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3:00 PM on 02.10.2014

Give your Valentine chocolate FF7 Materia

As a card-carrying chocoholic (and that's chocoholic for "chocolate" and not "chocobo," although the latter kind of works too), I have a bit of a dilemma with artisanal sweets. I love it when candies look awesome, but when th...

Karen Mead

10:00 PM on 02.07.2014

Misdo serving up churros after my own heart

So it looks like today, Mister Donut Japan released some heart-shaped churros in their continued Valentine's Day-themed treat-making. There are three different kinds, with chocolate, strawberry, and "white" flavors, and they ...

Kristina Pino



Japanator Eats: Haagen-Dazs Rose and Sakura flavors photo
Japanator Eats: Haagen-Dazs Rose and Sakura flavors
by Kristina Pino

Josh Totman brought you a preview of the two new flavors Haagen-Dazs is rolling out for their 30th anniversary, and I'm here to eat them on camera.

Though some stores appeared to be stocking these since yesterday, today (February 3rd) is the official release date on these little delights. As Josh explained (and I failed to note before taste-testing), the rose batch has strawberry and plum ice cream with rose petal syrup, and the cherry blossom batch is cherry ice cream with sakura petal syrup. Both are wonderful, though right now isn't necessarily the best time for cold treats given we're still slogging through winter.

That didn't stop me, of course. Check out the video above to get my full impressions, and if you're in Japan, head on over to your nearest grocery or convenience store to sample some yourself. If you aren't, I guess you can just enjoy them vicariously through my videos.

Have any burning questions about life in Japan or suggestions for future videos (including food requests)? Drop them in the comments along with any other feedback you've got, or email me directly: kristina (at) japanator (dot) com.

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9:00 AM on 01.31.2014

Pentagon shaped oranges are a thing now

Not that this is a large stretch from square watermelons, but some fruit farmers in Ehime prefecture thought that a four sided fruit was not good enough for them, so they went out and made a five sided orange called Goka...

Josh Totman

2:00 PM on 01.30.2014

Surprise house guests with a Pikachu roll cake

Rosanna Pansino has uploaded an episode to her delightful cooking show Nerdy Nummies with instructions on how to make a roll cake with a Pikachu motif. Technically, you can make it with any other Pokémon if you can ap...

Kristina Pino

6:30 PM on 01.28.2014

Haagen-Dazs release limited flavors Sakura and Rose

For the 30th anniversary of Haagen-Dazs, they will be releasing two limited edition flavors Sakura and Rose. Each of these flavors will have actual sakura petals and rose petals mixed in with the ice cream. Don't worry though...

Josh Totman



Japanator Eats: McD's Hot & Groovy chicken sandwich photo
Japanator Eats: McD's Hot & Groovy chicken sandwich
by Kristina Pino

This week saw the release of two new sandwiches at McDonald's Japan in their continuing American Vintage campaign, replacing the diner burgers with Tex-Mex of the '70s. We've got a Hot & Groovy Chicken and Beef, both containing some tasty salsa and a relish concoction between the buns along with the meat and some cheese.

These sandwiches will be offered until mid-February, at which point I imagine they'll roll out the next set. The video above is about the chicken sandwich, and it's absolutely delicious - not gonna lie. If you're in Japan in the coming weeks, consider giving it a try!

Oh, hey, that rhymed.

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Japanator Eats: Valentine's Day Misdo treat photo
Japanator Eats: Valentine's Day Misdo treat
by Kristina Pino

In today's installment of "Kristina eats things from Japan on camera from unflattering angles," I present to you one of the treats Mister Donut has rolled out for Valentine's Day. They've got three new items on their menu for the event: an assortment of mini bites arranged in a gift box (¥250), and two Pon-de-marshmallows (¥157).

For this video, I went for the chocolate Pon-de-marshmallow with strawberry icing, but you can check out the image below for a look at everything (via entabe). In the case of today's treat, I can say that it's tasty if you're into sweet berry-flavored stuff. If you're like me though, it might feel too sickeningly sweet, an effect I also experienced when I tasted those berry Pocky on chocolate sticks. Maybe it's just that particular flavor that makes me feel a little ill?

In any case, enjoy the video above! As usual, you've got the comments section below for any feedback and/or suggestions for future videos, and for you shy folk out there, my email is kristina (at) japanator (dot) com.

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4:00 PM on 01.22.2014

Nerds in the kitchen alert: Totoro toaster pastries

Totoro pastries: the Ghibli nerd's way of preparing food that makes everyone happy before they even take a bite. In fact, they might not want to take a bite at all because of how dang cute these things come out. But that'd b...

Kristina Pino

12:00 PM on 01.17.2014

Take a look at some makizushi art

If you have been following me on here, you know that I know my way around a kitchen. Now, I can make makizushi (rolled sushi) the regular way, but I couldn't even dream about making it like Takayo "Tama-chan" Kiyota.&nbs...

Josh Totman

12:00 PM on 01.16.2014

Tokyo gets some serious Kit-Kat love this month

We at Japanator love our Kit-Kats. Sweet, chocolatey, crispy goodness. While they may not be the most premium chocolate candy out there, it's the magical combination of those thin wafers and mid-grade chocolate that just hit ...

Hiroko Yamamura





10:00 AM on 01.14.2014

Suntory to buy Beam Inc. for $16 billion

Suntory is looking to grow into the world's third largest spirits brand with the planned purchase of Beam Inc., the maker of Jim Beam and Maker's Mark. The purchase is set to cost a whopping $16 billion. But for the Japanese ...

Brad Rice