Category Archives: FOOD

The riverside cake shop

Source: j-hoppers

Hi, this is Shiz from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.
I found a cake shop by the river the other day. (It’s been there for a long time but I just didn’t know it and just found it haha.)

I found that it’s actually one of the famous cake shops in Hiroshima!!
The shop is called “MUSIM PANEN”. I Google translated it. It means HARVEST SEASON in Indonesian. But no Indonesian people were working there.

The entrance is pretty cool. It looks like a hidden secret spot in a jungle.

There is this small sign at the entrance.
They have little colorful cakes and all looked good that I couldn’t decide which one to get…..but I did finally. Their coffee was good too!

It’s nice to be at the patio at this season.

1-16 Kanayamacho Nakaku Hiroshima city
(3mins away from Kanayamacho tram stop/Tram stop M5)

It’s interesting to walk riversides which Hiroshima’s got a lot, n you’ll find new places every time!

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Animal Cafes - Calaugh: Tokyo Asakusa


One of the most food-focused cat cafes in Tokyo, Calaugh serves light dishes like galettes and curries, with beer, wine and cocktails supplementing the usual coffee and tea. Before 6pm there’s a one-beverage minimum order in lieu of a cover charge, and coffee and soft drinks start at Y800. On weekends during the day you can pay for a three-hour session, which includes drinks.

The atmosphere is more subdued than average – the cats seem to enjoy chlling out in the cardboard boxes at each table rather than chasing each other around. The staff is quite attentive though, and will introduce you to a cat or two if your table is temporarily catless. In addition to cafe tables there are also a couple of comfortable sofa areas where you can stretch out.

There’s no age limit for visitors, but children under twelve are only allowed to stay until 6pm.

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Dining Diary - High Five Salad: Edogawabashi


“Step out of your comfort zone” reads the sign in front of the shop. Yes, it’s another salad bar with a slogan and an accompanying manifesto. The salads are pretty good though, some focusing on gourmet ingredients (prosciutto and mimolette; smoked duck and honey nuts; pork and mushroom with Boursin), and others on healthy-sounding grain combos (kale and quinoa; millet and beans).

Various dressings and toppings liven things up, and you can add squiggly pasta to your salad for free. There are eight salads in all, priced Y880-1100. Drinks include smoothies and iced coffee. …continue reading


Le Bar a Vin 52: Azabu-Juban


As the name implies, wine is the main focus at this bustling bar-restaurant, with a food menu designed to play a supporting role. Wine prices are extremely reasonable (the shop is run by the Seijo Ishii grocery chain), with quite a few wines priced at Y2800 or Y3200 per bottle, although you can certainly spend more if you’re so inclined. There are usually around twenty choices by the glass, and the ever-changing three-glass tasting flights are a nice option.

Wine goes with cheese of course, and the menu offers several different assorted cheese platters. One unusual dish is the camembert fondue – basically just a whole grilled camembert served with roast vegetables. The four-cheese gnocchi is an excellent delivery vehicle for good cheeses, and it’s put together with a perfect balance of pecorino, blue and wash cheeses.

Simple meat dishes are the other strong point here, starting with a plate of six different hams and salamis. The grilled-meat platter makes a nice followup, and with ample portions of grilled beef, pork and chicken it’s big enough to share among three or four people. Grilled Australian lamb chops are another highlight.

The dining room is quite stylish in a Parisian bistro sort of way, with wood furnishings, tiled walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. Most seating is on high stools, although there are some regular-height chairs as well. Service is friendly and competent, and wine advice is spot-on.

The atmosphere is casual, so it’s comfortable to just drop in for a glass of wine and a snack, or you might want to stay for a full, multi-course meal. Budget around Y3000-4500 or so for a full dinner with drinks, or around Y1000 at lunchtime. Reservations are recommended if you’re coming at …continue reading


Little Bird Cafe: A Gluten-Free Oasis in the Heart of Tokyo

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

For celiacs or gluten-free eaters, Little Bird Cafe is an oasis in the midst of countless meals drenched in soy sauce (which contains wheat FYI). Sure, if you can manage a bite or two there are several culinary experiences in Japan that are worth the stomach ache. Otherwise, Little Bird Cafe is the place to go for a delicious meal sans gluten.
The restaurant is on the fourth floor of a thin complex right next to Yoyogikoen Station. The location is perfect because it is very close to Yoyogi Park and Harajuku shopping. The restaurant makes for a great detour for a quick bite.
The space is quite small, with seats for only eight people or so. Designed under the influence of funky Harajuku, this converted apartment has plants hanging fr

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