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There’s A Secret Yoshinoya Location That Serves Up Wagyu Beef Bowls

Photo Courtesy of SoraNews24

Every time I think of Yoshinoya, my mind returns to the endless beef bowls I would devour in college at the local restaurant near campus. I’ve seen the chain placate many a college student, but I would have never thought Yoshinoya could be something that dabbled in decadence.

Turns out there’s a single Yoshinoya location in Japan that offers a luxurious wagyu-beef bowl, reports English-speaking Japanese news site SoraNews24.

Photo Courtesy of SoraNews24

Nestled inside Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, the Yoshinoya is found within the food court just before you hit the security checkpoint.

There, you’ll find what’s called the Wagyu Gyuju (Japanese Beef Box) on display in front of the restaurant. At 1,500 yen, about $15 USD, the bowl features made-to-order wagyu beef over a bed of hot white rice served with a bowl of miso soup and a side of pickled veggies.

A hearty order to replenish the spirits of weary travelers.

SoraNews24 notes that this is the only location available to the public that serves wagyu beef. The only other spot that offers this quality of meat lies inside the National Parliamentary Diet building, which is only accessible to government officials or civilians on a tour.

If I ever end up flying into the Haneda Airport, I’ll have to give this place a shot. It’s not every day you’ll be able to taste a Yoshinoya bowl that’s made with wagyu beef. I can gorge myself on ramen after.

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The World’s First Beer-Themed Hotel Will Have a Brew-Filled Hot Tub

Start planning your next vacation. The world’s first beer hotel is opening soon in Columbus, Ohio, courtesy of Scotland-based BrewDog — yes, the same brewery that gave us the beer stuffed inside a dead squirrel. Forget Disneyland — this is the Hoppiest Place on Earth.

This tipsy resort is set to have an IPA hot tub, minibars in the shower, beer on tap in each room, and beer pairings with every meal. It will be a brewster’s paradise — that is, if the project can raise enough crowdfunded money on Indiegogo. (Right now, they’re only $13,000 short of the $75,000 goal.)

“This hotel will provide a complete experiential environment in which to truly immerse yourself in the world of craft beer,” the Indiegogo campaign reads. “From waking up to a view of our sour beer foeders and the smell of freshly mashed malt, to hop-infused spa treatments and beer breakfasts, and even amazing craft beer on tap in your bedroom — this hotel will have it all.”

If crowdfunding is successful, the hotel will open sometime next year.

Original post written by Joanna Fantozzi for The Daily Meal


Rich People In China Are Buying Bottles Of Fresh Air From Canada Because The Air Is So Bad


China’s air pollution is so bad that many of its wealthier citizens have turned what was once a gag gift into serious business for the Canadian startup behind it.

The one-year-old Vitality Air company only began selling their bottled air in China less than two months ago but has already seen its first shipment of 500 bottles sell out in four days, founder Moses Lam told the Telegraph in an interview.

According to Lam, another 4,000 bottles are en route to China but most of that shipment has already been purchased.


Lam’s Edmonton-based company sells aluminum cans containing either 3 or 7.7-liters’ worth of hand-collected, fresh Canadian air. The company’s 7.7-liter can containing air taken from Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains sells for 100 yuan ($15.45), which is more than the cost of 50 bottles of mineral water combined in China, according to the Telegraph.

Lam isn’t the first to sell air in China. In 2013, multimillionaire Chen Guangbiao famously soldcans of fresh air for 5 yuan (75 cents) apiece.

Although Vitality Air is selling briskly nowadays, Lam admits it first began as a joke. He and co-founder Troy Paquette first sold air when they sold a plastic bag full of it on Ebay for less than 75 cents. Their second bag of air on the site, however, sold for a whopping $160.


“That’s when we realized there is a market for this,” Lam said.

While the company sells its cans in several countries, most of Vitality Air’s customers are wealthy women from heavily polluted northeastern and southern China.

“In China fresh air is a luxury, something so precious,” Harrison Wang, the company’s China representative, said.

Lam believes the concept of bottled air, which raises many people’s eyebrows, will take off the way bottled water, once also mocked, did. Even though his company is doing well, however, he continues to work his bank job.

“My parents told me not to quit my daytime job,” he said.

Written by NextShark


Inside Gucci’s First Luxury Restaurant In China


There’s no doubt Asian people love their brand name wallets and designer handbags. Now they have more of a reason to flaunt their assets with the opening of the world’s first Gucci-themed restaurant in Shanghai. Apparently, that’s a thing now.



With the recent explosion of luxurious fine dining cafes in Shanghai, Gucci is the newest addition to the list.


After two years of eager anticipation, the 1921 Gucci Cafe has opened its doors to the public.


The restaurant sits on the fourth floor of the exuberant IAPM mall in Shanghai.



Guests are able to make their way to the fourth floor restaurant by an elevator located inside the Gucci retail store.


Gucci lovers are served a slice of heaven in the Gucci restaurant as its decked head to toe in the 1921 Gucci logo.


Everything, from the silverware to the menus, is branded with the Gucci logo.



Consumers are surrounded by premium velvet, showcased merchandise and fine handwoven napkins.


