Cappucino: New Year Snake Cappucino 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 reasonable wine and cider list.

2013 is the Year of the Snake (Serpent) in the Japanese and Chinese Calendars!
No wonder that Saori san made a new cappucino last time I visited Patina in Aoik Ku, Shizuoka City to commemorate the new year!

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A beautiful (delicious?) snake and a little design I will explain later!

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saori san must have experimented for quite some time before succeeding with these exquisite coils!

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I don’t think snakes smile so much!

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She went as far as drawing the Chinese character “巳” for “Snake” which represents the sixth term in the 12-year cycle Chinese Calendar!

More coming soon!

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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Negami Brewery-Kanou Kinmei Junmai Ginjo

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You do have to be on the lookout for limited brews with Negami Brewery in Gotemba City as they tend come and go very quickly, and unless you have the chance to know the brewer personally like my my lucky self, they will pass by you without notice!

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This brew is particularly interesting as it experiments with Omachi rice from Okayama prefecture and Hattan 55 Rice from Hiroshima Prefecture, and this with the water and yeast of Shizuoka prefecture!

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Rice: Omachi & Hattan 55
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: + 2
Acidity: 1.4
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in October 2012

Clarity: very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Assertive. Dry and fruity. Melon, banana.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Strong and fruity attack with lovely dry junmai petillant warming u back of the palate.
Complex and elegant.
Lingers on only for a little while.
Melon, oranges, with notes of sweet lemon.
Begins on a sweetish note to quickly revert onto very fruity dryness.
Changes little with food although takes on an even drier turn.
Eminently enjoyable away from food as well as any time during a repast.

Overall: An elegant and rare sake typical of Negami Brewery.
A sake that elegantly invites you for more intriguing exploration.
Would please ladies and gentlemen alike.
I would definitely it for a special private tete a tete!

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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

French Bistro Gastronomy: Seafood Lunch at Bistro Okamura in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Friendly if a bit shy.
Equipment & Facilities: Japanese traditional restaurant very clean overall. Cute washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Fish! Gastronomic bistro-style. Extensive use of local products and catch. Reasonably-priced wine list
Entirely non-smoking! Private rooms available.

Chef Takuaki Okamura/岡村卓明さん moved his bistro to this new address only two years ago!

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It used to be a traditional Japanese restaurant until then.

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Nothing was changed or reformed inside or outside preserving its quaint Japanese cachet!

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Once inside you will find the emblem of the restaurant hanging over the counter!

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It reminds me of a famous Japanese painting!

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I’d love to take that cute painting back home!

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On the ground floor you can either at one of the 5 seats at the counter or sit in one of the two Japanese rooms, one on tatami, the other with kotatsu seating with space dug in beneath the table for comfortable seating. Two more similar rooms are available upstairs. And they are all non-smoking!

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You can choose from three set menus.
Bistro Okamura is the only bistro in all Shizuoka serving food based on seafood!

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The table setting!
Forks, spoons and knives are also on hand!
Now, what did I have for this first visit at lunch?

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Starter/Hors d’oeuvre!

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Sea urchin, sweet shrimps and fish mousse on a bed of carrot mousse!

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Hot vegetable appetizer!

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Leeks steamed in white wine!

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The fish dish!

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Scabbard fish caught in Shizuoka!
Poele/sauteed with anchovy sauce and small vegetables!

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Bouillabaisse!

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Milder than in Southern France maybe but so delicious with fish, prawn, oysters, clams, scallop and leeks!
Instead of rice I ordered bread to dip it in the soup of course!

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Cute dessert and black tea!

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Now, what are under those feuillantine biscuits?

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Home-made sunflower honey ice-cream and local strawberries!

See at dinner time next!

BISTRO OKAMURA
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 1-5-2
Tel.: 054-669-2087
Opening hours: 11:30~14:30, 17:30~23:00
Closed on Sundays and Monday lunch
Credit Cards OK
Counter: 5 seats, 4 private rooms (up to 8 seats each)
Entirely non-smoking!

