Category Archives: French gastronomy

Quiche Lorraine & Alsace Riesling Wine at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and smiling if a bit shy
Facilities & Equipment: Spotless clean. Beautiful washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Great range of reasonably-priced wines from all the world. Hig-class wines offered by the glass. Top Shizuoka Sake by the bottle or glass. Great bistro-style light food and local bakery breads.

La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City is fast acquiring a solid reputation not only for its wines and Shizuoka Sake, but also for its bistro-styles light meals!

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Hiromi Hasegawa/長谷川浩美さん Is now offering a home-baked Quiche Lorraine!
I saw it being done and I can tell you this is the real article!

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She presently serves cold or hot paired with an Alsace Riesling Wine!
This is all part of a new seasonal light meal pairing proposal:
1) Quiche Lorraine with French Alsace (1200 yen, 700 + 800 yen for separate orders)
2) Cassoulet with French Bordeaux Merlot (1300 yen, 800 + 800 yen for separate orders)
3) Trippa in tmato sauce with Italian Primitivo Wine from the Puglia region (1300 yen, 800 + 800 yen for separate orders)

I don’t have to tell you that more reports are the offing!

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This time the Alsace wine is a Riesling produced by GRAND C (12 degrees), bottled by Joseph Cattin in Vooegtlinshoffen.
A dry and fruity white Riesling perfect for seafood, fish, poultry and light food!

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I ordered my quiche hot!
Served with a carrot salad, it makes for a very satisfying light meal or snack at any time of the day and night!

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The quiche is really elegant and lighter than expected, a sure sign of quality and home-made authenticity!
The eggs and cream are perfectly balanced by the high quality bacon!

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And the crust, not that easy to make, is just perfect with the right thickness, lightness and taste thus contributing an important finish!

The ladies will love it!
Mind you, the gentlemen will surely be happy to enjoy such exquisite light traditional cuisine!

The other two sets coming soon!

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
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays
Entirely non-smoking!
FACEBOOK

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French Bistro Gastronomy: Dinner at La Table Du Boucher in Shizuoka City (November 2014)!

Service: Easy-going and attentive
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. Excellent washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Slightly expensive
Strong points: French Bistro specialties, especially meat! Doubles up as a wine bar!

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La Table du Boucher is fast becoming another hot spot in Takajyo Machi, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, an area already replete with many good establishments.
It serves French bistro-style dishes with an Italian note at times and it has the merit to double as a wine bar!
I visited it the other day for the third time to check on more of its menu!

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Beef carpaccio!

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The word “carpaccio” tends to be used for anything these days although it should apply to beef only!

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Botan prawn tartare!
Mind you, the word “tartare” should apply to horsemeat only!

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Sauteed sanma/Pacific saury!

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A French bistro classic!

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Onion gratin soup!

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Italian crab and tomato cream spaghetti to finish!

See you there again soon!

LA TABLE DU BOUCHER

420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-20-5-1 (near Hiyoshi Cho Shizutetsu line Station)
Opening hours: 18:00~23:00 (lunch on Saturday!)
Closed on Sundays and third Monday of the month.
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Entirely Non-smoking!

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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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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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French Cakes at Patisserie Le Teigner inn Shizuoka City!

It seems that Shizuoka City and Prefecture are definitely becoming famous for their cakes, especially French ones!

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After honing his craft at L’Etoile du Berger in Paris, Ludovic le Teigner from Guerande, Bretagne, France worked at Chef Patissier in no less than Pierre Herme in Paris before finally opening his own Patisserie in Shizuoka City on April 2nd of this very year!

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Kiwako Le Teigner, Ludovic Le Teigner and Megumi Matsushita!

Ludovic is so busy in spite of his wife and staff’s help that he will hire another French patissier next December!

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Pistachio and pavot cakes!

In such a short time he has already established a solid reputation with his sophisticated cakes varying with the seasons and his macarons.
He also offers splendid croissants and pains in chocolate, but you will to come early for the latter as they disappear before lunch!

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Myrtilles and Chocolate cakes!

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Shizuoka’s pride: Macha cakes!

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Exquisite macarons!

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Tentalizing!

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Expect cakes tasting reports soon!

