My hotel in Kuala Lumpur turned out to be only a couple of minutes from Shin Kee and after ready the great review of j2KFm, I had to try it.
The rain could not stop me making the one kilometer hike from my hotel to VCR coffee shop. Since we only spent one day in Kuala Lumpur, I decided to hit to coffee shops in the same day. Pulp in the morning and VCR in the afternoon.
When I got off at MidValley station, I wasn’t too sure how to get to Pulp Coffee, but I held my printed Google map and told my patient wife that it was over there, beyond the sea of buildings. After crossing a highway, a railroad track and a river, we ended up pretty much a hundred meters from the coffee shop. We did get lost at one point and walked into a mega mosque
This unique and very beautiful coffee shop is almost hidden in front of a industrial printing company.
We arrived in Kuala Lumpur late in the evening and decided to take the bus into town. The bus dropped us off in Chinatown a short distance from our hotel and as soon we checked in, we went to find our first meal. Being in Chinatown, we opted for Koon Kee which is smack in the middle of the busy night market.
French music, French magazines, French menu, French food, oh que oui!!! The new Breizh Café Crêperie located on the first floor of the new Aeon Mall is just like a little piece of France transplanted right in the heart of Okayama City.
When the Okayama AEON opened in early December 2014, I was a bit surprised to find La Mère Poulard restaurant on the seventh floor of this gigantic urban mall. La Mère Poulard is originally from Mont St-Michel in France and they also have a restaurant in Tokyo. I kept wondering about the choice of Okayama for second restaurant in Japan, but hell, it’s all the better for us.
Menya Ippou is a small ramen shop located smack in the center of Tamana city in Kumamoto Prefecture. If you happen to live near Tamana, run there! Let’s say that you live 500 km away, well, you might want to plan a trip to beautiful Kumamoto.
Hirao tempura restaurant was suggested to me while I was having a not so gastronomical dinner of Costco pizza drenched with Malbec Costco wine. Despite having the least Japanese meal you can imagine, since my host was born and raised in Fukuoka, I trusted him with the next day lunch. Always trust the local!!!
Since I arrived in Japan and started discovering coffee shops, I have been recommended many places by coffee shop owners and Cafe Bimi was of course one of them. The owner of Orizuru in Okayama told me about Cafe Bimi a while ago since he is a good friend of the master and they travelled together to Africa to visit coffee farms in Ethiopia and Yemen. Let’s just say that Cafe Bimi which is located in Fukuoka city is just as charming and delicious as I was told it would be.
Cafe Rico which is my go to coffee roaster in Okayama is now offering his freshly roaster coffee beans at Tokyu Hands which is located in the brand new Okayama Aeon Mall.
When I saw the picture of Suiren＋ Coffee Roaster on the cover of Wink magazine, I knew I wanted to visit this cute little Fukuyama coffee shop, but I didn’t expect to be so out there and by out there I mean in the middle of nowhere.
Boke ramen ( ぼっけえ らーめん) is a popular Okayama ramen shop which has been recommended to me by friends and students and I finally visited the shop on a cloudy Monday. I must start by saying that my friends and students were right on the money, Boke ramen is worth the hype.