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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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Italian Gastronomy: Horsemeat Tartare Steak at Soloio in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Both traditional and inventive Italian cuisine. Good wine list at moderate prices. Open late!

Did you know that the true Tartare/Tartar/Tatar steaks are made with horsemeat? The rest, like the variation on my home drink, Kir, are only copies, inventions and publicity stunts!
And incidentally do you know why it is called Tartare, tartar or Tatar? Look at your history books!
Tartare sauce is only an easy and lazy shortcut to the ingredients included with the meat by the way!

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Now, the other day it happened to be on the menu at Solio Restaurant in Shizuoka City. And since it stated that it was made with horsemeat just imported from Italy I did not hesitate!

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Served with fresh herbs, olive oil, toasts and parmegiano!

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The ingredients mixed with the raw meat are a secret of Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦!
But That dish alone is worth a visit to Solio!
Extravagant and rare!
To be savored slowly on toast and with a heady red wine!

To be continued…

SOLOIO
420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Tel./fax: 054-260-4637
Business hours: 16:00~24:00
Closed on Monday
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
Happy hour: 16:00~17:00: 1,000 yen set-3 appetizers plate and 1 glass of house wine!
Smoking allowed BUT Non-smoking until 20:00 everyday!

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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

Japanese Gastronomy: Local Products at Makai Ranch in Fujinomiya City!

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Service: Very friendly and familiar
Equipment & Facilities: Spotless clan. Superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Very healthy food mainly made with local products. Dairy products. Souvenirs

Shizuoka Prefecture is a large Prefecture by Japanese standards and its peculiar shape make it feel even larger. It takes no less than three hours non-stop to cross it by normal train!
Yesterday I had the occasion to travel (by car) again to Fujinomiya City located on the western slopes of Mount Fuji, which means it is protected from the cold weather coming from the east and is a thriving agricultural area in an already very rich prefecture.

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You will not find this side view of Mount Fuji just in front of Makai Ranch in usual pamphlets because of its collapsed flank! It is nonetheless worth the trip!

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Foreigners are certainly made welcome!

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This is Japan, not Germany!

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It is not America, either! LOL

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The Buffet Restaurant was our destination on the way to a local farmer we were going to interview in the afternoon!

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Have a good look before entering as there is a lot to see and sample!

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This is another restaurant inside the same premises. Come early!

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Milk, milk, milk!

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Take your time to visit the many stands inside offering some great healthy food made local ingredienst and milk from the ranch: Cheese cakes!

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Ice cream made on site!

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You will have the pleasure to discover other products created by neighboring farmers such as delicious Japanese sake!

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Top class milk!

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Cheese made on the ranch and at other dairy farms!

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Even German craft beer by Stephan Rager in Fujinomiya City!

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Premium ham and sausages!

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We did not have the time but the ranch activities is a must for children and adults alike!

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The entrance to the Buffet Restaurant called Itadakimasu/Bon Appetit!

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Some of the food ingredients waiting for you!

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All self-service!

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Plenty to choose from and as much as you like!

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You will find the pictures and introductions of the main local farmers contributing vegetables, meat, fish and fruit to the restaurant above the kitchen!

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I have already interviewed quite a few of them!

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All kinds of hot soups for all tastes!

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The system is simple enough. You pay at the entrance where you will be given a ticket/coupon for one main dish. As for starters, salads, soups, drinks Non alcoholic), bread, rice and desserts you can take and re-take as much as as you want with no time limit between 11:00 and 15:00!

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My first plate of starters with corn potage!

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Already a meal in itself!

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My main dish: Local chicken in honey mustard sauce!

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Bring your main dish coupon there and point to the dish of your preference!

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As much as freshly home-baked bread as you want!

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The desserts!

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Choose and make your own tea!

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That was all I could eat! But I can assure that many people came again and again!
Great value for very healthy and tasty food!

