Kit Kat Chocolatory, Takashimaya, Tokyo

An Eataku Tokyo tourism service announcement…

Nestle Japan just opened another of their Kit Kat Chocolatory shops in Tokyo, this new one inside the Takashimaya department store in Shinjuku…

It’s of course located in their “depachika”, or basement food floor, most easily accessible from the escalators in the middle of the store…

There were barely no lines when I visited as no one really even knows it’s there yet! It also includes a wonderful little museum-like display spotlighting Chef Yasumasa Takagi, the esteemed pâtissier who makes all the specially flavored Kit Kats for these shops…

The shops decorations include their standard red Kit Kat chandelier and the multi-colored Kit Kat “cake”…

I’ll have a full description of all their exclusive Kit Kat flavors next week, including the Valentine’s Day specials!



5-24-2 Sendagaya

Shibuya, Tokyo





The signs as flavors of Poptarts

Aries: chocolate fudge

Taurus: cinnamon roll

Gemini: strawberry

Cancer: peanut butter and jelly

Leo: blueberry

Virgo: cookies and cream

Libra: hot fudge sundae

Scorpio: s’mores

Sagittarius: chocolatey strawberry

Capricorn: confetti cupcake

Aquarius: brown sugar cinnamon

Pisces: cherry

All Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Flavors and the Signs

German Chocolate Cake: Capricorn
Black Walnut: Taurus
Cherries Jubilee: Gemini
Chocolate Almond: Aquarius
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: Cancer
Chocolate Chip: Virgo
Chocolate Fudge: Scorpio
Chocolate: Libra
Creole Cream Cheese: Pisces
Coffee Chip: Capricorn
Eggnog: Pisces
Fudge Brownie: Aries
Gold Medal Ribbon®: Sagittarius
Heath® Bar Crunch: Taurus
Icing on the Cake®: Leo
Jamoca® Almond Fudge: Scorpio
Jamoca®: Virgo
Lemon Custard: Aries
Lunar Cheesecake™: Scorpio
Made with Snickers: Gemini
Mint Chocolate Chip: Pisces
Mom’s Makin’ Cookies™: Cancer
New York Cheesecake: Aquarius
Thin Mint: Libra
Nutty Coconut: Leo
Old Fashioned Butter Pecan: Cancer
OREO® Cookies ‘n Cream: Gemini
OREO® Malt Madness: Sagittarius
Peanut Butter ‘n Banana: Taurus
Peanut Butter 'n Chocolate: Aries
Peppermint: Capricorn
Pistachio Almond: Pisces
Pralines 'n Cream: Libra
Caramel Turtle Truffle: Aquarius
Pineapple Coconut: Gemini
Pumpkin Pie: Virgo
Quarterback Crunch®: Aries
Raspberry Sinceri-Tea: Virgo
Red Velvet: Leo
Reese's® Peanut Butter Cup: Sagittarius
Rocky Road: Scorpio
Rum Raisin: What the fuck is this. Ophiuchus
S’More the Merrier: Gemini
Strawberry Cheesecake: Libra
Vanilla: Cancer
Very Berry Strawberry: Aquarius
Winter White Chocolate®: Capricorn
World Class® Chocolate: Aries

Salt & Straw, Los Angeles

As you all know, I’m not a big ice cream eater. However, I have written about my unabashed love for Salt & Straw in Portland, Oregon! And when the best ice cream shop in the country opens a new location in Los Angeles, with several new flavors using local ingredients, I go and check it out…

Some of their ingenious ice cream combinations have migrated south from Portland, but many menu items are original creations concocted for the LA branch…

However, it was the S&S October seasonals, all with a Halloween twist, that caught my eye…

Like the “Essence of Ghost”…

Made to taste like “what we think a ghost would taste like”, I was told; a fruity sherbet laced with scotch…

Or the Jekyll & Hyde-inspired “Potion of Malicious Delight“, made with mango and pop rocks, if I recall correctly. It was sold out, but I was lucky enough to get a taste…

But when it came time to order, I went with a couple scoops of “The Great Candycopia” topped with whipped cream…

Butterscotch ice cream with toffee, mixed with “big chunks of completely homemade Snickers, Whoppers and peanut butter cups”… Glorious!!

It was like all the candy bars from your Halloween haul mashed together into an ice cream flavor!

Available until October 31st in both Portland and Los Angeles!!


240 N. Larchmont Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90004