Bring the Cafe Experience Into Your Home During the Lockdown With BOTANIST Tokyo’s Smoothe Recipe
19.April.2020 | FOOD
With the lockdown in place as a result of the coronavirus and businesses closed, BOTANIST’s flagship cafe in Tokyo has released two recipes for people to enjoy the BOTANIST cafe experience from their very own home.
The two beverages in question are the delicious-looking “Smoothie Bon Bon Pineapple & Kiwi” and the healthy vegan-friendly “Spring Smoothie.” Both are super simple to make, so check out the recipes below.
Smoothie Bon Bon Pineapple & Kiwi
The ingredients used in this tropical drink give it a marble effect, combining pineapple with shiikuwasha syrup and apricot whipped cream. At the very bottom is a sweet kiwi sauce to stir into the drink with your straw for a further depth of flavour.
Ingredients (Serves 1)
100g pineapple / 10ml juice of shiikuwasha citrus / 60ml milk / 5g granulated sugar
▼Amaretto Whipped Cream
20ml whipped cream / 1ml amaretto syrup / 30ml kiwi sauce
10-13 pineapple slices cut like diamonds / 25g granola / 5g crunchy chocolate pieces / 1 mint leaf
Shiikuwasha can be replaced with lemon or lime juice. Taste as you go and adjust to your palate as necessary. Adding amaretto syrup to the whipped cream gives it an apricot taste, but the amaretto is optionalーplain whipped cream works great too. If you can’t get your hands on kiwi sauce, substitute with fresh kiwis. Slice and crush to make it into a puree so it’s small enough to be sucked through your straw.
①Measure out your ingredients. Cut your pineapple into diamond slices (see below).
②Put the kiwi sauce into your cup or glass.
③Mix the whipped cream and amaretto syrup. Use a spoon to spoon the whipped cream around the inside of the cup to create a marble effect.
④Blend together your smoothie ingredients and pour into the cup.
⑤Top with the granola.
⑥Spread your pineapple slices around the outside of the cup. Finish with your chocolate crunch pieces and mint leaf.
Slicing the Pineapple
①Slice off the top and bottom of your pineapple.
②Slice through the length of the pineapple to divide into four sections.
③Chop off the inner white part of the pineapple.
④-⑥Following the picture below, slice your pineapple into diamond chunks and throw away the skin.
⑥Slice the chunks into thin diamonds.
⑦Spread the slices to create a sunflower pattern. Adjust according to your cup size. Make sure your granola is lower than the lip of your cup so you can properly balance the shape of your pineapple flower.
This refreshing smoothie is packed full of spring berries. It’s the perfect spring accompaniment with the sweet and sour kick of the strawberries and raspberries and the subtle sweetness of the sugar beet and soy milk.
Ingredients (Serves 1)
50g strawberries / 30g raspberries / 30g sugar beet* / 230ml soy milk
*The sugar beet can be replaced with gomme syrup to make the beverage vegan-friendly. If you’re using caster sugar or granulated sugar, make sure it is fully dissolve into the soy milk first before making the drink.
①Measure out your ingredients. A scale like the one above is super useful in this situation since it saves on washing too!
②Put in all the ingredients and mix until smooth.
③Pour into a large glass.
BOTANIST Tokyo is currently temporarily closed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Bring the cafe experience home by making one of their tasty smoothies!
Address: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo (Shop – Floor 1F / Cafe – Floor 2F)
Telephone: 03-5766-3777 (Floor 1F) / 03-5766-3778 (Floor 2F)
Official Website: https://botanistofficial.com/shop/
Studio Ghibli’s Earwig and the Witch Gets Recipe Picture Book
Japanese publisher SHUFUNOTOMO released a new recipe picture book based on the Studio Ghibli’s 3D CG movie Earwig and the Witch on April 28.
Earwig and the Witch Recipe Book | ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
The book features simple to follow recipes including famous British meals, desserts inspired by the movie, and lots of other mouth-watering delights that look like something straight out of Earwig and the Witch.
St. Morwald’s Home for Children’s Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s pie is a classic British meal and makes an appearance in the movie when Earwig eats it at St. Morwald’s Home for Children. It’s her favourite meal: mash sat on top of a tomato sauce-loaded mince, carrots, green beans, onion, and paprika combo.