MAKAI RANCH/MAKAI NO BOKUJYO/Buffet Restaurant Itadakimasu
418-0104 Fujinomiya City, Uchino, 1327
Tel: 0544-54-0342
Fax: 0544-29-1027
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Opening hours: Ranch (09:00~17:00, 08:00~18:00 from April to October)
Buffet Restaurant (11:00~15:00)
Closed either on Wednesdays or Thursdays
Free Car Park available
Ranch visit: Adults, 700 yen, Primary school and under, 500 yen. Special prices for groups (this applies for entrance fees only)
Activities are paid separately.
Pets are allowed but have to be left in a special guarded pet area for a monthly fee of 300 yen.

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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

Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/01/23): Cold Winter Season Refreshment: Teutonic Ale and Winter Wit

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Cold Winter Season Refreshment: Teutonic Ale and Winter Wit

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

All of the hullabaloo in the winter beer season is paid to the potent lagers and warming ales of the beer world. That is all well and good, but there remains a place for heartily refreshing brews even at the height of the winter chill. We are proud to release today two such examples of thirst-quenching winter beer refreshment: Teutonic Ale and Winter Wit.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Teutonic Ale (6%):

This is a fiercely flavorful ale brewed exclusively with German malt (Pilsner and Munich) and German hops (Magnum, Tradition, Spalter, Tettnanger, Hersbrucker). It is bold in its malt makeup and unabashed in its hop character. It is a beer imbued with the strong and courageous spirit of the ancient Germanic people, the Teutons. Prost!

*Winter Wit (6.2%):

Witbier is a Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with a high proportion of un-malted wheat from which it derives a whitish color. Typically it is a light, tart, crisp and refreshing ale of low-alcohol strength. Baird Winter Wit is a heartier (15.4 plato) and stronger (6.2% abv) cold-season take on this classic Belgian beer style.

Our grist is a blend of un-malted and malted wheat, Pilsner and floor-malted Maris Otter, with touchesof carahell (adding body and color). The hopping is light and performed with a combination of New Zealand (Wakatu), Czech (Saaz), Slovenian (Styrian Golding) and German (Tradition) varieties. A modest addition of local Kinkan fruit imbues the beer with that quintessentially Belgian je ne sais quois character. The magic occurs when this ingredient combination is then fermented with our Belgian yeast strain.

The result is a pleasantly tart and spicy, sprightly carbonated ale with a hazy golden hue upon which sits a billowing head of virgin-white foam. The warmth comes in the finish, just enough to furbish without interfering with the refreshment. Winter has never tasted so glorious!

Both Winter Wit and Teutonic Ale are available for immediate release in kegs as well as bottles (360 ml).

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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Gastronomic Destinations: Kamakura & Enoshima (January 2013)!

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Just came back from a 3-day trip in Kamakura City, Kanagawa prefecture!
Here is a simple picture report on what you could find in and away from the touristic landscape of this famous city not far from Tokyo which deserves a good visit!
Note that this is the off-season now and I would advise you to visit it at such a time as crowds can be a real pain in that beautiful corner of Japan!

Tobira Restaurant

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Tobira
Kamakura City, Komachi, 1-6-20, Tobira Building, 2F
Tel.: 0467-25-0505
Opening hours: 10:30~19:00
Closed on Mondays or on Tuesdays if Monday is a National Holiday

You will find Tobira on the left just outside kamakura City JR Station.

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The boxed lunch as served!

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The boxed lunch opened!

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Plentiful and yummy!

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They also serve a great omuraisu/rice omelet!

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A lunch fit for a Westerner’s appetite!

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that omelet is a real delicacy, fluffy and light!

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You will find this sign in the main street of Kamakura City atop a famous cake shop. See below:

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Kamakura is famous all over Japan for its biscuits, especially “Rabbit Half Moon#!

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Once you start you’ll never stop eating them!

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They also make some exquisite wagashi for vegans!

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You will find plenty of shops selling Shonan Craft Beer!

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No, you cannot eat clothes sold upstairs, keep to ground level!

