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LE CAFE-LABO: Classic Cakes (10)-Tiramisu

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The chef at La cafe-Labo changed some time ago. Now a gentleman is at the helm and a new trend has emerged.

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This Tiramisu concept is very Japanese in the sense that it is almost “packaged”. When you know that shops spend enormous amounts of energy for the sole purpose of packaging and presentation you understand that practicality and quality are inseparable in this country!

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The big “blob” on the side of the cake is actually there to add a modern artistic touch.
As for the cake itself, it is based on a Biscuit Joconde type confectionery repeated a quarter of the way up.
The “mouuse/Cream” was made with egg white, fresh cream, Mascarpone, egg, milk and sugar of the highest quality with the final note being a thin coat of cocoa powder.

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My student commented it was milky and light and yummy!

Simple in concept, almost austere, but so delicious!
To be savoured with a great coffee!

LE CAFE-LABO
424-0886 Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Kusanagi, 46
Tel.: 054-3441661
Also available at Isetan Dept. Store, Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken-Cho

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French Dessert at Rouge et Piquant: Dessert Rouge

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Service: Excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable, good value
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As I said before I suddenly found myself with a whole free day, a rare luxury, and decided it was grand time I paid a visit to one of my old favourite cake shop/cafes in Shizuoka!
Rouge et Piquant is a confectionery shop which has been making its name since 2004 and certainly deserves its ever growing popularity!
This time I sampled one of three seasonal dessert plates: Rouge (red) red berries cake and assortment.

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Definitely my favourite dessert, both fulfilling and so scrumptious!
I’m a bit of a babarian when it comes to eat dessert, and when it comes to the order, I just follow my instinct.
Therefore I started with the ice-cream part:
On an artistically shaped Feuillantine: Meringue, Strawberry ice-cream, Raspberry Sherbet and Apple Sherbet enhanced by pieces of fresh mango and a mini strawberry! That alone would be enough to justify the visit!
And:

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Red Fruit Tart:
On a small pate sucree tart filled with a beaten mix of Sour cream, fresh cream and a little lemon juice (concealing one fresh raspberry in the middle) : Cassis/Blackcurrant, Groseilles/Redcurrant, Raspberries, Cut apple and strawberry! A well full of little marvels!

Don’t forget there are more to savour: Blanc (white): Short Cake and Milk Ice Cream Assortment. Chocolat: Chocolat mousse and Caramel Ice Cream + Chocolate Sauce. Assortment (800 yen).
I would also recommend the Entremets glaces at 600 yen (Profiterolle or Mille-Feuille).
Also gateau at 500 yen, Ice Cream at 500 yen. Very good teas and coffes (10 varieties).
Take out homemade biscuits (7 kinds). Birthday cakes on order.
Entirely non-smoking place!

Address: 420-0032 Shizuoka Shi, Ryogae-cho, 2-4-29, Aspis Bldg. 2F
Tel. & Fax: 054-2214358
Opening hours: 14:00~24:00
Closed on Mondays
Chef-Owner: Ms. Kanae Tsunogai

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TAKY’S classic Cakes (7): Fedora

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I have just discovered his new creation by talented Takuya Hanai and shared with my students.
I have to keep a constant lookout as this talented and still young patissier has a habit to offer new cakes almost every week.

This cake, Fedora, although fairly simple in concept, is a small gem:
On a thin layer of chocolate chips studded chocolate sponge, he first lay a layer of chocolate bavarois/mousse, then again, but twice a thick, a caramel bavarois/mousse with a final layer of thick caramel syrup.
Breaking through the whole and tasting the combination of the various tastes all at the same time reveals the sublime qualities of this little marvel!

To appreciate with a great coffee or English tea!

TAKY’S
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 1-11-10
Tel.: 054-255-2829
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays

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Abondance’s Classic Cakes (3): Noisette/Hazlenut

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As promised, this is another cake created by my good friend Bernard Heberle In Hamamatsu City!

In his own words:
“Voici le gâteau du mois ” Noisette” tout simplement un mélange de chocolat noir et de lait avec une dacquoise aux noisettes torréfiées ainsi que base croustillante le tout surmonte d’une chantilly légèrement chocolatée. Très agréable en bouche , un mélange de saveurs et de texture façon criollo.”

