Izakaya: Minato Machi Okamura Ikichi in Yaizu City!

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IZAKAYA RANKING: +1~+2
Service: +3 very friendly and smiling. Easy-going but attentive
Equipment & Facilities: +3 Very clean overall. Superb gender separated washrooms
Prices: +2 reasonable
Strong points: Traditional izakaya cuisine including oden. Excellent seafood and drink list including local sake.

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Located a few minutes walk from Yaizu JR Station south exit Minato Machi Okamura Ikichi is actually one of the 6 similar establishments owned by Fujieda City-based Okamura Roman Co. with restaurants in Fujieda City (2), Shizuoka City, Yaizu City, Shimada City and a vegetable bar in Fujieda City
They all seem to share two traits:
-Modern design outside (which does not always feature the name of the restaurant) and generally young but knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff!
The food and concept are both traditional and modern for the pleasure of all genders and age groups!

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They both have a regular and seasonal menu.
Although they will soon have to think of an English menu the staff will be more than happy to explain it!

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I found the range of local sake quite excellent for such an establishment which can seat no less than 134 guests on two different floors!
Of course all kinds of drinks are available!

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And the sake comes in generous portions!
Now, as for the food you will to come quite a few times before exhausting the whole menu!
Let me show you what we had for our first visit there!

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A Shizuoka delicacy/comfort food: oden/Japanese pot au feu.
The broth not being as dark and strong as in some other izakaya in Shizuoka Prefecture, you certainly drink it up!

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A reasonably-priced sashimi plate (for two)!

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Featuring mackerel, seabream and local horse mackerel!

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And many types of tuna!

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There plenty of vegetables available too fresh or cooked, from the traditional fried potato sticks,

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to a unique plate of deep fried burdock root shavings!

Well, I suppose other visits are on the cards before I move to their other establishments!

MINATO MACHI OKAMURA IKICHI/岡むらいきち
Yaizu City, Sakae Machi 1-1-34 (on the left of Yaizu JR Station south exit)
Tel.: 054-620-7880
Opening hours: 17:00~24:00
Closed on Sundays
Credit cards OK
Parties welcome!

HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

IZAKAYA RANKING SYSTEM
IZAKAYA RANKING:

+1 ought to be visited at least once
+2 could be become a regular visit
+3 must visit!

Service:
+1 standard
+2 pleasant
+3 very good

Equipment & Facilities:
+1 standard
+2 excellent
+3 Superb

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Shizuoka Craft Beer: Aoi Brewing-Kagyoku Shokuro Tea Ale

Tasting conducted together with Kent Rhoads!

Aoi Brewing in Shizuoka does often come with some unusual limited brews!
This time they produce another Tea Ale but with a twist!

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It was actually brewed to commemorate the wedding of Kazumi San/和美さん, who is part of the staff at Beck Co., the umbrella owner of Aoi Brewing!
The name Kagyoku Shokuro/華玉燭霧 is related to the kinds of tea included in the brewing!

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Served on tap
Barley, Pilsner malt, Munich Malt, Topaz hop, Styrian Golding hop, Gyokuro Tea 8250 g), Fukamushi Tea (4 kg), live yeast.
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 5.5%
Production: 450 liters
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Long head. Creamy. White color
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: light orange color
Aroma: sweetish green tea
Taste: dryish and flavorful attack.
Complex. Sweetish green tea, hints of oranges, apricots and dry pears.
Very tasty first impression with no aftertaste. Excellent and subtle balance.
Lingers long enough on palate for true tasting before departing on a sllghtly sweeter note than at the beginning with very pleasant matcha.

Overall: Lighter and more elegant approach than previous brews made with Shizuoka green Tea.
Almost no acidity. Very soft on the palate. Very unique craft beer!
Pity it is limited as this would easily become a must drink every day all year round!
Simply said: superb!

Beer Junkie MOTEL

420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 11-5, IMAKKOKO Bldg. 1F
Tel.: 054-253-6558
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00, 17:00~26:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesday
Parties welcome
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Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
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Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK
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Some Aoi beers are also available at Aoi Brewery’s restaurant in Shizuoka City, namely

GROWSTOCK

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK
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Shizuoka Sake tasting: Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Genteihin Junmai Ginjo Aki Agari

The Autumn is a season impatiently awaited by sake aficionados and some breweries make a point to produce their first brews early.
In Shizuoka Prefecture, Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City is arguably the first to do so!

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And as usual they do come with long names for their sake:
Garyubai (sake name) Genteihin (limited product) Junmai Ginjo (sake grade) Aki Agari (“first to rise in Autumn”!)!

