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Robert-Gilles Martineau hails from Bourgogne/Burgundy, France and presently resides in Shizuoka/Japan

Shizuoka Prefecture Patisserie: Jour Du Muguet with Toshiyuki Nakanishi in Okabe, Fujieda City!

Toshiyuki and kazumi Nakanishi!

Toshiyuki Nakanishi had a lot of courage when he decided to open his own patisserie quite a few years ago in Okabe, Fujieda City with his wife Kazumi whi hais from the same place.
But it handsomely paid off because of the dearth of good cakes in this seemingly off the beaten tracks village part of Fujieda City.

The patisserie looks like a small shop in the French countryside!

Truth to tell, Toshiyuki had already made his name before moving to his wife’s home village, including a winter stint at Chez Allex, a patisserie which earned no less than two MOF in Chalon sur saone, Bourgogne, France!

“Jour Du Muguet” means “Lily of the Valley day”, a celebrated family festival day back in France!

In fact the choice of Okabe proved to be a weapon in disguise as the shop is located near a main thoroughfare and a regular bus station, and has its own car park, meaning that the locals are very happy to ride, walk, drive there to buy cakes they would have to travel far to find the same quality!

The small kids playplace seen from outside1

Although the shop itself is barely bigger than the kitchen, it is big enough even including a small shelf with toys for kids to play with!
And of course it is spotless clean!
Kazumi lokks after the shop while Toshiyuki keeps busy in kitchen!

Note that the place is closed on Tuesdays and on the 3rd or 4th Monday.
Come early as cakes disappear quickly!

half of the fresh cakes are seasonal although they include permanent features such rolled cakes and succuent petit choux/chou cream (definitely for adults)!

Interestingly enough there quite a few expats with a sweet tooth living in the area and don’t be surprised if you suddenly discover a loud speaking Ozzie there!

Classic macarons!

More cakes!

And more cakes!

For the kids while their mothers are having a hard time choosing their cakes!

Toshiyuki’s cakes are simply put first class but a big bonus comes with his bicuits, pound cakes and what other delicacies, either sold individually,…

or in nice wrappings for presents!

And Toshiyuki has the great merit to advertise and sell local products of great quality and originality!

Every visit is definitely worth the long way (in my case, especially!) and I know so many people, Japanese or expats, who agree!

JOUR DU MUGUET

〒421-1131 Shizuoka Prefecture, Fujieda City, Okabe, Uchigaya, 900-4
Tel: 054-667-5104
Opening hours: 10:00~19:00
Closed on Tuesdays and 3rd or 4th Monday
Car Park available
Custom-made cakes orders welcome!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Hamamatsu Brewery Shussejo Tokubetsu Junmai Homarefuji

The other day I had with my good Quebcquois friend, Jonathan Barnabe, to taste a brew by one of my favorite breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture, namely Hamamatsu Brewery!
Shussejo Tokubetsu Junmai Homarefuji!

I bought it for a few reasons:
It is so easy to find it in Shizuoka City.
The brewmaster is a lady!
It was a practical 300ml bottle, perfect for tasting together with a friend!

Rice: Homarefuji (Shizuoka Prefecture) 100%
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in February 2020

Clarity: very clear
Color: almost transparent
Aroma: dry, fruity, complex. pineapple, vanilla, wheat, flowers, almonds.
Tasting: slightly sirupy. dry and smooth attack. Very easy on the palate.
Complex. Plums, almonds, roasted nuts.
Lingers for a while before ending on a drier note with faint coffee beans.
Turns sllghtly drier with food.
Goes back quickly to initial state once away from food although mikan make an appearance.

Comments: both elegant and strong-minded sake! definitely for both genders who will have a great time opposing their views!
Great on its own. I actually tasted with my good friend in the afternoon!
dangerous as it disappears quickly! LOL

Recommended pairings: chocolate, cheese, fried potatoes.

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West Coast Brewing Beer Bar “12” in Shizuoka City!

From outside!

From the standing bar!