Patisserie LE TEIGNER

420-0067 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Saiwai Cho, 10-1.
Tel.: 054-266-0067.
Opening hours: 10:00~9:00
Closed on Tuesdays!
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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
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Gastronomic Destinations: France-Bretagne (6): La Chope in Rennes City!

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Facilities & Equipment: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Very traditional Bretagne and France cuisines

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Rennes, the capital of Bretagne, is a major city in France but it has preserved its original cachet, making it a major venue for businessmen and tourists alike.
It is replete with traditional restaurants and bistros it would take too much time to enumerate!

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Founded in 1936, it is one still living most ancient bistros in the whole of the Bretagne Peninsula.
It is full any time of the day, any day of the week, and you definitely need to reserve!
WE liked it so much that we visited it twice during our three-day stay for dinner and lunch!
Just let me introduce what we had!

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Of course it serves real Bretagne cider!

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But don’t overlook the very reasonable wine list!

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There some fantastic bakeries in Bretagne, and you can expect exquisite bread!

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It is Bretagne, therefore the seafood is a must!
They serve one typical Bretagne version of a dish famous in Alsace: Choucroute de la Mer/Sea Choucroute!

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A lighter and definitely more elegant choucroute than the pork meats version, served with a white butter sauce!

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Although this particular dish was made famous in Belgium, it is also a must!

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Mussles!

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But Bretagne does also have great meats!
Steak tartare!

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Interesting way of preparing potato fries!

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Some tourists will feel at home with this stupendous open hamburger topped with foie gras!

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The simple but so succulent matured cheese assortment served with fig jam is another must at La Chope!

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If you must absolutely have a dessert go for the traditional ones!

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Creme brulee!

LA CHOPE
Rennes, 3 rue du Chalotais
Tel.: 0299793454
Reservations a must
HOMEPAGE

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
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French Dessert: Savarin at Patina in Shizuoka City!

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

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It has been some time since I visited one of my favorite cafe/bistro, namely Patina in Tenma-Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City. The chef and consequently the menu have changed and a check had been on the cards for some time!

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Among the noted changes, cakes are now in force and can even be taken out!
I still have to eat lunch and dinner again there but a cake and cappucino were just perfect on that afternoon!

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Tarte au citron and baked cheese cake!

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Apple tart and pistachio mousse tart!

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Tiramisu!

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But I ordered another cake with my cappucino!

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I definitely recommend Patina’s cappucino!

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Carefully designed as usual!

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Now, this savarin has a different design!

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Actually this new concept makes for an easier enjoyment!

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The savarin has been directly imbibed in white rum out of the oven inside its ramequin, then cooled down and coated with cream!

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Spoon it carefully!
Light and delicious!

I wonder what cake I will choose next time unless I have lunch!

Look forward to next report!

PATINA, Café & Bistro
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 17-9
Tel.: 054-266-9500
Opening hours: 11:00=22:00 (last orders, 21:30)
Lunch: 11:00~14:30
Dinner: 17:00~22:00
Closed on Mondays and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Take-out OK!
Parties welcome!

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

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
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Gastronomic Destinations: France-Bretagne (5): Baron Rouge in Rennes City!

Service: very friendly, smiling and easy-going
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking
Prices: Reasonable~slightly expensive
Strong points: Resolutely modern cuisine making great use of local products. Reasonable wine list. Beautiful decor

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We were lucky indeed to discover Le Baron Rouge Restaurant in a back street of Rennes just before they opened for lunch as it can be pretty crowded very quickly and coming later without a reservation is just hopeless!

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And they have the merit to clearly announce a daily-changing lunch menu!

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Artisanal bread is just top-class in Rennes!

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Veloute de radis noir et tempura de gambas/Black radish soup with scampi tempura!

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Couteaux ail persil et sa mousseline d’artichauts/Razor shells in garlic and parsley with its artichoke mousseline!

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Supreme de poulet, risotto aux champignons et chataignes, jus de volaille reduit tomate et persillade/Chicken fillet, mushrooms and chestnut risotto, poultry juices, tomato and parsley!

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Roule de sardines, concasse de tomates, olives, capres, pesto de salicorns, mousseline de carottes/sardine roll, concasse made of tomatoes, olives, salicorne pesto and its carrot mousseline!

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From another angle!

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A real regional dessert!

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fraiseset Chantilly vanillee/Strawberries with with vanilla chantilly!

