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Hot Springs Spa Resorts in Shizuoka Prefecture: Yoshiharu Hotel in Izu Peninsula! 3: Breakfast

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Service: Smiling and attentive
Facilities & Equipment: Traditional and ancient, partly renovated, but extremely clean. Great washrooms. Spacious lobby with free coffee et al.
Prices: Appropriate to expensive. Cheaper on weekdays and in low seasons.
Strong points: Great baths overall. Private outdoors bath in rooms. Local gastronomy with local products.

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Japanese breakfasts in Japanese hotels, hot springs spa hotels in particl\aular, are so enormous!
They do make sure not only that you enjoy this important meal of the day but that you are well-fed for a long time to be during your coming trip!

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Your breakfast will always include plenty of freshly steamed rice, dry seaweed/nori, onsen tamago/soft-boile egg cooked in hot springs water, raw seaweed, and green tea (especially in Shizuoka)!

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Then it will depend on the products of the region.
In Shizuoka you can expect dry shirasu/sardine whitings, wasabi zuke/pickles made of wasabi stems and leaves and Japanese sake white lees, chawan mushi/Japanese steamed salty pudding, and mentaiko (not from Shizuoka!)!

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Hot pot with tofu and mushrooms!
That alone will please guests who do not wish to eat meat or fish!

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Fish is also a must!
Above is “himono/sun-dried fish” which had been grilled before serving.
Did you know that Shizuoka Prefecture produces as much as half of all himono in Japan?

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And of course steamed local vegetables served with gomadare/sesame seeds dressing!

What a healthy way to start the day!

YOSHIHARU HOTEL
Izu No Kuni City, Nagaoka, 989-10
Get down at Izu Nagaoka Station along the Izu Hakone Railway Line (leaving form Mishima City). Take a taxi (under 1,000 yen)
Tel.: 055-948-1212
Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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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!
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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Hot Springs Spa Resorts in Shizuoka Prefecture: Yoshiharu Hotel in Izu Peninsula! 2: Dinner

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Service: Smiling and attentive
Facilities & Equipment: Traditional and ancient, partly renovated, but extremely clean. Great washrooms. Spacious lobby with free coffee et al.
Prices: Appropriate to expensive. Cheaper on weekdays and in low seasons.
Strong points: Great baths overall. Private outdoors bath in rooms. Local gastronomy with local products.

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Right from the beginning of a very pleasant dinner one understands that Yoshiharu Hotel does make an effort to use local products as much as possible!
Mind you, it is not too difficult when you know the wealth of the land and the nearby seashores!

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No, this is not the main dish, but the main appetizers!

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Salmon, salmon roe and grated Japanese yam.

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Marinated scabbard fish.

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White-flesh fish sashimi, sweet shrimp and raw cuttle fish.

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A general view also featuring a small cup of umeshu/Japanese plum wine, and portable hot pot.

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Local Fuji no Kuni Pork!

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Scallops balls!

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Stewed persimmon, gingko nuts, deep-fried kabocha, shrimp caviar, yam, fried rice talks and vegetable tofu!

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Deep-fried scabbard fish.

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Oyster rice!

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Shark fin and egg soup.

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Pork cooking in its pot!

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Home-made pickles.

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Red miso soup with scallops balls.

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The stewed pork with vegetables and red miso is ready!

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Home-made sorbet!

See you at breakfast next!

YOSHIHARU HOTEL
Izu No Kuni City, Nagaoka, 989-10
Get down at Izu Nagaoka Station along the Izu Hakone Railway Line (leaving form Mishima City). Take a taxi (under 1,000 yen)
Tel.: 055-948-1212
Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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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!
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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Hot Springs Spa Resorts in Shizuoka Prefecture: Yoshiharu Hotel in Izu Peninsula! 1: The Baths

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Service: Smiling and attentive
Facilities & Equipment: Traditional and ancient, partly renovated, but extremely clean. Great washrooms. Spacious lobby with free coffee et al.
Prices: Appropriate to expensive. Cheaper on weekdays and in low seasons.
Strong points: Great baths overall. Private outdoors bath in rooms. Local gastronomy with local products.

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Complimentary glass of white wine!

