I hesitated between ramen and burger, but the enthusiastic review of Eataku that lead me to Blacow near Ebisu station.
After waking up quite early in a Tokyo , I decided to head to the famous Blue Bottle roastery near the Kiyosumishirikawa station.
Coutume Cafe, the coffee shop which originated in Paris in 2010, has landed in the depth of the Osaka underground city. It was a nostalgic visit, since I lived in Paris a few years ago, way before the arrival of the first Starbucks or anything ressembling the new Parisian third wave.
By Luc Gougeon
Drift Magazine is a new magazine about coffee originating from NYC which I found out about on Sprudge a while ago. I missed a chance to read their first New York issue, but I ordered the second one knowing that it would be about Tokyo.
(Drift #2 in my garden)
Misokatsu is one of these places that I walked by for many years without even noticing it. It is located right in the heart of Kurashiki between the train station and the historical area of Bikan. The restaurant is quite small and cosy.
Tamashima is right across from the bridge where I live and when I found out that a new pizza shop opened right next to the Marunaka grocery store, I pressed my wife to make a reservation at Pizza Liberta.
French music, French magazines, French menu, French food, oh que oui!!! The new Breizh Café Crêperie located on the first floor of the new Aeon Mall is just like a little piece of France transplanted right in the heart of Okayama City.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.