Boy Scout Fried Toast
Fried toast is another common food on the British breakfast menu. The recipe takes thickly-sliced bread and fries it in the juices of bacon and sausage. It’s based on the scene where Earwig messes up making her fried toast. The recipe is made Frech-style with egg, milk, sugar, and butter.
Using hot cake mix, learn how to make frosted white chocolate pretzels that look like Bella Yaga’s magical worm minions
Goro Miyazaki | Comment (Taken From Recipe Book)
“Cooking is fun, isn’t it? I myself love cooking: taking various ingredients and peeling them, chopping them, crushing them, and mixing them. You boil, you steam, you simmer, you fry. Using fire makes it all the more fun. What I make doesn’t always turn out perfect, but you can turn off and forget everything while you’re cooking, but it’s an amazing feeling when you sit down to eat the fruits of your labour and people tell you what you made is delicious. It’s even more amazing when you eat something that someone else made for you. Tasty food is like magic. Speaking of which, the magical spells that Earwig learns at Bella Yaga’s house are a lot like cooking. Carving, crushing, mixing. I’m sure that if you’re a skilled witch you’ll be a skilled cook too. I hope the people who read this book and think for the first time that they want to try out cooking will try making all sorts. Getting better at cooking might even lead you on the path to becoming a witch.”
The recipe book’s front cover was designed specially for this book by Goro Miyazaki.
Non-Alcoholic Cocktails Made With Vinegar Get Served at Tokyo’s Royal Park Hotel
Royal Park Hotel is collaborating with the Japanese condiment brand Mizkan, which is known for its vinegars, mustards, salad dressings and more, to serve non-alcoholic cocktails made with vinegar. The Non Alco-Vinegar Cocktail Fair will be held from May 1 to June 30.
Royal Park Hotel x Mizkan
Tropical Princess/FLORAL BEAUTY Vinegar Cashew/Frozen Fruity Su/Blueberry Black Vinegar Soy Milk Shake/Vinegar Fruit Yogurt/Ponzu & Tomato Ginger
The non-alcoholic vinegar cocktails were created for both drinkers and non-drinkers of alcohol as a way to enjoy the food scene more. The alcoholic drinks used in cocktails gives them a kick, and so does vinegar when used in food. These beverages combine vinegar with a range of fruits, teas, carbonated water, and other ingredients.
The line-up was conceived by the Vinegar Club who have also posted recipes for various cocktails on their website – links below.
McDonald’s Japan Releases Peach Smoothie and Frappe Made From Three Kinds of Peaches
28.April.2021 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan is releasing two new beverages at McCafé by Barista® on April 28 each made with three varieties of peach: the Gorotto Peach Smoothie and Fuwa Fuwa Peach Creamy Frappe.
Gorotto Peach Smoothie: Regular ¥440 / Large ¥480
Fuwa Fuwa Peach Creamy Frappe: Regular ¥490 / Large ¥530
McDonald’s Japan’s original Peach Smoothie and Peach Frappe beverages first appeared in 2015 and have been slurped up by customers every year since. This year, they return even juicier and more delicious than ever before by being made with three kinds of peach juice: yellow peach, white peach, and for the first time, nectarine.
The Gorotto Peach Smoothie cup is topped with a sauce made from fresh white peach pieces that give an exquisite sweet kick to the richly sweet yellow peach. The nectarine adds a sweet and sour layer to the mix for the ultimate peach combination. The Fuwa Fuwa Peach Creamy Frappe has all of this plus a topping of fluffy whipped cream. And for an extra ¥60, customers can double the amount of sauce they can have on either of these drinks.
While these limited-time drinks are on offer, customers can pick up a stamp card. For every peach frappe or smoothie ordered, they’ll get a stamp. Collect all four and get yourself a free regular-sized mango smoothie, green smoothie, chocolate frappe, or espresso frappe. The card is valid from April 28, 2021 to September 30, 2021.
Gorotto Peach Smoothie / Fuwa Fuwa Peach Creamy Frappe
Release Date: April 28, 2021
Where: McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s in Japan
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Baymax Mushi-Pan Steamed Bread
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.
