Category Archives: Food

japanesehotdog October 11

Japanese Food Styling Gone Wrong

Okay, as you know, I’ve long been fascinated with Japanese menu depictions of hot dogs, because they can’t seem to resist making them look a little, er, over-eager. But don’t you agree that these take hot dog styling to a whole new level? I mean, how do you even EAT these? They look  like scale models for […]

icefrietfeat September 10

Twice The Guilt & Half The Pleasure

Okay,I totally get that some days it’s hard to choose between a bucket of french fries and a bathtub of ice cream. I even understand that some days you just say FML, I’m having BOTH. But this? No. Just…no. • Jonelle Patrick writes mysteries set in Tokyo. Her fourth book – Painted Doll – is just out in paperback  “A genuinely […]

PeachFlavorFEAT August 29

It Must Be Fake Peach Flavor Season Again

The vending machines are suddenly stuffed with pink drinks. Of course, there hasn’t been a genuine fuzzy-skinned stone fruit within a thousand kilometers of these so-called “peach” libations, but that doesn’t stop them from making the point that even drinks flavored with highly unnatural chemicals must only appear when they’re “in season” in Japan. • Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery […]

Sushi choco February 15

Manly Chocolate

There aren’t many things that Japan gets tragically wrong, but Valentine’s Day is one of them. Not only does the chocolate-giving flow only one way, it flows from the gender that DOES like chocolate to the one that (supposedly) DOESN’T, thus posing an even more vexing conundrum for the women cornered into buying Obligation Chocolate for the men in their […]

PepperCoffeeFeat February 10

Pink Pepper Milk Coffee

In case a shot of caffeine isn’t quite enough to get you going in the morning… (If you’re braver than I am, you can find it this month at your nearest Precious Coffee Moments shop.) • Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback!  

Okay, they don't LOOK too bad... January 26

In Which We Try Those Wicked-Looking Chocolate Covered French Fries

  Aieeee, it’s true! McDonald’s is selling chocolate covered french fries in Tokyo! These are so clearly a frontrunner for the All Flavors Of Nope Award, I feel I must selflessly step up and take one for the team… • Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback.

IMG_3117 January 08

Not Your Nonna’s Spaghetti

But no, I couldn’t bring myself to order it. Because a) civet poop coffee was enough excitement for one week and b) don’t you think there’s a reason that oysters + seaweed + cream linguini is not exactly a staple menu item in Italy…? • Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the […]