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  • 9 Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in NYC in 2022

    9 Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in NYC in 2022

    If you've ever been to New York City, you know one of its biggest appeals is the food. Whether you're looking for Michelin star restaurants or just want to grab a dollar slice of pizza, it's going to be good. That doesn't stop at chocolate chip cookies, either!We asked locals and searched for reviews on sites like Yelp, Google Reviews, and more to come up with a list of the bakeries and shops that offer the best chocolate chip cookies in NYC. Whether your jam is gooey and soft, thin and crisp, or chocolate-stuffed cookies, we have an option for you. We've even found some allergy-friendly choices. Read on to see what we picked, along with tips for finding the best cookie place on your own!
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  • 10 Best Tried and True Japanese Rice in 2022 (Rice Expert-Reviewed)

    10 Best Tried and True Japanese Rice in 2022 (Rice Expert-Reviewed)

    Rice is something we've all probably had at one point in our lives, and is featured in many recipes around the world. However, short-grain sticky rice is an essential part of the Japanese diet and culture, and is an indispensable food item. While most of the short-grain rice in the US is grown exclusively in California, mostly in the north, rice is grown in every prefecture in Japan, where varying climates offer different types of rice. However, with well-known brands like Koshihikari and Akitakomachi and so many other brands, seeing all of these rice brands lined up at the grocery store can be overwhelming - where do you even begin to choose? How should you choose between different textures and flavors, light or sweet, chewy or firm? And what is the deal with rinse-free rice? With each brand having different sweetness, texture, and flavor profiles, it can be difficult to choose the perfect rice for your needs. To figure out what the best Japanese rice is, we gathered the 38 best-selling Japanese rice available on e-commerce sites popular in Japan, like Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo Shopping, and tested them all.We tested each product for the following:DeliciousnessFragranceWe then ranked the ten best Japanese rice in 2022 based on the results of our tests. We also put together a buying guide to help you choose the best Japanese rice for you. Keep reading to find out more!
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  • 10 Best Japanese Chocolates in 2022 (Glico, Meiji, and More!)

    10 Best Japanese Chocolates in 2022 (Glico, Meiji, and More!)

    If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Japanese chocolate is a great choice for satisfying your cravings. Chocolate companies in Japan focus on the rich texture and flavors of their products. Plus, you can find region-specific and seasonal flavors if you want to try something new!If you're unfamiliar with the world of Japanese chocolate, we're here to help. There are a ton of products and brands, like Royce', Pocky, Meiji, and even Kit-Kats exclusive to Japan, it can be overwhelming to know what to look for. We’ve done the research and worked with our Japanese team to select the 10 best Japanese chocolates available online. Our favorite was Meiji's Milk Chocolate Bar. Check out our best 10 picks, and don’t forget to read our buying guide for tips on how to choose the best Japanese chocolate for your tastes. 
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  • 10 Best Tried and True Japanese Sake in 2022 (Sake Expert-Reviewed)

    10 Best Tried and True Japanese Sake in 2022 (Sake Expert-Reviewed)

    Japanese sake, also known as rice wine, Nihonshu or just sake in Japan, is an alcoholic beverage that's native to Japan and is becoming increasingly popular both in and outside of the island nation. However, there are a plethora of variations, ranging from bottles that have collaborated with popular anime shows to low-alcohol sakes, sweet sakes, dry sakes, and even sparkling sakes. On top of that, there are many popular sake brands like Dassai, Hakkaisan, and Kubota, all releasing various types of sake like junmai, ginjo, and honjozo sakes, it can be incredibly difficult to know what the best sake in Japan is.In order to figure out what the best Japanese sake is, our editors gathered the most popular sake in Japan from e-commerce sites commonly used in Japan like Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping, and tested and ranked them all.We tested each sake for the following:DeliciousnessKeep on reading to find out more about the best Japanese sake! We've also included a buying guide to help you make your next purchase.
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  • 10 Best Japanese Gins in 2022 (Japanese Alcohol Expert-Reviewed)

    10 Best Japanese Gins in 2022 (Japanese Alcohol Expert-Reviewed)

    Wondering what to serve during your next cocktail party? Amaze your party guests with a sophisticated bottle of gin from Japan! Japanese gin is intricately flavored due to the use of local botanical ingredients. However, it's still easy to drink, which appeals to liquor aficionados and casual drinkers alike. Enjoy it with a splash of soda to taste each ingredient, or use it in a Japanese-themed cocktail.Japanese gin only started entering the market in 2016, making it difficult to find information about the options available. We've scoured the Internet and put together a list of Japanese gin that deserves a space in your liquor cabinet. One of our favorites is the Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin from Kyoto Distillery due to its clean citrus-forward flavor. Keep reading to see the rest of our recommended Japanese gins, and check out the buying guide reviewed by a Japanese alcohol blogger to learn how to choose one that's perfect for your taste buds!
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  • 10 Best Tried and True Japanese Canned Coffee in 2022 (Barista-Reviewed)

