Imagine yourself sitting on the couch watching TV with your family and suddenly, the roar of a motorbike and the music of Elvis Presley gets everyone attention. In my area of Kurashiki, the music of Elvis Presley means only one thing: pongashi.
Pongashi is a simple snack made with rice and sugar.
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Ishiharu udon is a small shop located between Kojima and Tamano city. It’s technically on the Kojima side on a very narrow side road so small that you will miss it if you blink, but rest assured, it’s worth the u-turn.
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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.
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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.
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The Kurashiki Aeon Mall Starbucks held a special tasting event on September 17th for the new Auromar Panama Geisha. It’s the latest Reserve coffee to come out and I was fortunate enough to be invited to try it for free.
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My quest for the great old Chinese restaurant continues and took me to the heart of Tamashima old shopping arcade. Kouchin has been in business for 55 years and it’s a gem in middle of this run down arcade.
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I went today to the opening of Little Lights Bakery in Kurashiki. The new shop opened on September third and it was a busy morning for them!
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I finally visited ベトコンラーメン or Betocon ramen and it took about 24h for the taste of garlic to very slowly vanish.
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When Zundouya ramen opened recently in Kurashiki, I could not help but noticing the long line at the door and the packed parking. It left me wondering if this new ramen shop was any good and my curiosity was rewarded by a great bowl of ramen. I am warning you there seem to be a line in front of that shop the minute they open at 11 AM.
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Tamashima city is not high on the list of places I would recommend people to visit if they have a very short time to spend around the Kurashiki area, well, that was until I was invited to Bingoya by my sister-in-law, a resident of Tamashima.
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When I left home today, I had no idea I would come back with a restaurant size coffee grinder, I guess life is full of surprises.
I found this unique Kalita coffee grinder at café Un Deux in Kurashiki. When I walked in it was love at first sight.
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If you happen to be anywhere near the Sasaoki area of Kurashiki, Yashi is the perfect place to eat a decent tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet). If you are a bit familiar with Kurashiki, Sasaoki is the area near the big Edion electronic store.
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