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Taste Test: Mint Trend in Japan!

In Japan, the sun came out and all of a sudden it was chocolate mint this and that. Light blue and green sprinkled throughout supermarkets, convenience stores, and eateries. We decided to venture through Tokyo to get our hands on some of the chocomint treats here!*Mouth watering*... it was taste test time. Chocolate Mint Bagel Chocolate mint+bagel? Blue+bagel? This one definitely took us by surprise. A new development in bagel history. We kept the preparation simple: lightly toasted and buttered. It was slightly spongier and sweeter than a usual bagel. Our taste buds were a bit confused... We're not quite...

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Taste test: IPPUDO Cherry Blossom Ramen!

Ramen lovers rejoice! We're blessed with cherry blossom inspired ramen. Ippudo, one of the most famous ramen restaurants in Japan, released limited seasonal Spring ramen. Ippudo's Spring Ramen is a hipster health-conscious twist on tonkotsu ramen. Its broth is a light cherry blossom color made from a mixture of tonkotsu and beetroot. It is topped with pickled purple cabbage, broccolini, onions, roasted potato, chicken breast, sakura shrimp, and pink shrimp cracker. Is it ramen? warm salad? A Los Angeles fusion food-truck style meal? We head to Ippudo’s new 1/2puddo branches in Tokyo to find out what this concoction is all...

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Cherry blossom Alert! Sakura foods and drinks in Japan!

Sakura season is upon us in Japan and it's not just about seeing the blossoms. We want to eat it, drink it, and ascend to the sakura pink palace of bliss. We guide you through the top sakura flavored releases! 1. Sakura Japanese Sake Kit Kats We were totally mesmerized by the packaging of these newly released Kit Kats! The bars are light pink and a flavorful mixture of sakura and Japanese sake. Want to try them for yourself? Snag them here 2. Starbucks Sakuraful Latte & Frappuccino We can always rely on Starbucks to jump on the sakura bandwagon!...

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Sakura Flavored Treats In Japan!

Sakura Alert! Pink themed goodies are taking the spotlight on shelves this February, but it's not for Valentine's day. Cherry blossom flavored treats are trickling into stores nationwide. It's a bit early considering they usually bloom from March to April in Tokyo. However, we are more than ready to start fangirling early. Get a peek at some of the seasonal releases below. Cherry Blossom Matcha Pocky The bitterness of matcha mixed with the sweetness of cherry blossom. It's a match(a) made in heaven. You can get Sakura Pocky here Cherry Blossom Latte Just imagine drinking a warm sweet cherry blossom latte under...

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Starbucks Sakura Chocolate with Strawberry Jelly Drink!

  Starbucks started spring celebrations with sakura! First in line was the Starbucks Sakura Chocolate Strawberry Jelly drink. It graced the shelves of convenience stores on February 12th to pep us up for the season. We headed to the store to snag a drink for ourselves. The packaging had immediately set itself apart from the rest. There it was in flashy pink attire with gold cherry blossoms that basically screamed "Pick me!" [caption id="attachment_2589" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Which is exactly what happened...[/caption] As we attempted to contain our excitement we gave our drinks a little shake and shimmy to break up all the strawberry...

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