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All local beers and japanese sake!

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Kamakura City is also famous for its sembei/rice crackers!

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Hot work, even with temperatures below zero outside!

O Sakana Tei Japanese Restaurant

248-0025 Kamakura City, Shichirigahama, 3-1-9
Tel: 0467-31-9890
Opening Hours: 11:30~15:00, 17:00~22:00
Closed on Thursdays
Cards OK

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Kamakura Craft Beer

O Sakana Tei is an old but very traditional Japanese Restaurant serving great sushi at very reasonable prices.
The specialize in local sardine cuisine!

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Great craft beer indeed!

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The specialty of the house: Deep-fried sardine sandwiched in shiso/perilla leaves!

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Sushi plate!

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Delicious Japanese soup with sardine surimi balls!

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Kamakura sake?

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Only in name as it is brewed in Gunma Prefecture for a private label!

Tobicho Japanese Restaurant

251-0036 Fujisawa City, Enoshima, 1-6-7
Tel.: 0466-23-0041
Opened from 11:00 a.m. till evening
Reserve!

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This time we managed to have lunch at Tobicho, a place where you will have to join endless queues on week-ends or in peak seasons!

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Have a good look at the seafood they also sell outside including local shirasu/sardine whiting!

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Like in most Japanese restaurants you can also have a look at a plastic model of the dish you are looking for displayed outside!

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A great way to allure customers inside, isn’t it?

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Very simple and explicit menus, too!

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This is the limited seasonal menu that the Missus chose!

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Simple, but beautiful and yummy!

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Salmon, octopus and albacore secured on thin slanted slices of cucumber!

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My order!

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Japanese style crab omelet on a bowl of rice topped with shirasu!

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During our visit to a temple in Enoshima Island we found this food store atop the mountain…

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What is he cooking?

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Paper-thin senbei/crackers made with real fresh octopus!

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A very rare treat!

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If you have the time do try and visit the natural grottoes at the back of Enoshima Island which have been used by humans since AD 552.
You will even find a dragon hidden inside!

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Atop Enoshima you will find a small diner (Japanese-style) with a terrace overlooking the sea called Uomitei/魚見亭.
A great place to enjoy craft beer.

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This one is called Shonan Enoshima Beer!

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Unfortunately it is brewed in Niigata Prefecture as a private label!

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Back in Kamakura City we couldn’t escape from the beautiful sembei/rice crackers!

Ocean Harvest COCOMO Italian and Oyster Bar
248-0016 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura City, Hase, 2-8-8
Tel./fax: 0467-33-4584
12:00-25:00(Last Order-24:00)
■Lunch Time
12:00-15:30(Last Order-15:00)
■Cafe Time
15:30-17:00(Last Order-16:30)
■Dinner Time
17:00-25:00(Last Order-24:00)
Closed on Wednesdays
HOMEPAGE
Credit Cards OK

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Along the Shonan Beach there are some restaurants of note and our favourite is Cocomo, an Italian oyster bar!

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Local vegetables Banya Cauda!

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Succulent grilled oysters!

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Their fries is a must!

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They also eminently enjoyable pasta!

KOSUZU Soba/Buckwheat Noodles Restaurant
Kamakura City, Komachi, 2-83-4
Tel,: 0467-25-6210
Opening hours: 11:30~18:30
Closed on Mondays

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Back in kamakura City, away from the touristic center and along the way to the Tsuruoka Hayata Jingu Shrine stands a very good soba/buckwheat noodles shop we regularly visit, namely KOSUZU!

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This is the hot soba the Missus ordered!

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For a closer view of a real healthy meal!

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For my part I ordered cold soba with all kinds of toppings!

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For a closer view!

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A pot full of soba soup will be served to accompany the leftovers inside your bowl! Yummy!

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Vegans and all must try the exquisite warabi mochi (soft rice cakes)!

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Finally along the same street keep ypur eyes open for venerable shops such as this Japanese liquor shop!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

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