Izu Peninsula is known all over Japan and beyond for its innumerable hot springs and hot springs spas/hotels.
It is for the more pleasurable that most serve excellent gastronomy thanks to the many local products be they from the land or the sea.

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The Dragon and I, taking advantage of a cheaper fee in mid week during the off season traveled to Mishima before boarding the Izu Hakone Railway Line and get off at izu Nagaoka Station.

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There we stayed overnight at a renown spa hotel called Yoshiharu/古春 (meaning “Old Spring”).
It is a venerable establishment although it has been greatly reformed 2 years ago.

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The overnight stay included dinner and breakfast, the usual deal in such hotels, so I will have to divide this report into 3 parts, otherwise you will miss all the good points!

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Beautifully renewed lobby!

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You will discover a hot spring foot bath on the way to your room!
As the hot water runs away all the time you can rest your feet in clean water!

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Inner garden!

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These fish are made of leather!

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The dining room overlooks another small garden with pond and minuscule waterfalls!

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Rock garden!

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Our own traditional Japanese room!

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Our own private outdoors hot spring bath and patio!

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Fences and edges keep off any unwanted eyes except those of many wild birds!

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Pastoral atmosphere?

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Easy chairs!

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Always clean yourself before entering your bath!

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The bath!

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Fresh water constantly moving in and out of the bath!

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The bath is deep enough for the water to reach your neck when you sit on the tiled bottom!

Now, there are other outdoors baths of two different kinds:
-Private baths whose door you can lock for total privacy provided they are vacant.
-Public baths where you can either bathe inside or outside!

Let’s have a peek at all of them!

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Italian-style bathtub!

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Japanese-style double bath!

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A grand bath made all of wood!
Probably my favorite!

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Jacuzzi bath!

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Another Japanese-style bath all made of carved stone!

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Now to the public bath!
This is entry for ladies!
Remember the Kanji!

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And remember the kanji for gentlemen, too!

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The indoors public bath!

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And finally the public outdoors bath!

See you at dinner next!

YOSHIHARU HOTEL
Izu No Kuni City, Nagaoka, 989-10
Get down at Izu Nagaoka Station along the Izu Hakone Railway Line (leaving form Mishima City). Take a taxi (under 1,000 yen)
Tel.: 055-948-1212
Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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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!
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

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Italian Gastronomy: Lunch at Cafe Akko in Mishima City!

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Service: Shy but friendly and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Extremely clean overall. Beautiful washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Slow and healthy Italian gastronomy created mostly with local products!

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The people in Mishima City are very lucky as they are surrounded with fielads and gardens that supply them with fresh (many organic) vegetables (and meat) all year round!
Cafe Akko is one of the many great little places in town that offer very healthy, reasonable and slow food.

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It has been conceived in an unusual all length and narrowness to take advatntage of whatever space available. And it is so clean!

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Lunch is particularly interesting as you can choose from no less than 7 set lunches. although you may choose a single item from the carte if available for lunch!

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Dragon who planned to share hers and especially my order, chose a single item: “Kimagure salad/Chef’s salad of the Day”!

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Enormous as you can see from the other side!
So many vegetables and pieces of fine meat, practically all local!
A full meal by itself, I can assure you!

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As for me I chose (and shared!) the seafood lasagna lunch set!

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Apart of a complimentary coffee it is served with home-made focaccia,

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potage,

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And a cute salad!

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An artistic and so tasty lasagna!

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The lasagna was prepare as a large round one before being cut into quarters.
Each quarter is then baked upon order and serve with a tasty but light tomato sauce.

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It is also brought to you with grated parmesan cheese and home-made basil paste.
The lasagna itself is not only so tasty but a lot lighter than expected!

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Cute little home-made biscuits served with coffee!

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Cafe Akko!
Can’t wait to come back to Mishima City!

CAFE AKKO
411-0036, Mishima City, Ichi ban Cho, 17-49, BT Bldg., 1F
Tel.: 055-943-5598
Opening Hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays, national Holidays and Wednesday evenings (except when fully reserved or for events)

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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!
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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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

French & Italian Gastronomy: Seminar by Wasabi No Kai in Shizuoka City!