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I just love the sugar presentation with the expresso!

LE BARON ROUGE

35000 Rennes, 17 rue du Chapitre
Tel.: 0299790809
Reservations recommended

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Gastronomic Destinations: France-Bretagne (4): Le Bar Iode in Quimper City!

Service: Friendly and easy-going
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. excellent washroom. Entirely non-smoking (but don’t stay near the entrance!
Prices: Reasonable~slightly expensive
Strong points: High-quality seafood. Good wine list. Modern gastronomy

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Le Bar Iode’s name is a pun as the word “bar” both means “bar” and Blackbass”!
It is a resolutely modern establishment combining bar and restaurant.
One can drink there almost all day, but diners should remember that last food orders are before 21:00!

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Lobster/homard salad!

Seafood is definitely their forte, and with the proximity of the sea, the crustaceans are especially top-class.
Bretagne vegetables being what they are, expect some great salads!

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They do come with some modern dishes such this succulent langoustines/gambas served fried with a chorizo sauce!
Use your bread! LOL

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We did arrive a bit too late to order all the dishes we wanted, but they still made the effort to serve this splendid assortment of smoked fish despite the closure of the kitchen and the departure of the chefs!

All in all, highly-recommended for a nice drink and a casual light meal!

Le Bar Iode
(Seafood Wine Bar)

29000 Quimper, 16, Quai du Steir
Tel.: 0298740607
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

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Gastronomic Destinations: France-Bretagne (3): Le Jardin d’Ete in Quimper City!

Service: Very friendly and informative
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. excellent separated washrooms. Entirely non-smoking
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Excellent set menus marrying products of the land and the sea. Excellent oysters and beautiful desserts.Excellent reasonably priced wine list. English spoken.

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Beautiful local oysters served with seaweed pearls!

In a city replete with crepe restaurants Le Jardin d’Ete provides a great escape to other Bretagne cuisine in a cosy interior in the old city!
To add to the decor customers seem to be of a very convivial sort!

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Oysters of course are a must but do try the fish and scallops gratin!

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Enormous scallops brochettes are a beauty, too!
Unpretentious, delicious and so generous!

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They do serve specialties from other regions such as home-made canard confit/preserved duck!
Absolutely tender and elegant!

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But keep an eye and a space for the desserts!

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Meringue and red fruit sauce and sorbet!

Although lunch is attractive enough, definitely a reliable address for dinner, but you had better reserve!

Restaurant Le Jardin D’Ete

15, rue du salle, Quimper, 29000
Tel.: 0298953300
Credit cards OK
Entirely non-smoking
Reservations recommended

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Must-see tasting websites:

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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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Gastronomic Destinations: France-Bretagne (2): Saturday Market in Rennes

Rennes in Bretagne is a big city and is considered the capital of the whole region!
It a big population to feed and a big market is held there every Saturday with more than 300 shops selling their wares indoors and outdoors!
It is definitely worth a slow visit!
Let’s have a look at what could be found during the last Saturday of August!

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Melons from Southern France!
Of course, not all products were local, but they were all French!

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Mirabelles from Lorraine!

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Nectarines from the Gard!

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Local vegetables!

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Garlic and echalottes!

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Bretagne is the biggest producer of artichokes!

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Black figs from the South!

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Watermelons from the South!

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Tomatoes!

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Celeriac!

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Lettuce!

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Olives from the South!

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Dried fruit!

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Pimentoes and paprika!

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Onions!

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Cauliflower!

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Broccoli and romanesco!

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Potimarron pumpkins!

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Bretagne was the first to grow strawberries domestically in the World in the 18th Century!

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More pumpkins!

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More pimentoes and paprikas!

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Wild cep mushrooms form the South!

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Wild chanterelles!

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Violet turnips, celeriac and frizzled cabbage!

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Cheese!

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Pork!

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More cheese!

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Quiches!

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More pork!

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Pizzas and pies!

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Terrines!

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Rabbit (center!)!

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Beef!

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Sausages!

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More terrines and sausages!

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More of the same!

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Chinese cuisine!

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Couscous!

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Local craft beers!

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Whole roasted chickens!

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Traditional bonbons!

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Incredible cheese!

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Local traditional jams!

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Traditional confectioner in Breton costume!

