Phoebe Amoroso
For Phoebe Amoroso's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Ayatana's hand-pounded curry paste is just one example of what chef Bo Songvisava calls her revival of traditional Thai cuisine.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Oct 8, 2023
Ayatana elevates Thai comfort food to gourmet cuisine
Japan has no shortage of Thai food, but this new Kyoto restaurant aims to transcend its reputation of a casual bite.
For drinks surrounded by some of Tokyo’s sleekest skyscrapes, Marunouchi House’s rooftop terrace can’t be beat.
LIFE / Food & Drink / Top 5
Aug 27, 2023
Skyline sips: Tokyo’s best rooftop bars
Instead of relegating it to a cherry blossom-related niche, Tokyo is recognizing the allure of drinking outside.
Ater Jimmie Husen
LIFE / Food & Drink
Aug 6, 2023
On plates, Sweden and Japan are a natural pair
Swedish and Japanese cuisine are not natural allies, but diners in Japan don’t seem to care when they taste this unique fusion for themselves.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 30, 2023
The ‘Two Faces’ of Gold Bar’s cocktails make for surprising sips
Minato Ward has no shortage of expensive cocktails, but Gold Bar mixes in as much style as the best of them.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 23, 2023
Japan tastes success at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony
The evening in Singapore marked the first full, in-person night of awards since the pandemic began.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Aug 14, 2022
Subterranean sake: Cave aging Japan’s national drink
Sake isnu2019t usually aged. When it is, though, itu2019s virtually never done over years in repurposed underground caverns.
Japan Times
Aug 4, 2022
So you want to be a stand-up comedian?
Learn the tricks of the trade at Tokyo Comedy Bar, the capital's new stand-up comedy venue.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 17, 2021
Keep calm and tuck in: Tokyo discovers British cuisine isn’t just pie in the sky
Critics have missed, or chosen to stubbornly ignore, Britainu2019s glorious culinary renaissance. Here are some of Tokyou2019s latest openings where you can get a taste of good olu2019 British grub.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Feb 13, 2021
Bicycle boom: Why transportation in the ‘new normal’ is on two wheels
The COVID-19 pandemic has sent cycle sales soaring, but will the momentum keep rolling forward in Japan?
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Food Sustainability in Japan
Jan 30, 2021
How COVID-19 is forcing us to re-examine food waste
The pandemic is breaking down the "invisible wall" between food producers and consumers. But is it enough to change wasteful habits?
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 26, 2020
Top 5: Food trends our critics want to see Japan embrace in 2021
Eyes (and stomachs) are already turning to 2021. Five of The Japan Timesu2019 critics share the dining trends theyu2019d like to see the country embrace.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 28, 2020
Twillo: Fairy tale yatai bar hits the streets of Tokyo after midnight
Running a traveling bar might seem like an avant-garde answer to the coronavirus, but owner Shotaro Kamijo is in the business for a different reason.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Sep 26, 2020
Top 5: The best bakeries in Tokyo
Shokupan giving you a resting bread face? The Japan Times recommends five bakeries that hit the sweet spot between technique, innovation and taste.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 18, 2020
Summer sipping: How sake is getting creative in the heat
Sake brewers are embracing creative takes on natsuzake to bolster sales and tempt new drinkers.


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