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Remember the McDLT? They kept the hot side hot and the cool side cool? Well, McDonald’s Japan recently started their own Hot & Cool summer campaign, lunching two new menu items last week.
On Hot side, you have the Habanero Tomato Quarter Pounder… a Quarter Pounder topped with cheese, tomato, lettuce and a double dose of a fiery habanero pepper sauce, smeared on the top and bottom of the bun! There is also a chicken option available.
On the Cold Side, you have the BLT Mozzarella & Basil… slices of thick cut bacon, lettuce, tomato, basil pesto and fresh mozzarella, all on a long whole grain bun. Modeled after a Caprese salad, they say.
On sale now nationwide.

Remember the McDLT? They kept the hot side hot and the cool side cool? Well, McDonald’s Japan recently started their own Hot & Cool summer campaign, lunching two new menu items last week.

On Hot side, you have the Habanero Tomato Quarter Pounder… a Quarter Pounder topped with cheese, tomato, lettuce and a double dose of a fiery habanero pepper sauce, smeared on the top and bottom of the bun! There is also a chicken option available.

On the Cold Side, you have the BLT Mozzarella & Basil… slices of thick cut bacon, lettuce, tomato, basil pesto and fresh mozzarella, all on a long whole grain bun. Modeled after a Caprese salad, they say.

On sale now nationwide.

Filed under Japan McDonald's McDonald's Japan burger cheeseburger Quarter Pounder habanero bacon mozzarella Caprese salad

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Japanese Mountain Dew Cheetos

Finally got my hands on them thanks to my pal @AkiYanagi…

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Now wish I never had. Just terrible.

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We did a taste test at our creative retreat and not a single person liked them.

The truth is, the Frito-Lay flavor engineers did their job too well… these taste JUST like a sip of Mountain Dew! But in crystalized powder form. And when you add in the crunch of the Cheeto, it’s just off-putting.

For all the interesting, original flavored snack products that Frito-Lay puts out in Japan, this was one of the worst I can remember.

But hey, you can’t win ‘em all.

Better luck next time…

Filed under Japan snacks chips Frito-Lay Cheetos Mountain Dew seasonal flavor

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Pikachu Cafe, Tokyo

From July 19 to August 31st, Nintendo be opening an exclusive “Pokemon the Movie XY” exhibition in Roppongi Hills in Tokyo. The anime-inspired space will also include a special pop-up PIkachu Cafe, selling Pokemon-themed food and drinks. Here’s a look at a few of the upcoming menu items…

The Pikachu Teriyaki Burger…

Pikachu Beef Curry…

Pokemon Yogurt Drinks, each sold with a special coaster….

You can visit the Pokemon XY website here, or follow them on Twitter here for more information. Japanese only.

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Most of the folks up at the Marvel offices liked this new seasonal flavor of Japanese Oreo a lot more than I did… Blueberry Rare Cheese Oreo Soft Cookies!
"Rare cheese" is the Japanese term for a no-bake cheesecake or refrigerator cheesecake. So with these Oreos, they replace the cream with a more gelatinous cheesecake filling and add a dollop of blueberry jam in the middle between the two fluffy soft cookies…

Most of the folks up at the Marvel offices liked this new seasonal flavor of Japanese Oreo a lot more than I did… Blueberry Rare Cheese Oreo Soft Cookies!

"Rare cheese" is the Japanese term for a no-bake cheesecake or refrigerator cheesecake. So with these Oreos, they replace the cream with a more gelatinous cheesecake filling and add a dollop of blueberry jam in the middle between the two fluffy soft cookies…

Filed under Japan Nestle seasonal Oreo cookie rare cheese cheesecake blueberry

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Motsukushi, Tokyo

If you’re an offal fan and find yourself in Tokyo, be sure to drop by Motsukuni in Asakusa to try some amazing dishes prepared with the less popular parts of pigs and cows. Located on Koen-dori, also knows as “Offal Alley” or “Stew Street”, just look for the big orange building...

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I appreciate that the shop offers large communal tables outside for nice nights with big groups, but also has an air-conditioned area inside should you want to beat the Tokyo summer heat…

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Given the size of the place, I was surprised to see they had such a small counter and kitchen area, run by just two cooks…

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But as you can clearly see here, this is definitely where the innards action goes down…

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I definitely suggest starting with their trio of offal stews…

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For twelve bucks, you get three good-sized bowls of the stewed specialties Motsukushi is best known for, starting with the gyu tsuji nikomi, or beef tendon stew…

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The buta motsu nikomi, or pork offal stew, which definitely had the most… poop… er, ummm… pronounced flavor of the three…

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And our favorite, the gyu motsu nikomi, or beef tripe stew…

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The salt-based soup is so light and simple, a perfect match for the tender stomach meat and crunch of the Tokyo scallions…

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They also sell grilled offal skewers…

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We went with shiro, or small intestine…

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And kashira, some of the tougher parts of pork heads…

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All this and a couple beers for only $25… an “offally good” deal for a fantastic meal!!

MOTSUKUSHI

2-3-16 Asakusa

Taito-ku, Tokyo

Japan

+81-3-3847-4333

Filed under Tokyo Japan Asakusa offal beef pork tendon nikomi stew