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Beignets!

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Candied fruit!

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Looked so delicious!

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Rock crabs!
More than half of Bretagne is washed by the sea!

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Busy stand!

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Lobsters!

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Mussles!

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Seafood galore!

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Pumpkins and zucchini of all shapes!

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Beautiful eggplants!

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Fish galore!

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Crabs and lobsters!

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More cheese!
So elegant!

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Escargots!

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Bio bread!

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Street music!

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Succulent plants! Not for food!

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More succulent plants!

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Cacti!

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Traditional Breton cakes!

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And radishes to take away!
Mind you there also a lot of flowers on sale!

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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
-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

Gastronomic Destinations: France-Bretagne (1): An Disquiz in Quimper City

Service: Very friendly
Equipment & facilities: Correct cleanliness. Basic washroom. Entirely non-smking
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Great variety of galettes and crepes. Cidre/Cider

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Great local cider served in bolees/bowls!

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Local andouillette galette!
An Disquiz (“the place to relax in”) offers an enormous array of buckwheat galettes both salted and sweet called ble noir/black wheat/buckwheat and sweet crepes.
The interior is intriguing and cute.
Excellent for lunch

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Country-style galette!

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Sweet apple buckwheat galette!

AN DISQUIZ

12, Rue Freron, Quimper, 29000
Tel.: 0298955570
Reservation recommended
Entirely non-smoking

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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
-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

From my Recipe Book: Stuffed Zucchini!

I always check the Agriroad Market in Miwa, Shizuoka City, where they sell products grown by local farmers’ wives and I have a weak spot for those enormous round yellow zucchinis!
The other day as I had a little more time than the Missus I prepared dinner and cooked us a stuffed zucchini!

I would have needed both of my hands to circle it completely!

Although it looked plain and seedless, it actually contained many soft large seeds inside.
I scooped all the inside with a sharp spoon first.

Once I had emptied the zucchini of its seeds there was not much left of its flesh which suited me fine as I didn’t want the vegetable to have too thick walls before cooking it.
I chopped whatever was left finely.

I also finely chopped 1/4 of a medium-large onion, 1/4 of a medium-sized carrot and two big cloves of garlic.

I fried the finely chopped vegetables in some olive oil until they had lost most of their water.
I used about 250 g of minced pork and beef mixture, 2 very full teaspoons of freshly grated parmegiano cheese and plenty of fresh basil leaves from my balcony.
I first thoroughly mixed the meat with the vegetables and cheese seasoned with coarsely ground pepper and hot spices. No need for salt as there was enough in the cheese (and the bacon later!). Mind you, this is where you can play with spices, herbes and salt according to your preferences!

I first lined the whole inside of the zucchini with soft bacon.

I lined the bottom half with basil leaves.

I stuffed the bottom half with the meat filling and lined the top half of the zucchini with more basil leaves.

I finally filled the zucchini with the rest of the meat.
I tapped the meat until I was sure there was no air pockets inside.

I topped it with its “hat”, sprinkled olive oil all over it and baked it in the oven first for 20 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

That is how it came out first. The meat was still raw inside.
Next I put it back with the hat off for 15 more minutes into the oven at 200 degrees Celsius.

Only then it was properly cooked and ready to be eaten!

This two-step method will insure that whole is properly cooked but full of juices!

We had enough for our main dish for two the other night night!

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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
-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

From My Recipe Book: Mango Curry Cream Sauce Prawns and Scallops with Wild Rice

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Here is a simple recipe of mine (yes, I do sometimes cook for the Missus! LOL) I have wanted to introduce for a long time. It calls for reasonably easy to find ingredients in many parts of the World. It is of course open to many variations!

