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American Gastronomy: Crazy Double Decker at Tequila’s Diner in Shizuoka City!

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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I was long due for a visit to a favorite hamburger diner of mine in Shizuoka City, namely Tequila’s Diner, especially it had gone through a couple of welcome changes!

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The small terrace has been renovated into a small wooden lodge!
I’m all the happier for it as this is my favorite spot, even in winter!

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And now it is open every day of the week!

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I just love to eat away from the smoke and with a view on the street!

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What was on the menu?

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I was really hungry and since it had been a long time i chose a little folly: Crazy Double Decker!

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Yummy craziness!

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Front view!

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Side view!

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Double fried egg!

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Double home-made bacon!

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Double patty and double sliced cheddar cheese!

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Incidentally the patties are some insipid and spongy things, but knife-chopped Shizuoka beef with a superb bite!
Meat in hamburgers should be chewed, not gulped down!
Difficult to beat!

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Yes, I ate everything and I already what I’m going to order next time!

TEQUILA’S DINER
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

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Yaizu Burgers at Bakery Kiosk in Yaizu JR Station! Part 1

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Yaizu slider!

Service: Smiling and kind
Facilities & Equipment: Overall very clean. Non smoking
Prices: Reasonable:
Strong points: Local ingredients!

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What’s that billboard on the first floor of Yaizu City JR Station South exit?

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BAKERY KIOSK?

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Advertising local food?

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Yaizu City being a major fishing harbor it is only normal that local shops come up with some interesting ideas using local seafood!

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This is also very tempting but that will for the next time (very soon!)!

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You can eat inside in a no smoking environment! Really appreciated!

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Among 3 different burgers I decided to choose for the day: Maguro Katsu Burger/Deep-fried Tuna Burger/Japanesestyle slider!

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Maguro Menchi Burger/ Minced tuna burgers!

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My order!

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Maguro Menchi Burger ingredienst clearly indicated!

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Both traditional and unusual!

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I had a good look at the simple ingredients before biting into the whole thing!

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Very tasty and healthy, lighter than I expected but fulfilling!

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The Japanese-style slider inside a very solid cellophane paper wrapper. Very safe for transport!
The shop will heat them first if you want to eat them on site!

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All ingredients very precisely indicated whatever the product!

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Yummy deep-fried tuna inside!

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As good as meat!

See you there next time for the other items!

BAKERY KIOSK
Yaizu City JR Station, South Exit, 2F, right hand side
Opening hours: 07:30~20:30

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Avocado & Cheddar Cheese Hamburger at BLUE BOOKS cafe in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Very friendly, smiling and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Superb washroom in same building separated from the cafe.
Prices: Reasonable for such big servings!
Strong points: Very generous cafe/bistro multi-genred gastronomy. Great variety. Great products. Entirely non-smoking in very modern atmosphere. Great books!

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there was still one basic hamburger I hadn’t put my teeth for lunch on at BLUE BOOKS cafe in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City: Avocado & Cheddar Cheese Hamburger!

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Simple enough in concept it still made for quite some volume!

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What I like about their hamburgers is the inclusion of plenty of leafy greens!
After all it is a whole meal!

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Big tomato slice for great balance both in design and ingredients!

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Thinly sliced avocado for easy eating!

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Thick slice of cheddar cheese directly atop the beef patty!

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They take time and care to prepare and cook the beef patties!

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more greens with the lunch set! Much appreciated!

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And coffee to wash it all down!

I’m afraid I’ll have to wait for a while till the next report as I have tried everything on the regularly changed menu!

BLUE BOOKS cafe
420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki-Cho, 4-6, Den Bldg 1F (5~10 minutes walk straight ahead from Shizuoka JR Station North Exit, around the corner at the large crossroads)
Tel.: 054-280-7644
Opening hours: 11:00~14:30 (lunch), 14:30^17:30 (cafe), 17:30~23:00 (dinner)
Entirely non-smoking!
Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE
FACEBOOK
Twitter: @BlueBooksCafe

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Blue Cheese and pineapple Hamburger Lunch at BLUE BOOKS cafe in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Very friendly, smiling and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Superb washroom in same building separated from the cafe.
Prices: Reasonable for such big servings!
Strong points: Very generous cafe/bistro multi-genred gastronomy. Great variety. Great products. Entirely non-smoking in very modern atmosphere. Great books!

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It seems I can’t keep away from Hamburgers these days in spite of my being French!
So the other I felt compelled to check the menu at BLUE BOOKS cafe in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, again!

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Now, what did I order?
Blue Cheese and Pineapple Hamburger Lunch Set!

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AS usual extra lettuce for good balance!

