So you know how people are always going on about how super healthy Japanese food is, and that’s why nobody is Japan gets heart attacks or is fat, etc. etc. bla … Continue Reading Deep-Fried Bacon On A Stick
I didn’t think making a Japanese bento box could get any MORE labor intensive, but bless my tweezers and nail scissors, yesterday I saw The King Tut Bento. Feast your … Continue Reading The King Tut of Lunchboxing
Okay, even though it claims in English to be a HOT & DELICIOUS BURRITO, I should have known that anything resembling a slightly overgrown packet of saltine crackers was going … Continue Reading It Looks Like a Burrito. It Says It’s a Burrito. But…
Now that we’re deep into the dog days of summer, doesn’t the very idea of nomming down a hot slice heaped with stomach-bombing meats kind of make you shudder? Enter…the … Continue Reading Salad Pizza
OMG. Did we order THAT? We did. I didn’t expect the Cream Puff Tower to be so…towering Or feature so many tiny pirate swords. How do … Continue Reading Try Eating THIS After Three Beers
Isn’t the whole purpose of “cookies & creme” flavored snackables to allow us to deceive ourselves about just how many Oreos we’re pounding down, disguised as a more sophisticated food … Continue Reading Slightly Unclear On The Concept: Cookies & Creme Muffins
If you’ve got a need for speed when lunchtime rolls around, what could be faster than a couple of bullet train rice balls? And just so you don’t have to … Continue Reading A Whole New Kind Of Fast Food
Oh noooo! It is! Chocolate banana coffee, to be exact, and it’s this month’s special at the Excelsior Cafe. In my humble opinion, those two flavors go together like mushrooms … Continue Reading Please Tell Me That’s Not Banana Coffee
If you are what you eat, right now I’m a righteous tower of these tall boys. This “short stack” came topped with butter and kuromitsu (Okinawan black sugar syrup) and yes … Continue Reading The Godzilla Of Pancakes
Are the kids at school making fun of your progeny because the Pikachu rice ball you tried to make looked more like Godzilla? Did the teacher send home a note … Continue Reading Lunchboxing Power Tools
Yes, recently, this kind of corn and mayonnaise sandwich really is being sold in just about every convenience store in Japan. But that’s not the only non-PB&J you’ll find around … Continue Reading Strange Sandwiches Of Japan
The head is the best part. Or so I was told by the ayu vendor at the Yasukuni shrine. My new pet fish-on-a-stick looked too big to be eaten whole, but … Continue Reading The Head Is The Best Part
Recently Tokyoites craving a change from the traditional piece of grilled fish, seaweed, and rice mixed with sticky fermented soybeans have been flocking to cafes offering special “morning set” breakfasts. These … Continue Reading Breakfast Dogs
Rule Number One: Try hard not to think of Seabiscuit. It might look like beef, but it’s not. Rule Number Two: Never ask what it is until after you’ve eaten … Continue Reading How To Survive The Mystery Appetizer Course
Your eyes do not deceive you: right there between the mustardy-mayo and the all-beef patty is a honkin’ deep-fried swadge of hash browns. In an attempt to challenge the Gurakoro … Continue Reading Would You Like Fries On That?
The mussels and clams on this Asakusa restaurant’s pizza are so fresh, they’re still in the shell! Behold the mixed seafood delight, which, as a bonus, delivers 5000% of your … Continue Reading Would You Prefer Clam Shells Or Raw Egg On That Pizza?
Look! Look! They have fish bone crackers on the menu at this izakaya! I love fish bone crackers! What? Oh, haha, don’t you mean “fish bone” crackers? Uh, no. That … Continue Reading Fish Bone Crackers
Only in Japan would a guy bent on coming up with a new brewskie start by requesting sixteen seeds of a nearly annihilated strain of barley from the Department of … Continue Reading From Sixteen Nearly-Extinct Barley Seeds…
Yep, that’s it: “Shirako Tempura,” front and center on the menu I was handed at the izakaya Friday night. (Or if you’re slimming, you can slurp them down raw for … Continue Reading Oh Yay, It’s Deep-Fried Fish Testicle Season
Why not take a break from the typical Christmas feast of fried chicken* and order a festive pizza instead? This beauty from Pizza Hut delivers something for everyone on your … Continue Reading Pizza of Christmas
Why is it that Japanese hot dogs always look so…enthusiastic? Of course, if I were an ordinary “ballpark dog” and suddenly found myself smothered in Porcini Mushroom Truffle Cream Sauce, … Continue Reading Is That Truffle Cream Sauce, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?
Hey, what happens if you slap everybody’s favorite carb-o-rific side dishes together and sandwich them between an additionally carbo-o-loaded bun? Macaroni & cheese + shrimp croquette = McDonald’s Japan’s new Gurakoro Burger! … Continue Reading The Carb-O-Load Burger
Yeah, yeah, I know – leaves glowing in autumnal splendor, fall evening clear and crisp, moon shining bright, pond like a mirror, and the photos are sure to wow the … Continue Reading It’s Really All About The Sticky Rice Balls
What’s round and topped with cabbage, ginger pickles, bean sprouts, mayonnaise, otafuku sauce and dried fish shavings? Okonomiyaki pizza, of course! The beloved Osaka “omelet” is traditionally made with an eggy … Continue Reading Cabbage and Ginger Pickle Pizza
It’s a cold autumn night and I’ve been outside for hours and suddenly I could eat an entire cow. Oh wow, look at this! YES PLEASE. Cheery little burner is … Continue Reading Previously Undiscovered Cow Parts
Taking the single-guy-wolfing-down-a-microwaved-burrito-over-the-sink to new levels, check out these SRO restaurants! Not uncommon, especially near train stations, these places solve a major problem for harried Japanese citizens: how do you … Continue Reading Standing Room Only…Restaurants?
