{  Clinton St. Baking Company  }

Clinton St. Baking Company
Clinton St. Baking Company
Clinton St. Baking Company
Clinton St. Baking Company
Clinton St. Baking Company

I have been searching for a hearty delicious breakfast joint for a while and I finally found one. Clinton Street Baking Co. came from NY and made it’s opening debut at the end of August 2013. This place has a long line out the door as almost every popular Japanese pancake place does, but since it’s in a slightly random location there could be days that you will get lucky to have a shorter line. The first time we came here was during the opening week and the lines weren’t too long so it only took about an hour to be seated. The second time we visited was around 11:30am and the line was ridiculously long so we gave up. The third time was a little earlier around 10AM on a rainy day and we only had to wait about 15min. I think this place became such a popular spot so quickly due to it’s delicious pancakes.

Pictured above are their Blueberry Pancakes + Banana Walnut Pancakes with warm maple butter for 1500yen each. Also pictured are the Huevos Rancheros (1500yen) as well as the Eggs Benedict (1600yen). We’ve also tried their chocolate scone (250yen) as well as the corn bread (250yen). Everything was so good with the single exception of the Eggs Benedict. Sadly I was very disappointed with the uber dry scone under the eggs (instead of the usual english muffin). However, their pancakes and Huevos Rancheros were both absolutely delicious. We also noticed that compared to the first time we visited, their service and kitchen flow got so much smoother which was an improvement. Come here if you want a hearty breakfast and some seriously delicious pancakes.

Their online menu: Link

Address // 5-17-1, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6450-5944
Website // http://clintonstreetbaking.co.jp/

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{  Toshi Yoroizuka  }

Toshi Yoroizuka
Toshi Yoroizuka
Toshi Yoroizuka
Toshi Yoroizuka

Toshi Yoroizuka is known as one of the top 3 pastry chef’s in Japan and he is famous for his exquisite desserts. I had an amazing opportunity to be part of a French film documentary with both Toshi Yoroizuka and Christophe Adam, a Michelin-rated French pastry chef. This was such a surreal experience, I still can’t believe it happened and I’d have to say that my experience and review may be just a little biased :)

Although I’ve tried Toshi Yoroizuka’s desserts before, I’ve never had the chance to dine at his salon in Roppongi Midtown until now. Let me tell you, it’s a completely different experience compared to simply purchasing his desserts to-go. His salon is a cool chic space with 14 seats. Chef Yoroizuka explained that he never plans to make the seating space larger because this personal feeling/atmosphere cannot be achieved if it becomes too big.

Dining at his salon is a MUST if you are into sweets. It is such a special experience as you get to enjoy freshly made pastries that can only be savored to the fullest when they are just made. For example, I had the mouth-watering ‘Watermelon mille-feuille’ (1200 yen) which is a seasonal dessert that includes watermelon from Tottori, puff pastry straight from the oven, and is topped with homemade salted ice cream. This perfectly constructed masterpiece can only be appreciated within minutes of its creation since the delicate balance of the ingredients would quickly collapse. I literally melted after my first bite. It was SO good. In fact, everyone kept taking bites off of my plate! (Please note that the menu changes frequently so you may not be able to eat the same items.)

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{  San Francisco Peaks  }

San Francisco Peaks
San Francisco Peaks
San Francisco Peaks
San Francisco Peaks

San Francisco Peaks serves American-style breakfast/brunch food such as pancakes, omelets and burgers but it doesn’t really have much to do with San Francisco in my opinion. The restaurant is very nicely designed and we enjoyed the ambiance. Seems like most people order the pancakes here but the burgers are tasty too. Since the building is 2 stories high, we didn’t have to wait much in line when we got there even though it was 1pm on a Sunday.

We ordered the Avocado Mozzarella Burger for 1350yen and the Buttermilk Pancake with homemade sausage (we chose the ‘Pork Mexicano Chipotle & Smoked Cheese’ Sausage) for 1200yen. Everything was tasty and we enjoyed our meal but the portions were rather small and not exactly “Californian size”.

The restaurant is located in a great area, with easy access to Harajuku/Omotesando/Meijijingumae so you can enjoy shopping and cafe hopping in the area. When we went, it was filled with families, couples and some single guests so it’s a really easy and casual place that anyone can enjoy.

Address // 3-28-7, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5775-5707
Website // http://sf-peaks.com/

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{  Krispy Kreme Halloween Special  }

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Halloween Special
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Halloween Special
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Halloween Special

Trick or Treat!

Look at these festive Halloween donuts by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. They are currently having a limited edition Halloween Special until 10/31. Our friends kindly brought these over the other day, it was such an awesome treat!

Included in this Halloween box set are:
- Original Glazed
- Orange Chocolate Spider
- Caramel Halloween Jack
- Purple Potato Mont Blanc
- Chocolate Iced Custard Filled

In case you didn’t know, Krispy Kreme taste the best after microwaving them for 7~8 seconds just before you eat them. It really makes a difference ;)

Website // http://krispykreme.jp/index.html




{  Kyoto Cafes  }

Kyoto Cafes
Kyoto Cafes
Kyoto Cafes

“Machiya cafes” have become quite popular in Kyoto these days. They are basically cafe’s which are created out of an old/traditional-style house and converted into Japanese organic cafes. They are typically located in residential areas of Kyoto and are a little hard to find but we came across one of them and had a nice dinner so I thought I’d share this place. Actually, there were quite a few Machiya Cafes on the same street after we were walking back to the main streets so I suggest to walk along this street and check them out if you’re interested.

{ Omo Cafe }
Address // 499 Umeyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan‎ (map)
Phone Number // 075-221-7500
Website // http://www.secondhouse.co.jp/omoya2_cafe-top.html

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Kyoto Cafes
Kyoto Cafes

After having dinner at Omo Cafe, we walked towards Kamogawa and decided to chill at one of the nicer Starbucks in town. The terrace seating happens to be on top of the river and it’s a great spot to chill and sip on some coffee. Lots of love birds were hanging out along the river too. Nice romantic place for sure♡

{ Starbucks Sanjo Ohashi Branch }
Address // 113, Nakajimacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 075-213-2326
Website // http://www.starbucks.co.jp

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Kyoto Cafes
Kyoto Cafes

Right before heading back to Tokyo on the Shinkansen (bullet train), we tea-ed at Malebranche inside of Kyoto station and had a nice treat. My Matcha-ore was yummm.

{ Malebranche/マールブランシュ }
Address // Inside Kyoto JR Station
Phone Number // 075-661-3808
Website // http://www.malebranche.co.jp/

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This will be the last post of my Kyoto trip series. Hope you enjoyed them :)

Related Posts on Kyoto:
1) Hirobun
2) Nakamura Tokichi
3) Kyoto Trip
4) Kyoto Cafes