Ingredients: For 2 people

-Fresh or frozen scallops: 12
-Medium-size prawns: 12
-Broccoli or Romanesco: 12 “flowers”
-Basil leaves: 12
-finely chopped red and yellow pimento: 4 large tablespoons
-Wild rice: 1 cup (200 cc)
-1 large mango: cut in small cubes
-Lemon juice: 1 large tablespoon
-Fresh cream: 1 cup (200 cc)
-White wine a quarter of a cup (50 cc)
-Chopped Shallots: 1 large
-Chopped garlic: 1 clove
-Curry mix powder (or paste) 2 large tablespoons
-Salt, pepper (and spices to taste)
-White Butter: 1 large tablespoon
-Chicken stock: half a cup (100cc)
-Olive oil: 2 large tablespoon

Recipe:

-Cook the wild rice in lightly salted water for at least 20 minutes.
Drain water completely. Add butter and chicken stock and cook on a medium fire until you are satisfied with the consistency of the rice. Keep warm

-Prepare sauce:
Pour olive oil inside a large saucepan over a medium fire. Drop in shallots and garlic and fry until shallots become translucent. Add wine, mango, curry powder and fresh cream. let cook for a few minutes, mashing mango from time to time.
While doing this, first boil Romanesco broccoli in slightly salted water until tender enough ( a couple of minutes). Drain and keep warm.
In a fry pan pour a little olive oil. Fry prawns, then scallops (season with just a little salt and pepper) long enough to cook the outside but leaving the inside almost raw. They will be more tender for them. Keep warm.
-Sieve the sauce for smoothness and getting rid of unwanted fibers.
Add chopped pimentoes and basil laves, heating the sauce over a small fire for a couple of minutes.
Season the sauce with salt, pepper and spices to taste.

On a large plate (that you would have kept warm inside the oven!), place the scallops, prawns and broccoli alternatively in a crown.
Pour plenty of sauce all over.
Finally transfer the wild rice in the middle for good effect!

Enjoy!

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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
-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

From My Recipe Book: Cream Sauce Prawns & Potato Pagoda

Recently I’ve been digging in my cooking books & notes and dug out some easy recipes!
Here we go!

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Frankly speaking, I was stumped by how to call this simple, healthy but fulfilling home-made recipe reminiscent of the Curry Sauce Mango Prawns and Scallops recipe I posted a couple of days ago!
Lauren would probably have kicked if I had called it “Prawns and Potatoes Sandwich in Cream Sauce”! LOL
As with other recipes, it can be multiplied into many variations. Vegetarians can replace the prawns with boiled cauliflower and Broccoli for example!

Ingredients (for 2 people/large appetites!):

Small -medium prawns: 18 without their shells and kept in a little lemon juice
Potatoes: 4 medium-large
Courgette/Zucchini: 1 small cut in thin strips (at least 9 or 10. See pic above)
Eringi Mushrooms or substitute: 2 large cut in thin strips (at least 9 or 10. See pic above)
Fresh dill (for decoration)
Fresh sweet basil (for topping)
Sauce:
Shallots: 1 large, finely chopped
Garlic: 1 large clove, finely chopped
Red, yellow, green pimento: 2 large tablespoons of each, finely chopped
Fresh Cream: 1 cup (200 cc)
White wine: 1 quarter of a cup (50 CC)
Olive oil
Lemon juice: 1 lemon
Salt, pepper, nutmeg, chili pepper (the last to taste). You can make it Indian by using curry mix powder.

Recipe:
Organize yourself so as to have everything on hand and ready from the beginning!
You will need at least two frying pans and one deep pan.

-Cut potatoes as thin as possible. The thinner, the better. Also keep in mind you have to make 6 “pancakes”. Wash them. Take all water off them with a clean cloth or kitchen paper. Add a little salt, pepper, nutmeg and chili pepper (last one can be discarded) to them in a bowl.
-Pour a little olive oil in one non-stick frying pan. On a medium-large fire wait until oil is hot enough and form a “pancake with potato slices. The trick is that no space should be left between potatoes and at the same time avoiding two sliced to cover each other completely. Wait until potatoes have cooked enough to stick together (“help” them if necessary by pressing them). Turn them over and cook the other side to a nice crispy light brown. Continue until you have obtained 6 “pancakes”. Keep warm.
-While the potatoes cook, fry first zucchini then eringi mushrooms in a little olive oil until tender to taste. Add a (very) little salt to them while cooking. Keep warm.
-Sauce: In a deep pan, pour 3 large tablespoon of olive oil, heat oil over medium fire. Fry shallots and garlic. When shallots have become translucent, add wine, fresh cream, lemon juice, salt, pepper, nutmeg and other spices. Take it easy with salt and spice at first. You can always rectify later. Let cook for a few minutes. Sieve sauce, add chopped pimento and cook for a good 5 minutes on a medium fire. Lower fire if it boils.
-Fry prawns in a little olive oil until only their centers are still a little raw. If you cook them any longer, they will harden up.

