French Bistro Gastronomy: Terrines at Caravin in Shizuoka City!

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Service: very friendly if a bit shy.
Facilities and equipment: overall very clean. Beautiful washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Authentic French and European bistro gastronomy. Slow food. Excellent and reasonable
wine list.

Any French-style bistro ought to be judged on their terrine and/or pates for the simple reason it is their most popular comfort food as well as the reference test for the chef’s skills.
That alone would have me go time and time again to Caravin in Shizuoka City!

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If you can’t read Japanese just ak what terrine or pate are on the menu as Chef Onoda is churning them out like nothing!
Here are some fine examples:

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Now here is a terrine that not many chefs dare to tackle in Japan!
Pig ears and nose jelly terrine!

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It is a very tasty dish, but maybe the Japanese are not always comfortable with pork jelly, although as a meal it is well-balanced with the vegetables served appetizingly served with it!

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And it is not all jelly and fat!
Delicious!

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I just loved vegetable terrines!
And Chef Onoda’s are simply beauties!

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beautiful pattern and a well-balanced meal of it again!

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Exquisitivly topped with tapenade!

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Viewed from a more vertical angle!

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Those succulent luccolla and shiitake mushrooms add so much with their different savors!

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it is such gastronomic fun to dig in it a little at a time to reveal the contents!

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Pate de campagne!
Actually it should be called Terrine de campagne!
THE French comfort food!

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For a side view to reveal the bacon lining. Naturally served with soft Dijon mustard and cornichon!

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Yummy pieces of foie gras!

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I just love those whole black pepper seeds for extra zip!

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Terrines are not all about meat and vegetables, but also a great dessert concept: Chocolate and Walnuts Terrine!

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From another angle. The ice-cream makes for the perfect marriage!

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Those crunchy walnuts proved to be a surprisingly loveable finish touch!

Convinced?

CARAVIN
Shizuoka City, Takajo, 2-25-17
Tel.: 054-246-3539
Opening hours: 16:00~24:00
Closed on Mondays
Cards OK

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-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Cappucino: “A Rabbit with a Moustache or with Doe Eyes?” at Patina in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Very friendly and smiling
Facilities: Very clean. Beautiful washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: A true cafe where to relax and enjoy a good light meal any time of the day. Interesting and reasonable wine and cider list.

This is the latest Cappucino created by Saori Chan/沙緒里ちゃん at Patina in Shizuoka City!
It could become another inspiration for my Swiss friend Sissi at With A Glass!

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I had a real problem to come up with a name to describe this rabbit!

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What would you say: A Moustache or doe eyes?
Mind you, I could have called it big flapping ears rabbit!

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Now, who is that little heart for? LOL

PATINA, Café & Brasserie
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 17-9
Tel.: 054-266-9500
Opening hours: 11:00=22:00 (last orders, 21:30
10:00~21:00 on Sundays (last orders, 20:30)
Closed on Tuesdays

BLOG (Japanese)
Non-smoking until 15:00
Credit Cards OK

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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French BBQ: Japanese “Nikomi” Hamburger Lunch at Brochette Restaurant in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Very friendly and great explanations
Equipment and facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Superb Washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Great use of local meats and Vegetables. Very healthy BBQ and brochettes. Excellent reasonable wine list.

Brochette means “Kushiyaki/串焼き” in Japanese. One could say they mainly serve BBQ-style meat and vegetables on skewers for dinner. But it is not limited to that. They actually serve very reasonable full lunches!
I already have described their Japanese Hamburger Lunch in a previous post.
Here is another version of this hamburger lunch with a little twist: Japanese “Nikomi” Hamburger Lunch!
“Nikomi/煮込み” could be translated as “stewed/slowly cooked”.

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Whenever you visit Brochette Restaurant, have a good look at the clearly described menus outside first!

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“Jikasei Nikomi Hambaagu/自家製煮込みハンバーグ/Home-made stewed open hamburger”! the price is for the whole lunch (10 Euros).

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Almost all the vegetables and meat are local!

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Counter seats available if you want to keep away from the crowd as lunch time is very busy!