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Asabi No Kai or Wasabi Meetup is a non-profit association of chefs, producers and gastronomes based mainly in Central Shizuoka Prefecture.
The basic purpose of this Meetup is to promote the products and gastronomy of Shizuoka Prefecture as well as visiting producers and make their products better known and to promote Shizuoka Gastronomy in general to the public.
A regular event is held on the last Tuesday of every month.

On October 29th, most members met at Il Castagno Italian Restaurant in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City for a seminar to share cooking techniques and ideas.

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The seminar had started at 11:00 a.m. and due to work I could join only an hour later and missed a fes demonstrations including the above wild boar tagliatelle,wild boar sauteed and amago trout soup!

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An attentive auditoire composed of some of the most famous chefs in central Shizuoka Prefecture, be they specializing in French, Italian, Sapnish and even Chinese gastronomies!

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Chef Kakiyama of Al Forte Restaurant!

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Wild Boar Belly Confit!

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The wild boar had been confit to soften its fat and had been pasted with a mixture of cheese, breadcrumbs, mustard.
Served with sauteed fresh shiitake mushrooms and cress, with a persimmon sauce!

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Chef Onoda of Caravin!

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Amagi Shamo quenelles!

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The quenelles (as of the fish or meat dumplings prepared in Lyon, France) had been made with various parts of Amagi Shamo Chicken bred at Horie Poultry Farm in Amagi, Izu Peninsula. The soup had been made with fresh shiitake mushrooms from Amagi!

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Ballotine of foie gars and Amagi Shamo chicken breast served home-made pain d’epices (Dijon-style ginger bread).

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Beautiful design! Ballotine made with foie gras and chicken is difficult because of the different texture!

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Amagi Shamo Chicken beats lacquered with steamed pilaf!

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seasoned with finely shredded fresh wasabi root!

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Chef Sugimoto of Tetsuya Sugimoto Restaurant!

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Amago trout, marinated between “knse” sheets and aromatic herbes over minced satoimo/taro root and gobo/burdock!

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Includes olive oil, white wine vinegar, orange olive oil, and salted water jelly!

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Amagi Amago trout pre-cooked (5 minutes) and maronated, sauce tapioca, salt, olive oil, sesame seeds, breadcrumbs, salt seaweed/shio konbu, shirasu/whiting!

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Sudach1 lemon mousse, with sauce made of sesame oil, salt, balsamic vinegar. Wasabi zuke sorbet. Tomatoes marinated in salt, white wine vinegar and olive oil!

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Sauce similar to a home-made mayonnaise. Fresh herbs include dill, lsauteed ucolla roots, taragon!

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Chef Sugimoto holding “Komotake” also called “Makomo” or “Hanagatsumi”/”Manchurian Wild Rice” stems, a great vegetable only started to be actively grown in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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The venison was first marinated in liquid bamboo charcoal to give it the aspect of a black round stone!”

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Venison with Komotake!

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The komotake was served both steamed then fried. Th venison was seasoned with milk sauce!

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Fried komotake chips astride the steamed stem of the same!

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The shiitake were cooked in fond de veau/veal stock, red wine vinegar and Madeira wine!

See you next month!

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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!
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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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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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!
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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Fruit Tart, Ice Cream & Coffee Pot at BLUE BOOKS cafe in Shizuoka City!

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First visit at tea time!

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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The typhoon was still raging when I decided to take refuge at BLUE BOOKS cafe in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City.
After lunch the previous day I also wanted to take the pulse of the place at tea time/cafe time.
Naturally it was almost full with the difference that this time customers were more of all ages.

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nice atmosphere on a rainy day!

I also noticed that more people were taking the opportunity to browse the books on display and sale that you may read on the premises even if you don’t buy any!
I hadn’t had the time to take lunch so I confess I was a bit hungry and decided to opt for a big dessert!

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I ordered a fruit to which I added a supplement of home-made framboise (raspberry) ice cream!
Beautiful colors and so appetizing!
I also ordered a pot of coffee, the equivalent of at least three cups, which made for great value!

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I found their concept of a fruit tart both generous and intelligent.
They bake enormous marzipan tart beforehand and decorate them with plenty of fruit freshly cut and placed on a minimum of cream or custard which allows you to savor the fruit first and ten dig into the tart and washing it all down with plenty of coffee! Certainly a lot healthier than usual and with such a natural taste!

