Top 10 Instagrammable Drinks and Desserts to Try Making While You #StayHome
06.May.2020 | FOOD
Japan’s biggest social media photo aggregator Snaplace has curated a Top 10 menu list of the most popular drinks and desserts people have been posting on Instagram Japan with the hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”) with which people are making their own tasty treats to bring the cafe experience indoors during the lockdown.
The line-up features coffee, ice cream, cream soda and lots of other delights which have ranked due to how little preparation is needed and how easy the recipes are to follow. Let’s take a look.
1sr Place: Dalgona Coffee
Dalgona coffee has taken the internet by storm for its beautiful two-layered appearance. Popular in South Korea, the drink has also garnered much attention in Japan. And you can substitute the coffee part to create a completely different beverage like a matcha, strawberry latte, chocolate, and so on.
How to make Dalgona Coffee: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/312230
2nd Place: Candy Strawberries
Candy strawberries have taken over candy apples in terms of popularity this year. And you can have fun trying it out with other fruits too while at home during the lockdown like grapes, fruitsーwhichever fruit is your favouriteーand skewer them.
3rd Place: Toast Arrangements
Top your toast with ingredients like fresh cream, Greek yoghurt, cream cheese, sliced cheese, fruits, vegetables, and so on to change up your morning breakfast. There are so many different recipe inspirations for toast arrangements to find on social media.
4th Place: Marshmallow Cookies
5th Place: Fruit Sandwiches (Check out recipes here)
6th Place: Cream Soda
7th Place: Eggs Benedict
8th Place: Snoopy Gyoza
9th Place: Candy Marshmallows
10th Place: Deko (“Giant”) Ice Cream
Try making your own Instagram-worthy menu at home.
Top 10 Best Instagrammable Menus 2020 #おうちカフェ
Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe Reveal New Desserts Including Polteageist Tea Set
Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe are releasing a new teatime menu at their respective branches on October 24, 2020.
Polteageist & Sinistea Tea Party! Fruit Tea Set ~Apple Flavoured~ | ¥1,188 (Tax Included)
Polteageist & Sinistea Tea Party! Fruit Tea Set ~Strawberry Flavoured~ | ¥1,188 (Tax Included)
Pokémon Cafe is serving up two different fruit tea sets based on the Ghost-type Pokémon Polteageist and Sinistea. Customers are free to pour in their desired amount of fruit syrup which changes the colour of the tea. The sets come with a cute cookie too.
Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe
Left: Polteageist’s Tea Party! Fruit Tea ~Mixed Berry Flavour~ / Right: Polteageist’s Tea Party! Fruit Tea ~Peach Orange Flavour~ | ¥700 Each (Before Tax)
Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe is also going to serve up some Polteageist themed fruit teas as well as a selection of desserts like macarons and financier almond cakes which have Pokémon tail and ear designs.
After ordering one of the Polteageist fruit teas, customers can place their cups under the Polteageist tea pot as pictured above and activate the pot to dispense their drink, so it’s like Polteageist really pouring tea for you.
Left: Swirlix Strawberry Macaron | Middle: Pikachu Vanilla Macaron | Right: Galarian Ponyta Pistachio Macaron – ¥500 Each (Before Tax)
Treat yourself to one of the super cute Swirlix, Pikachu, or Ponyta macarons each with designs that tell you instantly which Pokémon they’re inspired by.
Polteageist Fruit Tea and & Pikachu Macaron Set
Customers can order a tea and macaron combination set too.
Pikachu Glass Parfait Set | ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
An adorable set of Pikachu parfaits, one being caramel banana flavoured and the other chocolate.
Pikachu Tea Party Assortment – Pika Pika Pikavee Set | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)
Another set to share between friends and family, this time with two Pikachu glass desserts as well as Pikachu and Eevee cupcakes.
Pikachu Tea Party Assortment – Ghost Type Set | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)
This set comes with the Pikachu glass desserts as well as Ghost-type Gengar and Litwick mousse cakes.
The Polteageist teapot and Sinistea teacup used at the Pokémon Cafe and Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe will also be released at Pokémon Center Online in Japan on December 5, 2020.
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Pokémon Cafe (Nihombashi, Tokyo)
Address: Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, 2-1-2 Nihombashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:30-22:00
No Fixed Holidays (Except when Nihombashi Takashimaya SC is closed)
Pokémon Cafe (Shinsaibashi, Osaka)
Address: Daimaru Shinsaibashi Honkan 9F, 1-7-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Business Hours: 10:00-21:30
No Fixed Holidays (Except when Daimaru Shinsaibashi is closed)
Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café
Address: Sunshine City Alpa Floor 2F, 3-1-2 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/pikachu_sweets/
*Opening hours subject to change, please check in advance before travelling.
*Food served and duration subject to change without notice.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.
*Seat reservations are taken online only – phone reservations not available.
