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Friday, March 30, 2012

AGT2 cafe Hibino (あじと2 カフェ日びの)| Rice Cafe | Sapporo

Today I'll show you one of my favorite cafes, "AGT2 cafe Hibino (あじと2 カフェ日びの)", located near Toyohira River, Sapporo.

This is a rice cafe run by a rice store, featuring delicious rice and healthy ingredients. Sounds wonderful, doesn't it?? Let's enter it!

There is a cute rice shop on the 1st floor, but it is NOT a normal shop.

Look at the carefully-selected rice↓ Each delicious rice bag has the producer's name and picture.

Fashionable chopsticks are sold here, too! Actually I bought two pairs of them!

Well, well, well, let's go upstairs!

I love this atmosphere!!! Very cozy cafe, isn't it?

Ornaments in this space are very fashionable!!!

Long counter seats are perfect for single dinners!

Are you interested in their healthy lunch menu?
Personally I recommend their grilled risotto. As it contains a lot of beans, we can take in sufficient vitamin B1, B2, dietary fibers, iron, and calcium from the dish.

How about today's specials? They use several types of fish containing DHA, a healty fish oil.

Desserts are very cute and appetizing! Surprisingly, they use rice or grains for the desserts, too! Wow!

Everything here is my favorite. For example, this chopstick case and hand towel holder are very cute!

This is today's special. We can have free refills on rice and miso soup. I love this wonderful system! Of course, I enjoyed two kinds of brown rice today! Hahaha!

This is "fermented brown rice".
As selected brown rice is fermented, it is easily digested. The rice is cooked with azuki beans and salt. Sounds very healthy, doesn't it?

This is "DX Asunaro brown rice".
Small brown rice is mixed with the original stock of brown rice. The blended rice is cooked with kelp seaweed and salt, and we can enjoyed the different texture at the same time. Yummy x 2!!

The side dishes are mushrooms↓ and


This is the main dish♪
Saury and vegetables are grilled with cheese! Very healthy and delicious!!!

I like this broccoli named "Romanesco". See?! This cafe is very recommendable!

I chose this home-made ginger ale. It tastes very ginger and not too sweet! Hahaha!

My choice for dessert is this↓
Do you have any idea what the brown and purple dots on the milk pudding?

They are 15 kinds of grains! 
As the dessert is not too sweet, it can be loved by everybody!

Time runs very slowly here! 

They are also eco-friendly. No extra paper is prepared here. Look at this↓ They prepare small towels in the bathroom.

I really love this cafe!

■Where is "AGT2 cafe Hibino (あじと2 カフェ日びの)"?

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Hairy Crab; 1,980→1,000 yen | Hokuren Shop Green Court (ホクレンショップクリーンコート)| Sapporo

I like depachika (a basement of a department store where foodstuffs are usually sold) especially in the evening, because they have a price war!
Actually I visited "Hokuren Shop Green Court (ホクレンショップグリーンコート), a supermarket in ESTA, a shopping mall adjacent to JR Sapporo station, at around 6 o'clock yesterday.

Look at the price tag! It was supposed to be 1,980 yen, but finally..............

It became 1,000 yen only!

I love hairy crabs very much! Yummy x 2!!

I really recommend you to go to depachika in the evening, one or two hours before their closing time!

■Where is ESTA (エスタ)?

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sapporo Ramen Enishiya (札幌らーめん縁や)| Shrimp Ramen Restaurant | Shinsapporo

Broth of Sapporo ramen is usually pork-based, but if you like shrimp-based broth, why don't you go to "Sapporo Ramen Enishiya (札幌らーめん縁や)" in Shinsapporo?

Let's enter it!
This ramen restaurant has won the second place in the "Naional Ramen Conpetition" sponsored by the Shinyokohama Ramen Museum. Sounds wonderful, doesn't it? 

When you come here, please try "ebi soba", or shrimp ramen!

I've found another attractive menu here! This is an "ojiya set" or a rice porridge set! We can make rice porridge with leftover of ramen soup! Of course, I ordered it! Hahaha!

Here come "ebi soba" and  an "ojiya set"!

The shrimp soup is very thick!!!

This tender char siu is very appetizing!!!

The noodles are selectable; wavy ones or straight ones. I chose wavy one, which really suits with rich shrimp soup!

The shrimp flavor and red miso paste go well with each other. This ramen won the first place in the "2003 Ramen Cup", broadcasted by TV Tokyo.

After eating this delicious ramen, I enjoyed rice porridge! When I opened the lid,

Wow! Wow! Wow!
Why is the rice heart-shaped? Hahaha?

Please pour the leftover soup to a porridge pan, and simmer it for a while.

Mix egg with tempura flakes, and pour it over the rice. That's it!

Looks yummy x 2!!
Actually this is very yummy!!!

Do you want to try it? Please open your mouth! Hahaha!
The rice absorbs delicious shrimp juice and it is really recommendable♪

■Where is "Sapporo Ramen Enishiya (札幌らーめん縁や)"?
*This ramen restaurant is on the 5th floor of the Shinsapporo Arc City DUO.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Takahashi Ryoriten (たかはし料理店。)| Reasonable & Healthy Staff Canteen | Sapporo

Do you want to eat healthy homemade-type Japanese dishes in the downtown area of Sapporo? If so, I recommend "Takahashi Ryoriten (たかはし料理店。)"↓ 

Located in the current Hokkaido Government building across the former one↓, this staff cafeteria is open to the public.

Let's enter it!

There is a normal cafeteria on the B1F, but please ignore it! Hahaha! This is a typical cheap dining area...........

Go up to the top floor, and you can find this fashionable staff canteen!

Are you with your family members or friends? Please use a big table.

If you are alone, how about the counter seats? Isn't that great??? We can enjoy the beautiful view from the top floor!

You must become happy to see this cityscape! Look at the ski jump on Mt. Okura!

The location is also perfect! The Hokkaido Government building is between Odori Park and JR Sapporo station. We can easily drop by this dining area after sightseeing or shopping.

During the lunch hours, a "Myself lunch plate" is recommendable. More than 10 kinds of home-made type Japanese dishes are selectable, and we can make our own lunch set.

Fish, meat, vegetables........... All of them are very healthy!

Desserts and drinks are also served.
If you're hungry after the lunch hours, I recommend a "cheff's special lunch set". Do you have any idea how much is it???

A. It is only 500 yen!!!
Wow! Wow! Wow! How reasonable it is!

*It is NOT served before 13:30.

I've found special eggs, another special items!
How unique are the eggs? The hatchery building is a large open space, similar to the nature. The healthy hens lay delicious eggs!! Sounds yummy x 2!!!

This is an "Omakase teisyoku" or a "chef's special lunch set", which comes with rice and miso soup!

These are typical home-made type Japanese dishes; low in calories and high in protein! The set is nutritionally well-balanced, including seafood, and a lot of vegetables and beans.

How about home-made furikake (seasoned dried seafood)?

Please sprinkle it on rice! It was very delicious and recommendable!

Have you ever heard black bean tea? It is good for your health and beauty! If you're worried about your high cholesterol and body fat, please try it! Your condition can get better! Actually it is very testy!

■Where is "Takahashi Ryoriten (たかはし料理店。)"?

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■Tour guide information■
Do you need a nationally-licensed English-speaking tour guide when you travel to Hokkaido?
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