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Beautiful cranberry sauce you could spread on the tart after you have you have devoured the fruit!

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But raspberry ice cream for my sweet tooth first!
Beautiful balance there: plenty of fruit and not oversweet!

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And plenty of hot coffee served the right way!

Now, I have two small problems:
1) It will take more visits at lunch and tea time before I can tackle dinners!
2) I will have to avoid making it a habit, or people will think I’m addicted! LOL

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
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Millefeuille Tonkatsu Lunch at Kiiro Izakya in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Very kind and smiling
Equipment and Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. No shoes allowed inside. Very clean washroom
Prices: Reasonable considering the enormous portions!
Strong points: pork and tonkatsu!

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I had been curious for some time about a new izakaya called “Kiiro/器いろ” which had opened this year just across my workplace. I had heard it used to be located in Ryogae Cho, Aoi Ku, before it moved to Takajo, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, considered as the new gastronomic area of Shizuoka City.

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There is a general rule in Japan saying that one should try to eat and drink as far from one’s workplace as possible to protect one’s privacy, but it is simply impossible for me as I work just across a gastronomic treasure trove!

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I hadn’t noticed they were also open for lunch so it was about grand time I investigated!

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They are presently specializing in tonkatsu (pork cutlets and others) these days, although I heard later they used to serve udon lunches, which means I should hurry up before they change again!
The prices seemed a bit more expensive than those prevalent in lunch restaurants but the volume (200 g!) still guaranteed a good deal in the offing!

I was especially attracted by the dish called “Millefeuille Katsu/ミルフィーユかつ”!

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Authentic izakaya atmosphere inside!

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The place is full of antiques!

Note that you are requested to leave your shoes at the entrance. The floors are covered with very soft and comfortable carpets, a bit unusual for this type of establishment!

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I espied some sake from Shizuoka Prefecture, meaning I will have to visit the place again for dinner!

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More antiques!

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One reason I was particularly attracted was the fact that Kiiro uses only pork bred in Asagiri Plateau, north Izu peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture. Eat local whenever you can!
Incidentally the meat comes from Yoghurt Ton Pigs!

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The Millefeuille Katsu Lunch Set!
Absolutely enormous!
Frankly speaking i had doubts as whether I could eat it all! (Of course, I did!)!
Really great value at 14 US $/13 euros!

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Red miso soup!

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A generous portion of home-made pickles!

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Plenty of rice served in a nice earthenware bowl!

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The millefeuille katsu served with a light tomato sauce! (BBQ Sauce is available!)
Enormous!
The plate must be around 20 cm in diameter!

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The millefeuille katsu is made of many thin slices of pork rolled together before deep-fried.
The pork is henceforth very light, extremely tender and so easy to eat!
As for the taste, this is definitely superior pork!

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So many vegetables for a superbly balanced lunch!
Mind you, I very much doubt you will be hungry in the evening!

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And even an home-made pudding for dessert!
Difficult to beat such good value!

See you soon there again for dinner!

KIIRO
Shizuoka City, Aoi ku, Takajo, 2-3-2, Sun City Takajo, 1F
Tel.: 054-254-0453
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~22:30
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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
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“Mammaretti” (Traditional Amaretti) by Maria Filice!

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I have had the pleasure to know Maria Filice (a first-generation Canadian-American Italian) for quite some time and even had to the honor to read and write a review on her first book, Breaking Bread In L’Aquila by Maria Filice, a book that I actually offered to one of my favorite Italian Restaurants in Shizuoka City, Japan, a City famed all over Japan for its superior gastronomy!

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Just the other day I had another great surprise when I received the above beautiful box all the way from the US from Maria who kindly asked me to taste the contents and give my impressions!

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A very elegant and yet so homey box for a great present!

Although I am French, our gastronomy have shared so much with Italy since the Renaissance that the two have become difficult to differentiate. We also share a great love for almonds and cakes, pastries and biscuits created with them as almonds are not only so beautiful in taste but also because they are a valuable ingredient in food, particularly in winter, and even maybe more crucial, almonds are an indispensable source of vitamins and fibers!

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True artisanal gastronomy at its best!

