When I first saw a picture of the Tokyo Tea Room in a book about old Okayama coffee shops, I knew I would eventually find my way there. This very unique shop is located on Akura Dori not too far from the amazing Fa Niente restaurant and I am pretty sure I walked in front of it many times and never stopped because of the UCC coffee sign. Ueshima Coffee company produces some good coffee, but it’s never my first choice. Something else took me here, just keep up reading…
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When I got to Tweet Rocka, which is only a short walk from the historical center of Kurashiki, I asked my wife:
-Are you sure this is a coffee shop?
-Yes, look at the sign, it says Coffee.
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Toushinden Yakiniku is located on route 30 not too far from route 2, if you are familiar with Okayama, this is the road that goes to Tamano. It most definitely not centrally located, but it is worth the bike ride, the bus ride, the walk or anything that will get you there. It was so good, I would probably go on a pogo stick if I had to.
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Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture is my kind of city, not too big, not too small and packed with old streets. Kanazawa wasn’t bombed during the second world war, so it has that old Japanese city feel.
After being caught in the rain during a visit to the famous Kenrokuen garden, we found refuge at Tachibana Coffee.
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After eating at Appetito on Kencho Dori, I wanted to try their smaller pizzeria , but it took me while since I am always in town on Thursday and it’s their day off. On a sunny Sunday, I finally had the pleasure of eating there and it was worth the wait.
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Koba Coffee is a brand new coffee roaster located in the heart of the old Bikan area in Kurashiki. It’s a bit on the edge of the old historic area on one of the smaller streets near Ivy Square, but it’s worth the trip. Kurashiki is such a nice place, so it’s always fun to play tourist in my own town.
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Katsudon Nomura is just a short walk away from Okayama Station and I have to thank my friend Brian for bringing me to this porky delicious restaurant. Katsudon or deep fried pork cutlet is quite common in Japan, so it’s always a pleasure to find a place that makes this seemingly simple dish very well.
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Union bread is not open anymore… they closed down in March 2017.
Union Bread has been for a couple of years my go to place in Kurashiki for great bread, but I somehow never posted anything about it. It’s not too late to recommend this great little bakery built inside two shipping containers.
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I arrived in Osaka at 9AM and I was surprised to find the city so calm. The sun was already scorching hot and the streets were empty when I made it to the Maxx Department Store. It’s weird to see the calmer side of Osaka and Streamer is the perfect place to start the day. I think that Osaka kicks into second gear at around 11 AM, so it’s a blessing to find this place open.
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Nagoya in a weird way seem to rhyme with chicken wings and Yamachan is the chicken slaying bard of them all. A local friend took us to one of the numerous store in the city, this particular one was located a minute away from Nagoya station.
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Nagoya has the reputation of being a heavy weight player in the B-1 gourmet scene in Japan and I finally had a chance to see what all the fuss was about. I came back from Nagoya slightly fatter, but it’s worth the extra effort it will take to burn it off.
Yabaton Misokatsu came highly recommended by a friend who lives in Nagoya. You know it’s trouble when the logo of a shop has a sumo wrestling pig on it, but Yabaton is all about pig, more precisely, deep fried pork cutlet.
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Canal Café was recommended to be by the owner of Café Rico Roastery and it turned out to be a nice little café located just outside the center of Okayama City.
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