Heavenly Hayashi

Once again I’ve stolen an old post from my other blog eatspeakjl.blogspot.com to share with you a ryotei (traditional restaurant serving Kaiseki cuisine) I ate at around 7 or 8 years ago in Kyoto…  I really can’t believe it was that long ago because I still remember the meal so fondly.  I’m not sure if […]

OHARA and Sanzen-in

I like to visit Ohara as regularly as I can. It’s just north of Kyoto city – about an hour in the bus from Kyoto station but feels so much further away. I love the local farming atmosphere and the greenery but the main reason I venture to Ohara is to visit Sanzen in (temple) […]

Japan Blue

Japan Blue

Every so often we get swept away with the colour in Japan. We cannot tell a lie. In fact it’s an every day occurrence whether we are in situ or looking at 30 something years worth of Japan travel photos.  Or merely dreaming. Last week it was green, or Midori, over at Zenbu Home and […]

Naoshima

Naoshima

It had reached the point of embarrassment. The business of ‘not yet’ having visited the ‘art island’ of Naoshima. Many of my clients had made the trip and raved, or were seeking my advice on a regular basis… ‘what’s it like?’ ‘when’s the best time to go?’ ‘where should we stay?’ ‘what’s the food like?’  I could only […]

Zenbu Zen Tour 2018

Zenbu Zen Tour 2018

Fall in love with beautiful Kyoto on this relaxing and inspiring  12 day cuisine & culture tour hosted by food & travel writer Jane Lawson and fellow Japanophile Gerard Kambeck.   ZENBU ZEN 2018 Our first tour for 2018, the ever popular and intimate 12 Day ZENBU ZEN Tour, focuses on superbly serene and fascinating Kyoto – Japan’s cultural […]

Tonyu Ramen

Hunger  + Frosty Kyoto day = a deep bowl of brothy noodles In this case – soy milk ramen.  And this ain’t your average soy milk – this is freshly ‘squeezed’ soy milk made by grinding pre-soaked (in pristine Kyoto mountain water) dried local (high quality and full flavoured) soy beans and filtering the creamy […]

Anzukko Gyoza

Usually when I’m in Kyoto long term I stay in an apartment but this particular trip was a shorty so it was all about hotel life (5 of ’em to be precise!).  Being slap bang in the centre of town this time it was easy to duck out for a quick bite to eat after […]

Going gluten-free in Japan ?

A couple of years ago one of my clients contacted me about coming along on one of my Japanese cuisine and culture tours.   She was keen to join us but was concerned as she is coeliac.  To be honest  I was a little worried too… how the heck was I going to get her around Japan sans gluten?? […]