Service: very friendly and informative,. English and Spanish speaking staff on hand.
Equipment & Facilities: Spotless clean. Superb gender separated washrooms. Completely non-smoking.
Prices: reasonable to slightly expensive (Craft beers are never cheap! LOL)
Strong points: Own craft beers, regular and limited editions. Collaboration beers from time to time. Great craft beer explanations on hand! Beer bar food well above average.

“12”, the leading West Coast Brewing (Mochimune, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City) bar was moved to a new address on March 12th, 2020, to accommodate more faithful customers in a more spacious multi purpose locale almost next door to the smaller original bar behind Ogushi Shrine, not far from Shuzoka JR station in Koyamachi!

Friends of mine sitting at one of the live evenings space tables!

The present concept is vastly different and the accent is on space and comfort for all tastes!
There is a very long counter for those who prefer to stand and move according to the presence of friends!
There are tables of different sizes with comfortable sitting for more sedentary customers.

Plenty of sitting space in front of large bay windows which be left open in the better season!

A very long standing bar by Shizuoka City Standards!

And a luxury in Shizuoka City: an open air veranda!
You can be sure that for all my love of standing bars I will grab a seat there in the hotter season!

Big screens advertising beers on the taps!

For the canned beer lovers there is plenty to choose among beers and ciders from Seattle!

Do not worry, for the non beer drinking customers/friends there plenty indicated on a very practical menu book!

The craft beer part makes for great reading!
below is a sample of the craft beers i have recently tasted!

Star Watcher IPA!

White Wizard!

White Wizard explained!

Not Enough Bass!

Not Enough Bass explained!

Don’t worry, when I have more time I will come up with tasting article1

Now, when it comes to food, it is definitely well above average!
make sure to read the bilingual menu!

A favorite of mine: Fish and Chips with real fresh cod!

Between you and me, better than in Great Britain!

And from April top-class hamburger!
But this is for the next article!

Until then Cheers/Sante/Salute/Kampai!

“12” by WEST COAST BREWING

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi, 7-14,, Ogushi Bldg dai 2-102, 1F
Tel.: 054-2048188
Opening hours: 11:00~24:00 (Tuesday~Saturday), 11:00~2000 (Sunday)
Closed on Mondays
Free live concerts on Saturdays (note that they will be resumed after the Coronavirus Epidemics)
Credit Cards Ok
Parties welcome

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Eikun Brewery (Yui) Junmai Ginjo Muroka Nama Genshu (conducted at la Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

I have said it time and again, when it comes to tasting local sake I often do it In La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City in the company of Hiromi Hasegawa as it is cheaper and certainly more entertaining! That is at least for only a part of the vast array of nectars being brewed in this Prefecture! LOL

This time I tasted an Eikun Brewery (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Yui) sake with a very long name!
Eikun Junmai Ginjo Muroka nama Genshu, meaning a junmai ginjo which went through no modification ever!

Rice: Bizen Omachi (Okayama Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Yeast: Shizuoka yeast
Alcohol: ;17 degrees
Dryness: -2
Amino acids: 1.7
Bottled in March 2020

Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: discreet, dry fruity.
Green apple, flowers, pineapple

Tasting: Very fruity attack. Complex. Plums, raisins, flowers, almonds.
Very soft on the tongue in spite of its high alcohol contents. Stays longer on palate and tongue than usual. Finishes on a sweeter note with the appearance of melons.
Tends to turn drier with food with appearance of mikan, grapefruit and tamagoyaki.
Very complex, probably because of its nama/unpasteurized and muroka/unfiltered status.

Comments: very elegant, notwithstanding the fact it is nama genshu/unpasturized and no water blended.
Very easy to drink. Should please both genders at any time of afternoon or evening.
Might be best appreciated as a digetsif.

Recommended pairings: cheese, chocolate, marinated foods.

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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Shizuoka Shochu Tasting: Fuji takasago Brewery (Fujinomiya City) Coffee Spirits Takasago

Fuji Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City has for some time now venturing in making shochu out of the ordinary!

Their latest creation is anlend of fine rice lees and rice shochu and high quality coffee called Coffee spirits Takasago!

ingredients: rice shochu, rice lees shochu, coffee
Alcohol: 255
Contents: 500m
No 1302 (very limited edition!)