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The Blue Cheese and Pineapple Hamburger!

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For a closer look of the hamburger!

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I love the way they secure the whole edifice wit a wooden stick bearing their name!

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These hamburgers are always so well balanced! Plenty of lettuce again!

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And fresh tomato!

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Now, this is true blue cheese, piquant and tasty with salt of the cheese compensated by the sweetness of the fried pineapple ring!

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And succulent high class beef, with a good bite!

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And plenty of French (Belgian) fries!

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And a pot of tea served as it should be to wash it all done!

See you again there!

BLUE BOOKS cafe
420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki-Cho, 4-6, Den Bldg 1F (5~10 minutes walk straight ahead from Shizuoka JR Station North Exit, around the corner at the large crossroads)
Tel.: 054-280-7644
Opening hours: 11:00~14:30 (lunch), 14:30^17:30 (cafe), 17:30~23:00 (dinner)
Entirely non-smoking!

Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE
FACEBOOK
Twitter: @BlueBooksCafe

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Fish Hamburger (Marlin Tuna & Tartar Sauce) at BLUE BOOKS cafe in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Very friendly, smiling and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Superb washroom in same building separated from the cafe.
Prices: Reasonable for such big servings!
Strong points: Very generous cafe/bistro multi-genred gastronomy. Great variety. Great products. Entirely non-smoking in very modern atmosphere. Great books!

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I got very hungry after lunch time after I had to report about gastronomic a research and demonstration held by members of the Wasabi Kai (report coming soon!) without properly eating, so I decided to do my own “research” in the hamburger menu at newly opened BLUE BOOKS cafe where I already have enjoyed their Foe Gras Hamburger.
There are 5 basic hamburgers and a possibility of adding more ingredients. I’m actually planning to ask for a combination of mine soon!
Anyway this time I was craving for fish so I couldn’t help ordering the fish and tartar sauce hamburger!
Since it is made with a slice of marlin tuna, all the better!

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The Fish Hamburger!
Now, what do we have?

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A glass of red pinot noir wine!

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The fish burger!

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Plenty of French (they are Belgian, actually!) fries. Tomato sauce and soft mustard are provided!

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Let’s check what’s in between the great buns!

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But before that you will have to pull out the BLUE BOOKS cafe stick!

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Plenty of lettuce for great balance!

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Tomato slice and thinly sliced onion!

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Plenty of tartar sauce full of herbs!

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The marlin tuna slice cooked on a grill!

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Great attention shown: The bottom bun half is soaked with the grilled fish juices!
And the fish is just perfect with a great bite, just as good as meat!

Who said that hamburgers are not healthy? LOL

More soon!

BLUE BOOKS cafe
420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den Bldg 1F (5~10 minutes walk straight ahead from Shizuoka JR Station North Exit, around the corner at the large crossroads)
Tel.: 054-280-7644
Opening hours: 11:00~14:30 (lunch), 14:30^17:30 (cafe), 17:30~23:00 (dinner)
Entirely non-smoking!

Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE
FACEBOOK
Twitter: @BlueBooksCafe

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Foie Gras Hamburger Lunch at BLUE BOOKS cafe in Shizuoka City!

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The love story between America, Japan anf France continues!

Service: Very friendly, smiling and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Superb washroom in same building separated from the cafe.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Very generous cafe/bistro multi-genred gastronomy. Great variety. Great products. Entirely non-smoking in very modern atmosphere. Great books!

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Very busy on opening day in spite of Typhoon No 27!

The center of Shizuoka City is definitely taking a big turn towards modernity with a completely renovated Den Building in Aoi Ku 5-10 minutes straight walk from the Shizuoka JR Station!

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Entrance sign from indoors.

Taita Company opened its new venture of the first floor of Den building with a vast cafe cum book store with the name of Blue Books Cafe. This the 19th different restaurant or cafe (to which must be added 6 more stores) although the company has succeeded to conceive them all in different genres.

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It is both a cafe restaurant for lunch, a cafe in the afternoon and a restaurant in the evening although you could easily combine two of them as you are welcome to stay as long as you want for a drink.
It also doubles up as a multi-genred bookstore of a higher level.

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The books also make for great decoration!

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One can choose (if available) a spot of his/her choosing for maximum enjoyment.

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There is also a comfortable entrance/exit linking to the rest of the building and its shops!

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Take a seat near the kitchen and bar if you are interested in the workings of the place!

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Great decorations hanging on the red brick wall!

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The menu is pretty large for lunch and is written in English (with very few typos!)!

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Since it was my first visit I decided to have a go at one of the best offerings: Foie Gras Poele (not “poire” which means “pear”! LOL) and Berry sauce Burger!

