The Best Sakura Soft Cream in Town: Kyokusuien

I had a hell of a time looking up the name to this hole-in-the-wall ice cream shop, but it’s actually hard to miss the storefront! Located at the base of the hill leading up to the Ishikawamon (石川門) Gate of Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen, Kyokusuien (曲水案) specializes in Japanese flavors of soft ice cream. While…

Yes, You Should Try Soy-Sauce Ice Cream (Yamato Soy Sauce & Miso Company)

I probably don’t need to mention how much I love “weird” local flavors of ice cream. In fact, I’m not sure I really need to preface this post with an explanation about how soy-sauce ice cream sounds a bit odd to people unfamiliar with Japanese “savory” flavors used in sweet ice cream.

Hug Chai Works: Get Your Bagel Fix in Kanazawa

Hug Chai Works (ハグチャイワークス) Location: Sainen, Kanazawa (Kencho Road/60 near Kanazawa Station) Type: Lunch, café Dietary: Meals are not vegetarian-friendly, but bagels and baked goods are. Language: Japanese Part of the reason I learned how to make my own bagels was that in Japan, really good bagels are not easy to find, especially outside of major metropolitan…

Veg* Out in Kanazawa: Aashirwad

Aashirwad (アシワード) Location: Kohrinbo, Kanazawa Type: Indian/Nepalese; lunch, dinner Veg status: vegetarian friendly Languages: Japanese and English (menus, staff)

Noppo-kun (Veg* Out in Kanazawa Series)

Noppo-kun (のっぽくん) Location: Nonoichi (near Kanazawa) Type: Café, Lunch Veg status: all vegetarian; vegan friendly Language: Japanese (but most of the dishes are on display on the counter)

Earth Café (Veg* Out in Kanazawa Series)

Earth Café (アースカフェ) Location: Kanazawa City, Ishikawa pref. Type: Café, Lunch Veg Status: Completely vegan Languages: Japanese, English (bilingual menus and staff) To put it simply, Earth Café gets vegan food right. Despite enjoying cooking vegan food at home, I am often wary of it in restaurants. Just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy–…

Okara Ice Cream, Healthy Lab, Kanazawa

Featured in the August 2011 Japan Blog Matsuri “Summer Lovin’.” I pass by or through Kanazawa’s bustling Ômicho Market (近江町市場) at least once a day on my commute. I love looking at all the fruit for sale, shopping at the import store, and traveling underground to the M’Za デパ地下 (depachika, basement-level department store grocery and…