Cute duckie cream puffs hatched at Shiga hotel

May 15, 2014

Cute duckie cream puffs hatched at Shiga hotel

Cream puffs shaped like spotbill duckling recently went on sale at Café de l’Abbye at the Royal Oak Hotel Spa & Gardens in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. The duckling cream puffs, called “karugamo shuu,” have a puff-pastry head and body and a pair of half-cut ...

Café Indépendants

| May 13, 2014

Café Indépendants

by J.J. O'Donoghue

You don’t have to be hip to enter Café Indépendants, but it helps. Located in the basement of the old Mainichi Shimbun Kyoto bureau, Indépendants is the kind of cafe frequented by the artsy set. There is a version of this cafe in every ...

Nanaezushi

| May 13, 2014

Nanaezushi

by J.J. O'Donoghue

We need to talk about sushi. First, any discussion of sushi isn’t worth its wasabi without a mention of the perspicacious octogenarian Jiro Ono, star of the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” about his Michelin-starred restaurant in Ginza —you know, the one that Obama ...

Will Tokyo go nuts for frozen yogurt?

May 1, 2014

Will Tokyo go nuts for frozen yogurt?

by Angela Erika Kubo

Frozen yogurt is taking off in Tokyo as a healthy alternative to ice cream in an effort to beat the heat. Made from milk instead of cream, frozen yogurt packs far less fat and more nutrients. Woodberry’s (1-4-1 Kichijoji-minamicho, Musashino-shi; 0422-48-3315; woodberrys.co.jp) uses freshly ...

The bread that thinks its a pancake

Apr 29, 2014

The bread that thinks its a pancake

by Angela Erika Kubo

AntenDo bakeries throughout Tokyo are now selling what the company calls Hotcake Pan (¥210) — sweet bread in a baking cup filled with vanilla-bean custard and topped with a thick square of butter. The bread comes with a plastic drop filled with pure Canadian ...