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.
I’ve been buying bread at boulangerie Mugi pretty much since they opened, but I had never ventured on the second floor of this beautifully renovated building in the heart of the Bikan area in Kurashiki City.
I took me a while to go to Cafe Rico Coffee Roastery but it was worth the visit. Please note that Cafe Rico is not a coffee shop, but a full on coffee roaster providing fresh coffee to a myriad of fine coffee shops all over Okayama and Kurashiki. I drank my first cup of Cafe Rico at Cafe Un Deux and it was soon followed by another at Machista.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you don’t speak French, l’Usine means factory in English and it’s a word to remember if you visit Ho Chi Minh.
Vietnamese coffee in all its sweet glory has always been a favorite of mine and when I am in Vietnam you can rest assure that I indulge freely in this simple pleasure. Coffee is everywhere in this country and the king of coffee is undeniably Trung Nguyen Coffee.
Kasaoka is the place your drive through between Fukuyama and Kurashiki, but since I work there once a week, I decided to explore a little.
The city is split in two by route 2 and the rail road track and it has a nice access to the Inland Sea. I went for a walk in the old inland area one more time because I get a kick out of these old commercial streets. The shotengai in Kasaoka is really old, it could easily be the set of a pre-war movie.