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Fresh leaves salad and drink included!

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A real beauty. don’t you think? And really big!
At 17 US $ ridiculously cheap!

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Home-made grilled hamburger steak with superior beef!

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Real foie gras separately poeled/sauteed with a beautiful cranberry sauce and real cranberries! Top American gastronomy (with a French touch!)!

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Plenty of absolutely fresh vegetables!

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Plenty of chips!

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Even the buns are worth the visit!

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Great attention to details!

More articles coming soon as I will have to survey cafe and dinner time as soon as possible!

BLUE BOOKS cafe
420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den Bldg 1F (5~10 minutes walk straight ahead from Shizuoka JR Station North Exit, around the corner at the large crossroads)
Tel.: 054-280-7644
Opening hours: 11:00~14:30 (lunch), 14:30^17:30 (cafe), 17:30~23:00 (dinner)
Entirely non-smoking!

Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE
FACEBOOK
Twitter: @BlueBooksCafe

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Japanese Gastronomy: Juicy Hamburger Recipe-Nikujiru Afureru Hanbaagu-肉汁あふれるハンバーグ

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The Japanese make a clear distinction between hamburgers served sandwiched between buns or bread and open hamburgers.

They call the American variety served between buns “hanbaaga” whereas minced meat steaks (stak hache in French) “hanbaagu”! Very little diffrenec in pronuciation but big difference in concept and serving!

Moreover the Japanese like their “hanbaagu” as “juicy” as possible, which explains why so many people prefer the open hamburgers in this country.
Here is a slightly off the beaten tracks recipe which should please those who like their favorite food soft and juicy!

Bear in mind that I leave the quantities open to allow for personal priorities. This is only the basic recipe left open to many variations!

INGREDIENTS:

Finely ground meat: preferably a mixture of beef and pork. Beef only is fine (for hallal and kosher cuisinesin particular)!
Finely chopped onion
Salt
Black pepper
Nutmeg
Breadcrumbs/panko
Milk (replace with light beef stock for kosher cuisine)
Eggs
Butter (skip or use fake butter for kosher cuisine)
Balsamico vinegar
Optional spices: Chili pepper, etc.
Optional vegetables: finely chopped vegetables (garlic, carrits, etc.) to be added to chopped onion

RECIPE:

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Right away this recipe differs from more conventional ones:
On a cold frying pan drop finely chopped onion. Pour oil over the onion (not before dropping the onion in the frying pan) and stir-fry over low fire. This will allow oil to coat onion and prevent the taste to escape! Fry onion until they have become soft and transparent.
Let the onion cool completely first!

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In a bowl drop the meat and add salt. Mix the salt in with a spatula.
Do not use your fingers! Otherwise the fat inside the meat will liquefy.

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Mix the salt and meat until the meat attains a paste aspect. This requires some effort but this is one the keys for a juicy and soft “hanbaagu”!

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Once you have achieved a paste form add onion, bredacrumbs, egg, milk, black pepper and mix well.
This time mix by hand! You should obtain a very sticky mixture than.

Note: as for salt added to the meat, the right amount is 0.8 % of the meat weight. This is the best amount to help control the amount of of water inside all ingredients. Too much salt and the meat will become watery. Not enough salt and the meat will dry down. A bit complicated, I understand! Actually this the amount of salt found inside a human body!

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On a cold frying pan pour some oil. Deposit the hanbaagu over the oil and fry over a low fire.
A hot fire will mean a hard surface and a raw inside! Moreover the water contained inside the meat will escape and break the hanbaagu.
This is another important key to a juicy hanbaagu!

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Do not put a lid over the meat! Other wise the temperature will rise too quickly and the hanbaagu will end flat!
Sponge off the first liquid coming out of the meat with kitchen paper as shown above.
When the bottom face has been properly cooked turn over and again sponge off any liquid coming out.

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As an indication, once more than half of the meat has turned whitish it means that the bottom face is properly cooked. At this time turn the hanbaagu over.

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It will take 12~13 minutes to cook the hanbaagu properly on both faces. When yo see some transparent juices seeping out the meat will have been cooked properly.

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Take hanbaagu off the frying pan.
Add balsamico vinegar to the juices and reduce until half of it over a medium fire.
Add salt then if necessary.
Mix in some butter to liaise the sauce.
Place the hanbaagu over the sauce and coat both sides/faces and serve immediately with the rest of the sauce poured over the meat.

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When you cut the hanbaagu it should be soft and well cooked but juices should not run out. But you bite it you will then be able to taste the juices inside the meat!

Bon appetit!

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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, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-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