Food: Kit Kat Sushi


With Valentine’s Day coming, Kit Kat in Japan is offering for a limited time Kit Kat Sushi.  You can only get the 3-piece Kit Kat Sushi when you spend more than $27.00USD at the premium KitKat Chocolatory shop, located in Ginza, Tokyo.

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Food: The Sushi Burger

sushiburgersFood trends:  The Sushi Burger.  We had the Ramen burgers and Korean burritos, now comes the sushi burger.  The rice is turned into a bread-like bun, substitute meat patty with any Japanese-style fish and top it off with Asian sauces.  Shouldn’t this be called a Sushi Fish Sandwich instead?

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Food: Best Cheesecake

juniorscheescakesamplerOkay, so I’m a West Coast gal and the only cheesecake I know is the Cheesecake Factory.  A few weeks back, I was at the coffee shop with my girlfriends and the random topic of where to eat good cheesecake came up.  My friend was like it has to be Juniors!  I was like what?  Not the Cheesecake Factory?  I quickly got on my iPhone and started Google research on Junior’s Cheesecake.  And before you know it, we ordered the Holiday Little Fellas Sampler.

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Food: Fried Chicken Pizza

chizzaAre you tired of the endless turkey recipes this time of the year?  Well how about trying this Chizza recipe from the girls of 876TV.  The girls got their idea from KFC Japan.  Chizza is basically fried chicken with pizza toppings.

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The Turkey Alternative: Soy Sauce Turkey with Garlic Noodles

grandma-chicken-noodlesThanksgiving is just around the corner and why make the same old boring Turkey.  In recent years the Deep Fried Turkey and Turducken has been popular.  Why not this year, try a Soy Sauce Turkey and Garlic Noodles recipe?  My content producer Stephen Jang teamed-up with Rayfil Wong from Asian Food Nerd to produce this cooking video on a crackling delicious Soy Sauce Turkey with Garlic Noodles.

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Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook by Janice Poon

hanniballcoverI’ve stated many times before when I watch K-Dramas, I get Korean cuisine cravings.  Watching a cute petite actress eat Jjangmyun (black bean sauce noodles), Mandu (meat dumplings), Bulgogi (BBQ beef) or Dukbokki (spicy rice cakes) just makes me hungry to munch on something.  Now back to the topic at hand, the NBC psycho-drama Hannibal.  Question, have you seen the past 3 seasons of Hannibal?  If not, go stream it somewhere!  Besides the incredible acting and visual images, it was also about the deadly appetizing food on the show.

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Food: Eat Ramen Noodles in Solitude

ichirannycOnce upon a time our Ramen team spotlighted Japanese Ninja restaurant in NYC, now there is a noodle shop that you can slurp in private.  The Japanese ramen chain Ichiran opens up it’s first location in Brooklyn.  Ichiran is known for their amazing pork broth.  The US restaurant location has a common area where ramen lovers who don’t want to be antisocial, but there is also private  booths where you can sit and eat your pork broth ramen noodle soup in solitude.

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Edible Candy Art by Shinri Tezuka

candyanimals00candyanimals01Move over Willy Wonka.  There is a new sweet man, and this Candy Man can.  “Amezaiku” is a form of candy sculpting art form and this 27-year old Japanese artist Shinri Tezuka displays his amazing candy sculpting skills.  Shinri is also owner of his own candy store Ameshin in Japan.

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Food: Halloween French Fries at Mickey D’s Japan


Why does it seem that all the American fast food chains in Asia get tasty and unique items to munch on?  McDonald’s celebrates 45 years in Japan with a Halloween inspired dish – the Halloween Choco Potato for the month of October.  The french fry item gets a sauce mix with pumpkin and chocolate.

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Making Artwork from Real Food

foodartayananyThat KFC painting looks like it was made with watercolors, but it’s not.  It’s a mix of honey and ketchup.  Artist Aya Hany combines her two loves – food and art into one.

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Food: Hipster Chinese American Cuisine

misterjiurestaurantI have spent a couple of years of living in SF and all I remember is late night dive and karaoke bars in Chinatown next to North Beach.  Now a hipster Chinese-American fusion style restaurant has opened up – Mister Jiu’s.  Chef’s Night Out check outs owner/chef Brandon Jew about Mister Jiu’s eatery, historic SF Chinatown and eating round the neighborhood.

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Kidrobot Yummy World

coverartyummyworldThe love of toy food art is here with Yummy World.  There are 14 wacky food character designs to collect like Chezzy Pie and Flaco Taco.  Fans who like the Seth Rogen’s Sausage Party flick will probably enjoy collecting these too!

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Toast Sculptures for Eating

toastcoverThis is some incredible eatable toast art.  The creator behind all this is Adam Perry.  It all started when his daughter Scarlett who has severe food allergies a few months back.  Adam saw how lame her breakfast was and decided to make it entertaining.  Each sculpture takes about two bread slices, then he snaps a picture and serves the toast breakfast to her daughter.