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Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture), 93% + Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Precture), 7%
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness + 3
Acidity: 1.3
Bottled in September 2015

Clarity: very clear
Color: almost transparent
Aroma: dry and fruity. Rice, green apples, hints of banana
Body: fluid
Taste: dry and fruity attack backed up with strong junmai petillant.
Complex: chestnuts, dry chocolate, almonds, coffee beans.
Lingers for a while before departing on a drier note with hints of persimmon, oranges and more almonds.
Tends to get even drier with food, especially sweets.

Overall: an intriguing sake with a complex approach.
Although eminently enjoyable on its own, does marry beautifully with food in spite of its elevated status.
A pity it is limited as it would definitely please many all year round!
Recommended pairings: oden, fish, cheese, fruits confits.

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: One-Cup Series 13): Shidaizumi Brewery-Nyan Cup Shidaizumi “Rasta” Umeshu

A very interesting and reasonable way to taste sake is to acquire one-cup sake!
They also make for cute collection of glasses or cups!

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Now, this is the fifth tasting of the second batch of Shizuoka Prefecture One Cup Sake I obtained at Matsuzakaya Department Store in Shizuoka City!

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A one cup sake by Shidaizumi Brewery in Fujieda City

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It is part of a series known all over Japan with cat designs and so-called Nyan Cups!
Although this one contains umeshu, it was originally created with junmai sake made in the same brewery!

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That name “Rasta” is just great!

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Alcohol: 11 degrees
Junmai sake
Ume/Japanese plums
Water
Sugar
Fruit juice

Clarity: very clear
Color: light brown
Aroma: assertive, sweet and fruity. Umeshu
Body: fluid
Taste: drier than expected and very fruity attack.
Complex. Sweetness will come with every sip to disappear quickly.
Lingers only for a little while before departing on a dry “ume” note.
Very pleasant alcohol.

Overall: an incredibly elegant umeshu, so different from most cloying products found on the market.
Its comparatively (for the market!) high alcohol content contributes to an unexpected complexity!
The ume/Japanese plum inside are of the crunchy type and quite dry.
The cup is so exquisite! A must souvenir!
To be indulged in any time, anywhere all year round!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Japan Urban Art: Utagawa Hiroshige’s Tokaido Stations Ukiyoe in Shin Kambara, Shizuoka City!

Utagawa Hiroshige/歌川 広重 (1797 – 12 October 1858) (real name: 安藤 広重/Ando Hiroshige) is probably the most famous ukiyoe/woodblock print artist when it comes to describing travel scenes in Japan.
When it comes to Shizuoka Prefecture where a Museum is dedicated to him in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shozuoka City, the Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō immediately come to mind.
And if you look carefully you will find them represented in the most unusual places!

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Now, take the Tokaido Railway Line and get off at Shin Kambara Station in Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku!

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The place is famous for its cherry trees.
Did you know that the cherry trees offered to the US in Washington are all the scions from a single tree from nearby Okitsu, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Travelers of yore added onto one of Utagawa Hiroshige’s prints!

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Now go the pavement along the station and you will discover the world of Edo at your feet!

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Find this set of tiles and proceed to its left to discover them all in their right order!

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Leaving Edo : Nihonbashi, “the bridge of Japan”!
We are still in present Tokyo!

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1st station : Shinagawa!

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Now, we enter Kanagawa Prefecture:
2nd station : Kawasaki!

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3rd station : Kanagawa (presently in Kanagawa Ku, Yokohama City)!

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4th station : Hodogaya (presently in Hodogaya Ku, Yokohama City)!

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5th station : Totsuka!

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6th station : Fujisawa!

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7th station : Hiratsuka!

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8th station : Oiso (presently in Naka District, Kanagawa Prefecture)!

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9th station : Odawara (Crossing the Sakawa river at a ford.)!

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10th station : Hakone!
The last station inside Kanagawa Prefecture!

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We enter Shizuoka Prefecture from now on:
11th station : Mishima!

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12th station : Numazu!

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13th station : Hara (presently in Numazu City)!

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14th station : Yoshiwara (presently in Fuji City)!

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15th station : Kambara, the main tile (Shin Kambara is part of Kambara, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City)!

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16th station : Yui (presently part of Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka city)!

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17th station : Okitsu (presently part of Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City)!

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18th station : Ejiri (presently part of Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City)!

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19th station : Fuchū (old name of Shizuoka City)!

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20th station : Mariko (presently in Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City)!

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21st station : Okabe (presently in Fujieda City)!

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22nd station : Fujieda!

