Classic Cakes by Takuya Hanai at Salon de The Hanai (3): “Noisette” (Hazelnuts Roll Cake)!

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Service: Extremely friendly and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Overall spotless clean. Superb washroom.
Prices: Reasonable~slightly expensive (reasonable considering the quality!)
Strong points: Superb array of cakes and biscuits aimed at an adult clientele. Excellent lunch sets. Wine & beer available. Can be enjoyed as a cafe, restaurant and wine bar.

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HANAI-style Cappuccino!

The other day was a miserable cold and wet day and I suddenly the urge for a nice coffee and a great cake!
As it is not too far from my working place I was soon talking to Takuya Hanai/花井拓也さん, Chef-owner of Salon de The HANAI in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Inside the cake shop on the first floor we settled on “Noisette”, the last of a hazelnut Rolled Cake , to be sent to the cafe lounge upstairs to be savored with nice little cappuccino!

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It was topped with butter cream mixed with whole hazelnuts which beautifully cracked under my teeth!

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The roll cake consisted of two distinct layers:
One of a biscuit created with hazelnut powder, separately beaten egg yolk and egg white, almond powder, a little sugar and a little rice powder.
The soft layer was made of butter cream and hazelnut paste!

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Takuya’s approach to confectionery is sweeter than most patisseries met in Japan but a s sweet as the cloying cakes we find in my native France, making for an elegant but highly satisfying marvel on a cold afternoon!

You still need a good appetite to finish it in spite of its misleading small size!

Look forward to the next visit!

Salon de The HANAI

420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajjo, 2-10-23
Tel. 6 Fax: 054-255-2829
Opening hours: 10:00~20:00 (later if enough customers!)
Closed on Tuesdays
Parties (up to 25) welcome!

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American Gastronomy: Hamburg Steak at Tequila’s Diner in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Shy but very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Good general cleanliness. Excellent washroom
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive but very good value
Strong points: Tex-Mex gastronomy of superior quality. Doubles up as bar in evenings.

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The other day I paid a long due visit to what I consider the best Hamburger Restaurant in Shizuoka Prefecture, namely Tequila’s Diner in Shizuoka City!

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It being a busy Saturday lunch I had plenty of time to search and choose a morsel I hadn’t sampled yet!
I finally opted for the “Hamburg Steak”, which is also called a Louie Steak in the US although its varieties are endless.
Actually in Japan a “Hamburg” is an open hamburger while “Hamburger” means it will be served sandwiched inside a bun.
I ordered with blue cheese sauce topping!

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Being hungry I also ordered a side dish of garlic rice!

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My order!

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Plenty of garlic rice. Very well-balanced, actually and lighter than expected!

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Coleslaw!

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The Hamburg Steak with blue cheese sauce topping, beansprouts seasoned with the hamburg steak juices and fried potatoes (Belgian!)!

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This Hamburg Steak is made with no less than 4 types of beef!

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It is moreover hand knife-chopped, not one of those mushy “patties” served in some notorious diners!
Cooked semi rare, great bite and real beef taste!
Will come again for it with a different topping and side dish next time!

TEQUILA’S DINER
Chef Chihiro Okamoto

420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 8-6 (near Aoba Park Street), ACT 7, 1F
Tel.: 054–255-7595
Business hours: 12:00~14:00, 18:00~24:00
HOMEPAGE
FACEBOOK
Small and big parties welcome on reservations
Small outside lodge can be made non-smoking
Kids’ special lunch (with little salt) available!

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Japan Wine Tasting: Yamanashi Prefecture-The Jewels of Kisvin 2012, Viniferia Mix 34 White by Team Kisvin & Château Sakaori (conducted at la Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

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The other day I had the occasion to taste a very unusual white wine made in Yamanashi Prefecture at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City with good friend sommelier, Mrs. Hiromi Hasegawa/長谷川浩美さん!

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The Jewels of KIsvin 2012, Viniferia Mix 34 White?
That is going to take some explanations!

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Team Kisvin & Château Sakaori under the name of Kinoshita Commercial Company/木下商仕(株) made this wine in Sakaori City/酒折市 in Yamanashi Prefecture with no less than 34 different grapes harvested locally!

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White
Alcohol: 12 degrees
Year: 2012
Grapes: Check this WEBSITE! Go to the year 2012! Good luck!

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Clarity: very clear
Color: golden
Aroma: assertive, dry, fruity. Muscat, raisins, Sherry wooden cask, white flowers, grapefruit, lychees.
Taste: very dry and fruity attack.
Almost completely unrelated to aroma.
Old-fashioned taste with dominant dry white flowers, dry citruses, ending up on faint notes of figs.
Constant on the palate and slowly fading away.
Stays dry with food while tending to reveal some petillant.
Will turn into some dry cherry sweets and desserts but will show more acidity with salty dishes.
Although it seems to be willing to start on a complex note, will quickly reveal a stolid and uncomplicated character.

Overall: Remarkable wine for its search into new fields, although 34 grapes might shock quite a few connoisseurs!
Ought to be sampled for the sake of knowledge or as an intriguing quizz!
Very rustic in approach.
Would do well with Japanese food in the place of a dry sake such as an uncomplicated honjozo.
Suggested pairings: sashimi, fruits confits.

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00, 12:00~18:00 on Sundays & National Holidays
FACEBOOK (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

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Kura: Traditional Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 40: Edo Era Village Kura in Nakajima Primary School, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City!

