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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Cafe Rico Coffee Roastery

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.

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Tooth Tooth Maison Kyu Kobe Kyoryuchi 15th

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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Blue Mountain Coffee Shop in Kasaoka

I have to thank the owner of Tsuji coffee in Kasaoka for sending me to Blue Mountain Coffee Shop. This coffee paradise is so well hidden in the depth of Kasaoka that I would have probably never stumbled upon it without his precious help.

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Tsuji 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.

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