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“Here is this month cake, “Noisette/Hazelnut”.
It consists of a simple mixture of milk and black chocolate with a roasted hazelnuts Dacquoise as a crusty base. The whole is topped with slightly chocolate -flavoured Chatilly cream and black chocolate.
Very soft on the tongue. A combination of savours and texture in criollo fashion.

As usual, I doubt I need to add any comment!

Abondance
Address: Hamamatsu Shi, Sumiyoshi, 2-14-27 (in front of Seirei Hospital)
Tel.: 053-4738400
Fax: 053-4738401
Opening hours: 10:00~20:00. Closed on Tuesdays.
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Taky’s Classic Cakes (6): A Valence

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Mr. Takuya Iwai, owner of Taky’s in Shizuoka City makes a point to travel every Sunday to Tokyo for further research and study for the benefit of his customers.

I have just had the occasion to sample his new creation, a French cake called “A Valence”. Valence is a city along the Rhone River in the Southern half a France, a region famous for its nougat.

This cake is of the Millefeuille variety with thin layers of biscuit lacquered with caramel between which a generous amount of very sweet cream is spread.
The cream is butter cream including ground hazelnuts, praline and nougat.
Simple in concept, a very fulfilling dessert for officionados with a sweet tooth!
To appreciated with a strong coffee!

TAKY’S
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 1-11-10
Tel.: 054-255-2829
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays

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Abondance’s Classic Cakes (2): Tarte Siciliene/Sicilian Tart

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As promised, this is another cake created by my good friend Bernard Heberle In Hamamatsu City!

In his own words:
“Voici le gâteau que je te propose ce mois ” Tarte Sicilienne ” qui est une tarte a base de Mascarpone et de pistache avec des Fraises de notre belle région ” 紅ほっぺ” sur un fond de pâte sucrée a la crème d’amande et coulis de fraise. Toute la Sicile dans l’assiette.”

“Here is the cake I would like to propose you this month, Sicilian Tart”, which is a tart based on Mascarpone and pistacchio with strawberries from our beautiful region called “Behi-Hoppe”/”Red Cheeks” on a bed of pate sucree with almond cream and strawberry coulis/sauce. All Sicilia in the plate!”

Need I comment? LOL

Abondance
Address: Hamamatsu Shi, Sumiyoshi, 2-14-27 (in front of Seirei Hospital)
Tel.: 053-4738400
Fax: 053-4738401
Opening hours: 10:00~20:00. Closed on Tuesdays.
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Abondance’s Classic Cakes (1): Tendresse/Tenderness


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Bernard Heberle in Hamamatsu City has become the reference in the whole of Shizuoka Prefecture when it comes to French cake and confectionery.
A man of character, he has steadfastly kept faithful to his principles and ethics and blessed us with uncompromising creations of a level diificult to equal!

This particular creation is named “Tendresse” in French, meaning tenderness in English.
In Bernard’s French words:
-“Voici le gâteau que je te propose ce mois ” Tendresse ” qui est un gâteau a base de Fromage blanc et de pâte a bombe , très léger et même ceux qui n’aime pas le fromage y trouverons leurs plaisir. Léger et onctueux décoré avec des macarons a la Framboise.”
-“Here is the cake I would like to introduce your friends to this month. It is called “Tenderness” and is made with a very light combination of Fromage Blanc/White cheese and Pate a bombe/very fine sponge cake variety. Even people who do not like cheese will appreciate it. Light and soft, it is decorated with raspberry macarons”.

I’m ready to take the 30-minute bullet train to Hamamatsu to savour it!

Abondance
Address: Hamamatsu Shi, Sumiyoshi, 2-14-27 (in front of Seirei Hospital)
Tel.: 053-4738400
Fax: 053-4738401
Opening hours: 10:00~20:00. Closed on Tuesdays.
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Chocolat Fin’s Classic Cakes (4): B-Cafe


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American friends will be amused by the fact that this latest Chocolat Fin’s creation ‘s name B-Cafe stands for Baghdad Cafe, the great film!

