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WORLD’S WEIRDEST RESTAURANTS, FOOD NETWORK: ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFE, SHINJUKU TOKYO JAPAN. GOTH LOLITAS.


WORLD'S WEIRDEST RESTAURANTS, FOOD NETWORK: ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFE, SHINJUKU TOKYO JAPAN. GOTH LOLITAS. bob blumer, tv host, travel channel, glutton for punishment, alice theme restaurant, alice wonderland restaurant, crazy japan theme cafes, maid cafes, tv hosting, fixing, japan production arrangers

I hope you’ve been enjoying my appearances on the TV show “World’s Weirdest Restaurants,” currently airing every Wednesday on Food Network Canada. If you’re not in the land of the Canucks, don’t worry — I’ll post some clips soon.

First Mate Naomi and I “fixed” 14 of the TV segments, meaning we planned shoots at Tokyo theme restaurants, cast extras, and made sure everything went smoothly. One of my favorite episodes was Alice in Wonderland Cafe in Shinjuku.

WORLD'S WEIRDEST RESTAURANTS, FOOD NETWORK: ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFE, SHINJUKU TOKYO JAPAN. GOTH LOLITAS. bob blumer, tv host, travel channel, glutton for punishment, alice theme restaurant, alice wonderland restaurant, crazy japan theme cafes, maid cafes, tv hosting, fixing, japan production arrangers

No shoot is complete without Yukiro. Ever the shape-shifter, this is his Sweet Lolita incarnation.

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At Alice Cafe, the food is as mad as the Hatter. Playing card pizza and Cheshire Cat risotto fit the theme.

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An avocado and roe (fish eggs) sushi roll, in honor of the story’s Caterpillar.

WORLD'S WEIRDEST RESTAURANTS, FOOD NETWORK: ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFE, SHINJUKU TOKYO JAPAN. GOTH LOLITAS. bob blumer, tv host, travel channel, glutton for punishment, alice theme restaurant, alice wonderland restaurant, crazy japan theme cafes, maid cafes, tv hosting, fixing, japan production arrangers

This is Lewis Carroll’s vision, not Disney’s. Wonderland has a dark, topsy-turvy atmosphere.

WORLD'S WEIRDEST RESTAURANTS, FOOD NETWORK: ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFE, SHINJUKU TOKYO JAPAN. GOTH LOLITAS. bob blumer, tv host, travel channel, glutton for punishment, alice theme restaurant, alice wonderland restaurant, crazy japan theme cafes, maid cafes, tv hosting, fixing, japan production arrangers

If only Tim Burton’s movie version were like this.

WORLD'S WEIRDEST RESTAURANTS, FOOD NETWORK: ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFE, SHINJUKU TOKYO JAPAN. GOTH LOLITAS. bob blumer, tv host, travel channel, glutton for punishment, alice theme restaurant, alice wonderland restaurant, crazy japan theme cafes, maid cafes, tv hosting, fixing, japan production arrangers

Thanks to everyone who came and took part in the TV filming! I’m wearing a cute Bros Products dress, given to me by the Hong Kong designer. (I also wore it to the Hong Kong Art Fair). Lace hair accessory is a gift from my friend Heathyr.

WORLD'S WEIRDEST RESTAURANTS, FOOD NETWORK: ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFE, SHINJUKU TOKYO JAPAN. GOTH LOLITAS. bob blumer, tv host, travel channel, glutton for punishment, alice theme restaurant, alice wonderland restaurant, crazy japan theme cafes, maid cafes, tv hosting, fixing, japan production arrangers

Pumpkin glitter hair scrunchies, worn as bracelets.

WORLD'S WEIRDEST RESTAURANTS, FOOD NETWORK: ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFE, SHINJUKU TOKYO JAPAN. GOTH LOLITAS. bob blumer, tv host, travel channel, glutton for punishment, alice theme restaurant, alice wonderland restaurant, crazy japan theme cafes, maid cafes, tv hosting, fixing, japan production arrangers

Ironically, on a Food Network TV shoot, you hardly get a chance to eat. Instead of “Eat Me,” my motto was “Feed Me.”

WORLD'S WEIRDEST RESTAURANTS, FOOD NETWORK: ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFE, SHINJUKU TOKYO JAPAN. GOTH LOLITAS. bob blumer, tv host, travel channel, glutton for punishment, alice theme restaurant, alice wonderland restaurant, crazy japan theme cafes, maid cafes, tv hosting, fixing, japan production arrangers

My friends gave their opinions on the Cheshire Cat sundae.

WORLD'S WEIRDEST RESTAURANTS, FOOD NETWORK: ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFE, SHINJUKU TOKYO JAPAN. GOTH LOLITAS. bob blumer, tv host, travel channel, glutton for punishment, alice theme restaurant, alice wonderland restaurant, crazy japan theme cafes, maid cafes, tv hosting, fixing, japan production arrangers

Stuffed toys in the chandelier: a nice effect. All photos by Naomi.

