We stopped in Seoul for only two days after spending Christmas and New Year in Vietnam and the cold Korean winter was like a slap in the face. It’s been a while since I have been that cold, but the food was worth the icy sidewalks and the Siberian winds.
My wife found a pork place near our hotel in Dongdaemun and we decided to brave the cold and walked toward Sindang station which turned out not to be too far from our hotel. Dongdaemun is the wholesale area of Seoul and I was sad that the Zaha Hadid huge architectural complex which is at the heart of the whole neighborhood is still not completed.
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Machista is now CLOSED
Machista Coffee Shop was very recently recommend to me by the owner of Tsuji Coffee in Kasaoka, so I decided to pay a small visit to this very well located café.
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Sakamoto ramen was recommended by two residents of Kasaoka and it was described to me as the real McCoy. The shop is located almost right across from Idehara ramen shop and it’s only a short walk from Kasaoka station.
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Café Un deux comme chez vous opens only 12 days a month and I still don’t understand why after going there twice in the same weekend. If you don’t speak French, Un deux comme chez vous means “One Two Like your Home” and the place is indeed very homey. The name might be as weird as the opening hours but after eating their cake, I could not care less.
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I was drinking coffee at Union Bakery in Kurashiki when I met a nice French couple who recommended Yoshida Farm cheese and there is no way in hell I can say no to cheese. If you believe that Japan is not a country for cheese, you should keep up reading.
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I once saw Idehara ramen on a TV show and I decided to visit this little shop located on route 34, right in the heart of Kasaoka city.
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Kojima seem to be a place full of good surprises lately and one of them is Mimatsu Tempura.
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When I decided to find Orizuru coffee with the help of my friend Brian, I was not too sure where to start. The owner of Blue Mountain Coffee Shop in Kasaoka had highly recommended me Orizuru, but he had simply told me it was near the big department store in front of Okayama station. Luckily, we spotted the shop right after lunch and it’s not the easiest place to find.
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I ended up at Tooth Tooth Maison when my plan to visit E.H. Bank restaurant in Kobe fell short because some rich bastards had rented the whole place for a wedding party. I scanned the street and spotted this beautiful renovated house which turned out to be the new headquarter of the Tooth Tooth pastry empire.
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Neighbor Coffee Company and it’s minimalist website popped on my coffee radar about a year ago, but since I rarely go to Kojima, I never had a chance to pay a visit.
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Yes, it’s that time of the year again when foodie tourist from all over the place descends on the small village of Hinase on the coast of Okayama Prefecture to eat oysters and I would not miss this for nothing. On this latest venture into oyster okonomiyaki heaven we decided to try a new place, Hori.
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It was a very cold January day when I spotted Cafe Kona Queens on the nice Samcheong Dong street. I will be honest, I wish I would have never looked into this direction.
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