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A typical cake by Chocolat Fin where cakes are concocted with a view to please adults first:
On a thin base of dark chocolate sponge cake stays a ball of Mocha mousse surrounded by light Chocolat sponge containing very fine orange peels.
The whole is topped with Chantilly cream, chocolate decoration chips and a cube of softened dark chocolate.
Simple in looks, complex in taste.
To savour with a strong coffee or tea!

Chocolat Fin
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo Machi, 1-3-7 (2 minutes walk from Shin Shizuoka Center)
Tel. & fax: 054-2516321
Business hours: 10:00~20:00

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Tel.: 054-2215878

Taky’s Classic Cakes (5): Charlotte


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Charlotte russe is a dessert invented by the French chef Marie Antoine Carême (1784-1833), who named it in honor of his Russian employer Czar Alexander I (“russe” being the French word for “Russian”). Originally it was a cold dessert of Bavarian cream set in a mold lined with ladyfingers.
Nowadays the cake is simply called “Charlotte” and and come in many variations.

Taky’s in Shizuoka City has created his own version with an accent on pears.

The Gateau de Savoie (sponge cake) lining the bottom and sides is imbibed with Poire Williams Liqueur.
It is filled with vanilla mousse containing cuts of pears marinated in Poire Williams Liqueur.
The Gateau de Savoie forming the “lid” was baked separately. It contains more meringue (beaten egg whites) and sugar, making it it lighter and slighter cripsy.

Certainly more fulfilling than it looks, it is best appreciated with a great tea!

TAKY’S
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 1-11-10
Tel.: 054-255-2829
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays

Taky’s Cake Shop & Cafe


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Taky’s in Takajo Machi, Shizuoka City is not your run-of-the-mill shop as it actually combines no less than four functions: Cafe, Confectionery (Cake shop), Restaurant and even Bar.

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Mr. Takuya Hanai opened his tiny establishment on September 9th, 2007 with a novel view, that is, satisfying customers with different needs at different times of the day.

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First of all, and most of all, it is a confectionery (cake) shop. The originality is that you just do not know what will be on offer on the day you visit the place! Mr. Hanai prepares cakes according to the season, availability and his whims!

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10 years of experience working in hotels and bakeries certainly shaped his character. In any case expect at least 3 different cakes every day.

As for lunch and dinner, he proposes Japanese-style curry, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh toasted sandwiches take-out orders are welcome! Certainly a rare treat for unhurried guests!

Regulars vary on the time, too, when you will see ladies sitting at counter (6 seats) or at the single table (for 4) at lunch or tea time, and adults at dinner and bar time when you can drink wine, beer and even shochu!

As for me, as Taky’s is conveniently located near my work, I make a lot of poeple happy every week!

TAKY’S
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 1-11-10
Tel.: 054-255-2829
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays

Taky’s Classic Cakes (4): Dry Figs and Walnuts Tart


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As predicted before, not only Taky’s came up with another creation for the pleasure of my students!
Dry Figs and Wanuts Tart!

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Again this tart is a creation for the pleasure of adults more than that of younger customers.
The top, layered with a very thin layer of syrup, is covered with slices of dry figs, orange peels and slices of dry apricot which have been marinated in dark rum.
Under them a very elegant marzipan contains walnuts and raisins over over an elefant and thin crispy pastry.
a very compex cake as a succession of flavours appear over the palate thanks to the different kinds of fruit included.

To eat slowly with a great English tea!

TAKY’S
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 1-11-10
Tel.: 054-255-2829
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays

Taky’s Classic Cakes (3): Tarte aux Marrons/Marron Tart


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As I said before, not only Taky’s serve great cakes but you never know which ones are going to be on the menu on any particular day.
Which means that my students have learnt to expect surprises on certain days

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Taky’s Marron Tart is a creation for the pleasure of adults more than that of younger customers.
The cake is lacquered with a thin layer of rum scented syrup.
Marrons/Chestnuts are also marinated in rum.
The combination is sweet but not overwhelming.
The chestnuts lay on a marzipan layer flavoured with Creme de Marrons jam with a deep accent of vanilla essence.
The bottom pastry was obviously baked beforehand to a very fine crisp layer adding a solid base to the whole cake.
To be savoured with a strong coffee or black tea!

