Review: Mochi Ice Cream and Hello Kitty Mochi in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

We recently we dug our spoons once more into Kaki Gori, the Japanese Shaved Ice served at Kabuki Cafe. For years now, it’s been THE go-to treat as far as frozen options in the Japan Pavilion go, perfect for the cooling down in the current summer heat.

Japan Pavilion Pagoda

Japan Pavilion Pagoda

But did you know that Japan has got another — perhaps more authentic — frozen snack to keep your temperature down? It’s called Mochi. And though it’s been hanging around at the carts in the pavilion on-and-off for years, this additional cart we spotted recently seems to be mostly Mochi-centric. [Read more…]

Ramune! The Drink With the Marble!

Now, I know you Japan pavilion shopping veterans have seen this and been just as curious as I was about it. On the same day I tried my luck with the giant gummy bear, I just had to sample the drink with the marble — Japan’s “Ramune.”

Ramune in Japan's Mitsukoshi Department Store

This bubbly, carbonated soda comes in several flavors (including octopus), but the best (and admittedly most confusing) part of it is that awesome marble. The instructions are clear enough, but I just knew I was going to lose a finger in the whole [Read more…]