This weekend I went on a magical flavor journey across the Pacific, to a land where what Americans deem worthy of snackhood is laughably tame. This weekend I tasted 15 different varieties of Japanese Kit Kats, and I am forever changed by the experience. Snacktaku fans will remember the Japanese Kit Kats as one of five items on my 2013 must-eat list, an accounting of foods exotic and familiar that I would have in my mouth before the year turns once more. I'd been trying for years to get Kotaku's embedded Japanese editor, Brian Ashcraft, to bring me a batch of Nestlé's Nipponese chocolate-dipped wafers during his infrequent trips stateside, but I never manage to remind him before he's hopped the plan for the estimate week-long around-the-world flight. Advertisement In my desperation I turned to the import specialists at JBox, where they offered a special gift pack of regional Japanese Kit Kat flavors for $68 plus shipping. I immediately made the purchase, scraping together what … [Read more...] about 15 Flavors of Japanese Kit Kats: The Snacktaku Review
If you’ve ever been to Japan, maybe you’ve visited one of the country’s numerous gardens. They are wonderful places to enjoy nature and contemplate life. What if you could make your own Japanese garden? Out of candy? And then eat it? You can! As Netgeek reports, there are DIY candy kit versions of Japanese gardens. One is a Ryoanji Temple-style rock garden, while the other has a pond with koi fish. Advertisement The “rocks” are made from ramune candy or chocolate, while the pond is a gummy-type sweet. In Japanese, this kind of candy is called chiiku kashi (知育菓子) or basically “educational candy.” You are supposed to mold the larger rocks, and then rake the sandy-like ramune candy. The pond comes as is, so it simply needs to be placed in the miniature garden. “Appreciate the spirit of Zen before eating,” read the directions. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Some are better Zen … [Read more...] about Edible Japanese Gardens Turn Snack Time Into Zen Time
You know how promotional photos for fast food restaurants always look delicious? And then you get the burger, and it looks like a dog's breakfast? Rocket News has photos of both tower burgers (which you can actually order anytime, but at a much higher price). Advertisement These burgers will be available this week (Tuesday is huge cheeseburger day, while Friday is huge fried shrimp day) at discount prices. Advertisement Now it's just a matter of whether or not you can stomach the sloppy reality of those enormous burgers. Truth be told, the shrimp burger doesn't look that bad. Though, I can already feel my arteries screaming in agony. Advertisement 【ロッテリア】タワーチーズバーガーの前に立ちはだかる「理想」と厳しい「現実」 … [Read more...] about How Burger Dreams Turn into Burger Nightmares
As part of its fortieth anniversary, Japanese burger chain Lotteria is rolling out two burger towers: one is a cheeseburger tower, and the other a fried shrimp burger. Where the hell are the puns, you ask. only. Those days are, you guessed it, Tuesdays! Advertisement According to Excite News, the Super Cheese Day is between three to five stacked cheeseburger patties. You, the customer, can pick how many patties, and it doesn't change the ¥500 price tag. That many burgers would typically cost between ¥860～¥1,360. The other burger, the fried shrimp one, is called Super Fryday (スーパー・フライデー), which is a pun on "Super Friday" (スーパー・フライデー). Same dealio on the number of patties and same price. It'll be available on October 19 and October 26, which are both, well, Fridays. So, if you live in Japan and like ridiculously large food, … [Read more...] about These Burgers Aren’t Just Huge, They’ve Got Puns
The difference between I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator and the dating sims I’ve enjoyed is sincerity. That’s hard to come by in a game that’s actually about making its players fall in love with the idea of buying fried chicken. Dating games and visual novels in general often find their strength in the sincerity and earnestness written into them. Romance, even romantic comedy, works best if you believe there’s a kernel of real emotion in it. Advertisement This is true in even the goofiest dating sims. There’s Hatoful Boyfriend, a game in which you date pigeons and that makes an effort to present characters who are lovable and intriguing. There’s Nameless, a game in which you fall in love with ball-jointed dolls that have come to life. It has intense backstories for each love interest and effectively exhibits lives affected by trauma. And then there’s Colonel Sanders, a supposedly comedic dating game … [Read more...] about I Love You, Colonel Sanders!