TAKY’S
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 1-11-10
Tel.: 054-255-2829
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays

Taky’s: Classic Cakes (2)/Caramel & Pear Cake


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This is the second (once again for the benefit of my students!) from this new cake shop/Cafe in Shizuoka City, which has the added advantage of concocting new cakes according to the day’s mood instead of “regulars”. I simply discover new creations every time I visit the establishment!

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The cake is more sophisticated than it looks at first.
It consists of a first layer of Chocolate Sponge Cake imbibed with Poire Williams Liqueur supporting a large layer of Caramel/Vanilla Mousse including Poire Williams pear chips.
It is topped again by a thin layer of Chocolate Sponge Cake and anothre of Caramel/Vanilla Mousse.
The whole is covered with a thick layer of Chocolate Ganache peppered with gold flakes!
Simply extravagant with a strong coffee!

TAKY’S
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 1-11-10
Tel.: 054-255-2829
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays

Taky’s: Classic Cakes (1)/Apple & Blueberries Tart


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Taky’s opened last year in September and had always kept teasing my mind.
As it is located very near my workplace, I cannot afford making a mistake!
I could not resist any longer this evening. As I had to buy some cake for a student of mine, I had the right excuse!

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Taky’s has only a half dozen cakes on display, but they are extremely appetizing.
I was surprised at finding out that this cake shop doubles up as a tiny cafe cum restaurant cum bar in the fashionable Takajo District in Shizuoka City!
Which means that I will have to come again for another reason!

This apple and blueberries tart would please a lot of my American friends with a sweet tooth in spite of its French accent!
The tart itself has been baked beforehand to the exact crispiness and is thin enough so as not to overwhelm you but solid enough as a support.
The basic filling consists of very light marzipan with a touch of Calvados. The blueberries in the middle have soaked their area to perfection while the thin slices of apple lacquered with a fine jam add the perfect touch instead of taking the lead.

Great with coffee. My student let taste bits of it. Not a good idea as I will find myself wih another battle of the bulge!

TAKY’S
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 1-11-10
Tel.: 054-255-2829
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays

Italian Cuisine: Lunch at Caffeteria Il Cuore


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Bad news often have the knack to become good news before you think about it…
Caffeteria Ciccio is no more. Viva Caffeteria Il Cuore!
On May 24th, the owners, and the place changed. And frankly speaking for the better.

The new owner, Mr. Shiichiro Yagi and his chef, Keizo Kaneko, kept changes to the minimum. The seating, tables and chairs are different, and the “restroom” replaced with state-of-the-art sanitary equipment, but on the whole the atmosphere is similar, although improved and more convivial.

The big changes mainly concern the menu, the business hours and the chef. Keizo Kaneko, thanks to his stay in Italy, has introduced a very adequate menu to content all purses and preferences.
If you choose a la carte to accompany your drinks, you can explore among 15 kinds of antipasti, 10 pasta dishes to be multiplied by 7 varieties, from spaghetti to parpadelle, 5 pizza, 4 risotto and 9 meat dishes. The wine list has been judiciously expanded to 9 reds, 6 whites from various countries, to which have to be added Spumante, Champagne, Cocktails, beers and a load of soft drinks.

Now, last Sunday, a rare day without cricket, I decided to enjoy a quick lunch in solitary tranquility and test the place
There are three set lunches on offer. I opted for the “Slightly Extravagant Lunch” priced at 2,200 yen (13 Euros, 20$):

Antipasti: pickled vegetables, octopus salad and crostini.

Mushroom and Bacon Bolognese Spaghetti (actually looks smaller on the above pic) and side salad. Cooked precisely al dente, good balance!

Chicken and Vegetables in Cream Sauce. An elegant surprise.

Triple dessert and coffee (sorry, the pic is a bit fuzzy!)

Very reasonable for lunch!
Wait for the next posting on dinner!

CAFFETERIA IL CUORE
420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken-cho, 13-20, Ishiwata Bldg. 1F
Tel. & fax: 054-2723737
Business hours: 11:30~23:00 (open every day)
Credit Cards OK