Maybe it’s because we’d just finished watching The Matrix, and the post-movie izakaya conversation is all about comparing the worldview of the Wachowski Bros to the Buddhist concept that all … Continue Reading Try Not To Think About The Sizzling Fish Brain
Raise your hand if you’d love biting into a donut and discovering it was…”Purple Potato Sparkling Spider” flavor?! Yeah, not all at once everybody. Oh, there in the back, I … Continue Reading Scary Donuts
You know how in America some serious steak restaurants have honkin’ big showcases of marbled beef displayed near the front door? Well, this is the equivalent come-hither to dine at … Continue Reading The Fish Bone Restaurant
And fortunately, Burger King did not disappoint! Behold the Kuro Burger, with a bun chock full o’ bamboo charcoal and ketchup made from squid ink! I was poised to snark, … Continue Reading I Was Craving Something Black For Lunch…
In a “foreign food” breakthrough worthy of comparison to the In ‘n Out Double Double, behold the most recent craze in Japanese pancakes: super thick flapjacks! A miracle of batter … Continue Reading Extreme Pancakes
Sadly, it didn’t have pineapple, fruit cocktail OR marshmallows in it. This square of wiggly was chock full of algae, algae, and more algae! Made from nori (the wrap on … Continue Reading Seaweed Jello
Like I said about my encounter with intestine soup, don’t gag until you’ve tried it! Admittedly, this “Italian” speciality is about as autentico as Burger Pizza, but it was surprisingly delicious. … Continue Reading Spaghetti with Cream of Sea Urchin Eggs
Standing in line this morning to buy food so I could make it through my three-hour Japanese class, I was casually browsing the shelves next to me in case something … Continue Reading Mmm, Intestine Flavored Noodles
Yesterday afternoon I was running around my neighborhood without lunch and too many errands to do, and suddenly I turned into a teenage boy. MUST. EAT. ONE MILLION CALORIES. NOW. … Continue Reading Spaghetti Burger
Nevermind that putting cheese on top of Japanese curry sounds about as appealing as stirring a spoonful of peanut butter into my coffee, the idea of serving that flavor mashup … Continue Reading Curry Cheese Pizza Chips?! Nooooo!
If you guessed squid guts, squid guts and squid guts, you win the trifecta! But very tasty ones, apparently, since they sell a mountain of these at the Hokkaido … Continue Reading Yes, It’s Exactly What It Looks Like
This summer in Tokyo the trending drink of choice is Frozen Draft Beer! The beer itself is chilled extra cold, then a head of beer slush is swirled on top … Continue Reading Beer Slurpee
Now you don’t have to wait for breakfast to chow down on deep-fried donut goodness. Thanks to the product development geniuses at Mister Donut, now you can have them for … Continue Reading Meat Donuts
Out walking and far from home last weekend, I was struck by the sudden need to acquire about a thousand calories. Lucky for me, there was a Mos Burger conveniently … Continue Reading The Indo-Taco!
Want your kid to blow away the cafeteria crowd when they open up their Pokemon lunchbox tomorrow? Fill it with this outrageous labor of love! Your child might even be … Continue Reading Make Your Own Pikachu Lunchbox!
The first time I encountered little cubes of coffee jello in an ice cream parfait I thought ewww, weird! But then I became acquainted with Japanese summer weather, which sort … Continue Reading It’s Coffee Jello Season!
No your eyes do not deceive you: those are adorable – if un-pizza-like – miniature marshmallows joining the pineapple and kiwi goodness of this summer offering at the Shakey’s all-you-can-eat … Continue Reading Fruity Pizza
If you run out of Snacks With Eyes, break out the munchies that double as creepy things to sneak up on someone with the next time you’re watching Alien. Dried squid … Continue Reading Snacks With Tentacles
I wonder why I’ve never encountered this avocado-chocolate combo at any Indonesian restaurant I’ve ever been to…? Hmm. Saw this today on the lunch menu at the “pan-Asian food” cafe in … Continue Reading Dubious “Foreign” Delicacy
Japanese consumers eat pickles by the gallon, but not THESE kind of pickles. Rating three splats on the Sour-O-Meter, Screamin’ Dill Pickle Pringles are the most mysterious flavor I’ve seen yet. … Continue Reading Pickle-flavored Pringles
What all-beef manhandler’s got lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions, all topped off with two kinds of cheese and a special sauce? Yes, it’s Burger Pizza! The all-you-can-eat lunch buffet at … Continue Reading Burger Pizza
Aieeee! Is the mom who made this Anpan Man lunch a graduate of the Harvard School Of Lunchmaking? No, but she knows that in the bentō box cuteness wars, you have to … Continue Reading Weapons For The Lunchbox Arms Race
OMG, this is by far the worst thing I’ve put in my mouth since coming to Japan. Worse than slimy hair-like seaweed, worse than fish testicles. If anyone tries to tell … Continue Reading Tomato Chocolate
Forget the pretzels and potato chips next time you slouch onto your sofa to watch the big game – why not pound down a snack that stares right back at … Continue Reading Snacks With Eyes