Why Japan is Awesome #793: Caramel Marshmallow Pizza

Once again, we have additional proof that fast food is just more awesome in Asia and particularly in Japan. Behold, Pizza Hut in Japan is offering the Morinaga Milk Caramel and Marshmallow Pizza:

qus3aeqkt8emc63rklvb

It’s all a promotion for the candy’s 100th anniversary and is available only in Japan until the end of this month.

boivfmoqycdo3gca4xlq

Why Japan is Awesome #66: Caramel Banana Sushi

You heard it right, folks. Caramel banana sushi is a real thing and starting this week, it is now available for that party that’s about to happen in your mouth courtesy of Japanese sushi chain Kura:

mvreaoeppnmwgzube3zg

Apparently, this is the same sushi chain that has previously offered up such delights as chocolate sauce banana sushi:

The Great Curry House Question

Some of us at YOMYOMF World Headquarters went out for a nice dinner at the nearby Curry House to kick off the end of a busy work week and the start of a long holiday weekend when we were confronted with this:

20140523_200613

It’s one of those kids’ placemats that have “fun” activities to keep children occupied while you eat. Usually it’s filled with “simple” puzzles and questions that aren’t too difficult for most kids, but the question above had us all stumped.

Do you know the answer? If you know what number goes into the box, write it in the comments section below (and if you’re really smart, with an explanation for the answer). If no one’s been able to figure it out by then, I’ll post the answer later next week.

Happy Black Day!

Black-Day

Once again, April 14 aka Black Day is upon us. For those not in the know, Black Day is an unofficial Korean holiday when single people eat jajangmyeon (black paste) noodles to either “celebrate” one’s singleness/unattached status or ease the pain of one’s singleness/unattached status.

In an effort to put more positivity out into the world, I will choose to interpret the holiday as one of “celebration” and not so much this:

3

In fact, take a look at this delicious-looking bowl of jajangmyeon:

I Want to Go to There: The Kit Kat Pizza

Last week, I wrote about my first taste of the red hot chili pepper Kit Kat which is only available in Japan and yes, it was as wonderful as its name makes it out to be (and I mean that unironically).

Now, comes the news that Japanese pizza and café chains will be serving…a Kit Kat Pizza!

kit-kat-top1

What the what?!!!

Sushi for Those Who Really, Really Don’t Like Carbs

If you enjoy eating sushi but could do without the carbs or you’re looking for something a little lighter, sushi chef Hironori Ikeno at Sushiya no Hachi in Asakusa, Tokyo has the perfect culinary creation for you. It’s really tiny pieces of sushi with only one grain of rice each.

sushi

That’s right! Only one—

Red Hot Chili Pepper Kit Kat: It is Real & It is in my Stomach

FERTILEIn the past, I’ve blogged about the many wonderful snack items that seem to be available in Japan and cursed the gods bemoaned the fact that I could not enjoy these treats here in the U.S.

Well, no more. Today, I have tasted one of these seemingly out-of-reach treats and it is as wonderful as I could have imagined.

kitkat

It is the chili-flavored Kit Kat and as the packaging and name suggests it is a Kit Kat chocolate bar with a chili pepper twist. Now, I must admit that at first there was a touch of apprehension about trying this. While some of the Japanese Kit Kat flavors I’ve written about previously—like cream cheese and salty watermelon—sound like a more natural fit to go with chocolate, I wasn’t sure about red hot chili peppers.

You Too Can Dream of Sushi with These Pajamas

Had a productive and busy weekend and almost time for some well-deserved sleep so can’t think of anything more appropriate to post than this pic of sushi pajamas:

White-Sushi-Pajama-Zoom-No-Mask-1200x1500

Yes, they’re a real thing (which you can purchase here) and with these on, like Jiro, you too can dream of sushi (sorry, I’m tired, couldn’t think of anything wittier).

And as today is also St. Patrick’s Day, if you want to talk appropriate, these also come in wasabi green:

pajama-zoom25-432x540

Why Japan is Awesome #1009: Spaghetti Popsicles

I didn’t realize there was a demand for ice cream treats that tasted like Italian pasta but Japanese company Gari-Gari Kun obviously thinks so. Behold the spaghetti popsicle:

popsicle

Gari-Gari Kan is no stranger to “unique” flavored treats such as the corn porridge popsicle:

cornpotage

I Want to Go to There: Cream Cheese Flavored Baked Kit Kat

GOLLY
Not only can you buy cream cheese flavored baked KitKats in Japan…

KitKat_creamcheese_main

But there’s apparently these places called “KitKat Chocolatory” in Japan that sells all varieties of KitKats including the aforementioned cream cheese flavored KitKats (available only until March 15).

chocolatory

This Japan really must be a magical place like Willy Wonka’s factory or the Wonderful Land of Oz or Narnia or the Playboy mansion.

L.A. Rainpocalypse & Pho

Yes, it’s raining and raining hard here in L.A. and as we’re in the midst of this bad drought, any sort of wetness is welcome.

rain

But you know what—all those stereotypes of Angelenos and rain are pretty much true. Everything from how we can’t drive in the rain (yes, I saw at least three accidents coming into the YOMYOMF office) to how even a little bit of rain leads to major freak-outs:

Ruta del Vino

Ruta09

Little did I know, Mexico produces quite tasty wine. I went on a cruise to Ensanada , a little town in Baja with little expectations. At the risk of being a dumb American tourist, I literally followed a friend onto a cruise with no idea where I was actually going. We docked in Ensanada and got off… and my friend suggested visiting a couple of wineries on Ruta del Vino (the “wine route” in Baja).

Twisted Bottles in Ensanada

Twisted Bottles in Ensanada

Can’t help taking a picture of Hotel Foxy.

Can’t help taking a picture of Hotel Foxy.