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Cafe Patisserie: Sud Bouquet in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very kind and deferential. Sophisticated
Equipment & Facilities: Overall spotless clean. Superb washroom. Parking. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Classic French cakes! Morning and lunch sets!

When Shunsuke Kasai/笠井俊介さん retired and sold his cafe patisserie called “Bouquet” at the time near Cenova Department Store in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, a lot of people felt the loss.
But Ms Toshiko Aoshima/青島登志子さん convinced to join her in a new collaboration venture in Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City to open a cafe patisserie in her own home under the new name of Sud Bouquet some 18 months ago!

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Very welcoming design!

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Great balance with greenery by the car park!

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The small “garden” includes lemon and kumquat trees!

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Ample parking (there is another one away under the railway!)!

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Sud Bouquet means “south bouquet” in French since it has moved from the north to the south of Shizuoka City!

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One can sit at a table in two different rooms or…

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…at one of the counter by the windows!

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The cake window display!
Actually we had arrive late in the afternoon and there was little left!

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For a closer look!

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Beautiful colors!

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My favorite: Gateau Basque!
The best one, and a rare one at that, in the whole Prefecture!

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Very reasonable prices!
Toshiko prepares the morning sets and lunch sets herself and Shunsuke takes acre of all the cakes!

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My cake and coffee set!

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Gateau Basque, authentic and out of this world!

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Dragon’s order!

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Dark cherries tart!

SUD BOUQUET

Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Minami Abe, 3-6-43
Tel.: 054-284-1500
Opening hours: 08:00~18:00
Closed on Wednesdays
2 car parks available

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b Cafe in Shimada City!

Service: Very friendly and communicative
Equipment & Facilities: Overall extremely clean. Beautiful Washroom. Entrely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Home–made cakes, fruit juice and coffee! Take-out welcome!

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Yesterday chance served me well as I had arrived early in Shimada City and took some time to look around north of the station at ease just in case I made a discovery.

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That is when I discovered this place bearing two different names, b Cafe and Chubby-Boo!

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It is only after having sat down at the counter inside that I discovered that many locals come to buy their coffee and take out cakes at this counter inside! Very good idea!

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The reason it is also called is because the shop used to house Chubby-Boo looked after Ayano Asaoka’s mother until her daughter joined hands with her in March when they had the whole redesigned to include a small cafe!

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The kitchen is big enough for Beer b Nights 2 or 3 times a month when Ayano also serves light food including ratatouille and gratin to be enjoyed with the beer!

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The menu is pretty extensive for such a small place including no less than 14 coffees, teas and soft drinks with cakes made on site!
If you order a cake the drink coming with it will be 100 yen cheaper!

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I ordered for my first visit a home-baked cheese cake and straight coffee!

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The home-baked cheese cake!

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Really delicious and so appetizing!

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Great coffee!

As this is obviously only my first visit expect more reports as I do have to taste the other cakes and participate to the next Beer B Night!

b cafe
427–0022 Shimada City, Hontori, 1-9-10
Tel.: 0547-35-6538
Opening hours: 10:00 am~05 pm (later on Beer B Nights)
Closed on Wednesdays, 1st & 3rd Sundays
Entirely non-smoking!

Chubby-Boo
Opening hours: 10:00 am~08:00 pm
Closed on Wednesdays

AYANO ASAOKA on FACEBOOK

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Japanese Vegan Dessert: Chetsnuts Wagashi-Kurikinton-和菓子の栗きんとん

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The chestnut picking season is just around the corner in Shizuoka Prefecture and more particularly in Makinohara where it is officially announced as starting on the 14th!
Chestnuts have been since ancient times a great source of food not only for its nuts but also as a basic ingredient for cakes and even bread (far healthier than wheat flour bread incidentally!)!

Here is recipe for a typical wagashi cake called kuri kinton that should please any priorities!

