Monday, September 26, 2016

菓子・茶房チェカ Kashi Chabou Cheka in Kyoto : Pudding Kakigori for Summer

Summer is all about KAKIGORI!!! 

But I was getting a bit bored of the usual matcha or fruit kakigori. So when I heard of the pudding kakigori from Cheka, I knew I got to try it. Kashi . Chabou Cheka is a patisserie cum tea house in Okazaki (near Hei-an Jingu) that sells simple cakes and cookies made freshly in their small kitchen. It is easy to miss the place as the space is actually renovated from a private house. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Snoopy Tea House in Kyoto : NEW OPEN on 31st August 2016

Snoopy fans can rejoice with the opening of the third Snoopy Tea House right in the heart of Kyoto. Unlike the Snoopy Cafe and Museum in Tokyo, the menu of Snoopy Tea House is visually more representative of the characters and leans towards Japanese cuisine. In fact, the concept is not different from the first two outlets which are located near historically strategic spots Ise Jingu and Yufuin.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Coffee Hive : Surprising Good Chicken Wanton Mee 

Never knew Coffee Hive existed since 2012 until I became an office slave in CBD area. There are 6 outlets and the latest outlet replaced a salad shop opposite Far East Square. According to their website, this place was opened by four men in a bid to provide affordable kopi and local food to the working crowds in the area. 

I am usually quite skeptical about such cafes, especially after quite a disappointing experience at Xu Le Straits Coffee House in Far East Square. Fortunately my visit wasn't all too bad, thanks to the wanton Mee that saved the day. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Marukyu Koyamaen: Most Instagram-Ed Matcha Roll Cake of Japan

It's not a new cafe.

Marukyu Koyamaen has been around since 1964 and it began as a tea producer in Uji City. Recently I noticed that it had shot to fame on social media with its iconic matcha roll cake and decided to check out if it lived up to the hype. 
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