This month’s Japanese McDonald’s novelty menu items are actually, for once, classically good. Up top is the chicken fillet and quarter pounder with white cheddar. Below is the cheese potato dip served with arrabbiata sauce. I know on paper it’s essentially cheesy tater tots with tomato sauce but it is soooooo good. That arrabbiata sauce has no business being at a place like McDonald’s. It’s too damn tasty. And, the potato cheesy bits are perfect pockets of creamy cheese and potato. This is the only McDonald’s Japan novelty food I have gone back and ordered twice.
Finally! It took two months of spotting Christmas cake displays to find one that had anything to do with DIY. Here is your go to cardboard grocery store display for all the essential cake decor: Chocolate cabins, Santas, snowmen, plastic holly and and sprinkles! Japan not really a frosting country, unfortunately.
I’ve written before about Cozy Corner Ginza. The ubiquitous red cake kiosks are my favorite sweet sellers in Japan. Not only are their cakes beautiful, they’re affordable and taste as good as they look. I was delighted to find out after a work meeting this past week that while they have an extensive pre-order Christmas cake catalog, many of the Cozy Corner Christmas cakes are also offered for immediate purchase throughout December. I got four. I almost got five, but it was a rain storm and it seemed like it might be hard to carry. Oh, they’re good. The little house on the round sponge cake is chocolate and the snowman is sugar. The chocolate ganache on the roll cake was worth every penny, as was the chocolate crepe. I don’t know why they don’t sell chocolate crepes more often. Here are the photos before we dug in:
The Cozy Corner Ginza 2013 Christmas Cake Catalog:
Isolated catalog food porn cake photos:
Today’s cake catalog scans come from the Lawson convenience store. They may not have the outrageous cake selection of the 7-Eleven catalog, but they do bring it to another level by offering not only an Evangelion themed cake, but also bottles of Dom Perignon for a paltry $220.
Isolated food porn cake shots follow.
KFC’s role in Japanese Christmas has been well documented online. Some year some genius marketing person decided to play off the Western world’s portrait of a holiday feast by advertising a KFC chicken bucket as the ideal Christmas meal. It worked. The Japanese public bought it hook like and sinker. Now, KFC is a high demand Christmas food available only by pre-order and at premium prices half the time. Oh, and to get everyone into the spirit of things, all the statues of Colonel Sanders that stand jovial outside the KFC locations nationwide all get a Santa makeover for the season. Lovely.
Here’s the pre-order brochure for your future KFC Christmas feast. I like the look of the stuffed chicken breast but I’m pretty sure that $56 bird is too steep for my blood.