My last trip to Kyoto involved some very important research.
Above is the result of a full blown investigation into Kyoto cafes. Ooops - slight exagerration - one cafe. I was specifically looking for a "back up" venue for a cafe I plan to include in the itineraries for my Kyoto Winter Cuisine and Culture (Zenbu Ryori and Zenbu Zen) tours
On this trip I discovered that my first choice cafe for one particular day of the itinerary is now closed on that particular day of the week (blah!) - so the additional research was an absolute necessity. I therefore sacrificed my arteries to the god of cream and chocolate...
All the cakes and tarts in the glass cabinet of Harbs ( in the Daimaru Department Store) - looked fantastic. Perfect. Too perfect... I was sure they would be the opposite. All style, no substance. A pretty tease.... I've been tricked before ( although long ago) in Japan.
Turns out I'd been too quick to judge. I found the German chocolate and walnut number (above) to be quite, quite stunning. And only wish I could have asked for a tiny slice of each offering, just a wee tastette... you know like people apparently do when planning their weddings.... Clearly I'm a very committed tour guide. And not just greedy!
So lookout Harbs - I'll be back soon, with a few friends.
And if you bloody well end up being closed we might have to resort to this nearby vending machine for an ice cream!!
Coolish anyone?? (They are actually not bad - for an squeezable ice cream you suck out of a bag..)
If you like the look of these you might like to hop over to my KYOTO WINTER TOURS PAGE.