Café Tikal

I have a feeling that a number of great coffee shop in Japan are often located in the most unlikely places and Cafe Tikal is no exception to the rule.

This friendly coffee shop is hidden behind the  gate of the Kogawa family residence in the castle town of Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

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Drinking History at Café de l’Ambre

The prevalent idea in the coffee drinking world is that fresher is  better. I was proven wrong on my last visit to Tokyo when I stopped at the legendary Café de l’Ambre for a cup of their finest aged coffee.

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Minatoya soba

Every time I go to Tokyo, I am a bit overwhelm by the gastronomical choices I must face. Within the limit of my budget and appetite, I always try to eat something new and exciting.

I found Minatoya address in Pen with New Attitude magazine  and armed with my Tokyo atlas, I slowly made my way to this mysterious soba restaurant which is located not too far from Shinbashi station.

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La vie en Cafe

La vie en Café is located in  a very odd little building behind the Okayama City Symphonic Orchestra. If you spend enough time in Japan, you quickly realize that there is not many old buildings in  Japanese cities.  This building seem to be  clinging to another age among a sea of new constructions since it survived the bombing of Okayama.  (Okayama castle which is about 5 min away was severely damaged)

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Ajisen: Taipei in the Heart of Kurashiki

I’ve been to Ajisen ramen  shop 4 times in the last month or so, it’s that good!   Ajisen ramen is often on my mind and as I write this, I am wondering when I can go back.  Why is it so good?

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Daruma Kushiage: Food on a Stick in Osaka

There is a special place in my heart for food served on a stick: corn dogs, lollipops or perfectly grilled yakitori, it’s just a great and easy way to put food into your mouth.  So it pretty obvious that I had to try kushiage on my last visit to Osaka.

Kushiage or Kushikatsu is a speciality of Osaka.  The idea is simple: impale some food on a bamboo stick, dip it in batter, deep fry it very carefully and serve it burning hot . It’s the perfect bar food!

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Link: Caffeine Heaven in the Osaka

Coffee is addictive and finding a place to drink some is  even more addictive.

I’ve drank coffee pretty much every where I ever been and my last visit to Osaka brought me to Link Handmade Roast Coffee just off the popular Shinsaibashi.

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Hitachino Nest Beer Nipponia

Finding beer in Japan is never a problem, you can even purchase a can of Asahi Super Dry in a vending machine, but finding microbrewery beer is often a challenge if you don’t live in Tokyo or Osaka.

I found a new liquor shop in Kurashiki last weekend and I was really happy to see Hitchino Nest Beer on the shelves.   The Nipponia caught my attention with its 550 ml size.

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Poko Bagel: the cure for home sickness

Have you ever been away from home for a very long time? I’ve now been away from Montreal since late July 2008 and I’ve noticed that what I miss the most from back home is food.  Maple syrup, smoked meat and poutine seem to be part of my DNA.

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Kurashiki Coffee-Kan

I have walked in front of this discreet coffee shop on numerous occasions without really noticing it.  Kurashiki Coffee-Kan is located right in the heart of the historic Bikan area of Kurashiki city in  Okayama Prefecture.  I think I might have found my little  coffee heaven only 20 min from my house.

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