Osaka: Ice Candy

  I’m going to complete the iced treats trifecta today with Hokkyoku ‘ice candy’. What Hokkyoku calls ice candy is known in our part of the world as a popsicle. Instead of their popsicles being distributed to the numerous convenience stores and supermarkets across the city, Hokkyoku (which, coincidentally, means North Pole) opts to sell their popsicles in dedicated hole-in-the-wall type shops all around Osaka. I’ve seen quite a few shops selling their popsicles while eating my way through Osaka and I have to say that the popsicles look especially enticing on hot summer days when the mercury goes over … Continue reading Osaka: Ice Candy

Osaka: Matcha + Ice Cream = Green Tea Ice Cream

In keeping with the ice cream theme of my previous post, this post is about the one and only order of green tea ice cream that I had during my most recent trip to Japan. It came at the end of a traditional kaiseki meal, when ice cream was one of the items that I least expected as the dessert course. Our server gently placed the following tray in front of me after her helpers cleared my family’s table of the numerous dishes that were on our table: The tray contained matcha (green tea) powder, a cup of water, a … Continue reading Osaka: Matcha + Ice Cream = Green Tea Ice Cream

Kyoto: Japanese Soft Serve

Japanese soft serve ice cream is basically the same as the soft serve ice cream that I’ve had every where else in ┬áthe world. There are good versions and bad versions. The version that my family and I had in the tourist-centric street leading up to the Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto happened be the most enjoyable soft serve ice cream that we had during our most recent trip to Japan. It looked and felt pretty ordinary, and it even melted in the ordinary amount of time. It was also offered in pretty ordinary (for Japanese ice cream) flavours. We had … Continue reading Kyoto: Japanese Soft Serve

Summer-Like Weather Calls For A Summer-Like Treat

Bella Gelateria – There’s nothing like several straight days of warm, sunny weather to remind me how cool and wet the previous 6 months were. When people told me before I moved here that it would be raining for more than half the year, I thought they were exaggerating. They weren’t. Though I did get used to it after a while. Being the optimist that I am, I tried to find the silver lining in the constant rain clouds. At least it wasn’t as cold as the east coast; at least there weren’t any regular snow storms; and at least … Continue reading Summer-Like Weather Calls For A Summer-Like Treat