Tasting: strong and pleasant alcohol attack. beautiful dark black coffee.Roasted coffee beans, almost expresso coffee.
Alcohol pleasantly lingering on tongue and back of the mouth.
Tends to somewhat sweeten with the second sip.
lingers for a while before disappearing with a strong and pleasant dark coffee note at the back of the palate.
Strong and dry coffee attack with every new sip.

Comments: very dangerous shochu as it constantly invites/entices you to the next sip making you forget this is indeed a strong spirit!
Best appreciated on the rocks, but still very pleasant on its own at room temperature!
Easily becomes a bad habit. Can actually make for the perfct disgestif without a push coffee!

Recommended pairings: cheese, choclate, ice creams.

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Hatsukame Brewery (Okabe, Fujieda City) Daiginjo!

The other day I had the pleasure to be offered a bottle of rare and expensive sake by Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe, Fujieda City!
Hatsukame Daiginjo!

Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 45%
Alcohol: 16 degrees
Dryness: +5
Amino acids: 1.3
Bottled in March 2019

Clarity: very clear
Color: very faint golden hue
Aroma: discreet, dry, fruity. Faint pineapple, vanilla, melon, traces of nuts.
Tasting: Dry and fruity attack with strong alcohol backup.
pineapple, vanilla.
Lingers longe rthan expected on the palate before disappearing on a drier note.
Very elusive and elegant.
takes on a drier note with food with the appearance of nuts while staying very dry and probably disappearing faster than when drunk on its own.

Comments: extravagant! The more for it that despite its very elevated status beautifully accompanies food, a rarity for daiginjo!
Constantly calls for another sip while staying silky smooth on the tongue and palate.
A dangerous feeling as it can be appreciated at any time away from or with food!
Makes for the perfect aperitif as well as a enticing nightcap!

Recommended pairings: although it should marry well with more foods and dishes than expected , I particularly appreciated it with tomato salad, oysters, cold pasta and steamed fish.

A hint! The drink to enjoy with the perfect companion or on your own away from it all!

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American Bar Restaurant: Lunch at Paradiso in Minato Yokocho, Mochimune, Shizuoka Ciy!

Minato Yokocho front!

Service: kind and attentive if a bit shy (at first!)
Equipment & facilities: overall very clean. Shared but very clean and complete washroom.
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Great open hamburgers (“hambaagu” in Japanese!). Craft beers (although they tend to disappear quickly!)

Picture of the old Minato Yokocho!

Some time ago, CSA Real estate Co., actually based in Mochimune, among other projects took on to renew completely the old derelict Minato/harbor Yokocho/Alley to invite existing and new tenants to provide a much needed food and drinks site to the ever increasing number of tourists. Moreover, since bathers are rarer and rarer on the beach most shacks and bars have disappeared from the sea front it has become a natural spot to patronize as it caters for so many tastes and priorities!
I have already visited and written about a few places and will continue for some time!

This time I visited Paradiso!

Take your time and have a good look at the menu boards outside since it includes good pictures!
Lunch sets are a good bet and very reasonable!

Very simple but very clean settings including seats at tables and counter bar!

Craft beers on offer but they tend to change and disappear quickly! LOL
Night owls will find it very practical, too!

It was our first visit and that at lunch so we opted for almost the same set lunch!
Above is the Missus’ order: Wagyu (yes, you read it!) hambaaguu (Japanese style open hamburger)!
Ridiculously reasonable price at 1080 yen!

My own version!

But with two deep-fried prawns! For 1380 yen!

But don’t overlook the Kuroge/black hair wagyu gyusuji/tendon curry, the tako/octopus rice and fried food set lunch including prawns, oysters and fish! All accompanied with a small salad!

Can you guess what I will have next time? LOL

PARADISO

〒421-0122 shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Mochimune, 2-17-2, inside Minato Yokocho
Tel.: 090-5038-3479
Opening hours: 11:00~12:00, 17:00~22:00, closed on Mondays
Credit cards ok

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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

Hawaiian Bar Restaurant: Lunch at Sea Zoo in Minato Yokocho, Mochimune, Shizuoka Ciy!

Minato Yokocho front!