Shibuya’s L’OCCITANE CAFE Reveals Spooky Parfait For Halloween 2020
18.October.2020 | FOOD
L’OCCITANE CAFE Shibuya is getting ready for Halloween with the reveal of its sweet potato and apple parfait which will be served from October 21 to 31. The Tokyo-based cafe is centred on the food culture and lifestyle of Provence in southern France.
Sweet Potato and Apple Parfait | ¥1,280 (Tax Included)
The seasonal treat is a mix of purple sweet potato and regular sweet potato, baked apples, apple sherbet, and vanilla ice, all topped off with whipped cream, roasted nuts, and almond tuile biscuits in the shape of ghosts and a pumpkin.
Sweet Potato and Apple Parfait
Serving: October 21, 2020 – October 31, 2020
L’OCCITANE CAFE Shibuya
Address: 2-3-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
[Sun-Thur] 11:00～22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
[Fri-Sat] 11:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
Access: Straight ahead of Shibuya Station’s 5th Exit (Inokashira Exit)
L’OCCITANE Japan Official Website: https://jp.loccitane.com/
Rilakkuma Book Cafe Themed Afternoon Teas in Osaka Will Serve Bear-Huggingly Kawaii Food
17.October.2020 | FOOD
Major bookstores across Japan are rolling out the Rilakkuma Book Fair where fans can get their hands on short Rilakkuma fairy tails, exclusive merchandise, and more.
In line with the event, Fruits Parlor & Bakery Season & Co., a cafe in Umeda, Osaka, is serving up a special menu with the theme “Rilakkuma Book Cafe” from October 30 to November 30. This includes a afternoon teas which also celebrates the cafe’s 1st anniversary, more exclusive merchandise, and novelties for customers who order from the Rilakkuma menu.
Rilakkuma Zukin Afternoon Tea | ¥4,000 (Before Tax) *Reservation-only
A special afternoon tea featuring 13 different goodies from desserts to a sandwich, quiche, and more. It comes with a fruit iced tea welcome drink too.
Rilakkuma Yuki Hime Afternoon Tea | ¥4,000 (Before Tax) *Reservation-only
A different afternoon tea that serves up 12 items. This also comes with a fruit iced tea.
Rilakkuma’s Honey Apple Smoothie | ¥800 (Before Tax)
A honey apple smoothie topped with refreshing vanilla ice cream, smooth fresh cream, and a Rilakkuma jelly candy.
Rilakkuma’s Royal Chocolate Milk Tea | ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
Classic royal milk tea served with chocolate Rilakkumas. Eat on their own or dip into your tea!
The cafe is now taking reservations for the afternoon teas. Bookings must be made two days in advance by telephone or the official website.
Rilakkuma Book Cafe
Running: October 30, 2020 – November 30, 2020
Fruits Parlor & Bakery Season & Co.
Address: LINKS UMEDA 1F, 1-1 Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka
Opening Hours: 9:30-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Official Website: https://season-co.shop
Kikkoman Helps Coca-Cola Create Japanese Dashi Beverage You Can Drink Straight
12.October.2020 | FOOD
Coca-Cola has teamed up with Kikkoman to release a new beverage in the GO: GOOD line of soup drinks which was created for busy people in a hurry that still need to get their fill. Their new collaborative Japanese dashi flavour will be released in Japan on October 12, 2020.
The new Japanese dashi flavour is made using specially-selected katsuo bonito, kombu, and ago flying fish extract to create an authentic dashi that you can drink straight from the can. It makes for a perfect addition to any lunch or bento assortment, and it can even be enjoyed on its own.
Three flavours already available on the market also underwent a can design change last month. This includes the Corn Potage, Ebi Bisque, and Minestrone.
Samples of the new dashi flavour will be handed out at places around Japan via food trucks.
Fill your belly and feel nourished with a can of GO: GOOD.
GO: GOOD JApanese Dashi
Release Date: October 12, 2020
Available: Select supermarkets as well as shops and vending machines in Japan
Official Website: https://c.cocacola.co.jp/go_good/
McDonald’s Japan Brings Back the Crème Brûlée Latte & Frappe For 2020
12.October.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan has announced that it’s once again bringing back its crème brûlée coffee drinks to McCafé by Barista branches of McDonalds on October 14, 2020. The line-up includes the Crème Brûlée Frappe, Crème Brûlée Latte and Iced Crème Brûlée Latte.
The fast food chain’s crème brûlée beverages have been sold every autumn and winter since 2015 and are enjoyed for their perfect combination of sweetness and richness.
Crème Brûlée Frappe: Regular ¥460 / Large ¥500
The delightful Crème Brûlée Frappe contains a mix of caramel sauce, subtly sweet crème brûlée whipped cream, and crème brûlée syrup, all combined inside an espresso latte. Topping the drink is more crème brûlée whipped cream, caramel sauce and crushed cookies. The cookies have been baked lightly which together with the whipped cream change the flavours of the cream’s sweetness and espresso’s richness on each sip.
