Tag Archives: Japan

Wow . . . just wow . . .

I don’t really have anything to say about this . . . I’m just kind of puzzled and speechless . . .

Growing rice in your bra?! Who would have ever come up with that? A Japanese farmer probably . . . (picture from Reuters)


East Meets West Taste Buds

Break me off a piece of that green tea?

Living in Hawaii we are afforded the great foods of East and West. We all love our mix plates, potlucks of mochiko chicken with grilled steak, and the choice of eating sashimi and eggs benedict at buffets, but some of our fellow US citizens (namely, those invaders called “mainlanders”) don’t always appreciate some of the tastes. Or do they?

In this recent NPR article several members of the NPR staff try out a variety of Kit-Kat flavors offered in Japan. Many of them like certain flavors and did not find them too bad at all. This is promising because they are fantastic variety of food products that East Asian supermarkets have to offer.

Aromatic chicken, finger licking good!

For example, Pringles. Pringles has an awesome assortment of flavors not found in the USA, but only in Japan and China. Check out all the different types of Pringles here.

In addition, in recent travels to Japan yielded this discovery. That link takes you to the website of dessert vinegar maker, Oak’s Heart. What is dessert vinegar? It is this concentrated vinegary solution that you mix with a variety of substances, such as, water, yogurt, champagne, and the like to yield a tart, but fruit infused flavor concoction. Basically, if you like tart flavors you will probably like this a lot.

Classy and tart it's like some people I know . . .

It would be nice if Westerners would open their palate to the variety of the East, so we could get this stuff in our supermarkets! Anyway, what would you like to see brought over from Eastern supermarkets to ours?

But I beat I’m willing to bet none of us is ready for octopus ice cream . . . .

Octopus ice cream . . . just know that the Japanese have hundreds of other flavors that should not be ice cream . . .