These Amaretti called “Mammaretti” for all her mother’s love are Maria’s latest creation in line with the beautiful recipes already introduced in her Breaking Bread In L’Aquila book.
Being fully aware of my own bias, I asked no less than nine friends (in only two days), all Japanese but truly cognizant of Italian gastronomy, to taste them and share their impressions!

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Just the right size !

Japanese people in general do not really appreciate really sweet cakes or confectioneries, and my friends’ first reaction was to compliment on the great balance of the biscuits with the perfect sweetness and the truly intricate taste of the almonds inside them.
“So simple and so sophisticated!” was the overwhelming comment.
Not only adults but two 9 year old children tasted them (the children asked for more, of course!).
The children greatly appreciated the softness of the Mammaretti and its recognizable taste.
On the other hand, adults were also truly impressed and agreed this would make the perfect biscuit to eat at any time of the day, but more particularly with a rich coffee or even a light green tea! Bear in mind that the Japanese eat biscuits all day long!

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As for me, these Mammaretti were simply a great discovery to cherish at all times.
This is genuine artisanal gastronomy and a direct visit to forgotten tastes and their lands!
I’m convinced that Maria puts a lot of love remembering her mother all the time when she prepares her little beauties!

A personal recommendation?
Do try them with a small glass of Amaretto Almond Liqueur!

“Mammaretti”, a little treasure to keep within hand’s reach all the time!

MAMMARETTI By Maria Felice
30 US $ per box (plus shipping and handling)
Orders can be diretly placed throughMaria Felice HOMEPAGE or e-mail to ff@foodandfate.com

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Weird Japan (38): “A Taste of the Through World”?

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Found this at a local market this morning!

This food is distributed by KRC Co. Ltd of Tokyo, a big wholesaler.

Mind you, since I’m a fantasy fan, such food might help me at last to penetrate the other side of the world!

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Wagyu Beef at Sumpu No Nikudokoro Restaurant (Lunch) in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Friendly, attentive and smiling
Equipment & Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Beautiful and modern gender-separated washrooms
Prices: Reasonable (wayuu is not cheap anywhere!)
Strong points: Almost completely local ingredients. High class beef and pork. Great local sake and shochu list! Non-smoking at lunch time!

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I had been curious for some time about a new restaurant which had been opened this year above a convenience store of all things this year when the far corner across Cenova Department Store in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, was reclaimed for development.

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The name of the restaurant is “Sumpu No Nikudokoro/駿府の肉処”. Sunpu stands for the old name of Shizuoka City and Nikudokoro means “the place for Meat”!
Pity they don’t take the pains of at least writing the English pronunciation when you hear that Shizuoka Prefecture and City have recently declared to promote tourism more actively…

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I had noticed this advert for a single donburi/bowl dish priced at 800 yen/8 US $/6 Euros for quite a while and I had thought that the place was maybe a very reasonable and simple restaurant subsidized by the Shizuoka Prefecture Government, the Agriculture Department in particular. I was proved slightly wrong!

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Frankly speaking the lack of explanations and introductions on the ground floor was a bit frustrating and I was somewhat surprised to find out after climbing nondescript stairs to stand in front of small but elegant entrance!

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An the surprises only continued after I had stepped inside!
Wow! Special Wagyu certified from Shizuoka Prefecture!
Actually no less than 12 breeders have been awarded the distinction in our Prefecture!

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hey were not shy about exhibiting the meat used in the restaurant, a sure sign of superior quality!

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Then I started to understand!
Wagyu is horribly expensive in Japan, wherever it is produced and moreover if it has received the label ‘Special Choice” by the Government!

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The restaurant is owned and run by the Shizuoka JA (Japan Agriculture), the biggest Agricultural Association in Shizuoka Prefecture (and also heavily subsidized by the country!)!
Now, I knew why the prices were still comparatively reasonable, even for local products!

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The establishment is absolutely spotless clean with a direct view into the kitchen! Talk about superior hygiene!

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Not only the meat, but most of the sake and shochu are also brewed in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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There are three types of seating: A counter by the window, very practical for individual guests of\r couples, benches and tables for 4 people apiece and a dig-in kotatsu Japanese room you can partly or completely reserve for a meal away from other guests’ sight (500 yen extra per person in the case). The Japanese room can be completely reserved for up to 8 guests. Otherwise parties up to 26 guests are accepted. Total reservation can be insured for up to 66 guests.

