Instagram-Worthy New York Christmas Lunch and Dessert Buffet Jollies Up Omotesando, Tokyo

13.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

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.

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  • Laforet Harajuku Announces 2019 Christmas Market, Menu & More

    05.November.2019 | FASHION / FOOD

    Laforet Harajuku is set to hold LAFORET CHRISTMAS 2019 from November 15 to December 25. Stores throughout the shopping centre will sell various holiday season fashion items that make perfect Christmas gifts, and up on the second floor at GOOD MEAL MARKET, you can look forward to the Laforet Christmas Menu.

    All customers who spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) from November 15 onward will receive an original mirror, and those who spend over ¥5,000 (tax included) from December 14 onward will receive an original handkerchief. Both of these items will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until December 1 at Dinalog in Laforet Museum Harajuku.

     

    Additionally, the main Christmas visual for this year’s event was designed by Japanese art director YUNI YOSHIDA.

     

    A two-day market will take place on Saturday December 14 and Sunday December 15 in Laforet Museum Harajuku titled Laforet Market vol.9 “Christmas.”

     

    CHRISTMAS GIFT

    If you’re searching for the perfect surprise gift to friends, family, a special someone or yourself, you’re bound to find a fitting match for them during the event as stores in Laforet Harajuku display their Christmas goods in their windows.

     

    Kailijumei/5F

    Kailijumei 2019 Christmas Coffret – ¥5,500 (Tax Included)

     

    Charles Chaton/4F

    Flower Frill Cushion – ¥5,500 (Tax Included)

     

    JUEMI Syncretic/1F

    e.m.OrganicCollegeStarRing – ¥24,200 (Tax Included)

     

    Les Merveilleuses LADURÉE/1F

    Limited Edition Rose Ladurée – ¥13,200 (Tax Included)

     

     

    CHRISTMAS FOOD “Laforet Christmas Menu”

    “Pink” is the themed of the Christmas menus being whipped up at Laforet’s restaurants.

     

    Chipoon /2F

    Tomato Soy Milk Cream Noodles – ¥935 (Tax Included)

    This vegan noodle dish combines the full-bodied taste of soy milk with refreshing tomatoes to create a tempting mild flavour.

     

    machi machi /2F

    Strawberry Cheese Tea (Taro Topping) – ¥858 (Tax Included)

    A fusion of Jasmine green tea and fresh strawberries to create a unique and delicious beverage.

     

     

    Cafe de paris /B1F

    Kumono Smoothe – ¥605 (Tax Included) / Whipped Cream Topping +¥110 (Tax Included)

    Cafe de paris opened on November 1 and will be selling their exclusive cute drinks.

     

    Laforet Market vol.9 “Christmas”

    The Laforet Market is an opportunity for 40 shops to come together to sell fashion, food and miscellaneous Christmas goods. There will be workshops carried out be creators and artists, performances, and more.

     

    If you’ll be in Harajuku the holiday season then don’t pass up the opportunity to visit Laforet Harajuku this Christmas.

  • Enjoy a Blue Wonderland Buffet at Alice in an Old Castle, Ikebukuro

    03.November.2019 | FOOD

    Fantasy restaurant Alice in an Old Castle, Ikebukuro will be serving up an all-you-can-eat buffet menu consisting of approximately 30 varieties of sweet treats and light bites. The beautiful Blue snow collection will be served from November to December.

     

    The Playing Cards and other Alice in Wonderland-themed motifs can be seen decorating the grand buffet table. There is a 30-minute opportunity for all keen Instagrammers to get photos of the buffet table before the eating commences.

    From the snow icing biscuits to the blue roses, the Blue snow collection theme runs through the entire buffet. The warm grape juice and melted cheese croque monsieur will quickly warm your winter-weathered body.

    Among the snowy hills dusted in intricate and icy snowflakes comes the sweet and aromatic scent of the caramelised purin cake. The mildly sweet flavour of the milk and eggs is accented with a tangy lemon flavour.

    Stollen fruit bread is traditionally served at Christmas in Germany and has become an unmissable part of the perfect Christmas celebration. The bread is moist and heavy and kneaded with dried fruits as it needs to be preserved to last the entire Christmas season. This traditional bread is packed with the flavours of Christmas. A slice of this is the perfect dessert for those who don’t have much of a sweet tooth. 

