Japan Snapshots: Random

A random set of images from Japan: A friend of bread is a friend of mine   Cupola Sanjo, the covered segment of Sanjo Dori (and its delightful chicken logo) Waiting at a tram stop, Osaka   Details, Pontocho, Kyoto Children’s book, Kyoto Coffee Shop – rather surreal to try and understand it from the ... Read more »

Baked Chorizo, Cod & Potatoes

On a rainy day in February, when it seemed that half the country had turned into an inland sea, we unexpectedly found ourselves with over four kilos of incredibly fresh, top quality Skrei (line-caught Norwegian cod). We’d been expecting a far smaller delivery but a miscommunication somewhere along the line resulted in “individual portions” being ... Read more »

No Magical Tales To Tell at Fable

I really wanted to like Fable Bar & Restaurant. I really, really did. But it wasn’t to be. The venue takes inspiration from “fairy tales and the fabulous fables of Aesop” and is described as an all-day bar and restaurant and event space. It is certainly an attractively decorated venue, spread across three floors. There ... Read more »

Eat & Drink St Pancras International

Following a recent invitation to discover some of the food and drink highlights available at St Pancras International station, Pete and I had a lovely morning visiting Benugo’s Espresso Bar, Searcys Champagne Bar and Sourced Market.     Unlike the downstairs branch of Benugo, the upstairs coffee bar (near the Martin Jennings sculpture of poet ... Read more »

Japan Snapshots: Cats & Dogs

A few more images from Japan: Cats of Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto     Pampered Dogs, Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion), Kyoto   Model of a biting dog outside a restaurant in Gion, Kyoto     Cat in a hat, Sumiyoshitaisha Shrine, Osaka   Cuddly Dominion, Kyushu   Grammarly is a writing tool that checks ... Read more »

Ramen, At The Corner

I was really happy with our Kyoto hotel choice for last October’s stay. The previous year, we’d split our 5 nights in Kyoto between the gorgeous Shiraume ryokan in Gion and Hotel Granvia, located in the large and modern Kyoto Station building. That worked wonderfully for our first visit to Kyoto. This time, I wanted ... Read more »