Crème Brûlée Latte: Small ¥350 / Regular ¥390
The Crème Brûlée Latte combines crème brûlée syrup with bitter espresso and fluffy foamed milk. It’s topped with crunchy cookies and whipped cream.ほ
Iced Crème Brûlée Latte: Regular ¥390 / Large ¥430
Like the hot drink, the Iced Crème Brûlée Latte contains the crème brûlée syrup and espresso but is served with cold milk. It’s topped with crushed cookies, crème brûlée flavoured whipped cream and caramel sauce.
Crème Brûlée Frappe / Crème Brûlée Latte / Iced Crème Brûlée Latte
Release Date: October 14, 2020
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/menu/barista/
Suntory Beverage & Food International unveiled its new seasonal Caramel Punch flavour of its Pepsi Japan Cola beverage which will hit shelves in Japan for a limited time from October 20, 2020.
Pepsi has released many different seasonal and limited-edition drinks in Japan, from their popular Pepsi Sakura cherry blossom flavour to their Sparkling Christmas edition.
Pepsi Japan Cola Caramel Punch | ¥140 (Before Tax)
Caramel Punch maintains that refreshing taste of Pepsi Cola and enjoys a rich sweetness and slightly salty kick that’s perfect for the autumn season.
If you’re in Japan for autumn this one’s a must-try.
Pepsi Japan Cola Caramel Punch
Release Date: October 20, 2020
Suntory Official Website: http://suntory.jp/sb
Starbucks Japan Unveils Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino®
18.September.2020 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan has revealed the second beverage in its Artful Autumn @ Starbucks® series of drinks. The “Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino®” will be released at Starbucks branches in Japan on September 23, 2020.
Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino® | Tall Size Only – ¥590
Each drink is made using a whole chopped and blended Japanese daigaku imo candied sweet potato to serve those autumn flavours, with its marbled golden colour also reminiscent of the autumn leaves. It’s topped with whipped cream, black sesame seeds, and sweet potato syrup.
Truly the perfect dessert drink to sip on for the changing seasons.
Candied Sweet Potato Frappuccino®
Serving: September 23, 2020 – October 31, 2020
Available: Starbucks in Japan (select branches not participating)
Starbucks Coffee Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Pastel Coloured Halloween Served Up at Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama’s Happy Halloween Sweets Buffet
17.September.2020 | FOOD
Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama is a new hotel which opened on July 1 this year. Easily spotted by its pink exterior, the hotel offers Grand Nikko’s brand concept of guests releasing all of their sense to enjoy a relaxing and sophisticated time while providing a refreshing resort-like experience.
This Halloween, the hotel’s all-dining restaurant Le Jardin will serve up its “Happy Halloween Sweets Buffet” from October 10 to 16.
There will be 20 different desserts to pick from all in pastel colours, offering a different kind of Halloween vibe. Desserts are decorated with cute Halloween motifs like Jack-o’-lanterns, ghosts, and pumpkins. The chefs will also be certain desserts in front of guests like pumpkin mont blanc, praline mille-fuille, and pavlova.
There will also be a savoury menu too like roast beef in onion sauce, seafood acqua pazza, bread, salad, soups, and more, as well as soft drinks and non-alcoholic cocktails.
The restaurant will be restricting the number of people allowed in the dining area at once to protect diners during the pandemic.
Happy Halloween Sweets Buffet
Location: Le Jardin – Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama Floor 3F
Running: October 10, 2020 – October 16, 2020
Time: 12:00-14:30 (Last Orders 14:00)
Prices: General ¥4,500 / 9-12 years old ¥2,780 / 4-8 years old ¥1,580 / 3 years old and below – Free
Enquiries/Bookings: 047-711-2427 (10:00-18:00)
Official Website: https://bit.ly/325uwjt
Grand Nikko Tokyo Bay Maihama
Address: 1-7 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba
Official Website: https://tokyobay.grandnikko.com
Tangled Inspired Disney Princess Cake Revealed by Ginza Cozy Corner
15.September.2020 | FOOD
Ginza Cozy Corner has revealed its new Disney princess cake based on the 2010 animated film Tangled which will be available to order at all branches in Japan from October 1, 2020.
Tangled Dress Cake | ¥3,500 (Before Tax)
The cake is centred on the golden-lock beauty Rapunzel, with her dress as the foundation for the cake. The cake is made with cream chess, strawberry jam, and blueberries, while Rapunzel’s iconic hair is lemon flavoured.
Decorate the cake yourself
The cake comes with the parts for you to decorate yourself. This adds a whole new level of fun to parties!