    The Christmas tree cake at the centre of the buffet will immediately catch your eye. Fresh and juicy strawberries, silver pearls and white rice dumplings decorate the tree. You will not be able to resist posting this on your Instagram. Cut a slice to reveal the chocolate sponge cake underneath.

    The ears of the White Rabbit can be seen poking out of this tart. Once you take a bite, the sweet flavours will melt in your mouth. The tart is baked to enhance the banana flavour. Brown sugar is added for a rich sweetness that is not overpowering, creating a brand new flavour experience. You will be helping yourself to another slice before you even know it.

    There is more to the buffet than just desserts, however. There is a full savoury meal menu, too. From a Light Pink Spicy Curry to a pasta dish made with varying ingredients of the season and a tartine coloured with a wide range of seasonal vegetables, the meals and meal sizes will leave you fully satisfied. If you want to take a break from the sweet treats, a fulfilling savoury meal would be a good shout.

  • Omotesando Hills Christmas 2019: Christmas Chocolate Parfait & Other Delicious Desserts

    30.October.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Omotesando Hills shopping complex recently began rolling out information for its Christmas celebrations for 2019. Omotesando Hills Christmas 2019 is set to run from November 13 to December 25.

     

    Enchanting illuminations will adorn the main building and its atrium, taking on the theme “Christmastime seduced by water magic.” Restaurants and eateries will also serve up some limited-time goodies for “CHRISTMAS SWEETS with CHOCOLATE.” Christmas shoppers can also look forward to getting their hands on a range of festive items amongst other things.

     

    CHRISTMAS SWEETS with CHOCOLATE

    10 restaurants throughout Omotesando Hills will serve up chocolatey Christmas-themed desserts from November 13 to December 25. There’s a lot to look out for, including the strawberry-packed parfait, a parfait made with noble rot wine jelly, a vegan tiramisu and more. Let’s take a look at a select few of these mouth-watering delights.

    Parfait do Noel – ¥1,870 (Tax Included) @ HUGO & VICTOR (Main Building Floor 1F)

    This Christmas parfait is lavish with fresh strawberries and adorned with tempting dark chocolate ice cream and chocolate flavoured macaron. It’s also layered with a spicy crumble, caramel sauce, and smooth chantilly cream. Your taste buds will be treated to each distinct flavour and texture as you spoon your way through the dessert.

     

    Serving: 11:00-20:30 (Until 19:30 on Sundays)

    Noble Rot Wine Parfait – ¥1,980 @ Wine Shop Enoteco & Bar  (Main Building Floor 3F) *15 served per day

    Noble rot wine has a distinct rich sweetness like that of honey. This jelly used in this parfait is made with noble rot wine from intenrnationally revered winery Baron Philippe de Rothschild and topped with chocolate ice cream and orange. Pour over the rest of the wine to complete this sophisticated dessert.

     

    Serving: 11:00-21:30 (Until 20:30 on Sundays)

    *Contains alcohol

    Vegan Tiramisu Chocolate Parfait – ¥1,518 (Tax Included) @ Cosme Kitchen Adaptation (Main Building Floor B2F)

    Vegan food has not entered the mainstream in Japan yet but more and more places are catching on. This mascarpone-flavoured vegan tiramisu is made with tofu and nuts. It has a refreshing taste and is sure to fill you up with its mix of tofu gateau chocolate, organic and domestic blueberries, cacao nibs, and organic coffee.

     

    Serving: 11:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)

    *Contains alcohol but can be ordered without alcohol

    Raw Chocolate & Wine Marriage – ¥1,100 (Tax Included) @ bar à vin PARTAGER (Main Building Floor 3F) *15 served per day

    Another one for the adults is this sweet made with rich raw chocolate and red wine, served together with with a fruity wine in a glass. Enjoy the bitterness of the chocolate together with the full-bodied notes of the wine.

     

    Serving: 11:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)

    *Contains alcohol

     

     

    Omotesando Hills Limited-Edition Items

    20 stores throughout Omotesando Hills will sell holiday season-inspired items between November 13 and December 25, from bags and purses in Christmas colours to cosmetics and fragrances. Here’s a small peek at what’s to come. Everything will be limited-edition and available while supplies last.