Today, I’ll teach you how to make Baymax mushi-pan steamed bread.
This recipe makes 5 portions
140g strong flour
20g granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
3g dry yeast
3g baking powder
5g vegetable oil
85ml-90ml milk (room temperature)
Mix everything together in a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, you can also knead the ingredients well by hand.
Ferment at 40℃ for 40 minutes. If you don’t have a fermentation machine, leave in a warm environment.
Once the dough has doubled in size, divide into five portions and put into separate cups. If using paper cups, rub a little bit of oil inside.
Bake in the oven at 40℃ for 20-25 minutes.
After baking, steam in a steamer for 12-13 minutes. If you don’t have a steamer, put into a frying pan or large pot with a little bit of water and cover.
Once cooled, use some nori seaweed to make Baymax’s face and you’re done!
Matcha and Latte Cookies and Drinks Released by Yojiya
01.April.2021 | FOOD
Kyoto makeup brand Yojiya is now selling its own collection of snacks and drinks which it released via its website last week.
Yojiya Matcha Sandwich Cookies | ¥1,400 (Tax Included)
Yojiya Cafe Latte Chocolate Cookies | ¥1,350 (Tax Included)
Yojiya Matcha Milk | ¥950 (Tax Included)
Yojiya’s snack line-up is made with the idea of being able to enjoy high-quality food products at home. Their collection includes crunchy matcha and cafe latte cookies along with matcha milk, the latter of which is made with famous Uji matcha from Uji, Kyoto. Perfect for a tea/coffee break or as a souvenir.
Released: March 25, 2021
Online Shop: https://www.yojiyacosme.com/
Snoopy Cherry Blossom Marshmallow Latte and Lemonade Serve Up at PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro This Spring
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro is now serving up two new cherry blossom beverages for the spring season: the Sakura Lemonade and Sakura Charred Marshmallow Latte, both of which are now available to order until April 11.
Sakura Charred Marshmallow Latte ¥700 (Before Tax) / Sakura Lemonade ¥650 (Before Tax)
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro serves limited-time drinks every cherry blossom season in Japan, and this year is no different. Both beverages capture the cute pink tones of the country’s national flower which invite feelings of springtime walks and Hanami flower viewing.
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PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro Spring 2021 Drinks
Serving: March 20, 2021 – April 11, 2021
Address: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, 2-16-8 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
SOUR & HIGUMA Doughnuts Pop-Up Shop to Open at THE LIVELY Fukuoka Hakata
Lifestyle hotel THE LIVELY Fukuoka Hakata is opening a two-day pop-up shop in collaboration with the sour mixed drinks shop SOUR and the Tokyo-based doughnut shop HIGUMA Doughnuts on March 26 and 27.
The pop-up will serve up a special springtime selection of menu items from both brands, with SOUR bringing their refreshing drinks made with fresh fruits and HIGUMA Doughnuts with their high quality ingredients from Hokkaido.
Plain Doughnut: ¥250
Sugar/Cinnamon Sugar/Salted Black Soy Bean Soy Flour Doughnuts: ¥300
Special Honey Mascarpone Doughnut: ¥350
Hokkaido Vanilla Ice Cream/Strawberry Mascarpone Doughnuts: ¥600
Salted Cherry Blossom Lemon Sour: ¥500
Edible Spring Flowers & Herbs Sour: ¥800
Super Strawberry Sour: ¥1,000
SOUR x HIGUMA Doughnuts Pop-Up Shop
When: March 26, 2021 – March 27, 2021 @ 19:00-22:30
Where: THE LIVELY BAR at THE LIVELY Fukuoka Hakata
Address: 5-2-18 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
THE LIVELY Official Website: https://en.the-lively.com/fukuoka
Asahi Soft Drinks has revealed a new flavour of Monster Energy, “Super Cola,” which will go on exclusive sale in Japan on March 30.
Monster Energy Super Cola Tin Bottle (500ml)
The beverage is a unique cola blend that offers the perfect combination of refreshment and boost of energy. The tin bottle features the classic Monster design coloured red as reminiscent of cola.