On a large plate you had kept hot in the oven, first place one potato pancake then 3 prawns on top. Repeat the operation twice more to obtain the “pagoda” or “Sandwich” shape. Place alternatively zucchini and eringi around to form a crown. With a large tablespoon scoop up the pimento out of the sauce and pile them on top of the Pagoda. Pour the sauce on the vegetables around the Pagoda. Decorate with plenty of fresh dill around and sweet basil leaves on top as shown on pic above.

Serve with a dry white wine or Pilsner type beer. Non-drinkers could drink a nice fresh lemonade (real one!) with it!

Enjoy!

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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
-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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French Recipe: Caviar d’Aubergines-Eggplant Paste!

Summer is a season for fresh eggplants (aubergines in French and British English) aplenty and this seemingly modest vegetable can be easily turned into an elegant and sophisticated dish, appetizer or a finishing touch for a multitude of dishes.
This is the basic recipe of a French I was wolfing down every summer back home that is so easy to reproduce even here in Japan!
This is the basic recipe for Caviar d’Aubergines or Eggplant Paste that you can transform and expand on at will!

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Eggplants: 6 (only 3 shown in picture for lack of space!)
Fresh garlic: 2 cloves (reduce if you are not too keen on garlic taste. Can be replaced with fresh red chili peppers)
Rosemary: a small sprig (can be ignored or replaced with another fresh herb)
A few black olives (not on the picture above). Use spicy ones if you like your food so.
Lemon: 1:2 Important as it will preserve the color and the food!
Salt
Black pepper
Optional spices
High quality olive oil

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Cut the eggplants/aubergines in halves and grill them until their inner surface gets dark.
Do it in two batches if necessary.

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Cut garlic cloves in halves and take out the central green core. Important as that particular part is indigestible!

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Crush and chop garlic as finely as possible.
Chop rosemary as fine as possible.
Can be done with a blender.
If using a blender use it for the above first as the eggplants may not be blended too long or they will becone a running paste!

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Chop the black olives as finely as possible. Do not blend.

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Once the eggplants/aubergines are properly cooked, scoop the flesh with a spoon.
Discard any long dry filaments or burned skin.

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Drop the eggplant/aubergine flesh, garlic, rosemary, and black olives into a bowl.
Add lemon juice, a little salt (you can rectify the seasoning later!), black pepper.
Mix roughly.
Add olive oil little by little and whisk to form a kind of mayonnaise (without eggs?).
Taste regularly to check if you have poured in enough olive oil.
Rectify seasoning with salt, pepper, and spices if deemed necessary.
Blend a few seconds if you wish to obtain a smoother paste, but do be easy with the blender. Hand work is definetly recommended!

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Some like to eat lukewarm especially if you add it immediately to another dish, but I prefer to preserve it in the fridge for snacks and appetizers!

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I like it best on a toasted piece of superior bread!

You can add the caviar d’aubergines to many dishes as a finishing touch such as ratatouille, pizzas, sandwiches, hamburgers, eggs mimosa, carpaccio.
Suggestion: prepare very fresh white flesh fish cut into thin slices. Apply a thin layer of caviar d’aubergine on them, roll them and secure them with toothpicks to be served as tapas!
Best enjoyed with a solid re wine or a great craft beer!

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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!
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

Classic Cakes by Takuya Hanai at HANAI(1): Ginger & Lime Mousse Tart!

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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I used to conduct tasting of Takuya Hanai/花井拓也さん at his former shop, Taky’s.
It is only natural that I start again with his cakes at his new shop, Hanai Salon de The!

This first tasting concerns a new creation to me: Ginger and Lime Mousse tart!

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It is not only remarkable for its simple beauty, but also for the marriage both in taste and bite of the various ingredients, making it a sublime cake to be best savored in the afternoon with a cup of strong coffee or tea!

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The ginger mousse is very much a Japanese approach with just enough sweetness and tang enhanced by the thin layer of lime jelly!
The solid but tender marzipan under the mousse provides the perfect transition to the crispy pate sablee!
If I didn’t have good manners, or if I were at home, I would just take this tart between three fingers and bite through it!

To be followed (naturally!)…

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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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