    Bag – ¥53,900 (Tax Included), Wallets – ¥31,900 Each (Tax Included) @ EPOCA UOMO PRIMA (Main Building Floor 2F)

    Adorned in Christmas colours are this bag made from soft sheep leather from Turkey and three fold purse. The inside of the bag is made with synthetic leather, and the bag itself is both light and holds plenty.

    Millefiori Christmas Gift – ¥12,650 (Tax Included) @ Millefiori (Main Building Floor B2F)

    This gorgeous kit is decorated with bright-red preserved flowers and contains high-quality room fragrances from ZONA. The scents include the refreshing “Oxygen” with citrus notes and the “Musk Flower” with elegant floral notes. These are limited in stock with only 5 available for each.

     

    There are countless other sweets and items to get your hands on at Omotesando Hills this Christmas season, so if you’re in Tokyo, don’t miss out.

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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. 

  • 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.

  • Indulge in Omotesando This Christmas With Q-Pot CAFE.’s Afternoon Tea Set

    27.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Christmas is almost here, and at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, the festivities have already begun as they begin serving a selection of special Christmas-exclusive menu items. These will be available until December 25.

     

    Q-pot. is known for its accessory brand, which features jewellery made to look like sweets and desserts. It is also known for the Q-pot CAFE. which flips that concept, instead making sweets and desserts that look just like real accessories.

     

    I visited Q-pot CAFE. to treat myself to their exciting Christmas afternoon tea.

    Q-pot. Omotesando is a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station’s A2 exit. You’ll spot the entrance by its sparkly illuminations as pictured above.

    The cafe is split into seven concept rooms, such as Melt, Chocolate, BisQuit, SAKURA, and so onーso you can pick which sounds good to you and sit there. It also gives a reason to go back more than once!

    The Story of Sweet Kingdom Afternoon Tea Set ¥2,400 (Tax Included/Drink Included)

    The afternoon tea set: an indulgence any cafe-lover craves for at least once. And since Christmastime is coming, you want to enjoy a little treat too, right? Well, this two-tiered set comes with desserts, sweets, and some light food too.

    The top plate includes gingerbread man pops, cupcakes, vanilla panna cotta, and macarons.

     

    The gingerbread man pops are filled with caramel ganache, while the red velvet cupcakes topped with pistachio cream and made to look like a Christmas tree. The panna cotta is also sprinkled with dragees to look like stardust.

     

    The macarons are strawberry and melon flavoured. The melon one has a particularly rich flavour and contains red melon pieces. This macaron is so popular that there are people who go to Q-pot CAFE. just to sink their teeth into one of them.

    The bottom plate contains some hearty and crunchy  croissants filled with roast beef, mini tomatoes, and broccoli. It also comes with a side of rich cheese soup with onions and potatoes inside.  It’s a great palate cleanser after the desserts.

    Pistachio Cream Tea Latte ¥750 (Tax Included) *Also sold separately

    The drink that’s served with the afternoon tea set is a Christmas-only pistachio cream tea latte.  It’s a latte made with one of the cafe’s original flavoured tea brews called “Flower Garden.” The tea ensures the drink isn’t overly-sweet and leaves it with a mild flavour. It also comes with a holly-shaped cookie. This drink is also available to order separately from the drinks menu.

    The set comes with a special fairy tale-like Christmas lunch mat.

    CHRISTMAS CAKE ~The Story of Sweet Kingdom~ ¥3,800 (Tax Included)

    The cafe is also selling a cake that looks like something out of a children’s picture book. It’s topped with a coconut meringue snowman, gingerbread man, and strawberry Santa. This would make a great addition to a home party.

    Saku Saku Meringue ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Take away some crunchy snow-white meringues too, so addictive you won’t be able to stop after just one!

     

    The cafe is also selling a Christmas collection of their dessert-like accessories too.

    Christmas Tree Cupcake: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    The Christmas tree cupcake features a chocolate cookie-like base topped with a realistic pistachio cream adorned with pearls.

    Strawberry Santa Claus: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    Check out these adorable bright-red strawberry Santas too!

     

     

    Q-pot CAFE. has lots of other Christmas food and accessories in addition to these too, so if you’re in Tokyo anytime from now up to Christmas Day, then be sure to visit.

     

    Writer: Ellie (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • 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

  • 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.

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