Now for the second part of the trip is focused on the food! I would have millions of pictures because trust me I ate a lot but I was too busy actually eating to take any more pictures. We stayed at a traditional ryokan which are traditional Japanese “hotels” usually associated with hot springs. Upon checking in they serve you tea and small sweets, some kind of wagashi (japanese sweets like dango) usually. That’s the first picture above, green tea and manju with red bean paste inside.
The second picture was during dinner which as customary, is brought to your room. An entire course with usually 6 or 7 dishes in small portions are brought, it’s called kaiseki.
We also went to a river restaurant for lunch during our 2nd day. Don’t freak out about the picture, I know it may look gross or inviting to some of you but nevertheless it is delicious. It’s a cooked/grilled river fish and it is very normal to see these types of dishes in Kyoto. Back to the river restaurant. It’s in an area of Kyoto called Kibune which is very famous for their many restaurants by the river. You are so close to the water you can touch it! It’s perfect during the summer as it’s very refreshing and cool. There’s also many restaurants you can choose from that are built on different parts of the river! I’ve been to two of them but they were both amazing! This is the one I went to this time http://kibune-beniya.jp/
I also stopped by a little cafe on one of the streets and these are the three things my friends and I ordered. Yes, they are all green tea flavored! I swear I had so much green tea during this trip. It was everywhere, not that I mind since I love green tea anything. I think I had green tea soft cream at least three times! The top picture is green tea ice cream with pound cake, the second is a green tea parfait and the third is green tea shave ice that came with red pean paste, jelly, and shiratama (type of mochi) My friends and I finished everything down to the last bite and we weren’t even that hungry! One thing about Japanese sweets I really enjoy is that they aren’t too sweet usually and the green tea taste was so authentic (at least in Kyoto).
So basically that’s all the food pictures I took, I know it’s not a lot but I hope it still helped you get a little idea of my trip!
Also I don’t know if you guys have heard of the brand Angela and Roi but they are a company that sells hand bags promoting awareness for various colors with each handbag color representing a cause such as , AIDS, Cancer, and Diabetes. A part of the profit goes to a specific organization for that cause.
Right now they have an ongoing project called the The Ribbon Project which delivers hopeful personal messages and positive energy to Cancer and Disease fighters and it would be great if some of you would participate ! It’s really simple and easy and won’t take too much time, I’ve already picked a patient (:
(2) Pick a patient you would like to support
(3) Leave a get well comment
(4) We hand write your message and deliver it to the fighter under your name