Angela Erika Kubo

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

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 ...