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23rd station : Shimada!

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24th station : Kanaya (presently in Shimada City)!

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25th station : Nissaka (presently in Kakegawa City)!

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26th station : Kakegawa!

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27th station : Fukuroi!

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28th station : Mitsuke (presently in Iwata City)!

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29th station : Hamamatsu!

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30th station : Maisaka!

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31st station : Arai!

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32nd station : Shirasuka (presently in Kosai City)!
This is the last station inside Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Now we enter Aichi Prefecture:
33rd station : Futagawa (presently in Toyohashi City)!

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34th station : Yoshida (presently in Toyohashi City)

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35th station : Goyu (presently in Toyokawa City)!

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36th station : Akasaka (presently in Toyokawa City)!

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37th station : Fujikawa (presently in Okazaki City)!

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38th station : Okazaki!

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39th station : Chiryu!

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40th station : Narumi (presently in Midori Ku, Nagoya city)!

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41st station : Miya (presently in Atsuta Ku, Nagoya City)!
This is the last station inside Aichi Prefecture!

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Now we enter Mie Prefecture:
42nd station : Kuwana

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43rd station : Yokkaichi

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44th station : Ishiyakushi (presently in Suzuka City)!

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45th station : Shōno (presently in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture)!

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46th station : Kameyama!

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47th station : Seki (“the barrier”), (presently in Kameyama City)!

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48th station : Sakashita (presently in Kameyama City)!
This is the last station inside Mie Prefecture!

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Now we enter Shiga Prefecture:
49th station : Tsuchiyama (presently in Kota City)!

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50th station : Minakuchi (presently in Kota City)!

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51st station : Ishibe (presently inside Konan City)!

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52nd station : Kusatsu!

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53rd station : Otsu!
This is the last station inside Shiga Prefecture!

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The end of the Tōkaidō: arriving at Kyoto (actually at the tme Sanjō Ōhashi (the bridge spanning over Kamo River) at Keishi (“the capital”)!

Enjoy your trip!

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rre.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: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Shizuoka Craft Beer: Aoi Brewing-Aoshima (Onshu) Mikan Ale (also called Tekka Slight Mikan Ale)

Once again Aoi Brewing in Shizuoka City has put out a fruit made with local products!

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Aoishima (Onshu) Mikan Ale, that is a beer conceived with “Aoishima” mandarine oranges produced by farmers in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!
This was the name announced in AOI BEER STAND in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, but Mr. Taka, the brewmaster, told me it should have been named “Tekka Slight Mikan Ale”!
“Tekka” means that the oranges used were the ones pruned off when still green to allow chosen fruit to fully ripen!

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Served on tap
Barley, Maris Otter malt, Munich Malt, Topaz hop, Czech Saaz hop, Aoishima mandarine oranges, live yeast.
Unfiltered
Alcohol/ABV: 5.5%
IBU: 21
Production: 450 liters
Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Longish head. Light orange color
Clarity: slightly smoky (normal considering live yeast and being unfiltered), very clean
Color: light orange color
Aroma: dry and fruity. Dry mandarine oranges
Taste: very dry and fruity attack.
Dry oranges, citruses, hints of herbs.
Lingers long enough for true tasting with oranges staying true all the way and tending to depart on an even drier note with some welcome acidity.

Overall: a dry and fruity craft beer which will appeal to ladies in particular!
A craft beer for all seasons!
Very satisfying and a pleasure to sip. Dry but elegant!
Recommended pairings: pizza, potato salad, cold meats.

Beer Junkie MOTEL

420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 11-5, IMAKKOKO Bldg. 1F
Tel.: 054-253-6558
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00, 17:00~26:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesday
Parties welcome
FACEBOOK

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
MAP
FACEBOOK

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK
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Some Aoi beers are also available at Aoi Brewery’s restaurant in Shizuoka City, namely

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420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
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RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, 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, Pie
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, 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,

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-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
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-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-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

Bento: Autumn Saturday Bento!

After a very long laps the Dragon (Missus) seems inclined to prepare traditional Japanese lunch boxes/bento, at least on some days when we both are away at work at lunch time!

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She made this comparatively simple one on Saturday, mostly with leftovers!

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On a bed of steamed rice she first placed shredded grilled salmon, slightly seasoned topped with black olives.

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She spread the middle with boiled egg and tartar sauce salad.

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The vegetable part was conceived with stir-fried beansprouts, shredded carrots and green pepper and plenty of black sesame seeds seasoned with spicy sauce!

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Very healthy and fulfilling!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, 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, Pie
rre.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: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-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