Union Bread Kurashiki

 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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Streamer Espresso Osaka

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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Yabaton Misokatsu

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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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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