Kasaoka is the place your drive through between Fukuyama and Kurashiki, but since I work there once a week, I decided to explore a little.
The city is split in two by route 2 and the rail road track and it has a nice access to the Inland Sea. I went for a walk in the old inland area one more time because I get a kick out of these old commercial streets. The shotengai in Kasaoka is really old, it could easily be the set of a pre-war movie.
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I often have the impression that I am walking blind in Japan since I can swear that I have walked in front of 1518 Coffee Shop in Okayama City a couple of times without ever noticing it. Well… my wife apparently does not share my blindness and easily spotted 1518.
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During my very short stay in Montréal, a lot of people mentioned this coffee shop located on Mackay street as the epicenter of good coffee and I ended up going twice, just to make sure they were right.
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Caffè in Gamba has been in the Mile End for a couple of years, but I tried it for the first time on this short visit to Montréal.
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When I was still in Japan, I researched coffee shops in Montréal and Le Couteau seem to be floating at the top of the list of many people, so I took my jet lagged self to this café located on rue St-Denis, not too far North from rue Mont-Royal.
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Japanese confectionery is a world of its own and Toraya seem to be holding a special place in the hierarchy of high end sweet makers. Before coming to Japan, the only Japanese sweet I knew were the Pocky sold at a Korean import shop. I think Toraya was one of the first quality wagashi I tried.
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Coffee Smart which is located on Teramachi in the center of Kyoto is brilliantly frozen in the past. If you can’t find a time machine, well you could always drink a cup of coffee at Coffee Smart, an establishment that goes back to 1932.
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Caffe Verdi is a little bit out of the way but you get the distinct feeling when you get there that it’s actually a place for the locals to enjoy a really good cup of coffee. Kyoto is packed with coffee shops and among all these choices, I decided to go for the one that was among the highest ranked on the “tabelog” website.
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I ended up going back to Cafe Gewa twice in the last few weeks since I wanted to try their coffee made with the shinny Synesso espresso machine.
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Cafe d’Esprit is a coffee shop and a coffee roaster which was recommended to me by a fellow Okayama coffee lover.
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By Luc Gougeon
Café Gewa which is located in the Hayashi Genjuro building is so new, it looks like an ad for Architectural Digest despite having an hand written sign which looks like a cheap white board…
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About two years ago, my wife took me to a restaurant called Always on the border of Kurashiki and Soja and I was simply blown away by the quality of their bread. On my way to the bathroom, I saw a poster for a bakery and I dragged my wife to see the poster, this is how I found Industry Bakery which lead me to Witches coffee shop which are both located in Soja almost in front of each other.
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