Japan is famous for its Kit Kats. The country has a slew of unique flavors that simply aren't available elsewhere. On this month, it will get the first Kit Kat specialty store on Earth.
Called Kit Kat Chocolatory, the store will open on January 17 at the Seibu Department Store in Tokyo's Ikebukuro. It will be located in Seibu's basement, along with the department store's other food sellers (In Japanese department stores, the basement is typically home to amazing and delicious food vendors.)
According to IT Media, the Kit Kat Chocolatory will offer special Kit Kats that are aimed at adult tastebuds and suit each season. The specialty shop is teaming up with sweet shop Le Patissier Takagi for its gourmet Kit Kat store, with pastry chef Yasumasa Takagai overseeing and developing new Kit Kats.
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A CAFE is offering customers the chance to print their likenesses as delicious gummy bears using 3D technology.
Tokyo's FabCafe has a laser cutter and a Cube 3D printer showroom that customers can be rented by the hour.
The establishment joined forces with Cube earlier this year with a joint Valentines Day promotion where female customers could create chocolates made from 3D-printed molds of their own faces.
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"I used to run a restaurant in California," the cook says between flips of the spatula. "A nice French place. But after Lehman Brothers collapsed, nobody was buying French food anymore, and I came back to Japan." There is a note of nostalgia in his voice, but no regret. He shouts at staff to hand out menus to the line forming outside, then returns to the grill. French food is still popular with Japanese, he continues, but it's not for everyone. "Burgers are different, though. Burgers are for everyone."
He should know. The bright little bistro where he works, appropriately called E.A.T., does a brisk business in Tokyo's trendy Shibuya ward, an area known more for street fashion than cuisine. Only two blocks away, A&G Diner (3-41-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku), a '50s-style burger joint across from a popular contemporary art museum, also has a line out front. While waiting in that line a few weeks ago, I saw staff deliver takeout to at least two neighboring restaurants. Even the nearby soba shops were digging in.
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Sommeliers: they're not just for restaurants any more. A Japanese property developer is constructing an entire apartment building in Tokyo devoted to wine lovers, which includes a 10,000 bottle wine cellar as well as a full time sommelier for its tenants. As in, you can call your own personal sommelier to choose a bottle to go with dinner, whether it's a classy party or a leftovers straight from the fridge.
Developer Takayuki Sazuki told Decanter the idea for the apartments stemmed from the fact that "it is difficult to find room for wine storage in small apartments." The 18 apartments, ground floor wine bar/restaurant, and underground cellar will be designed by Keiji Ashizawa.The apartments should be done by September 2013.
· Tokyo Wine Apartments Take Shape [Decanter]
Coffee breaks are getting revamped in Tokyo. CNN reports the very important news that bunny cafés in Japan are are serving coffee and handing out bunnies for petting.
The report cites the city's small apartments and high amounts of stress as reasons for bunny café's popularity, nay, necessity.
Considering that New York has similarly small apartments and high energy residents, we think bunny cafés would be a perfect fit. The Department of Health may disagree, but how can you say no to these adorable fluff-balls?
Watch the full report at CNN.