Angela Erika Kubo

For Angela Erika Kubo's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Cinnabon joins the popcorn bandwagon

| Oct 21, 2014

Cinnabon joins the popcorn bandwagon

While popcorn may be one of the hottest snack trends in Japan right now, it’s still unexpected that Cinnabon, of all places, started selling its own gourmet version this month. The popcorn comes packaged in small (¥380) and medium (¥750) sizes and can be ...

Craft beer on tap couldn't be simpler

| Oct 14, 2014

Craft beer on tap couldn't be simpler

Opened last month, Pump is the newest addition to Tokyo’s continuously expanding craft-beer scene. The interior is clean and simplistic with unadorned concrete walls, spotless counters and tables and a stainless-steel wall behind the bar counter. “A few customers are a bit intimidated by ...

The popcorn craze continues at Clap Your Hands

| Oct 7, 2014

The popcorn craze continues at Clap Your Hands

Continuing Japan’s craze for popcorn (of all things!), Hiroshima-based popcorn maker Clap Your Hands has opened its first Tokyo branch in trendy shopping district Shimokitazawa, far from Omotesando, where people currently line up for hours at KuKuRuZa and Garrett. Prices range from ¥300 to ...

A waffly nice taste of Belgium

| Sep 23, 2014

A waffly nice taste of Belgium

MR.waffle offers freshly made Belgian-style waffles in flavors such as almond (¥180), cinnamon (¥170) and Earl Grey tea (¥170), in addition to plain (¥160). You can enjoy your waffle with a side of Belgian chocolate soft serve (additional ¥280/medium, ¥390/regular), but with cold weather ...

Younger drinkers lured by bourbon cocktails

| Sep 16, 2014

Younger drinkers lured by bourbon cocktails

Up until recently, whisky was seen as a drink for ojisan (old men), enjoyed on the rocks or mizuwari style (heavily diluted with water). With the opening of the limited-edition Jim Beam Bar in Roppongi Hills, however, alcoholic-beverage giant Suntory Holdings proffers that whisky ...

The cod-roe-and-cheese snack craze continues

| Sep 16, 2014

The cod-roe-and-cheese snack craze continues

While avocado-and-cheese Doritos and Jagarico were on konbini shelves last year, this year’s unlikely savory flavor combination seems to be cheese and mentaiko, which is spicy cod roe. Calbee has already released limited-edition potato chips (¥124) and Jagabee potato sticks (¥130) flavored with cheese ...

Granola boom caters to the health and time conscious

Sep 9, 2014

Granola boom caters to the health and time conscious

Granola has come a long way in Japan, from a relatively unknown breakfast cereal five years ago to — along with pancakes and popcorn — a full-on fad food. While granola from Kellogg’s and Calbee has been around for years, granola consumption was steadily ...