The authentic Italian menu offers items such as basil pesto linguine and grilled red snapper fillets.


The two-course luncheon starts at $24 per person (150 yuan), but the dinner course is double the price.


The Gucci restaurant should be a dining hit in prosperous Shanghai — a survey of wealthy Chinese from December of last year found Gucci to be the second most preferred luxury brand.


Written by Laura Dang of NextShark || Source: Shanghaiist, Tencent


This Is What A $100 Donut Looks Like


How much would you pay for a warm, freshly fried donut? If you’re in West Kelowna, Canada, you could shell out a few extra bucks and grab yourself a “Donutopia” from Dolicious Donuts.

The $100 donut is made with Bling H20 luxury water, at $39 a bottle. The breakfast pastry itself is covered in 24-carat gold flakes and sugar “diamonds.” The luxury donut is served in a carefully molded sugar bowl.

Apparently it takes about five hours to make one, and while it’s a hefty price, the donut is said to be pretty delicious.

The good news is that all the proceeds from Donutopia will go towards building a soup kitchen in West Kelowna. So it’s definitely an admirable cause.

Photo: Facebook


The Ultimate Birthday Present – a $900 cupcake?


Earlier this year we wrote about a sundae that costs $1000. Now the bakery gods have gone berserk again, this time with a $900 cupcake.

The owner of Toronto’s Le Dolci bakery, Lisa Sanguedolce, was approached by a client who wanted an extravagant cupcake created for his wife’s birthday.

So what exactly goes into a cupcake with a $900 price tag? Well there was a pastry cream filling, flavored with champagne that costs about $1,000 a bottle. Buttercream frosting, made with butter from Normandy, chocolate from luxury Italian chocolatiers, specialty coffee, French sea salt, organic cane sugar, and Tahitian vanilla beans. Obviously. Tiny champagne bubbles sprinkled over the cake were created using molecular gastronomy  and “diamonds” carved out of sugar were placed around the edge of the cupcake.  Fondant flowers  etched in edible gold and stylized gold strips crisscrossed the sides of the cupcake, complete with edible gold branches and leaves. And finally, because the previously mentioned items weren’t enough, there was a pipette of the Courvoisier cognac, to be drizzled on top before it was eaten.

The cupcake required the work of two pastry chefs, a cake designer, two days of labor and many hours of planning.

Whether the lady thought her husband was absolutely brilliant for doing this for her or absolutely furious for wasting all that money, no one knows.

H/T The Globe and Mail + PicThx The Province


$1000 Sundae Puts a Ring on It, Literally


We thought we’d seen it all with the $175 Richard Nouveau burgers, containing gold flakes and black truffles from the Wall Street Burger Shoppe in New York City and then again with the $1000 pizza, topped with six types of caviar, from Nino’s Bellissima, also in New York City. But no, we were wrong. There was still something more extravagant and more decadent to come.

Chef Sebastien Chamaret at swanky Meatpacking district restaurant Bagatelle, takes pricey menu items to a whole new level with the $1000 ice cream sundae.

The ‘Mauboussin Mega Sundae,’ also referred to by the restaurant as the ‘Jay-Z of desserts,’ costs $1,000 a pop. The over-the-top dessert consists of vanilla ice cream (that’s the normal bit), chocolate truffles, homemade macarons, Dom Perignon Rose sorbet (which costs around $300 a bottle) with gold leaves (yes, real gold) and chocolate vodka sauce, gilded brownies and fresh whipped cream. No big deal right?

The epic creation is served in a giant martini glass alongside a white gold steel Mauboussin ring made exclusively for Bagatelle.

Warning, if you are a sweet tooth, don’t go near this. Bankruptcy over ice cream sundaes is not good.

H/T  Zagat


Lobster Used to Be ‘The Cockroach of the Sea’ and Only Fed to Servants and Cats


When someone says “lobster” some words that might come to mind are delicacy, fancy, luxurious and most dismally, market price. However, it wasn’t always this way. Formerly regarded as “the cockroach of the sea” and fed to servants, migrants and even people’s cats, lobster was the laughing stock of seafood. Regarded as a dish fit only for the poor, even having lobster shells in your house was looked upon as a sign of poverty. Yet today lobster is seen as the poshest of the posh, the cousin of caviar. So, how the hell did this happen?

It starts with industrialization. When the railways began to expand across America, transportation managers realized that if no one apart from people who lived on the coast knew what lobster was, trains could serve it to inland passengers as if it were a rare, exotic item. This plan seemed to work as people started demanding lobsters beyond the railways and it didn’t hurt that around this same time in the late 1800s, chefs discovered lobsters tasted much better when cooked live. Restaurants, too, got the memo. Then during World War II, lobsters weren’t rationed like other foods, and so people of all classes began to eat it and “discover” its deliciousness. By the 1950s, lobster established itself as a bona fide luxury food item.

So what have we learned here? Lobster itself never changed over time, but rather the perceptions and attitudes of people towards lobster that drove the change in consumer behavior. Nowadays, lobster holds a place as one of the most expensive items at a restaurant or reserved for special occasions only. That being said, we bet it’s only a few more years ’til spam becomes the filet mignon of red meat.

H/T PSMag + Picthx kriscip