Yanagi Soba and French Food

Niimi City is a place full of surprises, yes, you read this right:  Niimi City!   If you don’t know Niimi, it is located about 1h30 North of Kurashiki and it has been one of my favorite stop for great food since I arrived in Japan. Ramen Tomare and Chiya Beef yakiniku are both worth the trip alone, but Yanagi Soba is off the chart .  First, you will have to find this place!

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Kanei Soba in Kyoto

As we stood in front of Kanei soba restaurant a solid 40 min before the opening,  a man asked us if this was a soba shop and I wondered the same thing. Kanei is located a short distance from the center of Kyoto in a residential area and it looks just like a regular house with no sign.  The location of Kanei is not exactly a secret since it earned a star in the Kyoto Michelin guide.

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Nakamura Tokichi Honten

We arrived at Uji station at 10h50 and pretty much  sprinted across the street to Nakamura tea shop to find that people were already waiting in line (the shop opens at 11h). In a city famous for tea, the most famous tea shop in town is a hell of a busy place.  Is it worth the run?  You bet!

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Minatoya soba

Every time I go to Tokyo, I am a bit overwhelm by the gastronomical choices I must face. Within the limit of my budget and appetite, I always try to eat something new and exciting.

I found Minatoya address in Pen with New Attitude magazine  and armed with my Tokyo atlas, I slowly made my way to this mysterious soba restaurant which is located not too far from Shinbashi station.

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Tottori pear and Izushi soba

How far would you drive for food?

I woke up last Sunday with no intentions of going further than the couch, but I ended up going on a 500 km car ride just for the sake of buying Japanese pears and eating the famous Izushi soba.

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