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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