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.
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.
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.
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.
My quest for great yakiniku has recently taken me just outside of Okayama City to Myondon yakiniku. The restaurant was recommended to my wife and we finally made it to Setocho which is more than an hour drive from where I live in Kurashiki.
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.
I often have the impression that I am walking blind in Japan since I can swear that I have walked in front of 1518 Coffee Shop in Okayama City a couple of times without ever noticing it. Well… my wife apparently does not share my blindness and easily spotted 1518.
Who the hell goes to a piggish dinner at 4h30 PM? Apparently, there is a shit load of people who aren’t phased by the early hours in this deep suburb of Osaka.
Let’s start with the spoiler: I ate complete meal in the center of Okayama City for only 480 yen! I found Mitsuoka by spotting a line up in front of it and it piqued my curiosity.
If you ever visited the food section of a Japanese department store, you might have been overwhelmed by the impressive amount of Japanese sweets and like me, you might not have any ideas what they taste like.
Japanese confectionery is a world of its own and Toraya seem to be holding a special place in the hierarchy of high end sweet makers. Before coming to Japan, the only Japanese sweet I knew were the Pocky sold at a Korean import shop. I think Toraya was one of the first quality wagashi I tried.
Coffee Smart which is located on Teramachi in the center of Kyoto is brilliantly frozen in the past. If you can’t find a time machine, well you could always drink a cup of coffee at Coffee Smart, an establishment that goes back to 1932.