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Bistro atmosphere!

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Why do I always feel for a beer when eating hamburgers? LOL

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Japanese “Nikomi” Hamburger Lunch!

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Consomme soup and fresh salad.

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French bread and premium olive oil.
You can choose plain rice instead.

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The beautiful nikomi hamburger on a hot plate with its vegetables!

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Plenty of vegetables!

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The hamburger is topped with melting white cheese at the last moment!

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Juicy and so tasty! A truly elegant hamburger my American friends would travel for!

Look forward to the dinner report! (I said that before… LOL)

FRENCH BBQ/BROCHETTE
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-Cho, 2-7-12, Takinami Bldg. 1F (along the Egawa Street)
Tel.: 054-252-1700
Opening hours: 11:30~14:30, 18:00~23:00
Reservations highly recommended
Parties welcome (reservation requested from 4 people)
Cards OK (for dinner only)

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Japanese Ladies Fashion in Shizuoka 49: Casual Elegant & Warm for the Winter at Floraison in Shizuoka City!

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As I mentioned before, Japanese ladies have always liked plain and uniform colors, especially black, grey and beige, once they had passed to the age of adults, meaning married or career ladies.
It is not easy to embellish the female body with such requisites and it does require some talent and combinations as a single style or creator is not always the ideal solution!

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Yesterday I noticed this outfit in the shop window of my good friend’s boutique, Floraison, in Shizuoka City.
I was intrigued and inquired once again with the staff who are also good friends!

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For a back view first!

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Very interesting knit, elegant but warm with pockets for the hands in case of a sudden chill.
Created by ILIAN LOEB (Japanese Company), 100% wool.

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The very light but warm miniskirt includes a black extension (you can see only half of it on the above picture) covering the stomach to keep it warm with the minimum of fuss.
Created by noeud (Japanese Company)
Wool + Acryl + Nylon + Polyester +Alpaca + Baby Alpaca.

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FLORAISON

High-heeled Bottines by SEE BY CHLOE (CHLOE’S second Line/Brand-France).
Very elegant but still practical against the cold.
All leather.

Imaizumi Co. Ltd.
Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 1-6-14 (behind Isetan Department Store)
Tel.: 054-271-8945
Business hours: 11:00~20:00
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
BLOG (Japanese)

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Gastronomic Destinations: Taiwan

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just came back from a very short stay in Taiwan!
Although my sojourn lasted only two nights, one day and a few hours, I still had time to form a first idea of the country, its people and food!

Until my next trip I can already affirm that:
-The general welcome felt better than I had expected. Warm people, comparatively soft-spoken and very helpful in spite of the language barriers.
-A lot lot lot cleaner than I had expected. No smoking in any buildings. No spitting. Old, sometimes very old buildings, but always clean inside. Old facilities, but clean. Station scrubbed to perfection.
-Great safety, Well I don’t know the seedier side (there is one even in every big city, even Tokyo!), but i flet safe walking in back streets at night.
-Last but not least great food, although nots as spicy as expected.
In a single sentence, i had to forget my expectations and learned a delightful lesson!

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having really little time and a dragon to deal with all the time, I took whatever pictures I could. I hope they will give you a little idea of what to expect!

Taipei Railway was spotless clean and the many shops reminded very much of Japan.

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They even served Taiwan-style oden!

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Peking Ducks in a small shop in Yingge!

As trains and taxis are really cheap ( a thiid of Japan!) we traveled to Yingge/鷲歌/Eagle song, a city famous all over Taiwan for its ceramics. Check Yingge Ceramics Museum!

Yingge is a small city full of sights worthy of a longer visit!
Like every city Yingge is full of small bikes and one has to be careful before crossing a street, the only drawback I found in this lovely country!
I took the picture a bove as I was waiting for the green light!

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Now, what does 金牛角/Golden Bull Horns stand for?
Taiwan-style Croissants!
Apparently very popular!

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We found this small noodle restaurant in the Ceramic Street, a site you must absolutely visit, but I don’t know how to pronounce its name.

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The small two characters at the top mean “Yingge”. And the last means “noodles”, but I don’t know how to pronounce the first two characters.
Maybe Tina can help me?

