Goldfish in your Tea

The weather’s finally starting to chill out and feel more Autumn-like here in Southern California which makes it the perfect time for a cup of tea. But if you’re tired of the same old tea bag, how about this:

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They’re goldfish-shaped tea bags from the Taiwan-based Charm Villa and these tea bags supposedly come in Oolong and rose tea flavors.

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Ramen+Donut=Ramnut

In recent years, we’ve seen everything from ramen burgers to ramen pizza, but now comes the ramen hybrid that may just top them all in sheer awesomeness…or sheer grossness, it’s hard to tell. Behold the Ramnut:

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Though it sounds like something you’d find in a sex toy store, it’s actually a hybrid of ramen and donut, two things you’d normally think wouldn’t do well hanging with each other, but I’m up for trying anything once.

8 Hawaii Meal Jaunts

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Whether you’re into surfing, non-stop shopping, or peeping at a beach, you still need to eat. Food in touristy Waikiki is a greater challenge than you think. Places are everywhere, surrounded by every luxury brand and corporate restaurant battling for your bandwidth by advertising.

I’ve been to Hawaii over a dozen times and although I’m always on the search for new experiences in food, I’ve visited most of the stalwarts where Hawaiian cuisine can be had. In Waikiki, where most visitors stay, there are plenty of five star restaurants with four “$” prices. There is a Nobu that’ll surely cut local fish well, Ruth Chris will butter up a beastly steak, and Roy’s can cook an Opah perfectly. I understand the folks who want to visit each of these, especially when they’re on vacation. After all, Hawaii is all about luxury eating that’s belt loop pushing. Being from Los Angeles, I can eat at each of these places within a short drive, hence the challenge to find anything dynamic.

Oh Crape, Japan’s Got Crepe Vending Machines

Since I’ve been writing a lot recently about the gross bizarre wonderfully eccentric food choices in Asia, thought I’d continue that trend with a look at Japan’s crepe vending machines.

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That’s right—you can now get crepes (or “crapes” if you will) from these vending machines for under $2 U.S. and supposedly they are very good.

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KFC Korea Unleashes New Burger with Fried Chicken for Buns

Just a few days ago, I blogged about the cranberry and apple-filled cheese crust pizzas being served up at the Pizza Huts in South Korea. As if that weren’t enough fast food awesomeness for one country to claim, South Korea now has this:

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It’s the Zinger Double Down King available exclusively at KFCs in South Korea. And this is what it consists of: a hamburger patty with special sauce, cheese and bacon wedged between two slabs of fried chicken. So it’s literally a bacon burger with fried chicken as buns.

Ladies and gentlemen, behold the future of obesity cardiac arrest fast food:

I Want to Go to There: Cranberry or Apple Stuffed Crust Pizza

File this under “even more evidence that fast food in Asia is much more interesting than here in the U.S.” Now, Pizza Hut in South Korea has the Star Edge Pizza which is topped with bacon, beef, sausage, calamari, shrimp, broccoli and cheese. If that doesn’t already make it more interesting than your typical fast food chain pizza here, it also has this: your choice of a cranberry or apple cheese filled crust.

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Look, I get it—maybe I am romanticizing that which I cannot have. The truth might be this is just as unappetizing gross bleh as the fast food pizza here (save for my precious Round Table), but damnit, I don’t care. Just take a look at this:

What is it with Japan and Black Burgers?

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Earlier this month, Burger King introduced its black cheeseburger in Japan. The Kuro Burger, with its black buns, have already been on the menu since 2012, but this is the first time black cheese has been added.

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Not to be outdone, the Japanese McDonalds has just announced it is also serving its own black burger—the Halloween-themed ikasumi or squid ink burger—although this appears to have the less disgusting more traditionally colored cheese.

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Why Japan is Awesome #559: Condom Meals I Want to Make for You

Considering that a semen cookbook already exists (yes, it’s a real thing), a condom-based cookbook seems almost quaint by comparison but alas the Japanese cookbook entitled “Condom Meals I Want to Make for You” is here regardless and as its title suggests, the book exists to show you the many ways you can cook with condoms.

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The e-book by Kyosuke Kagami includes recipes such as “Condom meat stuffing” and “Condom escargot cooked with butter”.

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SF Chinese restaurant don’t give a fuck about your “gluten free” requests

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We all know that San Francisco is a foodie town, full of health nuts with their gluten free, organic, flack seed ways. But sometimes, these special dietary requests can be a bit too much. Case-in-point, this Chinese restaurant called SO, located in the SOMA district.

Apparently, the owner, who is also a chef, blew a gasket and closed his restaurant early because of two back-to-back incidents — first when one party refused to pay their bill because they deemed their meal “too spicy” and secondly, when another customer cursed him out.

Hence, the signs he posted on his window. However, Eater reports that the restaurant has re-opened today.

Who Ya Gonna Call? Krispy Kreme for These ‘Ghostbusters’ Donuts Which You’ll Then Share with Us

Recently we took a YOMYOMF field trip to watch the 30th Anniversary rerelease of Ghostbusters. The movie’s still great, but what’s even greater are these Ghostbusters-inspired donuts that Krispy Kreme will start offering come Sept. 29:

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There will be two different donut types as described below:

Ghostbusters Doughnut: A marshmallow Kreme-filled shell topped with white icing, a decorative green “splat” inspired by Slimer’s green slime, and topped with a Ghostbusters logo sugar piece.

Stay Puft Marshmallow: A marshmallow Kreme-filled shell topped with white icing, decorated with a chocolate frosting Stay Puft Marshmallow Man face and a sugar piece hat.

Mmm…Ramen Donuts

Considering we have everything from ramen pizza to ramen tacos to ramen chicken nuggets, it’s about time someone came up with the next evolution of ramen. And someone apparently has. Behold the ramen donut:

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These are currently available at Osaka Ohsho stores in Japan but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before they hit our shores.

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Fried Chickenize Your Computer

I’ve had fried chicken on my mind recently (don’t ask) so seeing this put a little smile on my heart (yes, it has been scientifically proven that hearts can smile):

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It’s a KFC fried chicken keyboard. And even cooler—the only letters visible on it are “f,c and k” (think they forgot the “u”).

And if that weren’t enough, there’s also a matching drumstick mouse:

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And USB stick: