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Another weekend, another heat wave – we are being SLAMMED this summer here in New York City.  The only good thing about this – ice cream treats and refreshing icy beverages!

Matcha Anmitsu from Ootoya

I stopped in Ootoya for a quick, reasonably priced, tasty lunch today.  For those of you not familiar with Ootoya, it is often described as the TGIF or Applebee’s of Japan; while this might not inspire confidence, keep in mind the standard for food in Japan is definitely (way) higher than American standards.  Since it was so terribly hot outside, I decided the Matcha Anmitsu was the perfect way to cool off.  Anmitsu is a popular Japanese dessert that contains agar jelly cubes, azuki (red) beans, shiratama, ice cream and kuromitsu syrup.  Ootoya’s version contains green tea agar jelly cubes, green tea ice cream, azuki beans sitting in a small pool of soy milk and kuromitsu syrup on the side for you to pour as much or as little as you want.

*shiratama is a chewy rice flour dumpling and kuromitsu is a black sugar syrup used many in Japanese desserts

Here are some other versions of anmitsu around New York City – @ Sobaya, @ Kyotofu.

Kung Fu Tea

Those who know me, know that I am OBSESSED with Kung Fu Tea – I stop by at least once every weekend, if not two, three times.  My favorite drink is simple – “Kung Fu Black Tea, medium, no milk, with grass (herbal) jelly, half sugar, half ice.”  For $3, it is a delicious and cheap way to cool down in this New York City heat.