biscuits, arrive in a ruby chocolate flavour. They took their delicious cat tongues and sandwiched smooth and sour ruby chocolate between them.

     

    Japanese-style chocolates

    These next chocolates are made with the Japanese spirit and palate in mind.

    Tsujiri Collection (8 Pack) – ¥2,360 @ Tsujiri

    The tea experts at Tsujiri have paired chocolate with matcha and houjicha, two types of tea that go perfect with chocolate. Bringing out the flavour of tea in their products is Tsujiri’s speciality. Houjicha comes as the newest flavour to this product alongside koicha, yuzu, sesame praline, Japanese pepper, sakura strawberry, and brown sugar.

    Kurosu Vinegar Raw Chocolate – ¥1,500 @ Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery

    Kurosu vinegar is smooth and doesn’t have a strong flavour or smell. It goes well with these chocolates from the Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery, including their slightly bitter milk chocolate and white chocolate with soy milk. Each bite offers a sweet, refreshing flavour.

     

    Textural chocolates

    If you’re here for the texture, then you’ve come to the right place. From a dessert that combines light pound cake with rich mousse to a melt-in-the-mouth chocolate terrine, GINZA SIX has no shortage of sweets with tempting textures.

    Rouge – ¥2,315 @ Patisserie Pavlov

    This dessert is made with pound cake and rich mousse and is lavish with ganache. It’s covered with a strawberry chocolate coating and finished with an artisanal chocolate decoration.

    Chocolate Terrine – ¥6,000 @ FRANCK MULLER GENEVE

    Luxurious is the word to describe this chocolate terrine, a heavenly mix of Swiss dark chocolate and tasty cultured butter, resulting in a complex flavour profile of richness and melt-in-the-mouth sweetness.

     

    Dine-in Valentine’s menu

    Another way to enjoy your time at GINZA SIX for Valentine’s 2020 is to sit down at one of the cafes or restaurants to enjoy one of their exclusive Valentine’s Day menu items, such as an afternoon tea. It’s a great way to spend your time with your loved one or as a get-together for all the singles out there!

    La Saint-Valentin Afternoon Tea Sets – ¥4,200 (Serves 1) @ THE GRAND GINZA

    “Noir & Blanc” (Black/White) is the theme of these afternoon tea sets, which come in two different colours and are towered with strawberry-packed sweets and savoury snacks. Will you go for the stylish noir, or the sophisticated blanc?

    Coppa Valentine – ¥1,819 @ Café Cova Milano

    Served in a wine glass, this strawberry dessert is a layered combination of sweet and sour strawberry sorbet, chocolate ice cream, and strawberry sauce. It’s topped with heart-shaped chocolate and a rose bell.

     

    Limited-time pop-up shops

    CAFÉ COVA (GINZA SIX Floor B2F) 

    CAFÉ COVA has lots of incredible surprises for the Valentine’s season next year, including a chocolate box wrapped in beautiful packaging, as well as the above-pictured heart and rose panettone (which, by the way, they’ll only be selling a select few of!)

     

    Paul Smith POP UP SHOP (GINZA SIX Floor 4F) / Open November 27, 2019 – January 14, 2020

    IDEAS FROM LONDON is a pop-up shop by Paul Smith that’s set to bring ideas from the UK to Japan. See their new fashion collection, special collaborative items, and more.

     

     

    This is just a select look at what’s to come when the season of love hits GINZA SIX. Make sure you don’t miss out.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Frozen 2 Milk Tea Muffins

    19.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / MOVIE

    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 egg

    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)

    20ml milk

    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!

     

    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

     

    ©2019 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

  • Heart-Meltingly Cute Olaf Confection to Arrive in 7-Eleven to Celebrate Frozen 2

    17.November.2019 | FOOD / MOVIE

    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. 

     

    ©️Disney

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