A cool thing about Japan is that there are vending machines EVERYWHERE!
Mostly drinks though, which can be a real life-saver when you’re desperate for a bottle of water, tea or coffee. Now that it’s gotten a little colder, the vending machines are divided to include a warmed section! Yes, warm drinks from a vendo. Some of the warm options are pretty obvious, like hot cocoa, hot coffee and hot tea. Others, though, are WEIRDDDDD, like hot corn soup, bean soup, and/or miso soup in a can!
Haven’t yet dared to try the soup cans, but I just might once the real cold arrives. The other night was a bit chilly and I had a vendo hot cocoa while I waited for my ride to get me from the metro. So yummy and kept me warm!
Maybe I should add this to it’s own blog post but I’m hesitant because I feel like it’s been done to death.
The other night I was near a train station with a Burger King. Before heading to Japan, I had heard about the black Whopper, or Kuro Diamond Whopper, as it’s known here.
According to WSJ, the burger’s ingredients include “buns and cheese blackened by a bamboo wood fire. The sauce also includes a healthy dose of black squid ink.”
I went in and was finally able to try it for myself. I honestly could not finish it. It tasted kind of Whopper-ish but with a fishy, peppery after-taste. The bread was plastic-y in texture, it was salty and overloaded with Mayo.
Striking in looks yes, but not in flavor.
Also, a “value” meal with a small drink and small fries made cost me about $9 USD. A bit expensive for a basic BK burger meal but worth ONE try.
One of my co-workers tried this a few months ago, check out his post, and his better-quality photos, here.