Service: kind and attentive if a bit shy (at first!)
Equipment & facilities: overall very clean. Shared but very clean and complete washroom.
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Hawaiian gastronomy, international gastronomy, craft beers.

Picture of the old Minato Yokocho!

Some time ago, CSA Real estate Co., actually based in Mochimune, among other projects took on to renew completely the old derelict Minato/harbor Yokocho/Alley to invite existing and new tenants to provide a much needed food and drinks site to the ever increasing number of tourists. Moreover, since bathers are rarer and rarer on the beach most shacks and bars have disappeared from the sea front it has become a natural spot to patronize as it caters for so many tastes and priorities!
I have already visited and written about a few places and will continue for some time!

This time I visited Sea Zoo!

I classified it as a Hawaiian bar restaurant, but I could have followed their own title of “Healthy Dining and Bar”!
And thanks to the new concept it is open all year round!

When open it has all kinds of board menu outside to peruse before entering!

Not only food for lunch and dinner but drinks of all kinds all day long!

Although it is also open in winter it definitely has a summer flavor about it!

And do not forget this also a bar! LOL

Definitely the place for craft beer lovers although all kinds of drinks are on offer!

Even at lunch I would not pass the opportunity to enjoy a tasty craft beer!

A la carte food changing all the time!

But the lunch sets are not only well above average but also so reasonably priced!

Set lunches are served with a “mini salad” which has not nothing “mini” about it!

Italian organic pasta in Peperocino style with sardine whiting/shirasu from Mochimune!

Healthy (no oil or water used!) coconuts chicken curry!

No risk of getting fat here, that is if you do not abuse the booze! LOL
But definitely a good bet anytime you visit Mochimune1

SEA ZOO

〒421-0122 shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Mochimune, 2-17-2, inside Minato Yokocho
Tel.: 090-4186-3737
Opening hours: 11:30~14:30, 17:00~?. Better phone first as holidays are irregular!
Cash only

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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

Italian Gastronomy: Winter-Spring Dinner at Soloio in Shizuoka City!

Service: Shy but so attentive!
Equipment & facilities: spotless clean. Superb washroom. Entirely non smoking.
Prices: reasonable to slightly expensive
Strong points: authentic Milanese cuisine with fresh products. Very inventive. Greta wines.

Beef carpaccio!

i don’t have to introduce Soloio again, arguably the best Italian restaurant in Shizuoka Prefecture!
So, what did we have?
As above picture, beef carpaccio! the beef comes from Okamura arm in Fujinomiya City!

Japanese wild boar terrine and home pickled vegetables!

Mushroom salad with mushrooms cultivated by Hasegawa Farm in Fuji City!

Sole/flatfish fritters!

Octopus and potato salad!

Very, very unusual Cacao tagliatelle!

Soloio’s specialty: black truffles risotto!

Ice cream and expresso!

See you there next time!

SOLOIO

〒420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenma Cho, 9-7
Tel: 054-260-4637
Opening hours: 16:00~23:00, Closed on Mondays
Credit cards OK

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French Bistro Cuisine: Dinner at Ninosa in Shizuoka City!

Service: Kind and attentive. Very informative, too!
Equipment & facilities: overall very clean. Excellent washroom.
Prices: reasonable~slightly expensive
Strong points: Inventive and seasonal French bistro style cuisine. Great products. Short but excellent wine list.

Ninosa, in spite of their well earned reputation suffered from their somewhat distant location until they moved last year t the newly developed and highly popular part of Hitoyoda Cho near Komagata Street.
Which means it can be crowded at lunch time!

Dinners are a better bet although it might be a good idea to reserve, especially on week-ends!

The other day we finally managed to visit the place for the first time since it moved to its present address!
Dinner menus are basically a la carte although you may have a full course if you agree on it in advance!
Mind you, I do prefer to explore the menu board for a better choice!

Their wine list, although short is very solid with reasonably-priced to expensive offerings as well as wine by the glass!

Scrumptious seasonal quiche coming as a-toshi with the first drink!

If you are two of you I recommend the assorted starters as it will allow to taste no less than five different starters offered independently on the menu!

Very unusual white asparaguses served luciolla squids and wild mountain vegetables!