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Food: Baking in Japan with Carly Rae Jepsen

exlporebakeriesOne part of Japanese culture that’s always been interesting is the art of edible baked food.  Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen was in Japan promoting her last album EMOTION and while there, she also explored Japan’s bakeries.

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Universal Studios is all about Harry Potter

US001I haven’t been to Universal Studios Hollywood in many years and this was the year, because The Wizarding World of Harry Potter just opened.  So, this epic family trip to Disneyland, included a day at Universal Studios.  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may not be as grand and big as Universal Studios Orlando, but if you live on the West Coast, the cheaper alternative is going to Universal Studios Hollywood.

US003Fans of Harry Potter will enjoy everything about the theme town like the unique shops and waiting in line to get your magic wand.  Forgo the kiddie mini-Harry Potter roller coaster and just head straight to Hogwarts castle.  The Harry Potter and Forbidden Journey ride is one the best 3D rides, like ever.  Take the journey with the young Harry, Hermione and Ron.

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Ghostbusters Twinkies

hostesstwinkiesslimeycakesFirst we got the Hi-C Ghostbusters drinks, now Hostess is getting into the action with their Twinkies brand.  These Twinkies ooze green slim, well, not really, more like key lime flavor.  The Key Lime Slimed Twinkies are in stores now.

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Fast Food: A Real McDonald’s Golden Nugget

goldennuggetsI have to admit Mickey D’s chicken nuggets are delicious.  McDonald’s Japan will be offering a real 18 karat golden nugget.  The hunt for “Kaito Nuggets” will begin this summer at various McDonald’s restaurants around Japan.

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I Like To Eat Episode #3: Sweet Mex

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The long awaited 3rd episode of I Like to Eat is finally here! On this episode of I Like to Eat, we visit Sweet Mex in Union City, California for some delicious desserts.
What desserts does Sweet Mex hold for our hungry travelers?  And will The Eddie spoil his dinner? Tune in to find out on this episode of I Like to Eat.

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Food Art: Gimbap and Pottery

gimbaploveThe first time I made any type of sushi, it tasted pretty bad.  One of the hardest parts is getting the rice just right and the amount of vinegar.  Sushi Chef Toyoung Kwak expresses herself through her pottery food plates and “Gimbap.”  She splits time between her ceramic studio and restaurant, she has recently opened with her friend Jeomsook Noh.

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Food & Drink: The Ice-Cream Hangover Cure

hangovericecreamThroughout history and around the globe, ever since alcohol (aka spirits) were introduced, we human beings have tried to solve the “hangover” next day.  Whether it be soju, sake, cocktails, liquor or beer – the hangover will happen, so in South Korea, the problem has been solved with the hangover ice cream bar called Gyeondyo-bar, which translated into US means “Hang in There.”  This so-called ice cream cure has grapefruit juice and raisin tree extract to fight the hangover.

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Food: Whopper, Fries and a Spa Treatment

burgerkingspatreatmentThe next time you’re at a Burger King, you might find yourself ordering a Whopper Combo Meal and having a spa treatment.  Eat a Whopper, take a shower and sauna at the same time!  The fast food chain Burger King opens it’s first Burger King Spa in Helsinki, Finland.  The price tag is around $300USD per person for a 3-hour session.

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Food: Ramen Hunting in Sapporo

ramenalleysapporoSapporo the capital city of Hakkaido is known for their famous ramen dishes and Only in Japan visits the well-known Ramen Alley aka Ganso Sapporo Ramen Yokocho (元祖さっぽろラーメン横丁).  There’s around 17 ramen shops in this tiny alley located in the Susukino Entertainment District.  Many of these noodle restaurants have been serving ramen since the 1950s.

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Food: A Night of Eating in Viva Vegas

harvestbyroyellamarI haven’t done a weekend trip to Las Vegas with my girlfriends in awhile.  Maybe it’s time now to check out this restaurant, Harvest by Roy Ellamar at the Bellagio hotel.  The latest episode of Chef’s Night Out interviews chef Roy Ellamar and his Harvest farm fresh restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip.  Let the eating begin.

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Food: Cutie Eatable Food

bentomonsterscoverHow do you make lunch fun for kids of all ages?  Author, mom and founder of Bento Monsters – Li Ming Lee turns food into cute pop culture characters.  Check out her book Yummy Kawaii Bento: Preparing Adorable Meals for Adorable Kids.


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Food: The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook Tour

missionchinesefoodbookcoverThe wacky star chef Danny Bowien did a cookbook tour this past year for his “Mission Chinese Cookbook” by Harper Collins.  Munchies goes behind-the-scenes with Danny on the book tour and a look at the yummy food.

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