• New York,  WorldWide


    No matter it is Summer or Winter, I always have my favorite snacks in my bag. Because living in a big city like New York, keeping good energy is important to deal with the stress, the traffic… Even snack stores are everywhere, but I still prefer carrying my own snacks, saving time and definitely tastier than a fast choice from a deli next to you.

    For snacks, Japan makes great ones. I love they use yuzu a lot, and of course matcha!

    Bokksu is unlike any other Japanese snack subscription. They are totally in love with authentic Japanese snacks, which is why they handpick snacks that people in Japan actually eat and curate them into beautiful themed boxes every month. They are also the only Japanese box subscription that includes a Tea Pairing specifically selected to complement that month’s delicacies as well as a Tasting Guide that describes the story and flavors of each item in the box.

    Bokksu Founder, Danny Taing, is becoming known as the “ambassador of Japanese snacks,” selling a million snacks to over 75 countries around the world in his company’s first two years in business.

    Bokksu, the only gourmet snack box sourced and curated directly from local snack makers in Japan, has grown rapidly since its founding in May 2016. The company has quadrupled subscribers in the first 4 months of 2018, finding enthusiasm for their curated mixes of artisanal and hard to find Japanese snacks with subscribers from United States and the UK, to Singapore, Brasil, Kyrgyzstan and even Japan.

    Taing lived in Japan for many years and fell in love with Japanese culture and the myriad of unique flavors he experienced. Upon returning to New York City, he was disappointed when he was unable to continue enjoying his favorite Japanese snacks. “During my time in Japan, snacking became not just a way to satiate hunger but create ritual, slow down, and create community by sharing. Through being introduced to unique Japanese snacks, I discovered inspiring stories of the snack makers and the traditional recipes behind each one. Some of the snack makers Bokksu works with have been making their signature delicacies for hundreds of years, such as a 500 year old Red Bean Paste and the first maker to popularize Western desserts in Japan over 100 years ago.”

    Meaningfully, Bokksu has created proprietary relationships with over 55 artisanal Japanese snack makers. Taing describes a recent sourcing trip: “It was one of the best experiences in my life to be able to meet face-to-face with 4th generation family business artisans who had been making traditional snacks and candy for hundreds of years. For most of our makers, Bokksu was the first time their products had ever been shipped overseas.”

    As Bokksu reaches their 2 year anniversary, Taing looks back at the company’s growth and development: “When I first started Bokksu, it was literally me bringing snacks in 3 large suitcases from Japan back to the US. Since then, our subscriber base has been growing so quickly that our fulfillment center in Osaka has even had some trouble keeping up with our orders. In fact, during our recent business trip to Japan to meet them to discuss future expansion, my team and I had to roll up our sleeves and help pack boxes to meet our shipping deadline.”

    Rare, gourmet, sought after snacks and delicacies are included in each box. May’s “All Stars” box features their subscriber’s favorite snacks from the past two years – including a white chocolate and raspberry cookie selected by Michelin-starred chef Chikara Sono from his hometown and matcha azuki beans that have been popular in Japan since the late 1800’s. Previous boxes featured limited edition Kit Kats such as Mandarin Orange and exclusive collaborations like the heavenly Caramelized Apple Cobbler from world-renowned Japanese pastry shop ChikaLicious.

    Poised to redefine worldwide snacking traditions, Bokksu is the only subscription box service of its kind delivering a curated mix of gourmet, traditional, and longtime family-favorite snacks directly from Japan. A combination Tasting Menu and Culture Guide is included in every Bokksu along with a tea pairing for the box to further create opportunities to slow down, enjoy a snacking ritual, and invite loved ones to explore with you and join in!

    Since the company’s inception Bokksu has developed somewhat of a cult following where subscribers celebrate the monthly arrival of their Bokksu snack box with Bokksu snack parties. Customers have shared that they’ve invited family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and even dates over to dive into their Bokksu!

