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Lunch Out

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A nice lunch out with plenty of healthy dishes to choose from at this organic restaurant in Kyoto

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Some nice Autumn colors

Some nice Autumn colors

Trying to catch a bus

Trying to catch a bus

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Warabi Mochi, Kitsune Udon

There are so many different types of foods you can find at these casual drop in food places. Here, the sign is offering Warabi Mochi, Kitsune Udon and Zaru soba. Have you tried any of these?

Kyoto Lunch

Kyoto Lunch, Zakkoku Rice

Kyoto Lunch

Kyoto Lunch

I have been in Kyoto and was enjoying some very nice food both at lunch and dinner time. One of my favorite restaurants here is called Mumokuteki. The food is all organic, looks delicious and is very tasty.

雑穀米

雑穀米 Zakkoku rice

Zakkokumai or Zakkoku rice (雑穀米)means “mixed grain rice”. The mix I am eating has a reddish color. It may contain akamai (red rice) or maybe kuromai (black rice) in it.

Delicious

Delicious

Miso Soup

Miso Soup

It is probably best not to rest your chopsticks across the bowl, called watashi-bashi 渡し箸, unless you are signaling you have had enough and maybe didn’t like the meal. I certainly haven’t finished the meal in this photo, but just wanted to show off the nice grain of wood on the chopsticks.

Sakura mochi

Sakuramochi, Wagashi

Sakura mochi

Sakura mochi

I had some tea and Sakuramochi while in Kyoto. Sakuramochi is a type of wagashi, Japanese sweets, made from red bean paste and wrapped in a sakura leaf. Th leaves are normally dry preserved from the previous season. The Kansai sakuramochi is made differently to that in Kanto. Can you tell the difference?

Hojicha

Hojicha

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Ebisu dinner time

Margarita pizza with fireplace in the background

Margarita pizza with fireplace in the background

Went out to dinner in Ebisu with a friend this evening and enjoyed pizza and pasta at Mercer Cafe. Very nice restaurant with a real fireplace in the center of the room. The pizza was particularly delicious, thin and crispy.

Food in Japan is great.

Ebi pasta

Ebi pasta

Deserts were from another place in Ebisu, also very nice.

Mango crepe

Mango crepe

Chocolate dessert

Chocolate dessert