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.
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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.
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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!!!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I visited Yanagi in Niimi city for a second time to try the Fall menu or to be precise, the October menu since the chef changes the lunch menu every month.
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The Kurashiki Aeon Mall Starbucks held a special tasting event on September 17th for the new Auromar Panama Geisha. It’s the latest Reserve coffee to come out and I was fortunate enough to be invited to try it for free.
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My quest for the great old Chinese restaurant continues and took me to the heart of Tamashima old shopping arcade. Kouchin has been in business for 55 years and it’s a gem in middle of this run down arcade.
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I went today to the opening of Little Lights Bakery in Kurashiki. The new shop opened on September third and it was a busy morning for them!
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I finally visited ベトコンラーメン or Betocon ramen and it took about 24h for the taste of garlic to very slowly vanish.
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