Archive for January, 2012

Japanese Grilled Beef: Yakiniku Restaurant ‘Hiro’ in Kyoto’s Ponto-cho

Japanese Grilled Beef: Yakiniku Restaurant ‘Hiro’ in Kyoto’s Ponto-cho

To celebrate the completion of a recent project, I was invited out for dinner with the choice of restaurant being left up to me. After some pondering, I decided on the yakiniku (grilled beef) restaurant, Hiro in Ponto-cho (京の焼肉処 弘 | 先斗町店). I have been there a number of times and the other Hiro locations, …

神の河 + みかんオーレ

神の河 + みかんオーレ

今晩はコンビニで神の河とみかんオーレを買って、帰ったらミックスしました。かなり美味しいです!7-11のいちごクリーム大福も大変美味しいです。

Handmade Lauhu Tiger Buttons

Handmade Lauhu Tiger Buttons

Oh, score!! I got a whole handful of handcrafted laohu (老虎, tiger) buttons. So nice. I can’t wait to see the ‘laohu’ shirt they go on. Each one is signed and numbered. Can you see number nine?

Kyoto Izutsu Building Lobby Plum Blossoms

Kyoto Izutsu Building Lobby Plum Blossoms

Spring has arrived already in Kyoto. I mean, if you are indoors. (And, we just had Japanese New Year’s a few too short weeks ago.) Today I was down at wildman Yohei Izutsu‘s corporate HQ and when I walked into the lobby of the building I was spirited away by the fragrance of plum blossoms. …

Izutsu Bldg Garden Art Park – Tulips in Blooming

Izutsu Bldg Garden Art Park – Tulips in Blooming

I still remember the first time I saw this very unusual little art park/public garden across the street from Kyoto’s historic Nishihonganji Temple. I was with chef Brendon Edwards, we were biking back in the mid-winter cold from a pork wholesaler waaaay down in south Kyoto preparing to make ‘Epic Sausage‘. I was like, what …

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