INGREDIENTS:

Chestnuts: 500g
Maple syrup: 100cc~
Water: 50cc~
Natural salt: a pinch

RECIPE:

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Wash the chestnuts well before making a thin indent with a knife steaming them for about 50 minutes.

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Spoon out the chestnuts into a bowl taking care not to scoop any skin with it.

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Pour all the chestnuts inside a food processor and process until all the chestnuts are well broken. Add salt. Adding water and syrup a little at a time process until all ingredients are used.

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Sieve into a pan.
Cook over a little fire for a while to lower the humidity.

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Spread thinly over a clean cloth to take out excess humidity.

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Roll small balls (size of your liking!) and wrap them into cellophane paper. Twist paper hard to create shape.

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Unwrap and top with some syrup and a nicely cut piece of steamed chestnut!

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By adding some soy milk and more maple syrup you can create a beautiful marron paste!

So easy and healthy!
Enjoy!

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French Cakes: Baked Orange & Cream Cheese cake at Patina in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Very friendly and smiling
Facilities: Very clean. Beautiful washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: A true cafe where to relax and enjoy a good light meal any time of the day. Interesting reasonable wine and cider list.

Yes, I’m a sucked for fruit tarts and always be!
I just don’t know if I wll be able to keep pace,though!

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And the place to find them in Shizuoka City is Patina, a true French style bistro!

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Note that the oranges used in this particular tart are grown in Shizuoka!

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Although Chef Akiko Kondoh/近藤亜希子 is supremely versed in any French gastronomy, her pastry and marzipan would be enough to win prizes back in my home country, France!

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Do I need you to tell you why I keep the crust for the last bite? LOL

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The home-made vanilla and Calvados ice cream will have my American friends screaming for more (pun intended!)!

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The combination of a warm tart, cold ice cream, vanilla and raspberry sauce and raspberry on top of the oranges and cream cheese is so difficult to describe but so enjoyable!

More coming soon!

PATINA, Café & Brasserie
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 17-9
Tel.: 054-266-9500
Opening hours: 11:00=22:00 (last orders, 21:30)
10:00~21:00 on Sundays (last orders, 20:30)
Closed on Tuesdays

BLOG (Japanese)
Non-smoking until 15:00
Credit Cards OK

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French Desserts: Tarts at Patina in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and smiling
Facilities: Very clean. Beautiful washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: A true cafe where to relax and enjoy a good light meal any time of the day. Interesting reasonable wine and cider list.

When it comes to cakes I’m a loser for tarts!
You simply cannot beat them when you are looking for the tastes you enjoyed at all times of your life.
They probably are the best example of seasonal cakes back home in France and in many other countries!

When it comes to indulging in them I go straight away to Patina in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City where I enjoy them at my convenient leisure with a large cappucino!

Here are two I recently enjoyed:
The first one was advertised as apple and oranges, fruit you find in abundance here in this season!

Tarts there are usually served with a big dollop of ice cream to marry with the tart lightly grilled under a salamander!

For a better look of the fruit baked atop a light marzipan and crispy pate sucree!

With some delightful apple compote and elegant custard sauce and mint for the finishing touch!

The second one served with an elegant cappucino.
Can you guess what fruit are used this time?

Apple, fig, orange and banana!

Really appetizing, isn’t it?

Custard sauce with raspberry sauce, caramel sauce and ice sugar for a sin of a dessert!
So elegant!

And naturally exquisite ice cream to marry with the warm tart!

I always keep the dark baked pate sucree for the last bite!

PATINA, Café & Brasserie
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 17-9
Tel.: 054-266-9500
Opening hours: 11:00~15:00, 17:00~21:30 (last orders) for meals, 11:00~22:00 for the cafe, Sunday~Saturday
10:00~22:00 on Sundays
Closed on Tuesdays

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Non-smoking until 15:00
Credit Cards OK

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French Bistro: Kuroneko Tei in Hamamatsu City!

Service: Very friendly and unpretentious
Equipment & Facilities: Great general cleanliness. Very clean washroom
Prices: Reasonable~appropriate
Strong points: Southern France Cuisine. Wines popping out of nowhere. Great use of local products.

