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Denny’s Japan teams up with Paris patissier for premium-price 50th anniversary sweets

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As we’ve mentioned before, Denny’s in Japan tends to be notably nicer than Denny’s in America, with a much more varied menu and higher overall quality to the food. That said, it’s still squarely in the class of eateries known as “family restaurants” in Japan, casual establishments where the majority of diners are probably… Read

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Finland's wizards making food out of thin air

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At a factory in Finland, the "farmers of the future" are making a new food protein by feeding a microbe air and electricity, proving that protein can be produced without traditional agriculture. Livestock farming is one of the main culprits in greenhouse gas emissions, the primary cause of global warming.… Read

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FamilyMart holds its first-ever Mint Chocolate Fair with 9 intriguing types of snacks

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FamilyMart is holding its first Choco Mint Fair, which celebrates the still-under-appreciated flavor of mint chocolate in Japan. Our writer Natsuki Gojo and a friend got their hands on seven of the nine limited-time products and gave us their review, with a particular focus on the balance between mint and chocolate and how… Read

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Godiva Japan’s new canned cakes are works of art filled with luxuriously rich chocolate

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Godiva Japan is known for its artistic, chocolaty creations throughout the year. You never know what’s going to be released next, especially with the brand’s rotating Monthly Chefs Selection entries. This time around, the latest menu item to hit shelves is a reimagined version of the beautiful cake in a can product that became a… Read

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Pizza Hut Japan creates Japanese plum pizza, calls it a 'Japanese Margherita'

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Made with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and olive oil, pizza Margherita is about as classic as pizzas come. And yes, Pizza Hut Japan will be happy to bake a traditional pizza Margherita for you…but now they’ll also be happy to bake you what they’re billing as a “Japanese Margherita” with some very unorthodox ingredients. Called… Read

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Shu macaron and herbal Japanese tea pairings are a feast for the eyes and mouth in Harajuku

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Chou à la crème (cream puffs), known as “shu cream” in Japanese, are a perpetually popular fixture at patisseries across Japan. Last November, the new bakery-cafe Cf. Harajuku in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku district was inspired to offer a new spin on the classic pastry by combining it with another beloved French confectionery–the macaron. It dubbed the resulting… Read

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Japan’s first-ever Yakult cafe serves a rare probiotic ice cream in the shadow of a famous castle

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Ever since it was first introduced to the market in 1935, Yakult has been taming the intestinal tracts of the nation and the wider world with its Shirota strain of lactic acid bacteria, named after its founder, Dr Minoru Shirota (1899-1982). In recent years, the company has grown even further, with the… Read

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Starbucks releases green tea chai latte with special Japanese ingredients

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The first green tea harvests of the year take place in Japan around March to mid-May, making it the ideal time to enjoy the fresh taste of newly picked tea. It’s a season Starbucks is keen to help celebrate, and this year, they’re doing it with three new releases called New… Read

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Krispy Kreme Japan unveils new doughnuts filled with…cheese?

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Krispy Kreme has changed its strategy in Japan in recent years, focussing more on sweet releases that appeal to local tastes, and judging by this latest release, local customers love cheese. The new lineup coming to stores is called “Cheerful Cheese!” and as the name suggests, cheese is the main ingredient. They’re not… Read

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McDonald’s Japan’s new Cheese Cheese Double Cheeseburger makes a different ingredient stand out

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In recent years, the Double Cheeseburger at McDonald’s has been winning fans in Japan, who fondly refer to the burger as the “Dabuchi." With twice as much cheese as a regular cheeseburger, there’s a lot to love about the Dabuchi, but now the chain is doubling down on the flavors, with a… Read

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