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2:00 PM on 03.13.2014

Burger King Japan wants you to eat their giant sausage

What do you do when your competition announces something special? Usually, you find something similar and ride their coattails into the land of profit. In the case of Burger King Japan, you show everybody your giant wiener. A...

Pedro Cortes

10:00 PM on 03.07.2014

What in this room is made of chocolate?

You know Japanese variety shows are interesting, to say the least. In this episode, one of the games they had looks awfully salivating. The staff got together some master chocolatiers and had them craft objects within a room...

Brad Rice

3:00 PM on 02.27.2014

Attack on Arteries: New Lotteria burgers are insane

I can imagine that the design process for an Attack on Titan burger must have been a tough one. Grilling pictures into the bun would have been lame, and you can't really pick specialist ingredients when the only things that g...

Chris Walden

1:00 PM on 02.25.2014

Beware the kraken with the Deep Sea Curry

I love seeing specialized dishes at Japanese cafes. It's incredible how much attention and detail go into some of these drinks and plates. Most of the time, these items look delectable and I want them in front of me as soon a...

Pedro Cortes

10:00 AM on 02.18.2014

Mcdonald's Japan is getting funky

Continuing the American Vintage campaign, McDonald's Japan have revealed the next wave of sandwiches, which are released this week and represent the era of funk (the '80s). Behold: the American Funky BBQ beef and chicken burg...

Kristina Pino

12:00 PM on 02.17.2014

An overview of Hinamatsuri and some speed snacking

As Japan gears up for Spring, there are plenty of new snacks to enjoy. But this time, I'm changing things up a little bit. Instead of just taunting you with the awesome treats available to me all the time (including a Misdo ...

Kristina Pino

8:00 AM on 02.16.2014

Misdo is meeting Spring with strawberries

I'm pretty much over Winter at this point. I mean, I've been over it. But nowadays, with all this stupid snow, I'm feeling the desire to see Springtime more than ever. And in an effort to get people like me even more in the m...

Kristina Pino

3:00 PM on 02.15.2014

'Chicken Cordon Blue' at Freshness Burger looks amazing

I can't explain the meaning of changing around two letters of the name of this sandwich, but I will absolutely accept it on the grounds that it looks absolutely delicious. Freshness Burger, one of the various burger chains th...

Kristina Pino

9:00 AM on 02.14.2014

Starbucks Japan is ready for cherry blossom season

Starting tomorrow, February 15, Starbucks will be stocking all kinds of cherry blossom-themed goods in their stores. The attractive themed drinks of this campaign are a sakura (white) chocolate latte and frappuccino, which wi...

Kristina Pino

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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