“Kura” (in Japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditional Japan, especially during the Edo Era, as most of buildings and urba/village structures were made of wood, fires were the bane of society by and large.
However well-protected a fire would consume a house or buildings and all its properties within minutes.
Hence a special building or warehouse was needed to protect goods and properties against such a catastrophe.
But erecting a storehouse solely made of concrete, stones and some metal cost a vast amount of silver and gold and only rich merchants and nobility could afford them. Even castles could not be built entirely of stone then.

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Yesterday I was cycling in Nakajima District in Suruga Ku, that the part of of Shizuoka City south of Shizuoka JR Station, an area I still have a lot to learn about in spite of my living in Shizuoka City for 40 years!

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Veering into of the straight streets going south I found myself cycling past Nakajima Elementary School.

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That is when I espied a rare site beyond the School Disaster Evacuation sign!

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A small and very old, but splendidly preserved with little or no repairs standing on the grounds of an elementary school!
I had to investigate!

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Simple but stolid enough!

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Thanks to this welcome sign I learned it had been built in Edo Era to serve as a warehouse for Nakajima Village as the area was called then. It served mainly as a warehouse for all important documents concerning the Village.
The Elementary School was built by it only many years later.
Apparently it is the only one of its kind in Shizuoka City!

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It was wholly built with uncut or cut stones!

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It was also located so as toe let the prevailing winds provide needed draft through the two windows opened at each extremity!

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I should come back to take a picture of it with cherry tree in blooms!

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Do you notice the opening at its base?

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This is to make sure that any water accumulated between the high foundation and the kura can be expelled quickly and to insure the same area stays dry!

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With the modern elementary school buildings in the background!

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The roofing is in good repair!

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The pinion with “水/mizu/water” carved in!

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Tiled roof details!

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How old are the wooden eaves?

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How many schoolchildren has this window seen walk past under it?

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The door, although repainted, seems original enough!

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Only one of the alignment “pegs” was missing!

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it was too late in the day to talk with the staff, but I certainly intend to interview the schoolmaster someday!

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Quaint Okina Inari Daimyoujin Shrine (翁稲荷大明神) in Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City

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If you take the first street right of Shizuoka JR Station that runs past the Post Office and under the railway tracks you will enter the south side of Shizuoka City, that is Suruga Ku. keep walking straight ahead and 5 minutes later you will find these red pennants along the left hand side of the pavement!

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For all their garish grandiloquence they only announce the presence of a small Shinto Shrine called Okina Inari Daimyoujin Shrine (翁稲荷大明神). The reason I decided to have a look at it is that my good friend, Atsuko Kurata who is always on the lookout for unusual sites signaled to me through Facebook!

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The red torii/鳥居/Shrine Entrance Portal!

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An unusual way to advertise a Shinto Shrine the way they used to do for private shops in Japan of yore!

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All kinds of invitations written on the paper flying in the wind!

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Inari Shinto Shrines are always guarded by foxes. Herds of them in this particular case!

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On both sides!
Note the metal braziers used as supports for the votive messages!

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I wouldn’t criticize you for taking this shrine for a local shop!

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The roof pinion could be used either in a Buddhist Temple or a Shinto Shrine!

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Now, this antique komainu/狛犬/lion guard came from under the roof of another shrine or temple!

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A real bric a brac on the west hand side of the shrine!

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Now, this is an exceedingly unusual stone hand washing basin!

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Why all these traditional Japanese water tubs?

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A tiny inari shrine!

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The prayer bell and its rope and the money-offerings box!

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It looks like an antique than anything else!

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Actually the lady owning and looking after the whole place kindly let me take pictures of the inside!

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All kinds of offerings from neighboring followers among a jumble that still looks like an antique dealer’s dream!
Actually traditional Japanese dancing plays are also held inside!

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Shizuoka Craft Beer: Izu No Kuni Brewery-Scottish Ale (Canned Version)

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Some canned and even bottled versions of craft beers brewed by Izu No Kuni Brewery in Izu no Kuni City in Northern izu Peninsula can be found in Shizutetsu Supermarkets in particular!

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The same supermarkets have been recently offering this canned version of Scottish Ale by Izu No Kuni Brewery!

350 ml can
Barley, wheat, barley malt, wheat malt, hop, live yeast
Probably filtered
Alcohol: 5%

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Bubbles: very fine bubbles. Very long head. Creamy. White color
Clarity: very clear
Color: orange/apricot color
Aroma: dry and fruity. Biscuits, honey, faint bread
Taste: dry, deep and fruity attack.
Biscuits, honey and faint citruses.
Very refreshing.
Lingers long enough for true tasting before departing with first sweetish than quickly drying apricots.
Turns somewhat drier with food.
Apricots will keep surging back before disappearing on a dry and somewhat acid note.

Overall: very interesting craft beer and a surprise for a canned version!
Definitely a lot better than expected.
A very refreshing and satisfying craft beer for all seasons.
Ale lovers should make a point of sampling it!
Recommended pairings: BBQ, cold meats, sausages, smoked cheese!

IZU NO KUNI BEER (IZU-WORLD MINNA HAWWAIIANS)
〒410-2315 静岡県伊豆の国市田京195-2
〒410-2315 Shizuoka Prefecture, Izu No Kuni City, Takyo, 195-2
TEL:0558-76-3355
HOMEPAGE

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