    10 Best Tried and True Japanese Canned Coffee in 2022 (Barista-Reviewed)

    Canned coffee is everywhere in Japan. You might've seen canned coffees at supermarkets, convenience stores (otherwise known as conbini), in the many vending machines that can be found across the country, as well as online. What makes canned coffee great is how convenient and tasty they are - you don't need to wait for coffee to brew or have to pay top dollar for a tasty cup of joe, allowing you to just crack open a can of hot or iced coffee. However, with brands like Georgia, Fire, and Boss, to name a few, it might get pretty daunting to know which is the best Japanese canned coffee.To figure this out, we bought 10 of the most popular Japanese canned coffees available on popular e-commerce sites in Japan like Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping, and tried them all.We tested for the following:How delicious the coffee wasHow many calories the coffee had for every 100 ml (for coffee with milk or sugar only)Keep on reading to find out more about the 10 best Japanese canned coffees!
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  • 9 Best Tried and True Japanese Nama Chocolates in 2022 (Royce', Sils Maria, and more)

    9 Best Tried and True Japanese Nama Chocolates in 2022 (Royce', Sils Maria, and more)

    Nama chocolate, otherwise occasionally known as Japanese ganache or nama-choco, offers a totally different taste and flavor profile from regular chocolate. Nama chocolates can be great as a gift for someone special but are also a great way to reward yourself. There are also a variety of flavors, ranging from the standard milk and bitter chocolates, white chocolate, and even matcha flavors, to name a few, from brands like Royce', Sils Maria, and Ek Chuah. Recently, some nama chocolate brands have even collaborated with famous Japanese whisky distilleries like Taketsuru or Yamazaki! All of these options are great, but they can also make it hard to choose the best Japanese nama chocolate.Figure out which were the best Japanese nama chocolates, we ordered the 7 most popular products from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping) and tested them all based on the following two points:1. Deliciousness2. Package DesignWhich nama chocolates were our top picks? Keep reading to find out more! We'll also explain how to choose the right nama chocolate in our buying guide as well.
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  • 9 Best Japanese Snack Box Subscriptions in 2022 (Bokksu, Japan Crate, and More)

    9 Best Japanese Snack Box Subscriptions in 2022 (Bokksu, Japan Crate, and More)

    Want to get a taste of Japan in the comfort of your own home? A Japanese snack box subscription is the perfect way to try out Japanese snacks and drinks! Whether you're craving brand-name snacks, authentic creations from local businesses, or treats themed around Japanese pop culture, there is a Japanese snack box subscription for you. However, it can be tricky to find a box that will suit your palate, especially if you're unfamiliar with Japanese snacks.So, we put together a list of the 9 best Japanese snack box subscriptions to help you find one that you will love. Our favorite is TokyoTreat because of its large assortment of unique snacks and drinks. Read on to see what other subscription boxes we highly recommend, and check out our buying guide for all the information you need to know to make the best choice!
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  • 9 Best Japanese Whiskies in 2022 (Whisky Expert-Reviewed)

    9 Best Japanese Whiskies in 2022 (Whisky Expert-Reviewed)

    Japanese whisky has experienced a massive boom in the market that was unexpected by pioneer distillers in the country. Big brands like Suntory and Nikka each produce a generous variety of flavors and blends. Japanese whisky may derive its spelling and some basic ingredients from Scottish distilleries, but the character derived by Japan's distilling processes separates the countries spirits from Scottish bottles. If you're looking to step into the world of Japanese whisky, though, you may not know where to start. We've done the research for you and cooperated with our Japanese team as they consulted with sommeliers and experts. Read on for a list of our nine best Japanese whiskies, as well as a buying guide on how to select your own.  
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  • 9 Best Japanese Hojicha in 2022 (Ito En, Kimikura, Senbird, and More)

    9 Best Japanese Hojicha in 2022 (Ito En, Kimikura, Senbird, and More)

    If you're exploring the world of Japanese tea, you don't want to miss out on hojicha! This tea is made from green tea leaves, stems, stalks, or twigs roasted over charcoal at high temperatures. Compared to other Japanese green teas, hojicha tastes mellow and slightly sweet with smoky notes. It also has a lower caffeine level and a beautiful copper color. If you're new to hojicha, it might be tough to choose a type that you will enjoy. So, to help you with your search, we compiled a list of the 9 best Japanese hojicha available online. Chaganju's hojicha is one of our favorites, as it's flavorful and sourced from Kyoto. We also included a buying guide with everything you need to know about this unique tea!
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