Met up with Tamakikat in Kyoto. She had travelled to Europe as well as mainland America over the summer, so there was lots to talk about.
We walked around the grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Garden. The grounds are very large, with smaller gardens here and there.
The saltzberry as the Japanese call it (or crape myrtle) is in full bloom now. I've mostly seen it in bright pink but also have seen white and light pink blooms too.
It was my first time but I was glad I got to see the grounds.
Lunch was at Honke-Owariya, a soba shop that has been in business since 1465. Even though she lives in Kyoto, Tamakikat had been wanted to try this place. I was amazed at how many people could be seated in their tiny shop.
I ordered the sobazushi, sushi made with noodles instead of rice. I have had sobazushi in Hawaii but never in Japan.
This was simple. Delicious with lots of flavor from the wasabi that was in it.
After lunch, we were craving something sweet and decided to check out a donut shop just a few doors down from Owariya called Nicotto & Mam.
This shop is tiny with only a few seats and had about 9 different donuts to choose from.
We decided to get 3 each and split them to try.
Cinnamon, Peanut & Matcha Milk...cinnamon and peanut stood out in this group.
The donuts have a nice texture and the glaze is just right.
Matcha just didn't have enough "matcha" flavor though.
Black & White, Plain & Mocha...black & white and plain stood out in this group.
All in all the weather was overcast, though we did get caught in a passing shower, it was a good day and nice catch-up.
Kurumaya-cho Nijo Sagaru
Doughnut Cafe Nicotto & Mam
Kurumaya-cho Oshikoji Agaru
p.s. while at the gardens, I spotted this cat inside of a stone lantern...shhh! don't wake it.