• Rondinella, Hillside Cafe with View Overlooking Nagano City

    This cafe’s neighborhood has 4 ceramic art studios and the cafe’s whimsical design and imaginative construction reflect the artistic vibe of the local craftsmen. And the cakes are splendid and the coffee and other drinks top class. And did I mention the view? We actually had front row seats to an afternoon thunder and lightning show today. The location is a bit remote from the city center (one review complained about getting tired just from the drive there) but for us, the drive up through the apple orchards and rice paddies was a refreshing break from urban concrete. Website (Japanese): https://valuet.co.jp/maison-b/rondinella/

    August 3, 2023

  • 5 Platinum Medal Winners at the 2022 France Sake Concourse

    Congratulations to Obasute Masamune, Endo Brewery and the others, a total of 5 Platinum Medal winners at the 2022 France Sake Concourse. https://kuramaster.com/search/fr/sake/n4935717660611

    November 10, 2022

  • Fresh Vegetable Udon Dish in Onsen Town

      This amazing Udon dish has just released at a local restaurant MAIZURU in Togura-Kamiyamada Onsen Town in Chikuma City, Nagano. This city is known as a  place of producing wheat, the both of rice and wheat are grown in the same field because of the unique climate and abundant water.   The Vegetable Udon dish is served in the green seasons.  The noodles are quite thin like pasta. The Sauce is based on egg. You should mix with the local Miso paste including garlic, sesame oil, dried shrimp, and pour on the dish. All these vegetables are amazingly cut by hands!  Boiled soybeans on the top are also delicious. Some vitamins, proteins, and good quality oil are balancedly scattered.   See google map

    April 10, 2017