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The menu written in three languages was very useful!
You mark the orders on a special leaflet, you pay beforehand 8cheap!) and wait for the food!

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Look at both sides of the menu!

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Pork noodles!

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Appetizers: Simmered tofu, boiled eggs and seaweed!

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Seafood noodles!

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It was then back in Taipei in the rain and the dark looking for a restaurant called 杭州 小龍湯包 famous for its steamed 小龍湯包/Xiaolongbao located near the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial.

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As usual we last our way but finally found it by sheer luck after interminable arguments!

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A very popular place with the locals!

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As in Yingge, same system with a menu to choose from and a leaflet on which to write your orders. This time you pay after the meal at the entrance.

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Our first taste of Taiwan beer!

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We had come for the sole purpose of sampling those 小龍湯包/Xiaolongbao!

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Steamed pork 小龍湯包/Xiaolongbao!

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Juicy Royal 小龍湯包/Xiaolongbao with pork and crab brains!

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And then it was back in the rain, loosing our way again and finding our destination by sheer luck again after many arguments again! the restaurant was supposed to be only 5 minutes from Taipei Central Railway Station….!
The dragon wouldn’t give me the time to take a picture of the restaurant sign board….
It is very famous (with quite a few Japanese businessmen among the guests), and the old lady taking the orders could speak English and Japanese!
But I somehow found the name as HAW JI or Haoji Dan Zai Noodles/好記担仔麺! Address in Taipei: Address: Qi Lin Lu 79, five minutes from Railway Station.

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A very interesting concept:
First you choose your orders pointing at the ingredients exhibited outside the first small eating room.

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one of the three kitchens!

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And then you move to the larger restaurant at the street corner where you are given a table and served!
You pay on your way out.

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More Taiwan beer!

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Fried rice and crab steamed inside bamboo leaves!

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Pork and shrimp noodles!

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Fried string beans and minced pork!

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Mapo doufu/麻婆豆腐/”Pockmarked-Face Lady’s Tofu”!
Not as hot as expected by the Dragon, but I personally loved it!

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Deep-fried prawns and pineapple!

We were absolutely full and satisfied after these two dinners!

This time we came to the hotel by taxi!

Looking forward to my (our?) next visit!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Weird Japan (29): For More Sanity in the Toilets?

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This title is going to attract a few unwanted visitors….

I noticed this large box of odor suppressant in the men’s (don’t ask me about the ladies’!) toilets inside Shizuoka Fujisan Airport in Shimada City!

Before finding catch names for such common and conspicuous products one should check all possibilities…!

Either they confused “sanity” for ” sanitary” or, more likely as the Japanese love to invent new words, it stands for a combination of “Sanitary” and “Safety”!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/11/28): Seasonal Release: Bakayaro! Ale

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Seasonal Release: Bakayaro! Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

The end of 2012 is in sight; the bonenkai-Christmas-shogatsu holiday season is upon us. For all of us beer enthusiasts, there is much to celebrate — it simply is a wonderful time in the world to be a lover of flavorful beer. Yet much else in the world is not glorious nor celebratory. In fact, no one could be blamed for feeling a good deal of angst with the state of the world. Fortunately, however, in this blossoming time of beer diversity and flavor, there exist ale and lager antidotes to these feelings of frustration. We are pleased to release today a Baird version of one such brew: Bakayaro! Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Bakayaro! Ale 2012 (ABV 8.5%):

This insolent, snotty and mean-spirited brew is pungently hoppy and wickedly strong. High in malt gravity (18.0 Plato), bitter in hoppiness (90 IBU), aggressive in aroma (double dry-hopping with five varieties: Nugget, Summit, Nelson Sauvin, NZ Cascade, Cascade), Bakayaro! Ale just doesn’t give a rat’s ass. We invite you to come in, have a pint and let those around know exactly how you feel.

Bakayaro! Ale 2012 is available both on draught and in bottles (360 ml), which can be purchased direct from the brewery E-Shop or through one of the fine Baird Beer retailing liquor shops in Japan.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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