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Kyoto Ice Cream: Gion Kinana – Kinako Ice Cream

Kyoto Ice Cream: Gion Kinana – Kinako Ice Cream

Gion Kinana’s fresh-made kinako ice cream, more cream than ice, is the best Japanese ice cream that I have had. Their parfaits are completely amazing too. Kinana is located in Gion, just off of Hanamikoji Street, one of Kyoto’s most scenic and historic neighborhoods. I liked Kinana so much I went back for ice cream and parfaits like 10 times…

Setsubun Wagashi: Oni-ni-Kanabo from Kyoto Confectionery Sentaro

Setsubun Wagashi: Oni-ni-Kanabo from Kyoto Confectionery Sentaro

At Setsubun, people in Japan are thinking eho-maki sushi rolls, grilled sardine and roasted soybeans to prevent misfortune and increase happiness. No one thinks of wagashi. Sentaro, a shinise confectionery in Kyoto, made their own unique and tasty Setsubun demon theme roll, but you don’t get sushi from a confectionery, it’s a wagashi roll! Its quite long and comes wrapped…

Wagashi: Imo Mochi (Sweet Potato Mochi)

Wagashi: Imo Mochi (Sweet Potato Mochi)

I was invited by a farmer friend in rural Kyoto to the Kyoto Prefecture Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Festival 2009 and got to see and taste a lot of foodie delights from all over Kyoto Prefecture. Kyoto prefecture isn’t just the ancient capital, it goes all the way across Honshu to the Sea of…

Kyoto Egg and Omelette Shinise: Egg Yolk Anpan Sweet Bun

Kyoto Egg and Omelette Shinise: Egg Yolk Anpan Sweet Bun

Miki Keiran is a shinise egg and dashimaki tamago (Kyoto-style rolled omelette) purveyor in the foodie’s paradise called Nishiki Market. Their dashimaki is the best and that is about all that they make. I noticed some buns for sale on top of the dashimaki showcase. These are an original anpan. Anpan is a popular Japanese sweet bun filled with bean…

Wagashi: ‘Kyobeni’ D.I.Y. Azuki and Monaka

Wagashi: ‘Kyobeni’ D.I.Y. Azuki and Monaka

“I want to be crisp.” Very ‘Kyoto’ and ‘un-Kyoto’; it’s ‘do it yourself’ anko paste in monaka cookies! Not only that, the monaka cookie is the shape and design of a maiko’s lipstick compact. This wagashi turned out to be a lot of fun and solves a vexing problem for monaka aficionados.
’Do It Yourself’ Azuki and Monaka…

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