Exclusive Rapunzel design box
This cake was actually sold earlier this year during the Hinamatsuri festival in Japan, with all 1,000 cakes being sold out. It is now returning on October 1 and is made-to-order only.
Sweet Potato Milk Bubble Tea Pours Into Chun Shui Tang For Autumn
15.September.2020 | FOOD
Chun Shui Tang, a chain of Taiwanese bubble tea stores, is adding a new limited-time drink to the menus of all branches in Japan on September 16: the “Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea.”
Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea | ¥650 (Before Tax)
The beverage is made with annouimo sweet potatoes grown on the island of Tanegashima in Kagoshima Prefecture. The potatoes are known for their high sugar content, adding a delicious natural sweetness to the tea. It’s blended with a high grade sugar syrup and topped off with whipped cream and sweet potato chips to create a dessert drink.
Those who order the drink via the Smatapi (スマタピ) app from September 9 can get the drink early before its general release on September 16.
In Japan for the autumn season? Enjoy the tasty autumn flavour of sweet potato with the Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea.
Tapioca Sweet Potato Milk Tea
Release Date: September 16, 2020
*Mobile pre-sales available from September 9 to those who order using the Smatapi (スマタピ) app
Available: All Chun Shui Tang shops in Japan
Chun Shui Tang Japan Official Website: https://www.chunshuitang.jp/
Luxurious Matcha Loaded Parfait Served Up at MICASADECO&CAFE KYOTO
13.September.2020 | FOOD
MICASADECO&CAFE KYOTO had to shorten its menu due to the effects of COVID-19. Their legendary parfait too was taken off the list, but now has finally returned, and even more delicious looking than ever.
MICASADECO&CAFE KYOTO has tried to make the parfait as breathtaking as possible, and they’ve certainly captured that. It’s vivid like the furisode long-sleeved kimono worn by the maiko of Kyoto, beautiful and dignified.
Uji Matcha Pudding & Raspberry Parfait | ¥1,250 (Tax Included)
This towering parfait is made up of many layers, one of which is a homemade Japanese-style pudding made with high quality matcha from Uji, Kyoto. It has a subtly sweet and deep flavour, and is taken to the next level with the matcha sauce it’s served with.
The homemade raspberry jam brings a delightful sweetness too as well as adds that eye-catching aspect they’re going for. As you spoon your way through, your taste buds are treated to an amalgamation of indulging flavours.
The lid that’s sat on top of the parfait is actually a tuile biscuit. The best way to go about beginning your feast is to break the biscuit and then pour the matcha sauce inside.
Hidden within the parfait are also pieces of homemade matcha brownies made with lots of top grade matcha.
These parfaits will be served from September 14 but are limited in stock, so if you’re in Kyoto this month, make sure you don’t miss out.
Address: 480 Umeyachō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto
Official Website: http://micasadecoandcafe.com/
Kawaii Fruit Desserts Now Being Sold at Shibuya Scramble Square in Tokyo
11.September.2020 | FOOD
Tokyu Food Show Edge and +Q Beauty inside Tokyo’s Shibuya Scramble Square mixed-use skyscraper are now serving a succulent selection of autumn fruit desserts, incorporating autumn flavours like chestnuts, apples, and Japan’s famous Shine Muscat grapes.
Let’s take a look, and try not to drool too much on your keyboard.
MORI YOSHIDA PARIS
Mont Blanc | ¥918 (Tax Included)
A mont blanc with cream draped around like a helix. Inside you will find Crème Chantilly and chestnuts, while the base is baked in parcel.
apple & roses
Caramel Apple Rose Cake/Raspberry Rose Cake | ¥2,160 (Tax Included)
These rich butter and almond rose cakes come in two flavours: caramel apple with apples specially selected from Nagano Prefecture, and raspberry, which add a sweet and sour kick.
Feuilletée (Box of Two) | ¥756 (Tax Included)
Feuilletée pies filled with a chestnut paste which add a delightful sweetness. The box contains two base flavours: chestnut and chestnut chocolate.
Fresh Fruit Tablet Shine Muscat | ¥2,592 (Tax Included)
Whole specially selected Shine Muscat grapes wrapped in chocolate and shaped into a tablet bar. The chocolate is a rich 70% Piura Quemazon from Pacari Chocolate which blends deliciously with the grape juice.
Whole Chestnut Pound Cakes (Set of 4) | ¥1,404 (Tax Included)
The dough is combined with chestnut paste and each mini pound cake contains a whole chestnut.
ANNA’S by Landtmann
Red Apple | ¥693 (Tax Included) *Eat-in price
This apple cake is filled with apple mousse, chocolate mousse, and chocolate sponge. The entire thing is coated in a red apple glaze, giving it a cute appearance.
Shibuya Scramble Square Shops & Restaurants
Address: 2-24-12 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.tokyu-dept.co.jp/scsq/index.html