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Gastronomic Destinations: Brunch at Coffee House Maki in Kyoto!

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Service: Smiling and very attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Overall very clean. excellent wahroom. Completely non-smoking on Sundays
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Morning/brunch sets/ sandwiches/fine coffees/take-outs.

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Coffee House Maki in Kyoto is an extremely popular cafe in Kyoto for many reasons. First of all,in my own biased opinion, it has successfully preserved its “Showa Era” atmosphere over the years to the point you definitely experienced a time slip every time you enter the establishment! Having lived 40 years in Japan it certainly brings back many memories!
interestingly enough the smoking half area (oh well….) consists of long sofas against the wall while the non-smoking half consists of tables and chairs.
Fortunately Sundays are completely non-smoking!

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Another reason is that they add seasonal sets on top of a an already long menu (for a cafe) and it is no wonder that the place is mainly, on weekdays that is, patronized by locals and regulars who all seemed to be known by name by the smiling staff!

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Incidentally, this is still a place where slow food is the name of the game, so do take your time!
As we had had no time for breakfast, we decided to order two different sets as brunches!
Dragon opted for the hot sandwich set!

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Served with salad and coffee!
Special for the coffee by the way! Dripped coffee of course!

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For all its apparent simplicity the hot sandwich was succulent ( I stole a portion of course!) with fluffy eggs and three more fillings!

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As for me, I ordered the “Chiri Kon Kan Dogu”, that is the Japanese for Chili con Carne Hot Dog!

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Simple enough again, but they make a point of creating their very own chili sauce and use locally grown vegetables!

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Just the right size and taste for breakfast or a light brunch!
Satisfying but not overfilling!
No wonder the place is always crowded!

COFFEE HOUSE MAKI

〒602-0822 Kyoto City, Jyoukyou Ku, Kawahara Cho, Imadegawa Agaru, Seityuu Cho, 211
〒602-0822 京都市上京区河原町今出川上ル清龍町211
Google map
Tel.: 075-222-2460
Opening hours: 08:30~19:00
Completely smoking on Sundays
HOMEPAGE

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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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Gastronomic Destinations: Dinner at Ikariya Shokudou in Kyoto!

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Service: Smiling and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: overall very clean. Small but excellent washroom
Prices: reasonable (for Kyoto)
Strong points: French and fusion bistro cuisine with a Japanese accent. Veranda in summer overlooking Kamo River

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Veranda seating.

We had been wishing to visit Ikariya Shokudou on our previous trips to Kyoto but every time it was full. At long last we somehow managed to get a table on the veranda by coming a bit later than usual on a week day

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They classify themselves as a bistro and I agree although I would prefer to say they are a typical Kyoto fusion bistro!

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Their bilingual menu is easy to read and in any case like in many establishments in that city the staff speaks enough English to make all customers comfortable!

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And they do have a reasonably-priced wine list!
naturally they cater for all kinds of drinks!

So, what did we have?

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Seasonal white-flesh fish carpacccio!

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Light and delicious five-mushroom terrine!

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Turbo shellfish gratin!

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Succulent duck confit and French lentils!

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Peperone scampi pasta!

A very reliable address in a too often overvalued city!

IKARIYA SHOKUDOU

〒600-8012 kyoto Fu, Kyoto City, Shimohara Ku, Mokuya Cho, Kuribashi Sagaru, Saito Cho, 138-2
〒600-8012 京都府京都市下京区 木屋町団栗橋下ル斎藤町138-2
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tel.: 075-276-2067
Opening hours: 17:00~24:00, Limited lunch sets on Saturday, Sunday and National Holidays
Reservations highly recommended
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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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Kyoto Craft beer: Kizakura Brewery-Kyoto Beer Brown Ale

Kizakura Brewery is on eof the most famous sake breweries in Kyoto and it does some craft beers among other products.
I had the occasion to taste one of them during a recent trip to that famed touristic spot!

