The other day, Tamakikat sent me a box of goodies and everything she included was a product of Kyoto.
There was chigomochi from Wakasaya, chocolate marron from Hayashi Manshodo & kuromame (black bean) tea from Kaneido.
The chigomochi was very soft and was dusted with a "glass-like" sugar. It wasn't sweet but was delicious.
The chocolate marron are freeze-dried chestnuts covered in chocolate. The texture reminded me of Whoppers...these are addicting.
And the kuromame tea is great for the environment. These roasted black beans are quite hard and can be eaten as is, but you put a tablespoon or two into hot water and wait 2 minutes. A deep purple-blackish liquid is formed, this is the "tea". Drink the tea and then sprinkle the reconstituted beans with some salt and eat....no mess or garbage to throw out.
Out of all these gifts, the best gift from Tamakikat is her friendship, thanks Tamakikat for a great year of foodie adventures and conversations!