    Unboxing the Bokksu

    Bokksu is both a premium subscription-based offering and an à la carte menu of gourmet Japanese snacks; the only service of its kind sourced, boxed, and shipped directly from Japan. Boxes have different themes each month such as Glamorous Tokyo, Blossoming Spring, Citrus Summer, Tropical Okinawa, and Doki Doki Kit Kat for a unique Valentine’s Day theme in February (Doki Doki is the sound of an excited heartbeat in Japanese).

    The snacks are carefully curated and hand-picked to match that month’s theme. Monthly boxes contain an assortment of savory and sweet snacks as well as a curated pairing of Japanese tea. In addition, a Tasting & Cultural Guide is included that shares the story and flavors of each item in the box. www.bokksu.com

    Are you ready to have your own Bokksu?

    There are two subscription plans you can choose.


    From Hokkaido milk cookies to Kyoto hand-ground matcha, Classic Bokksu gives you the experience of tasting authentic Japanese snacks and teas delivered to your door directly from Japan. Each box comes with:

    • 20-25 Japanese snacks & tea pairing curated around a fun theme
    • Our Tasting Guide that explains each product’s story and flavors
    • Free shipping worldwide
    • The option to pause or cancel anytime


    This little explorer will take you to the highest mountains in Hokkaido and the whitest beaches in Okinawa. With Tasting Bokksu, you’ll get a sampling of most or all products in Classic Bokksu each month. Each box comes with:

    • 8-10 Japanese snacks & tea pairing curated around a fun theme
    • Our Tasting Guide that explains each product’s story and flavors
    • Free shipping worldwide
    • The option to pause or cancel anytime

    Explore more at https://www.bokksu.com/.

  • New York

    Brooklyn’s MOUTH Launching Online Spirits Shop Today @Mouthfoods

    Highly Curated, Distinctive Craft Spirits and A Selection of Wines
    from Outstanding, Small, Independent Distilleries and Wineries Across the U.S.
    For Immediate Release; New York, NYMOUTH.com, the ultimate source for indie food and tasty gifts, is launching the first online indie spirits and wine shop today. The new online shop follows the recent opening of MOUTH’s brick-and-mortar indie spirits gallery, located at 192 Water Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Both the online and DUMBO shops exclusively carry products made in America by small wineries and distilleries, many of which are only available online through MOUTH. The DUMBO store currently offers 140 distinctive spirits and 20 wines from over 85 makers representing 25 states. MOUTH’s online shop is launching with a curated selection of 60 products and gifts and will soon expand to include the same offerings as the Brooklyn store.
    MOUTH’s spirits assortment is highly curated and includes absinthe, brandy, bottled cocktails, gin, liqueur, moonshine, rum, vermouth, vodka, whiskey, bourbon, rye, and more. Wines include red, white, sweet, sparkling, and rosé. With stunning bottles and outstanding products, the new online store is a must-visit site to shop for entertaining and special occasions. In addition to individual products, MOUTH will offer subscriptions like “Gin Every Month” and “Bourbon Every Mouth,” and gifts will include collections like “Raise the Bar” and “Three Cheers for Dad,” just in time for Father’s Day.
    In the hunt for the best indie food created across the country, MOUTH discovered a parallel movement happening in spirits – skillful, passionate, inspired makers who value craft and bring great enthusiasm and passion to making beverages. MOUTH’s goal is to celebrate and support these entrepreneurs and bring their outstanding products to customers thirsty for something they’ve never tasted before: spirits made by people, not companies. MOUTH’s small, eclectic selection of delicious and affordable wines focuses on those made naturally, many by hand.
    “Just as in the indie food movement, we’re seeing a powerful rise of the independent maker in the spirits world. We’re blown away by the products from these craft spirits and wine producers and thrilled to bring them to our customers. We look forward to continuing to help small, independent companies grow,” MOUTH’s CEO, Craig Kanarick, said.
    All MOUTH deliveries arrive packaged in MOUTH’s signature branded tote.
    A few standout products, with amazing stories behind them, include:

