Coffee Stand, Hair & Botanical. One stop caffeine & styling spot in backstreet Tokyo.

When I first moved here about 7 years ago good coffee was extremely hard to find.  Japan’s well-known “Americano” or blend coffee was the trend, with a handmade espresso coffee a bit of a mission to find.  Now There is talk of the third wave with big names like Blue Bottle Coffee & the trendy … More Coffee Stand, Hair & Botanical. One stop caffeine & styling spot in backstreet Tokyo.

Benisica, a timeless Ginza Cafe – home of Japanese pizza toast!

Tokyo has a lot of places to eat & drink.  Every step you take there are choices everywhere you look. I am continually noting places that look good and add them to a must try list, but this list never becomes any shorter and no matter how hard I try it simply becomes longer and … More Benisica, a timeless Ginza Cafe – home of Japanese pizza toast!

Taste of Japanese Summer – Hiyashi Chuka cold noodles 冷やし中華

  Every year one of the indicators for me that Summer is nearby, apart from the temperature is the appearance of hiyashi chuka on menus across Tokyo’s ramen, Chinese & family restaurants. While ramen has now hit the level of awareness and fondness globally, not a lot of my friends were familiar with my favourite … More Taste of Japanese Summer – Hiyashi Chuka cold noodles 冷やし中華

123km cycling trip around Tokyo, 3 rivers and a lake.

I love cycling, especially around Tokyo but you will NOT find me in lycra at any point!  T-shirt & shorts with a Camelbak backpack bladder full of Aquarius or Poccari Sweat.  (Having covered nearly all of Tokyo I hope that my course below helps someone.) I don’t need any inspiration to get on my bike … More 123km cycling trip around Tokyo, 3 rivers and a lake.

Kanda Matsuya and one of Tokyo’s original fast foods – soba!

I love soba noodles. My first experience was as during a high school exchange when I was 15 in Izumo, Shimane prefecture.  In my opinion Izumo soba is the best soba in Japan however Kanda Matsuya comes close, especially with it’s unique older Tokyo style of dining. The atmosphere of Kanda Matsuya is as special … More Kanda Matsuya and one of Tokyo’s original fast foods – soba!