..speaking of coffee, while in tokyo i went to town on coffee beans, picking up (small) bags of house-roasted single-origin beans from a handful of different shops: The Coffee Shop Daikanyama, The Cream of the Crop, The Roastery by Nozy Coffee, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Fuglen Tokyo. i can't have too much coffee these days, so going through them slowly, savoring every drop and whiff of them..
a cup of coffee with some of the beans i got from #MaruyamaCoffee in Karuizawa, and a bar of sourdough & sea salt (!) chocolate from #PumpStreetBakery, brought over from England (thanks!!! x)
sat down and enjoyed a cup of (decaf) cappuccino from Karuizawa's own Maruyama Coffee at one of their few cafes/shops in Karuizawa, at Harunire Terrace. it has taken me three days to post about it all, but in fact i was in Karuizawa only for a day - one filled with so many beautiful sceneries, delicious things, and laughters! thanks for the wonderful day everyone - hoping to see you all soon cx
first things first: ice creams from this little farm shop come in a wide variety and are in general good. and then, by an odd twist of fate, i went for asparagus and koshihikari sake gelatos. yes, asparagus. it wasn't that it was devastatingly bad, but let's just say i wouldn't go back for more. and it made the sake gelato taste good by comparison, and i don't even like sake. also, i inadvertently provided entertainment for my company, who were laughing their head off (i'm looking at you, M!!). this pick-the-weirdest-gelato-flavor challenge was brought to you by @mappetlondon - thanks for your sponsoring 😂😂😂 at Harunire Terrace in Karuizawa.
chillin' at the quiet cafe over house-roasted coffee served in beautiful china. i would never have found it if not for @mappetlondon and her mother, both of who are extremely well up with new/old/nice/tasty spots near and far. thank you so much for taking me along! at Wa-coffee in Karuizawa.
over the last few years i've seen my friend @mappetlondon work tirelessly on their garden at their beautiful house just outside London, turning it into a little heaven of a rose garden. i've yet to have a chance to be there when the flowers are at their fullest but been mostly seeing them in pictures (as you can, too - feast your eyes on the fruit of love and care, tagged with #mappet家のガーデン). this year, she happens to be back in Japan during the rose season in Karuizawa, Nagano, where her parents now live. i figured it might just be a next best thing to do to go check out one of the most impressive rose gardens with her. i may possibly have tuned out her running commentary on the roses we were seeing (my bad!! :p) but i had such a glorious time with her and her daughter M, admiring the splendor of roses of all kinds blooming away there at Karuizawa Lake Garden. thanks girls! x #rosegarden
i may not be present at the venue, but that doesn't stop me from celebrating the start of #wimbledon2015 over here in japan, with the help of strawberries & cream and some ready-to-drink @pimmsgb drinks (loved the #pimmscidercup, and the strawberry mint #pimmsandlemonade was nice too), courtesy of @mappetlondon, who once took me along to the @wimbledon grounds where we shared some bubbles. good times! #pimmsoclock
a small selection of bread and pastries from katane bakery. i wasn't aware that the legendary bakery, which provides bread to such cafes as blue bottle and paddlers, was located just around the corner from the latter's newly opened flagship until i was at the coffee shop. the small bakery and its downstairs cafe were both full with more people waiting outside for their turns. next time hopefully i'll get to grab a table there!