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Singapore Sling refreshed: Shaking up an old cocktail for a new generation

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The Singapore Sling is being shaken up in the city where it first caused a stir as mixologists pour new life into a drink in danger of being dismissed as something solely for the tourist trail. The distinctive pink, gin-based drink has long been a favourite with visitors to the… Read

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Restaurant serving GAP-certified food used in Olympics opens in Ginza

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Gran-Eat Ginza, a cozy buffet restaurant using fresh GAP-certified vegetables and meat, opens Wednesday in a shopping mall in Tokyo's Ginza district. GAP, short for Good Agricultural Practice, is a global standard that ensures the safety and sustainability of food items, setting more than 100 different criteria in order to… Read

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Godiva Japan unveils beautiful cherry blossom party cake

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Belgian chocolatier Godiva has made it pretty clear that it’s no fan of Japan’s custom of giving “obligation chocolate” on Valentine’s Day, going so far as to take out a full-page newspaper ad to call on the country to stop the practice. That’s not to say that the company dislikes all aspects of… Read

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A pasta dish that brings out the earthy flavor of mushrooms

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We wanted to create a pasta dish that brought out the delicate, earthy flavor hiding in supermarket mushrooms. Butternut squash heightened the dish's wintertime appeal and gave it heft and a subtle sweetness that perfectly complemented the mushrooms. To start, we sauteed the mushrooms with shallots, garlic, thyme, and a… Read

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Japan opens its first ever convenience store bar

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Convenience stores in Japan are known for truly living up to their name, providing a multitude of services such as being a place to pay your bills, ship packages, and buy some surprisingly delicious food such as Final Fantasy fried chicken. They're also known to be a quick and affordable pit-stop… Read

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Brand-new Gundam Cafe to open in Osaka this month

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Gundam is anime’s most iconic robot, and is such a huge presence in Japanese pop culture that Tokyo is currently on its second real-life, full-scale Gundam statute. So it’s kind of ironic that the two existing Gundam Cafe locations, both in Tokyo, are so tiny. The first, located near Akihabara Station, predates the otaku restaurant… Read

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Gene-edited food quietly arrives in restaurant cooking oil

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Somewhere in the Midwest, a restaurant is frying foods with oil made from gene-edited soybeans. That's according to the company making the oil, which says it's the first commercial use of a gene-edited food in the U.S. Calyxt said it can't reveal its first customer for competitive reasons, but CEO… Read

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Fujiya’s new Mille-Feuille Burger spreads Japanese sweet tastes on crunchy, creamy cake buns

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Ah, the mille-fueille. A beautiful French pastry, with a name that literally means “thousand-leaf” – referring to its bountiful flaky layers of pastry, alternated with decadent pastry cream. Japan is a dedicated fan of the mille-fueille, so much so that the style has branched out into pizza crusts and even tonkatsu. Confectionary company Fujiya has innovated another… Read

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Take ham and cheese to the next level by making a slider

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Take your ham and cheese sandwich to the next level by turning it into a slider. Fluffy potato dinner rolls are just the right size for a few bites. Heating these small sandwiches in the oven makes the rolls nice and crisp and the cheese melty and gooey. You can… Read

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New champagne bottle changes color when chilled

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A small winemaker in northern France has launched a champagne bottle that changes color and design when it reaches the correct temperature. The white bottle, containing 2008 champagne, becomes covered with pink butterflies and musical notes when chilled and ready to drink. The Infinite Eight Champagne, produced in Ville-Dommange near… Read

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