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The sliding doors of the private Japanese-style room.

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My first was for lunch at which you can a choice of single bowl dishes between 800 and 980 yen (very popular with office workers and doctors working nearby!), and three meat lunch sets between 1,200 yen and 3,000 yen. I chose the latter, which at 30 US $ is still very reasonable!

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Next time I will strongly suggest that they write an English translation!

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Not only the wasabi (of course!) but even the salt is local!

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Supreme fat to coat the BBQ plate with before grilling the meat and vegetables! Extravagant!

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Absolutely beautiful!
Now, what do we have?

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Two kinds of wagyu and Kinton-o pork form Shizuoka prefecture!
Actually our Prefecture is nationally know for its supreme pork!

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They need to translate that, too!
It does make for good reading, actually!

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In the bckground lean Wagyu Beef and in the forefront Kinton-O Pork!

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Great attentions to detail: served with grilled garlic slices and chopped thin scallions!

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Naturally the vegetables are exclusively local!

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Local vegetable salad and Shizuoka green tea as a bavarois with jelly!

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Shizuoka-grown Koshihikari rice! A real beauty!

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They should translate that too in English:
Shizuoka Koshikari rice is the earliest to be harvested in the island of Honshu: planted in April, rice grains appear in July and the rice is harvested end of August!
It is nicknamed “Pearl Rice”!

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A light soup, perfect to wash all that good food down!

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100% Shizuoka orange juice! The real article!

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You grill everything at your own pace and order!

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So tender and so juicy wagyu beef!
What else can you ask for?

Look forward to more reports as I want to investigate some of the ridiculously cheap meat bowl lunches and of course a full dinner with local sake and shochu!

Sumpu No Nikudokoro
Shizuoka Sodachi
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Oote Machi, 2-15, MRK Bldg., 2f (across Cenova Dept. Store above 7 eleven convenience store)
Tel.: 054-251-4129
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:00~23:00
Closed on third Wednesday of each month
Credit Cards OK
Reservations highly recommended for dinner!
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Shizuoka City Products & Crafts (and more!) at Shin Yoo Bank!

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Don’t get me wrong! This is not an advert for a bank nor a suggestion that you should deposit your money there!
In fact my accounts are not held in this bank!

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But if it is your first visit, or if you wish to know a bit more about our City, walk straight ahead from Shizuoka JR Station, past the main crossroads with Egawa Street and you will find Shizuoka Shin Yoo Bank/静岡信用銀行 on your right just before reaching Shizuoka City Hall!

Have a good look at their display windows. It is definitely worth the attention! Actually if it rains or if it is too hot you could see the main posters inside. The bank welcomes casual visitors!
If all banks were emulating it Shizuoka city would certainly be an even better place for it!

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Plenty to look at or read!

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And even more!
Shall we have a look at them in detail?

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Mount Fuji including views from Yui, Nihondaira and miho Beach!

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Shizuoka City Highlights: Nihondaira Zoo, Daidogei Street Performance World Cup, Umegashima Hot Springs, Yui Honjin Park!

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Shizuoka City History: Kunozan Toosgoogun Shrine, Seigen temple, Toroi Ruins, Sumpu Castle Park!

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Top to bottom: Daidogei Street performance World Cup, Sakura Ebi/Cherry shrimps. Sengen Shrine, and Mount Fuji view from Nihon Daira!

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Shizuoka Prefecture Designated Product: “Shikibu” clog!

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Green Tea lacquer Box!

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Wooden Bilboquet Shoe, which won a special prize at the Shizuoka Dream Design Contest!

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A Clock, which won a special prize at the Shizuoka Dream Design Contest!

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Soccer Ball Lacquer Bowls, which won a special prize at the Shizuoka Dream Design Contest!

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A Mount Fuji Dyed Cloth bag, which won a special prize at the Shizuoka Dream Design Contest!

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“Mana” Beach sandals, which won a special prize at the Shizuoka Dream Design Contest!

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“Tuna Fishing”, which won a special prize at the Shizuoka Dream Design Contest!

