1010 Banchi (G7 Ise Summit Matsusaka: Part 5)

April 1 This is my fifth and final Matsusaka post for now. After eating at Mond Cafe, I walked to 1010 Banchi (1010番地, sin juu ban chi) for second dessert: it’s like second breakfast. Most Matsusakans know of 1010 Banchi. For example, when I was talking to a local, I began to say “Juu Juu…

Mond Cafe (G7 Ise Summit Matsusaka: Part 4)

March 31 I considered taking a break from Matsusaka, but I like finishing things, like TV series and bags of cookies. There is one Double Coated Tim Tam left and I opened it only yesterday. Eating issues aside, let’s begin. Mond Cafe (it is pronounced “Mondo,” モンドカフェ) is just a little over 1000 meters away…

Copain, No Gain (G7 Ise Summit Matsusaka: Part 3)

March 25 Our third stop in Matsusaka is Copain (コパン), a bakery cafe a little off the beaten track. As I walked from Bluemint to Copain, I did not get lost; however, I did worry about tumbling into the stream. I chose Copain on a whim, and because I felt like I needed to visit one more…

Bluemint (G7 Ise Summit Matsusaka: Part 2)

March 23 In my last post, I covered Matsusaka Beef(松阪牛) and Nagomi Kitchen Hoshi‘s doria. Continuing our tour of Matsusaka, let’s sip some joe at Bluemint (ブルーミント), or rather, you have the coffee, I’ll have the cake. It is rumored to serve some of the best coffee in Mie Prefecture, but I can’t attest to that (not a…

Nagomi Kitchen Hoshi (G7 Ise Summit Matsusaka: Part 1)

March 17 This is my first official post about places to eat if you are visiting Japan for the Ise Summit, or if you are simply in the Kansai (関西) area. Everyone has heard of Kobe beef (神戸牛), but Matsusaka beef (松阪牛) is just as legendary in Japan. Japanese beef is called wagyuu (和牛). Let’s assume…