Monster Energy Super Cola Tin Bottle (500ml)
Release Date: March 30, 2021
Official Website: https://www.asahiinryo.co.jp/
Starbucks Japan Reveals Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino®︎ For Spring 2021
16.March.2021 | FOOD
Dear readers, the time has finally come once again—the Spring season at Starbucks Japan officially begins on March 17, which means we can expect plenty of tasty-looking beverages to drool over. This begins with two coffee delights: the light and uplifting Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino®︎ and the subtly sweet Honey Oat Milk Latte, both of which will hit Starbucks branches across Japan this Wednesday.
Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino®︎ | ¥620 (Tall Size Only)
The Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino is exactly what it says on the cup. A bright, uplifting combination of naturally-sweet banana and the nutty flavour of almond milk. The drink is topped with Starbucks’ first-ever almond milk whipped cream and finished with a topping of banana chips fried in coconut oil for texture.
Honey Oat Milk Latte | Short ¥430, Tall ¥470, Grande ¥510, Ventii®︎ ¥550
The Oat Milk Latte made a delicious appearance at Starbucks Japan last year for a limited time where coffee-loving customers could customise their beverage. This year, it arrives in a new flavour: added to the shot of espresso and oat milk is an irresistible squeeze of honey flavoured-sauce which has a slight fruity flavour to it.
This is just the start of the Spring season at Starbucks in Japan, there are sure to be even more drinks to come so stay tuned.
Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino®︎ / Honey Oat Milk Latte
Running: March 17, 2021 – April 13, 2021
Where: Starbucks Japan (Select branches not participating)
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Japan’s Moomin Stand Takeout Drinks Chain Releases New Beverages For Spring 2021
13.March.2021 | FOOD
The Japanese Moomin-themed drinks chain Moomin Stand released two new seasonal drinks on Friday (March 12) for the spring season as part of its “Spring Arrives in Moominvalley” event. The two drinks feature a cute cup with a Moomin looking out the window as well as a straw with Moomin, Snufkin, and Little My walking together.
Moomin House Blue Raspberry Smoothie | Regular Size ¥630, Large Size ¥750 (Before Tax)
A refreshing blue raspberry smoothie made with yogurt and mixed berries. The cup comes with a cute Moominhouse lid.
Moominvalley Spring Soda | Regular Size ¥550, Large Size ¥670 (Before Tax)
Spring has arrived in Moominvalley, so the locals are out for a stroll together as featured on the straw design. This drink is made with springtime pineapple and nata de coco.
Spring Arrives in Moominvalley
Japanese Event Name: ムーミン谷に春が来た
Start Date: March 12, 2021
Moomin Stand Official Website: http://www.benelic.com/moomin_cafe/moominstand/
McDonald’s Japan Releases Coffee Jelly Pudding Frappe
11.March.2021 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan continues its flurry of delicious releases to its diverse menu with the addition of the new Coffee Jelly Pudding Frappe which hit McCafé by Barista® branches of McDonald’s on Wednesday (March 10).
The sweet beverage takes rich-tasting Japanese custard pudding, known as purin, and turns it into a drink. It’s topped with fluffy whipped cream and dunked with chewy pieces of coffee-flavoured jelly which sit temptingly at the bottom of the cup waiting to be enjoyed. Together with a drizzle of caramel sauce, the drink is a perfect balance of sweet and full-body. A must-grab for the arrival of the warm spring weather.
Coffee Jelly Pudding Frappe
Released: March 10, 2021
Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice Releases Valentine’s Day Chocolate CoCo Dinosaur Beverages
08.February.2021 | FOOD
Tastea Trustea Japan released two new beverages on Friday (February 5) for Valentine’s Day at CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice in Japan: the CoCo Dinosaur and Tapioca CoCo Dinosaur.
CoCo Dinosaur ¥520 / Tapioca CoCo Dinosaur ¥580
The two teach beverages are made with a rich chocolate sauce and fresh milk. They are topped with chocolate and brown sugar syrup for a sweet combination of flavours and textures. An enjoyable beverage that is both refreshing and Instagram-worthy for Valentine’s Day.
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice
Serving: February 5, 2021 – End of February 2021
Where: All 12 branches of CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice in Japan
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice Japan Official Website: https://cocofreshtokyo.amebaownd.com/