WORLD'S WEIRDEST RESTAURANTS, FOOD NETWORK: ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFE, SHINJUKU TOKYO JAPAN. GOTH LOLITAS. bob blumer, tv host, travel channel, glutton for punishment, alice theme restaurant, alice wonderland restaurant, crazy japan theme cafes, maid cafes, tv hosting, fixing, japan production arrangers

Canadians, I invite you to watch Food Network every Wednesday night, to see me in the Japan episodes of World’s Weirdest Restaurants! Check your listings for the exact time and channel number.

Here is a bonus clip from tonight’s episode: La Carmina at Cos-Cha maid cafe in Akihabara. Slapping and spoon-feeding are involved…

WORLD'S WEIRDEST RESTAURANTS, FOOD NETWORK: ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFE, SHINJUKU TOKYO JAPAN. GOTH LOLITAS. bob blumer, tv host, travel channel, glutton for punishment, alice theme restaurant, alice wonderland restaurant, crazy japan theme cafes, maid cafes, tv hosting, fixing, japan production arrangers

Intrigued by cutely decorated food, and bizarre Japanese theme restaurants? I wrote books on both subjects. Check out La Carmina’s books and pick up a copy.

WORLD'S WEIRDEST RESTAURANTS, FOOD NETWORK: ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFE, SHINJUKU TOKYO JAPAN. GOTH LOLITAS. bob blumer, tv host, travel channel, glutton for punishment, alice theme restaurant, alice wonderland restaurant, crazy japan theme cafes, maid cafes, tv hosting, fixing, japan production arrangers

Would you like to have a Mad Tea Party at the Alice in Wonderland Japan restaurant? What do you think of my Food Network and NHK Kawaii TV appearances?

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36 Comments

  1. Posted May 2, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

     OMG! That cat-joker looks like Nyan-Cat! LOL! Love that caterpillar!

  2. Posted May 2, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    wow! Definitely sharing this! So jealous La Carmina! I hope Food Network starts airing your show to the USA soon so I can watch you on TV with my mom. She really likes your blog! and she doesn’t believe me when I tell her basil is a cat!! She says “nooo!! that’s gotta be some sort of dog/teddy bear hybrid” hahahaha! ♥

  3. Posted May 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Yay!!! Oh that’s so amazing, Carmina! Kawaii, ne? (◕‿◕✿) Do you know when this episode airs?

    • Posted May 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

      It did already, clips soon!

  4. Posted May 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    We love it! 

  5. Posted May 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Awww, and I BET ​​You Were Super cute in it too

  6. Posted May 3, 2012 at 12:28 am | Permalink

     ooo perfect date restaurants lol ^o^ ♥

  7. Posted May 3, 2012 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    I would so love to go there and see all that

  8. Posted May 3, 2012 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    My heart just skipped a beat! I ♥ anything Alice in Wonderland! Thanks for the wonderful blog!

  9. Posted May 3, 2012 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    wow!! I almost forgot about this! XD
    thanks

  10. Posted May 3, 2012 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    when will it air? :)

    • Posted May 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

      The show already aired; I’ll put up clips later.

  11. Posted May 3, 2012 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    omg That’s SO cute!

  12. Posted May 3, 2012 at 6:56 am | Permalink

     Can’t wait! ✌☆‿☆❀

  13. Posted May 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    hey i love it! 

  14. Posted May 3, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    absolutely adorable!

  15. Posted May 3, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    The Alice cafe looks beautiful! and I love your outfit too its cute :D

  16. Posted May 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    ah! is gonna eat me istead! Xd yum!

  17. Posted May 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    omg i want it O_O ♥

  18. Posted May 3, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    I want to eat like this every day ♥

  19. Posted May 4, 2012 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    Super cute

  20. Posted May 4, 2012 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    take home & keep as your pet!!

  21. Posted May 4, 2012 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    Just a cute place! Oh, I would love to go there! :D

  22. Posted May 4, 2012 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    LOVELY PICTURES ♥ ♥ ♥ 

  23. Posted May 4, 2012 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    Amazing place!

  24. Posted May 4, 2012 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    I love the Chesire Cat risotto!  The Alice in Wonderland Cafe is now on my ever-growing list on places to go in Japan.

    I played takoyaki roulette once… and got the wasabi.  So I know how the guy feels.

    • Posted May 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

      Aww I never got the wasabi.. I played it twice for TV shows. One day my luck will run out!!

  25. Posted May 6, 2012 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    I’m all for these type of places it’s so unique, just we would never see them T.T

  26. Posted May 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Oh, what fun!!

  27. Posted May 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Oh god, feel so sorry for that guy. A mouthful of wasabi is torture….

    But I really want to play as well…investigate an all male cafe next? (or whatever they call those where the maids..er waiters… are guys)

  28. Posted May 7, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    What a nice place to visit.A great fun there..

  29. Posted May 8, 2012 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    I was in Tokyo in December, but I didn’t get to spend nearly enough time there. I have vowed to go back. This looks like the place I need to go. I’m in love!

    • Posted May 8, 2012 at 1:28 am | Permalink

      You must!! I have several guides to alternative Tokyo, the spooky unseen side!

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