Kanei Soba in Kyoto

As we stood in front of Kanei soba restaurant a solid 40 min before the opening,  a man asked us if this was a soba shop and I wondered the same thing. Kanei is located a short distance from the center of Kyoto in a residential area and it looks just like a regular house with no sign.  The location of Kanei is not exactly a secret since it earned a star in the Kyoto Michelin guide.

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Awa Naramichi

Nara is one of these places that almost every school children in Japan goes to visit at one point and it’s a must see. On our first night in Nara we decided to go the locavore way with a friend who was born in Nara and went to Awa in Naramichi which is famous for using the best  Yamato vegetables and meat.  Yamato is the old name of Nara.

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Kura Beer Tei Kurashiki

Kurashiki Beer Tei as moved to a new location.
Read about it HERE.

 

Kurashiki and especially the Bikan area are a major tourist magnet and I love to play tourist in my own town.   I discovered Kura Beer Tei by reading a tourist guide about Kurashiki while sipping a cafe latte at Cafe Mugi.  I think this little beer shop will make a lot of us happy.

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Inspired by Starbucks: a new type of Starbucks cafe in Tokyo

I don’t often watch Japanese TV, but last night I saw an interesting segment on a news show about a new Starbucks concept store which recently opened in Tokyo, it’s called Inspired by Starbucks.  The CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, was there for the opening.

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Yoroi Tempura

Yoroi Tempura is located in a residential area of Okayama between two busy streets and it’s one of these places where you feel like you are lucky to be eating such great food in such a secretive spot.  Somehow, Japan is not a place where location is key, if the food is that good, people will just get there. By the way, yoroi means armor in English.

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