Archive for March, 2015

Horrible Experience at Kyoto Kanshundo — Sakura Mochi Ice Cream

Horrible Experience at Kyoto Kanshundo — Sakura Mochi Ice Cream

I visited Kanshundo (七條 甘春堂) near The Kyoto National Museum and Sanjusangendo Temple for a late afternoon wagashi and tea snack. I made the mistake of ordering the sakura mocha ice cream, which can be very good. (Like, Chibeta’s Sakura Mochi Ice Cream.) However, Kanshundo’s ice cream was really a lump of ice, no cream …

Tamba Sasayama Pottery Adventure in Tachikui Village — Shopping at Kilns & Galleries

Tamba Sasayama Pottery Adventure in Tachikui Village — Shopping at Kilns & Galleries

I love Japanese pottery and love visiting the quaint production regions, usually rural villages, to discover and purchase new pieces for my own collection. Nearby Tamba figures prominantly in the culinary and pottery culture of Kyoto. It’s big black soybeans, chestnuts and wild matsutake pine mushrooms are season essentials in the cuisine and the pottery …

Gorgeous Camellia Winter Flower Motif, Elegant Kyoto-style Donabe Hot-pot

Gorgeous Camellia Winter Flower Motif, Elegant Kyoto-style Donabe Hot-pot

I have two nice gohan nabe (clay hot-pots for cooking rice) but my regular nabe pot broke a few years ago and I hadn’t replaced it yet. I had my eye on this one that caught my attention three years ago. I couldn’t figure out why a nabe pot, which is piping hot winter cuisine …

Tokyo Roppongi Pizza: Frey’s Famous Pizzeria

Tokyo Roppongi Pizza: Frey’s Famous Pizzeria

As I have mentioned in recent articles, I have been in Tokyo a lot recently for work and thought that I should share some  ‘postcards’. While in Tokyo for three days of business meetings and socializing, I was fortunate to go to quite a few high-end restaurants. One even a Ginza tempura restaurant boasting two …

Tokyo Ginza Michelin Two Star Restaurant: Tempura Kondo

Tokyo Ginza Michelin Two Star Restaurant: Tempura Kondo

I have been going to Tokyo a lot recently for projects and decided to write a bit about my experiences in Tokyo. Last night my clients and I went to Tempura Kondo, in Ginza. This restaurant was honored with two Michelin stars. Sorry to say, but I wouldn’t give this place a single Michelin star. …

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