    Industry City Industry Standard Vodka
    Made in Brooklyn in fermenters and stills they designed and built themselves, this beet sugar-derived vodka sits at the intersection of science and art and just might be the future of vodka in America.
    Falcon Spirits Botanica Gin
    Over 50 herbs and spices go in to this citrus-forward gin from a brand new distiller in Richmond, CA, by a former biochemist who developed a passion for distilling during grad school at UC-Berkeley. It’s new to New York and is a great example of the new class of complex American gins gracing MOUTH’s shelves.
    Art in the Age Root
    The first uniquely American bitter digestif, this sarsaparilla-tasting liqueur from Philadelphia is quickly becoming a favorite of craft spirit fans.
    Monteverdi Spirits Nocino
    This traditional and difficult-to-produce Italian walnut liqueur is revered all over Italy and Switzerland, but MOUTH thinks this version, hailing from Napa, trumps any produced in Europe.
    Letherbee Distillers Malört / Bësk
    A collaboration with Robert Franklin Haynes, head bartender of Chicago’s The Violet Hour (one of the best cocktail bars in the country), and a beautiful example of an indie distiller elevating a misunderstood classic spirit.
    Catskill Distilling Company The One and Only Buckwheat
    Since buckwheat isn’t technically a grain it can’t be legally called whiskey, but it definitely tastes like a great whiskey! In fact, it’s so good other distilleries are trying to follow with their own versions, but this original will be really hard to knock off.
    Garrison Brothers Distillery Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Fall 2013
    Until recently this was only available in the area around the distillery and it generated huge buzz. Every bottle is hand-signed by the distiller and the whiskey has a distinct flavor born on a Texas ranch.
    1512 Spirits 100% Rye Whiskey
    100% Rye whiskey is incredibly difficult to make, but when it’s done this well it has a complexity that few spirits can match. This one is made by a third-generation barber and distiller (the first to distill legally), and you can still visit his barbershop in San Francisco for a haircut and a shave!
    Germain-Robin Single Barrel Pinot Noir Brandy V127
    They only produced around 400 bottles back in 1992. This isn’t just great American brandy – it deserves a place alongside the absolute best Cognac has to offer!
    Gift selections include:
    Summer Spirit
    Time to kick back and unwind with our seasonal sippers. MOUTH has assembled the best collection to cap off a hot day spent grill-side or poolside.
    Three Cheers for Dad!
    Raise a glass and toast your #1 man with three stunning, manly, gift-worthy bottles – vodka, bourbon and gin.
    Raise the Bar 
    Indie-American upgrades for a well-stocked bar cart, or an awesome starter kit for the budding mixologist. Available in two sizes: Raise the bar a little, with gin, vodka and bourbon; Raise the bar a lot, with all that plus rum, vermouth and bitters.
    Top Shelf
    The top of the top – truly impressive, stunning, inspirational bottles selected from MOUTH’s uppermost shelves. Pull out all the stops for an extra-special occasion or gift.
    Grand Master Flask
    Three retro-bottled, classic American spirits to keep in your back pocket, so to speak. The perfect size for picnics, concerts or small gifting.
    MOUTH’S Online Spirits + Wine Shop
    MOUTH Indie Spirits + Wine Gallery
    Tuesday through Saturday, 4-8pm
    192 Water Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn
    About MOUTH
    Based in DUMBO, Brooklyn, MOUTH is the ultimate online store for the best indie food products and tasty gifts. Handmade, small-batch, indie food made by people, not companies, created from start to finish with a high level of personal attention and craft (and with stunning packaging as well). The site features over 700 beautiful and delicious items from small producers, including candy, caramel, chocolates, cookies, crackers, jerky, jams and jellies, herbs, honey, nut butters, pickles, coffee, popcorn, salami, sauces, snacks, spices, sweets, gifts, and so much more.  MOUTH recently launched new coffee and cheese categories, with more to come, including bacon. With a focus on higher quality and better ingredients, many of the products are fair trade and organic and are produced in a way that is respectful of the planet and your health. MOUTH ships throughout the U.S. and Canada, and internationally by request.