Whereas Shizuoka City is very compact and easy to walk around, Hamamatsu City with a similar population proves to be a veritable expedition when it comes to discover its hidden treasures!
But it is certainly worth exploring!

Over 10 years ago when Akira Fukui/福井章さん (everyone calls him “Fuku Chan”) decided to leave the corporate world and open a bistro he found this place called Kuroneko Tei/くろねこ亭/The Black Cat Restaurant just vacated by its former owner and decided not to change the original name although he cares little for cats!

It was far from easy at the beginning but the black cat brought him good luck in the end!
He refurbished the place little by little, keeping the first floor with a counter seating 7 people free of smoke and creating a private space for partying, eating, smoking, exhibiting local artists and holding mini concerts upstairs!
The establishment being tucked away in narrow side street it has become one of the best known secret places in town!
People are invited to relax and share a word at all times!
The only problem is that the place is dark making photography tough work!

Fuku Chan at work in his tiny kitchen!

The food and wine are definitely French-inspired!

With plenty of solid and reasonable French wines such as this Cote du Rhone/Grenache by Domaine Jean David!

He shows great support to local farmers, fishermen and even artists as a lot of local pottery is used in his restaurant!

Some of the wines lying in wait for you!

Foreigners are welcome (Fuku Chan is a fan of the Yamaha Top Teague Rugby Team!) and forks and knives and chopsticks are available with a nice cat chopsticks rest!

Live sawagani/river crabs!

All kinds of friends seem to bring him local finds!
Yesterday one brought local live sawagani/river crabs!

Italian cuisine is also present with caprese salad!

Local asparaguses sauteed and served with cheese!

Southern French cuisine appears very much with local fish!

Isaki/伊佐木/Chicken Grunt (the fish name!) meuniere!

Fuku Chan had the sawagani drunk live in white wine before deep-frying them as they were!
A true local delicacy!

Even Spanish and Moroccan cuisine find their way in with this tajine paella!

As the menu changes regularly expect new finds and morsels!

To be continued…

KURONEKO TEI
430-0931 Hamamatsu City, Naka Ku, Shinmei Cho, 315-8 (Sakana Machi Street near Shimizu Bank)
Tel: 053-453-9334
Business hours: Lunch, 12:00~16:00 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only). Dinner, 17:00~23:00
Closed on Tuesdays and fourth Monday
First floor entirely non-smoking!

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French Dessert with Local Shizuoka Ingredients by Tetsuya Sugimoto in Shizuoka City!

Service: Highly professional and friendly
Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Beautiful washroom
Prices: Reasonable~appropriate
Strong points: Freshest produce and ingredients only, mainly from Shizuoka Prefecture. Organic vegetables, top-class Shizuoka-bred meat and Suruga Bay seafood. Seasonal food only.

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Last Monday I had to visit Tetsuya Sugimoto, one of the very top French Restaurants in the whole Prefecture after lunch to talk with Tetsuya about white asparagus producers in Shizuoka (there is one!).
Having already eaten lunch, I nonetheless could not resist asking for a light dessert with my coffee as we conducted our talks!

The cake was a mousse made with Hon Yama tea grown along the Abe and Warashina Rivers in Shizuoka City laying over light Genoise biscuit/short cake!

The ice cream/sorbet was created with organic Akihime Strawberries from Shizen no Chikara farm in Shizuoka City!
Incidentally all sugar comes from sugar canes grown in Kakegawa City!

A delicious and extravagant dessert in its simplicity!
The perfect dessert for slim-conscious ladies!
Even a chauvinistic male like me loved it!

To be followed…

Tetsuya SUGIMOTO
420-0038 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Umeya,2-13,1F
Tel./Fax: 054-251-3051
Opening hours:11:30~14:30,17:30~21:30
Holidays: undecided
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE(Japanese)

Entirely non-smoking!