Snatch up the last of those pumpkin beers, because it’s time for the annual pumpkin beer list (and some talk about hate crimes, queer folks, and mental health).
Please note that I do not purchase beers from breweries with misogynist names, labels, or ads. (If you see a beer on this list that is from a problematic brewer, please let me know–sometimes I mess up and forget who is on the “NOPE” list.) This year, I did not include anything from Elysian because they were bought out by InBev/Budweiser. Read more about that here.
I desperately wanted to like “Seattle Sweeties,” Cupcake Royale’s line of cupcakes benefiting Runway to Freedom and Mary’s Place, NPOs that work with homeless women and survivors of domestic violence to help. I love cupcakes almost as much as I love overthrowing the patriarchy. Yet the campaign’s language, in trying to empower women, only manages to reduce them to food terms, objects for consumption.
Inspired by the fall flavors of Nagano, this muffin combines buckwheat (soba) flour (soba ko, そば粉) with juicy apples for a moist but not-too-sweet (and non-pumpkin-spice) fall breakfast.
I bought my soba flour (why does buckwheat flour sound so weird?) in bulk at Whole Foods in Seattle, but you can also get it from King Arthur Flour or Bob’s Red Mill, which are usually sold in US grocery stores. In Japan, it’s easy to find in most grocery stores. This is a recipe you should be able to make easily in either country.
See notes for Japanese ingredient list and for instructions on how to make cake flour.
And more doughnuts! (For the post on Misudo, click here.)
Krispy Kreme’s “Mad for Monsters” campaign features four types of doughnuts: Spider Chocolate Custard (スパイダーチョコカスタード), a custard-filled doughnut with a spiderweb design in chocolate icing; Caramel Halloween Jack (キャラメルハロウィーンジャック), a caramel-custard-filled doughnut with a jack-o-lantern design; Maple Milk Franken (メプルミルクフランケン), a square doughnut with a Frankenstein’s monster design and filled with maple custard; and Purple Potato Monster (ムラサキイモモンスター), a yeast ring with purple-sweet-potato icing and three cereal “eyes.”
I might have screamed a little. They’re just so cute.
I tried the Caramel Pumpkin Jack and really enjoyed it. The caramel custard is fairly sweet and dense (it is custard, after all).
Both Mister Donut and Krispy Kreme Japan are doing Halloween campaigns this year (see 2012, 2013, 2014), and because I love you all so much, I ate a ridiculous amount of doughnuts one morning for science.
What a perfect time to come to Japan and do some food anthropology! It’s been 10 years since I first came to Japan, and now I’m back for a quick visit, just in time for documenting Halloween. How far we’ve come in ten years from just Baskin Robbins’ Halloween flavors.
It’s time for the Fall 2015 edition of Feminist Friday, a seasonal multi-blog open discussion of topics in intersectional feminism. Since starting in 2013, our network of bloggers has covered reproductive rights, education, rape culture, queer rights, and literature, and I’ve personally written posts on my other blog about fan fiction, gendered marketing, and bi erasure in social science research.
For more information about the project, as well as a list of all our past posts and our free ebook, head over to Part-Time Monster.
Content note: descriptions of street harassment, which include queerphobic and misogynistic comments.
Do you ever have something so utterly bizarre happen to you that even you can’t believe it happened? I don’t mean like watching something in slo-mo; I mean like staring into the gaping maw of some incomprehensible eldritch horror. I mean hearing the opening strains of “Bohemian Rhapsody” as if it were diegetic music.
I was walking home from the joint birthday party of my girlfriend and my friend P last summer. Being the official cake baker for my friends means I’m often lugging a cake carrier around, and since I’m a city-dweller who doesn’t own a car, that means I’m generally on foot.