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I don't have a lot of details for this entry in the 2014 Christmas Cakes in Toky...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2014-11-23 02:48
I don't have a lot of details for this entry in the 2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series, since reservations for it are already sold out! It's a cake that is made by the pastry chefs at the Disney Ambassador Hotel at Tokyo Disney Resort (which is technically not in Tokyo...it's in Chiba, but anyway). It's covered in whipped cream that looks like freshly fallen snow, a chocolate mousse Mickey hat with chocolate ears , and a yellow chocolate ribbon. Kawaii!


A yoshoku or yohshoku 洋食 (Japanese western-style cuisine) lunch plate with mini...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sat, 2014-11-22 09:47
A yoshoku or yohshoku 洋食 (Japanese western-style cuisine) lunch plate with mini versions of omurice (rice omelette), hamburger steak, grilled chicken with demiglace sauce, and seasonal fried fish (including a fried oyster). Miyashita in Omotesando Hills, Harajuku. #tokyo

This is the lunch pictured on the menu on the top left by the way....you can see how the real thing is very close to the photo ^_^ http://youshoku.jp/menu_lunch.html


2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series! The classic Christmas cake in Japan is a "...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sat, 2014-11-22 08:08
2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series! The classic Christmas cake in Japan is a "strawberry shortcake"; this is not the same strawberry shortcake that's known in the US, since it uses a soft, fine genoise type sponge cake rather than shortcake. This version is as classic as it gets - whipped cream is used inside as well as on the outside, and it's loaded with fresh strawberries (strawberry season in Japan starts in mid-late November). Called the "Special Strawberry Christmas", it's from Lawson, a major national konbini (convenience store) chain, so it's quite reasonably priced while using top quality ingredients. 10,000 yen (it's a lot...but with that amount of strawberries, plus using top quality butter etc., it's not that bad a deal...), 18cm diameter, serves 6 to 8.

http://www.lawson.co.jp/recommend/static/xmas2014/uchicafe/

(For a classic American style strawberry shortcake, see http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/strawberry-shortcake-recipe3.html )


Scones fresh out of the oven. (Scones are so easy to make... And so expensive to...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2014-11-21 07:59
Scones fresh out of the oven. (Scones are so easy to make... And so expensive to buy here in Japan for some reason.)


This month's Japan Times column is about nabe (hot pots), which are a dinnertime...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2014-11-21 03:55
This month's Japan Times column is about nabe (hot pots), which are a dinnertime favorite in the winter in Japan!

http://justhungry.com/nabe-hot-pot-basics-japan-times


Nabe (hot pot) basics in the Japan Times

recently on just hungry - Fri, 2014-11-21 03:41

This month’s Japan Times column is about the basics of nabe, or hot pots that are usually cooked at the table, with everyone taking what they like from the pot as it cooks.

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More 2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo! I'm not sure if I like the looks of this one...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2014-11-21 03:31
More 2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo! I'm not sure if I like the looks of this one...but it certainly is customized. You can get any photo or image 'printed' on top of your Christmas cake at a pastry shop called Dolce MariRisa, which has stores on Omotesando (Harajuku) and in Denenchofu. The photo-print cakes come in 2 size - a 25x25cm one is 18,000 yen, and a 30cm x 30cm one costs 25,000 yen. (I think you can also get a photo 'printed' on their smaller cakes...) The description of the makeup of the cake itself is rather short, but it says it uses the
highest quality Belgian chocolate cream, so I'm guessing it's a chocolate cake...or at least has chocolate cream icing. ^_^ The photo part is edible.

https://chicappa-maririsa.ssl-lolipop.jp/xmas/


Funassyi furikake!!! #thepeariseverywhere

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2014-11-19 06:34
Funassyi furikake!!! #thepeariseverywhere


This entry in the 2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series does have a cake, but it'...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2014-11-19 02:28
This entry in the 2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series does have a cake, but it's more about the famous (infamous?) Christmas dinners from KFC Japan. This year they are offering a 8-piece bucket of chicken (Original or Variety Mix), a Christmas salad (contains red, green and yellow vegetables, plus Cheddar cheese flavored croutons and "bacon flavored topping"), a chocolate Christmas cake (with chocolate sponge and chocolate and vanilla mousses, covered with "chocolate glaçage") and a special Christmas-design plate for 4,090 yen (3,990 if you pre-order by December 10th). You can also order a whole roast chicken for 5,760 yen, or a whole roasted chicken leg for 1,030 yen.

http://www.kfc.co.jp/campaign/xmas2014/menu.html

I'm not sure many Japanese people realize that the "KFC for Christmas" thing is offered only in Japan, and is regarded as a sign of Japan's weird and wackiness elsewhere... ^_^; (Keep in mind that bone-in chicken parts and whole chickens are very expensive in Japan since they aren't eaten much. Many home kitchens don't have ovens, especially ones big enough to accommodate a whole bird. So in that sense the bone-in chicken choices offered by KFC are a bit of a treat for many people.)


