July 13, 2010

Tokyo JUNKtion in New York

by Moto Yamamoto

My friend Futoshi came back from Japan and brought some of the newest and weirdest junk food from the motherland. In recent months, the most popular food item in Japan is apparently the edible chill-infused oil or 食べる辣油.  I saw articles about it in newspapers everywhere– Japan’s major condiment brand Momoya, came out with this […]

July 9, 2010

Umamiventure #26.5: Candytown (LA)

by Kayoko Akabori

Omg, I totally forgot to write about Candytown, right next door to the San Pedro Fish Market! Silly me! After gorging ourselves with shrimp, oysters and ceviche, we finally called it quits and all walked over to Candytown. Yes, we saved room for dessert. Candytown is super cute and looks like Willy Wonka barfed all […]

October 23, 2009

Tokyo JUNKtion: Caramel Pudding Kit Kat

by Yoko Kumano

After trying two Kit Kat flavors available in Japan with gag-inducing colors: light aqua for the Ramune Kit Kat and salmony orange for the Mango Pudding Kit Kat, I was seriously relieved to see that the Caramel Pudding Kit Kat was poo-colored just like the OG chocolate Kit Kat. As I busted open the package, […]

August 3, 2009

Iceland Exotica: Chocolate vs. Licorice

by Anders Arhoj

Iceland is famous for lots of things: regularly erupting volcanos, Bjork the magic Elf and hot geysers sending steaming towers of water towards the sky. And the kitchen is not falling behind these marvels. Typical for a secluded island far away from everything, they have developed their very own food style out of necessity of […]

July 7, 2009

Tokyo JUNKtion: Ramune Kit Kat

by Yoko Kumano

Ramune is a traditional Japanese carbonated drink that is in a distinctly shaped bottle with a marble in it. The taste is a pretty generic lemon-lime soda flavor, but it’s something about the glass bottle that makes it taste extra cold and special. Ramune is commonly sold at matsuri (Japanese festivals) where you will see […]

June 21, 2009

Tokyo JUNKtion: Kinako Kit Kat

by Yoko Kumano

Kit Kats are wildly popular in Japan. Part of it has to do with the fact that when said in Japanese, Kit Kat sounds like “Kitto katsu,” which in Japanese means “You will (probably) win.” Therefore, it’s common practice for family and friends to buy their loved ones Kit Kats before a big game or […]

August 30, 2008

Vegemite Rainforest Picnic, AU

by Erin Gleeson

A couple weeks ago in Australia, Jack and I had a picnic in the Daintree Rainforest near the Great Barrier Reef, a stunning spot where the rainforest meets the sea. Along with our sandwiches we tried some Australian specialties: Tim Tam cookies and vegemite spread. I liked the former, and here’s what I had to […]

July 1, 2008

Heavenly Sauternes Soaked Raisins (Paris)

by Kayoko Akabori

Here’s a little something my boss brought back from Paris: Raisins au Sauternes- sublime wine soaked raisins, coated in dark chocolate. These are friggin AMAZING. There’s a little sugar crunch as you bite down, revealing a golden yellow raisin, with a faint hint of something… what exactly is it? Dessert wine! Apparently, they come from […]

May 19, 2008

Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth at Miette Confiserie (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Spent a day in San Francisco with my girl Vanessa- we walked around Hayes Valley, and stepped into this charming little candy shop, Miette. It’s a colorful fantasyland for anyone with a serious sweet tooth- you’re transported to a candy shop from the 1950s, with a huge selection of candies and chocolates, plus beautiful, organic […]