Drew Barrymore arrives in Japan and begins chronicling her #tokyofoodtour on Instagram

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Drew Barrymore is in Japan right now, and while we’re sure she’s got some sightseeing and interviews on her schedule, what she seems most fired up about is the food, as the actress looks to be on a mission to sample all that Tokyo has to offer her taste buds, from cheap ramen joints to Michelin-ranked fine dining.

Barrymore has been chronicling her culinary exploits through her Instagram account, marking updates with the hashtag #tokyofoodtour. The very first entry shows the star looking a little sleepy as she poses, chopsticks in hand, behind a balanced and beautifully arranged Japanese breakfast.

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Next up, a stop by Sukibayashi Jiro, made famous by 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

▼ The famously strict Jiro even cracks a smile.

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The actress isn’t solely interested in such exclusive establishments, though. As a matter of fact, she was up at about at 7 a.m. to stop by popular ramen restaurant Inoue, located in the Tsukiji neighborhood.

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Barrymore also stopped by a Tokyo shrine for a little spiritualism/digesting…

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…plus took time to pose with a fan.

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The hidden drawback to Tokyo’s extremely diverse dining scene is that there’s so much good food to try, it’s hard to find time for all of it. It seems Barrymore knows that when you’re looking to maximize the variety in your meal, a visit to a robatayaki, a type of restaurant where customers can choose from a large number of small dishes, is in order

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Japan doesn’t just have a deep food culture, though. A walk through Tokyo will present you with a staggering amount of beverage options, many of them waiting for you inside the city’s ubiquitous vending machines.

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And, like a true foodie, Barrymore remembers to save room for dessert, which on this day came from a Tokyo branch of American donut chain Krispy Kreme.

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Unfortunately, it looks as though the Tokyo portion of Barrymore’s trip to Japan is over, as the most recent photo of her Tokyo Food Tour has her posing in the middle of Shibuya’s famous Scramble Intersection with the caption “Sayonara! Goodbye Tokyo.”

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Restaurant information
Inoue / 井上
Address: Tokyo-tom Chuo-ku, Tsukiji 4-9-16
東京都中央区築地4-9-16
Open 5 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Website (Tabelog)

Krispy Kreme Japan brings us more doughnut ice cream sundaes and sweet tea summertime treats!

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Okay, when Krispy Kreme Japan came out with the sinfully delectable-looking doughnut ice cream sundaes in April this year, we kind of thought they were the dessert of our dreams. Well, the original doughnut ice cream sundaes we introduced to you in our previous article may be available only until July 14, but luckily for us, sweets makers and pastry chefs always seem to have a way of coming up with another new dream dessert.

This time, it’s still a lovely doughnut and ice cream creation, but in a new refreshing flavor with a Japanese twist — matcha green tea! And they also have other new delightful snacks and drinks as well that will all be coming out later this month, so let’s take a look at the new Krispy Kreme offerings, and hope the wait until they become available won’t drive us crazy!

As excited as we were about the caramel & yogurt and blueberry & yogurt ice cream sundaes that came out in April, this “Doughnut Ice Green Tea & Cookie” (450 yen [US$4.40]) also has to be a flavor we can look forward to. It’s made from Krispy Kreme’s signature original glazed doughnut served with green tea ice cream, topped with a smooth green tea jelly, green tea chocolate and crunchy cookie crumbles. If that description sounds delicious, we totally agree — it’s bound to satisfy with the aroma of green tea and the contrasting yet pleasant texture of the jelly and cookie crumbles.

 

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They also have three new doughnut flavors that look so tempting, you’ll be hard pressed to choose between them.

 

▼There’s the “Matcha Cookie Crunch” (230 yen [$2.25]), a beautifully colored doughnut creation covered with green tea chocolate and cocoa-flavored cookie crumbles and checkered with white and green tea chocolate. KKD 3 matcha cookie crunch resize

▼They also have the “Bergamot & Lemon Tea” doughnut (230yen), which is covered with tea-flavored jelly and chocolate, then artfully topped with pieces of orange peel and white chocolate stripes.KKD 4 donut bergamot and lemontea

▼And here’s the “Earl Grey Milk Tea Cake” doughnut (210 yen [$2]), made from dough containing earl grey tea leaves and covered with milk tea flavored chocolate topped with graham cookie crumbles. KKD 5 earlgrey mil tea

▼Just in case individual doughnuts aren’t enough for you, they also have a “Tea Time Dozen” pack (2,000 yen [$19.60]), which includes the three new doughnuts and the original glazed and mixed berry doughnuts as well — great for a summer tea party!KKD dozen

And if you need to take a break from the summer heat, they also have two cool refreshing Chiller flavors,the “Chillers Ice Uji Matcha Jelly” (right) and  the “Chillers Ice Peach Tea Yogurt” (left), both priced at 480 yen ($4.70). The Uji Matcha Jelly Chiller is a veritable green tea feast, a frozen green tea drink containing jelly made from premium green tea from the Uji area in Kyoto and green tea ice cream topped with green tea chocolate sauce and cocoa flavored cookie crumbles. The Peach Tea Yogurt Chiller is another scrumptious-looking frozen dessert drink containing peach purée sauce, earl grey tea and yogurt, as well as vanilla ice cream topped with peach sauce and graham cookie crumbles.

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Now, don’t all of these treats look amazing? We, for one, can’t wait to try them, and we don’t think you can blame us for feeling that way, especially after seeing these photos. The green tea flavored doughnut ice cream sundae and Chiller in particular should make for a refreshing summer dessert or snack, and they could well be a big hit since green tea sweets have always been popular in Japan. The new products will all be sold from July 15 to September 9, so here’s hoping we can all enjoy a cool and sweet summer!