Image courtesy of Alice.
The hardest part of researching and blogging about Japanese food trends from the US is not being able to eat them! Today we have a guest post about Krispy Kreme’s HARU! Doughnuts by Alice of Super Happy Awesome. You may have seen her posts on seasonal foods, especially Starbucks’, linked on the social media for I’ll Make It Myself! (see side bar). All images are by Alice.
By the way, if you ever have a tip about interesting seasonal food or observe new food trends or food localization in Japan, especially if it’s related to imported holidays like Halloween or national cultural events like sakura, leave me a comment on contact me on social media!
Spring has sprung in Tokyo! The cherry blossoms have just burst forth and brought with them waves of celebration, frivolity, and carefully branded marketing opportunities. Every company with something tasty to sell has stuck a cherry blossom on or in their product. American companies in Japan are no exception, and have embraced this trend full throttle. Continue reading
While I’m working on some non-food projects about manga, please accept this image of delicious unagi from Yoshinaga Fumi’s manga series Ôoku (vol. 10, p. 25).
Update: unfortunately, Amy decided to end the Kickstarter early due to insufficient funding, but hopefully she’ll try again! I really want to eat these mochi…
Look at these luscious hand-made mochi! I found this Kickstarter via Have You Nerd? and, readers, I need this in my life. Amy’s Mochi is fundraising to cover the costs of starting up in Seattle – kitchen equipment, website, marketing, research and development – with the intent to sell them at weekly events (farmers’ markets) and/or pop-up shops.
Some vegetarian recipes I made this month, and a crappy photo of Zoka Coffee‘s Winter Blend, the perfect coffee for the Hannibal season 2 premiere. The blurriness reflects, uh, Will’s [classified].
First, I’m very jealous of you all in Japan enjoying or about to enjoy the sakura food! I like to follow food trends, so, for posterity, here are some foods from cherry-blossom season 2014. Most of these are from international brands and chains that localize their products for Japan.
Delicious (too) fresh yae-zakura (八重桜) Photo: マリマリ on Wikipedia.
Just a heads up: I’m not sponsored or compensated by any of these brands (or any brands at all), so if you’re reading my review of a product, it’s either my opinion or FOR SCIENCE.
Part 1: Image Sharing Etiquette
In part two of our seminar, we’ll be looking at how to find a source with Google Image Search and how to report and help others report stolen images.
Finding the Source
I’m always looking for new food tumblrs to follow, and every time I do, we do the unsourced dance:
Oh, a delightful tumblr, and the first five images have links and sources!
Oh…well, maybe this one is an original post from another tumblr?
:clicks back to “source”:
About Me: “None of these photos belong to me! #yolo”
Ironically, this gif’s source is unclear, other than that it’s from Brokeback Mountain.
So you found an unsourced image on tumblr or whatever fine purveyor of visual pleasure you prefer. How do you find the original?
Get your sleuthing hats on, readers. It’s time to be an Internet detective.
Warning: I’m going to write the word rape so many times it’s going to not sound like a word anymore. Also, there will be some discussion of beerbro comments and attitudes about rape culture.
If you’ve been following my social media, especially twitter, lately, you’ve seen the Rebecca Rose piece “Dude, ‘Mouth Raper’ Is Not What You Should Call Your Beer” on Jezebel, in which Rose recaps Beervana’s piece on Hop Valley’s “Mr. IPA” and whether the beer is actually called “MR IPA,” as in “Mouth-Raper IPA”; or “Mr IPA,” as in “Mister IPA, old sport.”
Hop Valley finally responded yesterday (17 Jan. 2014) to say that the proper name was “Mr. IPA”:
Text: “We have a series of draft beers named Mr. Orange, Mr. Black and Mr. IPA. It has come to our attention that an urban myth and street name has emerged surrounding Mr. IPA. We take this very seriously and are sensitive to these issues. Accordingly, we have pulled the product and are instructing our distributors to replace any remaining kegs with other offerings. We apologize for any harm or misunderstandings this has created.”
While the apology and action to correct the issue are appreciated, there are several points in this case to consider: Hop Valley’s slowness to act and uphold its online reputation, Beermongers’ (a Portland bar) attitude of patriarchal nonchalance, and the overall “boy’s club” attitude that exists not only in craft beer, but in gaming, academia, geekery, STEM, and anywhere that women are perceived as “lesser” consumers and producers.
Gingerbread display at the Seattle Sheraton, Dec. 2013.
Happy New Year, readers! (Again…) Here’s a look at my 2013 in Review from Jetpack and my food resolutions for 2014!
For Christmas, my sister-in-law and her husband gave me a set of vintage karuta meant for helping Japanese-language learners reinforce their hiragana and katakana with basic phrases.
One side of the answer karuta for りょ/ryo: りょうりはたのしいですね(料理は楽しいですね)
I packed very light for my visit to my hometown this December, so I’ll be uploading some quick holiday-food-related shots here this week.
First of all, happy Christmas-birthday to Oscar François de Jarjeyes, the genderqueer heroine of my favorite manga, The Rose of Versailles (“Beru Bara,” or ベルサイユの薔薇). This shot was my second time (of three) making the tart, and the rose motif was the reason I wanted to try the tart in the first place. Recipe forthcoming!
The LINE photo app works as an on-the-go watermark creator.