Kyurious Kyoto

Kyoto never ceases to amaze me. There is always something a little curious bubbling away under the serenely elegant surface and this evening of glorious entertainment (circa 2011) was certainly an eye opener.  Enjoying the surprisingly open, raw and rich performances ( from burlesque to fire-breathing to improvised dance in honour of Tohoku and a […]

Japanese Cuisine and Culture Tour Jan 9-20. Almost Sold Out.

A big HELLO to all who have expressed an interest in our January Tour ! This is just to let you know that we ONLY HAVE 3 PLACES LEFT for the ZENBU ZEN 9-20 January 2016 Tour.  Scratch that – there is now only ONE SPOT LEFT! Is it meant for you?? So if you’ve been […]


Don’t mind if I do. Normally when in Japan I like to seek out the smaller, cosy little tucked away cafes but sometimes you just have to duck in somewhere nearby for a caffeine/sugar fix right? HARBS is a coffee and cake chain found all over Japan (and elsewhere)  – 32 shops and counting! When shopping […]

Tempura Matsu

Tempura Matsu

As any of you who follow my blogs will know – I’m just a little bit enamoured with restaurant Tempura Matsu in Kyoto’s Arashiyama area. I’ve waxed lyrical about it on far too many occasions – so this post is purely for your viewing pleasure. From lunch January 2015.  If you are in Kyoto do book early for […]

Ryoriya de Stephan Pantel

Ryoria de Stephan Pantel in Kyoto is one of those places I keep being drawn back to. You can read more about it here – but below is a visual on my last meal there with one of my groups. Stunning as ever.  If you are looking for a special occasion restaurant in Kyoto – […]

Chisou Inaseya

Yet another excellent Kyoto restaurant I’ve walked by a million times and not realised was there. Chisou Inaseya is a chicken  restaurant specialising in Chicken Sukiyaki (that’s the local style – not beef like you might be used to) and they also do great chicken nabe (hotpot) and chicken sashimi for those of you not […]

Dean and Deluca Kyoto

This is a very short post to say that if you are in downtown Kyoto  on the hop and in much need of a quick and decent cuppa and/or a burger/sandwich –  but you can’t stand the thought of going to one of the large fast food chains  – then check out the front cafe section of the large Dean and Deluca […]