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Produced in cans of 330 ml
Barley, barley roasted malt, hop, yeast
ABV: 9%
Filtered

Bubbles: long head, fine bubbles, light orange color
Deep orange color
Aroma: discreet. Bread, biscuits
Taste: Dry, refreshing, fruity attack.
Bread, biscuits, ginger bread, dry apricots.
Lingers just long enough for true tasting before departing on a soft and dry note with biscuits lingering on.
Varies little with food but for a softer note.

Overall: Refreshing, straightforward craft beer, better than a thirst quencher.
Drinks easily and deserves to be sampled.
For all dsasons, with a high alcohol contents which makes it worthwhile.

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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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Kyoto Sake Tasting: Kinoshita Brewery-Tamagawa Kounotori by Phillip Harper (conducted at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

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I don’t mind repeating it all the time but I prefer conducting sake tastings in the right environment but not many places are propitious for that exercise or willing to help.
But La Sommeliere in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City is certainly becoming a habit as not only I can conduct my tasting in the best conditions possible but also exchange views at the same time!

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But this time we conducted the tasting of a sake made faraway form Shizuoka Prefecture, namely from Kyoto!
The name of the Brewery is Kinoshita Brewery and the name of the sake is Tamagawa Kounotori.
Konoutori means Japanese crane and part of the sales of that particular brand goes to their preservation!

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The label on the bottle and its contents would be sufficient reasons to acquire but know it was created by the only foreign master brewer in Japan, namely Phillip Harper!
Do check this site for a short introduction of Phillip Harper who has become a household name in the closed word (but rapidly opening of late!) of sake brewers!

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Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice polished to 77%
Alcohol: 15~15.9 degrees
Yeast: Kinoshita Brewery yeast
Dryness: + 10
Acidity: 1.7
Amino acids: 1.5
Bottled in January 2015

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Clarity: very clear
Color: Golden
Aroma: Assertive. Dry and fruity. Sherry, oak and other woods, acorns
Body: fluid
Taste: Very dry, clear and neat attack backed by some petillant.
Complex. Nutty, chestnuts, dry apricots and persimmon with late hints of dry coffee beans.
Lingers on like a dry white wine or dry sherry contrary to most great sake.
many new facets tend to surge very late with further sips.

Overall: very intriguing sake.
At room temperature drinks like a dry sherry.
Very nutty. Lingers on inside palate for a surprising long time showing more facets.

Suggested pairings: Chilled with oysters and banya cauda
At room temperature with cheese, nuts chocolate.
Lukewarm or warm with himono/dried fish

Will please both genders but particularly ladies for its similarity to an elegant dry sherry.
Would surprise quite a few people if served at a party or dinner in glass with no explanation whatsoever!

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 (~20:00 on Sundays and Holidays)
Entirely non-smoking!

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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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Kyoto Cake and Confectionery Shops

Of course there are many cake and confectionery shops in Kyoto!
They can be roughly divided into French and Western Cakes Shops, Japanese Traditional wagashi Cakes Shops and Biscuits, Sweets and Senbei/Rice Crackers Shops.

Below is an example of each for a future report!
Good hunting!

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Tea House Lipton!

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French Eclairs with a twist!

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Fukuedo Japanese Cake Shop!

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Dango!

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Funa Hashiya rice Crackers Shop!

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Cute “Arare”!

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Sembei and nuts!

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Kyoto Sights: Post Office and Koban Police Box!

When in Kyoto you can either choose to visit the big touristic attractions or look for things out of thr ordinary!
here is a couple of sights that for all their cuteness are regularly ignored!

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Kyoto Gion Post Office!
Diificult to classify. Is it a retro style or just pure fantasy?

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It is almost incongruous in its neighborhood!

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Even a koban/district police box can be of artistic value!

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A mounted police officer of another era!

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

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Kyoto Dragons

I just love dragons!
There are not so many of note in Kyoto, but here is a small sample of what I discovered last week:

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Signboard at a cloth and accessories shop!

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Portal Dragon!

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For a closer view!

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Mural painting!

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Dragon water spout feeding a hand washing basin at Myoubensenten Shrine!

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Laughing or roaring?

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Surging forth out of nowhere!

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Back view!

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Small but ferocious!

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Carved wood Dragon at Toufuku Temple!

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Looks like a familiar pet!

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It certainly is not going to frighten many!

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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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