Splendid beef stewed in black beer! A must!

Top class creme brulee with home-made caramel ice cream!

And coffee served as it should be!

Looking forward to our next visit!

NINOSA

〒420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Hitoyoda Cho, 2-5, 2sozosya Kinema Kan, 1F
Tel.: 054-251-3502
Opening Hours: 12:00~14:30, 18:00~22:00, closed on Wednesdays
Credit cards ok

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-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!
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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

Italian Trattoria Lunch at Terra Costa in Shizuoka City!

Service: kind, smiling attentive
Equipment and facilities: very clean overall. Excellent separate gender wwashroom. Car park
Prices: very reasonable
Strong points:
fine Italian style trattoria. Excellent local products. Large portions.

I must admit it was a surprise to find this uncomplicated, modest and above average Italian trattoria along the sea shore in South Shizuoka away from the crowds and even surprised to find it crowded!
If you go there for lunch make a point to reserve your seats (actually you will be offered a plate of fried potatoes for the effort! good hospitality!)!

They do have a long enough menu but before you check the other menu know that the best deal is to choose a “set menu” as in above picture!
If you are two, three of more you will be able to choose all different dishes to share together!
The three of us opted for the 1,630 yen (tax included) menu with an original ice tea, a starters plate and a choice of pizza, pasta and risotto each! Plus a choice of desserts and coffee!
Very reasonable when you consider the size of the portions!

Incidentally there is also an enormous set lunch for two at 3,700 ye, tax included for two persons!

Let me show the menus for complete perusal!

The pizza menu!

The Pasta menu, part 1!

The pasta part 2 and risotto menu!

The sweets and cakes menu!

Now, what did we share?

The plate of starters/antipasti misto!
This was the main reason we ended up with full stomachs at the end! Well above average and excellent fresh produce!

Quatro formaggio/four cheese pizza!

Crab tomato sauce spaghetti!

Porcini mushrooms cream risotto!

Chocolate cake, tiramisu and creme brulee for dessert!
And coffee to wash it down.
Pity we were driving, otherwise a glass of wine would have been welcome! LOL

TERRA COSTA

〒422-8034 Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Takamatsu, 3093-33
Tel.: 054-238-1126
Opening hours: 11:00~15:00, 18:00~23:00, 11:00~22:00 on Sundays
Credit cards OK
Car park

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Ice Creams and Fruit Parfaits at La Palette in Mochimune, Shizuoka City!

Service: Kind, smiling and attentive
Equipment: Spotless clean. Excellent washroom
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Fruit parfaits, ice creams and coffee! Terrace upstairs

For the past two years now Mochimune in Shizuoka City has literally been through a rebirth form its ashes of different era when people flocked to the beaches and seaside cafes and bars.
Now, very few people go to the beach but for hobby fishing and an occasional barbecue.
Mochimune had to reinvent itself. With the venue of a hot spring, some fine new bars and restaurants, a microbrewery and a whole complex of single floor hotels the city is completely changing and attracting an ever increasing flock of new tourists.

Count a 15~20 minutes walk from Mochimune JR Station, and although car parking is not difficult, some exercise will be welcome before you find the place along the street running parallel to the seafront!

Ice creams come into all kinds of favors but I particularly like their fruit parfaits!
Above is their classical double flavor ice cream balls topped with strawberries with black coffee!

Tiramisu style coffee ice cream, vanilla ice cream and nuts served with coffee!

By fine weather grab a seat on the second floor terrace to enjoy coffee, ice creams, or even wine and craft beer!

The last time we went there, that is on a sunny day near the end of the winter we enjoyed this beautiful seasonal fresh strawberries (cultivated in winter in Shizuoka) ice cream parfait!

For the sweet tooth away from the crowds!

LA PALETTE

〒421-0122 Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Mochimune, 4-21-12
Tel: 054-204-6911
Opening hours: 11:00~18:00
Closed on Thursdays (but better check as it does often open on such a day! Also beer, wine and snacks available!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sanwa Brewery Junmai Daiginjo!

Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shzuoka City is already producing standard 180ml bottles, but they have recently come up with a cute blue vase-shaped bottle. The Missus is impatiently waiting to use it as a small flower vase! LOL

For practical and esthetic reasons the “label” is used to seal the top!

