Sips, Sweets & Snacks


Guess what? The Toronto Japanese Film Fest starts in just a few days! To celebrate, I’ve been coming up with all sorts of fun movie night recipes, playing around with some of my favourite flavours like green tea, and trying to get my hands on some sakura extract!

I’m feeling super inspired by the incredible films I’ve been able to pre-screen so far, and I wanted to make something influenced in some way by Japanese food, but also a movie night classic. I actually came up with this recipe ages ago when I worked at a local tea shop, but I never quite perfected the measurements, so I gave it another shot. I think it perfectly suits the occasion, don’t you?






1/2 cup Organic popcorn kernels
2 Tb Canola oil
2 tsp Kosher Salt
2 Tb Sweetened Matcha Powder


Pour about two tablespoons of oil into a heavy bottomed pot, and heat on the stovetop over medium-high. Drop one kernel of popcorn in, and once it pops, drop in the rest, remove the pot from the heat, and shake until everything has popped! (You can use microwave popcorn too, but I like the classic route personally)

Once your popcorn is fully popped, remove it from the pot and put it into a large paper bag (the bigger the better). Sprinkle the salt and matcha onto the popcorn in small portions (don’t dump it all in at once!), and shake the bag like crazy! Continue adding and shaking until your satisfied with the sweet and salty flavour. The listed measurements are what I think works best, but it’s really up to you!

That’s it! Pour your green tea popcorn into a bowl (or a bag if you’re taking it to-go), brew yourself up a cuppa tea (I went with Sloane’s Cherry Blossom Sencha), and tune into to your favourite Japanese film!






The Toronto Japanese Film Festival will run from June 12-27th, and showcase 18 new films. To get tickets, directions, and read about the films, visit their website!

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