Angela Erika Kubo

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

Vinegar wine need not leave you sour

| Jul 15, 2014

Vinegar wine need not leave you sour

“Vinegar wine” sounds pretty much like what happens when wine goes bad — not exactly something you would want to drink with a steak. But when I discovered that a new place called Marni Baru in Shimokitazawa was serving what it called vinegar wine ...

None more black: The new Doritos flavor rocks

| Jul 15, 2014

None more black: The new Doritos flavor rocks

The new Rock’n lineup from Doritos features coal-black tortilla chips flavored with pepper and rock salt (¥127), on sale in convenience stores until Aug. 11 with the name Rock’n'Black. The salt comes from the Andes mountain range in South America, but it’s the pepper ...

Beer garden season begins with a hearty 'kanpai'

Jun 26, 2014

Beer garden season begins with a hearty 'kanpai'

When the first Biergarten (beer gardens) started popping up in Germany’s Bavarian region in the late 19th century, who would’ve thought that they would one day come to represent summer in Japan. Well, I guess it’s not that unbelievable. These days, with so many ...

Hack your way into a computerized cocktail

| Jun 17, 2014

Hack your way into a computerized cocktail

While some bars have live music to bring in customers, newly opened Hackers Bar in Tokyo’s Roppongi district holds live computer coding events to bring in the programmers. The bar’s owner and founder, Akihiro Nakao, is an entrepreneur who had dabbled in programming since ...

Red Bull cheers on Japan's Samurai Blue

| Jun 17, 2014

Red Bull cheers on Japan's Samurai Blue

While it may be coincidental that a limited number of Red Bull’s The Blue Edition (¥206) drinks were out in convenience stores just as the World Cup kicked off last week, you can feel as if you’re showing your colors and supporting Samurai Blue ...