Without Further Ado…Lisa’s Cake Market

The doors are finally open! Taking “New year; new you” to another level, Lisa and her team at Lisa’s Cake Market opened the New Year with newly opened doors at the grand opening of her new shop. My! It’s beautiful! If you haven’t already been, now’s a great time to visit. As usual, we have…

Cozy Coffee @ Cafe RRRoom #YoCafe

I hope you don’t mind cats. This cafe’s got one. She’s the star, or maybe the mascot of RRRoom cafe. Her name is Mu and she’s even got her own picture book that ornaments the shelf beside the table. But I promise you, she’s not the reason I visit the RRRoom. In fact she could…

Sipping Coffee in the Shadows: Cafe Antiques #YoCafe

  One of the things gained from all this rainy weather is an excuse to visit the kisaten (coffee shop). This particular coffee shop isn’t particularly on my way home though so I hadn’t been to eager to stop in. It’s hidden away in the cut, an eerie walk down the alley way (right before…

The Lousy Launa

Okay, maybe that’s not fair but it was my experience (and the words just work). Launa, right outside the base, between Main and Womble Gates, is buzzing with attention, especially from Japanese nationals. I took this as an indication of good food and a great time. Why else would the Japanese, who I imagine better…

Short & Sweet: Lisa’s Cake Market #MyKinjo

Chocolate cake, cheesecake, shortcake? She’s got it. Though owner, Lisa Kuriyama, specializes in wedding cakes, birthday cakes, and corporate events (for such companies as Lexus, YouTube and Google), her shop runs the gamut from cakes to tarts to cookies and other pastries. I see the shop all the time, biking past its chalkboard sign advertising…

Rising Crust Under the Rising Sun #MyKinjo

“A friend of Zahhk’s is a friend off mine,” he said with that thick, right-out-of-Italy accent, offering a handshake. Alessandro stands behind the counter about 6ft tall- behind the counter. On the other side of the counter, he’s maybe 5’6.  I dunno. With spiked hair and his arms colored with ink, his T-shirt, shorts, and…

B* Wh@+?!: A Japanese Fruit

I feel like I’ve tasted it before. But I have never heard of it before arriving to Japan. One of the woman in the “soup kitchen” offered me after I inquired. And then I found them in good ol’ 7 Eleven. It’s called a biwa. You may have heard of it before, by another name:…

ON the Burner: Hot Pot at 温 (ON) Motsunabe Mise #MyKinjo

This will be fun! Thunderous laugher. The clinking of glasses. Window clinging steam. The rich aroma of dashi. All of this from within the small..”box” on the corner. All of this snatched my eyes, arrested my attention, and at first pumped my brakes on my bike ride home or on my way out for the…

鍋 Nabe (Nah-Beh)

A small earthenware vessel with a big pile of ingredients. Bubbling over an intimate table top burner, it embraces you with comfort and soothes your insides in the winter. During the summer though it can unleash torrents down your face, involuntarily raising your hand to pat your brow dry. I’m talking about nabe! Nabe simply means pot…

Cafe Continue #MyKinjo

I’ve told you plenty times now that I’ve got a thing for coffee. I owe it to my dad, who gave me my first cup- right out of the measuring cup, seemingly brewed with milk rather than water, loaded with sugar! Frappuccinos and matinee were a regular. When my mother lost me in the grocery…