Risuke in Nara

Risuke is located about 20 km outside of Nara city and it turned out to be one of my biggest culinary surprise in a long time.  The unasuming restaurant is vedge between a few major family restaurants and a supermarket on one of the strip mall street you can find anywhere in Japan. But… Risuke is not an ordinary restaurant!

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Yanagi Soba and French Food

Niimi City is a place full of surprises, yes, you read this right:  Niimi City!   If you don’t know Niimi, it is located about 1h30 North of Kurashiki and it has been one of my favorite stop for great food since I arrived in Japan. Ramen Tomare and Chiya Beef yakiniku are both worth the trip alone, but Yanagi Soba is off the chart .  First, you will have to find this place!

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Drinking a Clover made Reserve coffee at the Honmachi Starbucks

by Luc Gougeon

Dear Howard Schultz (for my friends who don’t know, he is the CEO of Starbucks),

I just finished reading  Onward and I found it both informative and inspiring.   After reading the part about the Clover coffee machine, I decided to find one in Japan and by some amazing chance, I located one in Osaka where I went on a day trip over the weekend.   (it’s the only machine in Osaka!)

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UCC Coffee Museum and UCC Coffee Road

by Luc Gougeon

UCC or Ueshima Coffee Company is a household name for any coffee drinkers in Japan. The brand is omnipresent and I was super happy to visit their coffee museum which is located in Kobe.   It’s also where I drank one of the rarest coffee in the world, just keep reading.

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