More 2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo! Suica is a rechargeable fare card issued by...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2014-11-18 11:25
More 2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo! Suica is a rechargeable fare card issued by the JR East railroad company, that controls a lot of commuter lines in the greater Tokyo area/Kanto region. The Suica card is promoted using the Suica Penguin character. And of course...there's a Suica Christmas cake - two versions even, both from the Cross Dine Bake Shop in the Hotel Metropolitan in Ikebukuro. The square version has layers of chocolate genoise sponge, orange jam, caramel cream and chocolate cream with chocolate coating. It's 20cm long and costs 4,200 yen. The large penguin shaped one (35cm long) has large Amao strawberries and chocolate cream sandwiched between layers chocolate genoise layers. It serves 12 and costs 8,500 yen.

http://webtest.metropolitan.jp/christmas_cake/

(More about the Suica card - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suica )


Continuing the 2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series: You can order Christmas cak...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2014-11-17 14:05
Continuing the 2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series: You can order Christmas cakes from konbini (convenience stores) too. This one is from 7-11, and is called the Kamakura. Inside it has sponge cake layers with vanilla mousse and strawberries, and the outside is whipped cream with a strawberry cream bow. About 15 cm in diameter x 6cm high, 2,700 yen, it can be pre-ordered nationwide (order in-store or online).

http://www.sej.co.jp/products/christmas/cake_kamakura.html


Drying gardenia jasminoides (cape jasmine, kuchinashi in Japanese) pods. The dri...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2014-11-17 01:59
Drying gardenia jasminoides (cape jasmine, kuchinashi in Japanese) pods. The dried seeds are used as a yellow dye in cooking and so on, especially in kinton, a sweet potato based dish served at New Years.


The student eating his bento on a train photo that I posted previously got a lot...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2014-11-16 12:09
The student eating his bento on a train photo that I posted previously got a lot of reactions! To clarify the "eating on the train" issue, it's fine to eat on long distance trains -- it is actively encouraged in fact since they come to sell bentos and snacks! (You can also drink on long distance trains too...you often see people enjoying a beer or sake or something on the Shinkansen with some snacks.) Eating on local trains in the countryside is also fine usually.

Commuter trains and subways, especially in busy metropolitan areas, are not really practical places to eat or drink unless the train is not crowded. People do drink discreetly from PET bottles or whatever on such trains when it's not too crowded (and there are usually vending machines on the platform), and sometimes someone might munch a snack or so (and of course eating candy etc. is no problem).

In general, people in Japan do not eat while on the go much. For instance you don't see people wandering out of Starbucks while sipping from their cup, or people drinking from bottles of water, etc. as they stroll around, unlike in the U.S. There is a lot of speedy eating, but at designated places (e.g. standing up at a noodle stall.)

And by the way, I'm not criticizing the boy in the photo for eating his bento on the train. It was obvious actually that he ate his bento as fast as he could, before opening his books to study. He probably was so short on time that he had to swallow his lunch on the train. The contrast between him and the totally relaxed girl sitting next to him (they didn't seem to know each other) was interesting to me, anyway!

2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series! Today's cakes are from Patisserie Kihachi,...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2014-11-16 05:04
2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series! Today's cakes are from Patisserie Kihachi, a pastry shop and cafe chain with locations in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya etc. The cake in the large photo is called the Best Wishes Christmas. The box is made of white chocolate, and the cake inside is a classic Japanese-style strawberry shortcake (sponge cake with whipped cream and fresh strawberries). 12.5cm×12.5cm, 6,480 yen. The two smaller ones below are little 2-serving cakes - layered cakes (chocolate on the left, berry on the right) with buttercream (I think...some kind of icing) ribbons. 7.5cm×8cm, 1,620 yen each. The cakes can be ordered from any of their pastry shops (not just the Tokyo ones).

http://www.kihachi.jp/xmas/


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