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“Lady Eyes Miso Soup Bowls”, which won a special prize at the Shizuoka Dream Design Contest!

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Shizuoka Prefecture Designated Product: Bamboo lattice Craft Box!

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The display window!

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Citruses, Sumpu Castle, Mount Fuji view from Yui, Mount Fuji View from green tea fields!

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Actually, the posters inside are different!

Shizuoka City products: Hina dolls, Geta/Wooden clogs, Suruga Bamboo Lattice Crafts, Suruga Lacquerware!

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Shizuoka City Gastronomy: Tuna, Wasabi, Tororo Jiru/Grated Yam, Abekawa Mochi Wagashi cakes (vegan!), Shizuoka Oden!

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More shizuoka Gastronomy: Green Tea, Oranges, Strawberries, Shirasu/Sardine Whiting, Sakura Ebi/Cherry Shrimps!

Actually, there is so much more!

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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

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3rd Shizuoka Gourmet Kingdom Fest 2013 in Shizuoka City (October 19th & 20th)!

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On october 19th (Saturday) from 11:00 to 20:00 and 20th (Sunday) from 11:00 to 19:00 everyone will be able to discover how extravagantly rich is our City of Shizuoka at 3rd Shizuoka Gourmet Kingdom Fest 2013!

It will be held in Aoi Ku behind (west entrance) the Shizuoka City Hall and all along the Aoba Street/Aoba Symbol Road!

Can you guess what is produced, caught and bred in our City?
See the list below (not exhaustive!):
-Shirasu/Sardine Whiting
-Sakura Ebi/Cherry Shrimps
-Beef
-Vegetables (impossible to count)
-Wasabi (it was born in Shizuoka City!)
-Strawberries
-Pork
-Poultry
-Tuna (did you know that? Especially Albacore/Binnnaga Maguro, also nicknamed Shizuoka Tuna!)
-Hanpen (dark sardine paste cakes)
-Oranges and citruses

Frankly speaking I already know that to show all products of Shizuoka City would require a far bigger space, but I’m sure there will be enough to overwhelm you!

Local sake brewed in this city will be represented by the following breweries: Haginishiki, Suruga (Tonko), Eikun, Kanazawagawa (Shosetsu), Kumpai and Sanwa (Garyuubai)!

Naturally all the major Japanese beer companies will also be represented as guests as they know you will be thirsty on these two days! LOL

For more information call 090-6469-0597 (Japanese)

Report coming!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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

Sushi: “Birufeuille” or Millefeuille by Chef kenta Birukawa at Sushi Ko in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Pro and very friendly
Facilities: Very clean. Excellent toilets
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Great variety of seafood from Shizuoka Prefecture and the rest of Japan. Great list of sake and shochu

On our way back from the Shimada Obi Festival we decided to have dinner at Sushi Ko Sushi Restaurant in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City last night!
I and Dragon took the opportunity to challenge Chef Kenta Birukawa/尾留川健太さん into an new cretioon!

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Actually Dragon made the suggestsion.
Chef Kenta Birukawa/尾留川健太さん is famed for his Sushi Millefeuille and Spicy Scallops Roll!
Hence he was asked to combine the two!

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Can you guess what ingredients were used?
Well, the main part consisted of three layers of shari/sushi rice with one layer of raw scallops which had been seasoned with mayonnaise and spices beforehand and a layer of thinly sliced crunchy Japanese cucumber.

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A view from the top may help!

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Well, the top was garnished with pieces of scallops, tempura kasu/tempura batter bits for more crunch, scallions. ikura/salmon roe and akami/red lean tuna!

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For a closer view!

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More scallops and other tidbits to avoid any disputes between Dragon and I!

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What happens when yo start demolishing the edifice!

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Chef Kenta Birukawa/尾留川健太さん who had conceived his creation for a photograph first interrupted us to add the missing mayonnaise and other seasoning!

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Even half broken it still looked a beauty!

SUSHI KO
420-0032 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 2-3-1 (Aoba Park Street)
Tel.: 054-251-9701
Business Hours: 17:00~25:00. 17:00~23:00 (Sundays)
Closed on Wednesdays
Reservations recommended
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE (in Japanese)
Smoking allowed. Private room can be arranged for non-smoking (4 people)

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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