Got to catch up with Tamakikat last Friday.
We met up at the Tea Channel, it is a teeny tea shop.
After ordering, you can take your drink to-go or sit at their counter.
Since I arrived in Kyoto early, I ordered an Uji matcha tea soda while I waited for Tamakikat.
The guy whisked up some matcha, then added a little kibizato (light brown sugar) and then added some club soda.
Super refreshing and only a hint of sweet, I want to re-create this!
We then walked toward Kyoto Gyoen, the Imperial Palace & Park.
On the way, we stopped at Hitsuji, a tiny doughnut shop and picked up a snack.
Tamakikat had their sweet potato doughnut (filled with sweet potato paste) while I chose their earl grey filled with cream cheese.
The doughnut was light and fluffy with flecks of earl grey and filled with lots of slightly sweetened cream cheese...mmm!
We sat in the park eating and chatting while trying to figure out where to go for lunch.
At first we thought we would go for Vietnamese food, but then changed our minds and went for Korean instead.
Somushi is a quiet place, the interior is quite dark and I liked that you couldn't hear everyone's conversations.
We both had the bibimbap.
This had lots of veggies, a soft boiled egg and some minced beef.
Lunch also comes with some wakame (seaweed) soup and corn tea.
After lunch, we thought we would walk along the Kamo River.
While making our way to the river, Tamakikat showed me a chocolate shop that recently opened in her neighborhood, Bel Amer.
I've tried their chocolates before, but what caught our eye were their soft serves (take-out only).
Dark chocolate, vanilla or mixed...we both chose mixed.
Perfect for the warm autumn day that it was.
After walking along the Kamo River, we said our goodbyes.
It was a super foodie day, filled with lots of talking and walking too.
Thanks for a great day, Tamakikat!
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