Kake Udon Recipe

In Japan the cooler weather calls for deep bowls of hot, steaming noodles. Following is a very simple recipe for a standard “Kake Udon” ie Udon noodles with basic broth (Kakejiru). As with other Japanese noodles such as Soba, Ramen and Somen there are of course many variations on the theme but this traditional broth is […]


Toraya, founded in the 16th Century, in one of Kyoto’s most prestigious makers of Wagashi – traditional Japanese confectionery. Now if you don’t know anything about Wagashi – here’s an earlier post about my fascination for the stuff! There are now many stores throughout Japan including 2 tea-rooms in Kyoto and my favourite is the Ichijo store just […]

Comme Chez Michel

Thanks to a recommendation by a well-fed Francophile Japanese friend we recently checked out Comme Chez Michel and were not disappointed. No mucking around just really solid French bistro eats in a charming setting in the centre of Kyoto. With snow fluttering outside it was not a huge leap to imagine we were in a cosy […]

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