You have to read it on both sides!

And on top!

Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in January 2020

Clarity: very clear
Color: very faint golden hue
Aroma: soft, fruity, discreet, pleasant. Faint pineapple and pears.

Tasting: soft attack warming up the palate. Junmai petillant. Dry and fruity. Pears.
Tends to spread all over the palate, almost aggressively with food in a complete transformation although flavors do not vanish!
Comes back to original state once away fro food, but with the appearance of coffee beans and mikan.
Will take an even drier turn with desserts.

Comments: very fine sake, arguably bets appreciated on its own as it tends to greatly vary with food, although thatin itself becomes a very interesting trait!

Recommended pairings: light food and s greens such as asparaguses and fresh oysters. otherwise would change too much!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: One Cup Series 16: Sanwa Brewery Garyubai junmai ginjo homarefuji, 120th Anniversary of Shimizu Port!

Finally Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City has joined the One Cup Sake Movement! LOL

They had many reasons to do beside the obvious business advantages.
First it became an opportunity to introduce the local mascot and remind people that Mount Fuji stands in Shizuoka Prefecture (and Yamanashi Prefecture! And certainly not in Kanagawa Prefecture or Tokyo!)!

It also commemorates the 120th Anniversary of the founding of modern times Shimizu Port!

This sake was made with locally grown Homare Fuji rice!

Rice: Homare Fuji (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 16 degrees
Bottled in December 2019

Clarity: very clear
Color: very light golden hue
Aroma: light, fruity, dry. Pears, pineapple, green apples

Tasting: strong dry attack backed with junmai petillant. Almonds, pineapple, nuts, oranges.
disappears quickly enough finishing on a very dry note.
Takes on a milder turn with food and nuttier with still a dry finish.
Drier almonds and oranges and junmai petillant making a strong comeback once away from food.

Comments: very dry and strong sake for a Garyubai by Sanwa Brewery.
Comparatively uncomplicated, solid, dependable sake.
Despite its high status of junmai ginjo a sake fit for any food, especially heavy or izakaya cuisine.

Recommended pairings: grilled meats, stews, nabemono, cheese.

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Oysters and Eels at Maisaka Maruma Kofukumaru in Maisaka, Hamamatsu City!

Car park for motorised visitors!

Service: shy but very welcoming and attentive
Equipment and facilities:
overall very clean if a bit rustic. Excellent washroom outside, better than expected considering their outlook.
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: top-class fresh oysters and eel! All local!

Entrance.

If you like oysters, especially fresh and eels, preferably local, Maisaka Maruma Kofukumaru (long name as they also add “Kakiya/Oyster Place” to it!) is the place!
A bit difficult to find, follow the Google Map link below for people who come by car. As for train travelers get off at Maisaka JR Station!

Mariners’ good luck charm?

The place!
It does not look much as it is owned by the local oyster and eel farmers!
Minimal decoration but scrumptious food!

The common toilets/washroom outside. Actually very clean and practical in spite of the rustic appearance!

If the place is busy (and it can be very busy on winter weekends!) a waiting room is there for you!

Very simple but very convivial!

Some customers do come after a long drive!

Interesting posters!

The official logos of the place!

Recommendations of the day!

More recommendations!

The menu, with photographs for better understanding!

Fresh oysters from nearby Hamana lake!

Actually steamed oysters are even better!

With authentic tradiitonal Japanese country food!

With light white miso and shellfish soup and Japanese pickles!

Mazegohan/mixed steamed rice!

Local eel lunch set!

Light broth soup and Japanese pickles!

Extremely reasonably priced local roiled eel on rice bowl!

Authentic. local, tasty and so healthy!
Definitely worth the long trip!

MAISAKA MARUMA KOFUKUMARU/舞阪マルマ 幸福丸

〒431-0211 Shizuoka Prefecture, hamamatsu City, Maisaka, 2621-114
Tel.: 053-592-2340
Opening hours: 10:00~16:00. Closed on Thursdays.
cash only

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Access by train: get off at Maisaka JR Station.

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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!
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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