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[Kyushu] Garden Terrace Miyazaki

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Garden Terrace Miyazaki

Add: 247-18 Shimoharacho, Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture
Tel: 0985-73-8888
Website: www.gt-miyazaki.co.jp
Price: 37,000~57,000 yen/night
Visited: Oct 2016

Please note that this was a complimentary stay arranged by the hotel.

Our last stop in Kyushu was Miyazaki, where we stayed at a most beautiful and serene hotel designed by famed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Located on the site of a former factory, Garden Terrace Miyazaki is sheltered by a timber canopy, and entering its bamboo premises automatically imbues one with a sense of tranquility. How did I find out about this low profile hotel, you ask? Well, a friend had stayed at Garden Terrace Nagasaki (also designed by Kengo Kuma) on a recent trip and really loved it, and after doing some research I found out that it has a sister hotel in Miyazaki, and decided to give it a try…

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Upon entering the hotel, we were first left upstairs to the second floor lounge for check-in. This space also functions as a club lounge for hotel guests, with complimentary snacks, drinks, and a small library.

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December 12th, 2016 at 12:09 pm

I want strawberries and I want champagne

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I just finished a fun little project with Perrier-Jouët designing a Valentine’s dessert for their Blason Rosé. This is a gorgeous rose champagne with lovely notes of red fruits, so I decided to make a light strawberry cheesecake for the pairing. It’s a rare cheesecake that doesn’t need to be baked, the flavor and texture both heavenly light, combined with fresh strawberries and a hint of rose, it’s just perfect.

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So, what do we need to make this strawberry cheesecake?

For the bottom:

  • Cookie crumbs…100g
  • Melted butter…10g

Procedure:

1. Mix cookie crumbs with melted butter and press the mixture at the bottom of the cake mold. I used house-baked cookies to make the crumbs, but you can simply buy graham crackers for this purpose.

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2. Slice strawberries in half and arrange them neatly along the inside of the cake mold. Don’t forget to line the cake mold with clear plastic for easier unmolding later on.

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February 3rd, 2016 at 12:11 pm

[Shanghai] Outmoded+ 極置家居

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Outmoded+ 極置家居

Add: 141 Fuxing Xi Lu, near Yongfu Lu / 复兴西路141号, 近永福路
Tel: 6054 2338 / 13816823632
Hours: 1:30-8pm
Website: www.weibo.com/outmodedplus
Visited: Feb 2015

I have been following Outmoded+ on weibo for a while and have always loved the tasteful interior design and decoration photos he shares. The style is very consistent – a short description followed by nine photos, always beautiful in composition. Only this time in Shanghai did I find out that the weibo writer, an interior designer himself, actually has a charming boutique on Fuxing Xi Lu displaying furniture, light fixtures, and random knickknacks, collected mostly from Europe. Whether you are looking to decorate your apartment or just want to look at some pretty things, this would be a lovely place to drop by.

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February 4th, 2015 at 1:24 pm

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[Shanghai] Ataraxia Studio

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Ataraxia Studio

Add: Alley 351 Huashan Lu, No 19, 1F / 华山路 351弄19号1楼
Tel: 6271 6901
Hours: [Fri] 2-5pm [Sat-Sun] 1-5pm (closed Mon-Thu)
Price: 50RMB/coffee
Visited: Jan 2015

I haven’t visited Shanghai since moving to Paris in 2012, and upon returning two and a half years later, I’m delighted to find the city blossoming with not just hip new restaurants, but also small shops with their own attitudes. Ataraxia Studio, opened about 6 months ago in August 2014, is one such charming spot. Tucked all the way in the innermost corner of 351 Huashan Lu, this space houses a collection of tableware and furniture, many of which hand-carried back from Japan. The owner is a Shanghainese man who calls himself 管家 (the housekeeper), an interior/space designer who travels to Japan 6-7 times a year because he is so enamored with the culture and lifestyle there. His day job keeps him busy and brings in enough money so he can afford to open Ataraxia Studio only 3 days a week (Fri-Sun). It’s not really advertised, but he will also brew you a lovely cup of coffee from his next door kitchen if you’d like.

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January 17th, 2015 at 11:07 pm

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On another note…

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On another note, I like flowers.

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December 8th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

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Sugared & Spiced is moving…to Paris?!

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That’s right. But what for? Time for a little Q&A session…

Woa, why are you moving to Paris?
To learn baking and pastry arts. You know, tarts, cakes, breads, chocolates, ice-creams, all that sweet stuff.

That’s kind of random. How did this decision come about?
Random? Not really. I’ve always loved eating and making desserts, and going to Paris for this has been on my mind for a while – it just took a leap of faith.

What school are you going to?
École Supérieure de Cuisine Française – Ferrandi, Intensive Professional Program in French Pastry.

What?! Not at Le Cordon Bleu?!
Nope. Explanations to come in a subsequent post.

How long will you be in Paris for?
5 months class training + 6 months internship + breaks in between ≈ 1 year in total

What’s your plan after that?
…:D

Do you have any professional baking experience?
Nope, but to prepare myself for the upcoming year, I recently started interning at the pastry kitchen of Jean Georges at Three on the Bund.

And what were you doing before this?
Climbing the corporate ladder. Completely unrelated to food.

When do you leave Shanghai?
End of August.

Will you keep blogging?
But of course. The focus of Sugared & Spiced will shift quite a bit, from being a restaurant recommendation blog in Shanghai to a chronicle of my pastry studies at Ferrandi + eats in Paris + travels around Europe.

Will you come back?
Yup, see you in a year!

Questions or comments? Please leave them below :)

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August 3rd, 2012 at 6:53 pm

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[Shanghai] Mr. V

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Mr. V

Add: 93-C Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Xinle Lu / 襄阳北路93-C号,近新乐路
Tel: 6417 9928
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 9:30am-8pm [Sat-Sun] 10am-8pm
Website: www.mrvbanh-mi.com
Price: [banh mi] 25~37RMB [drinks] 10~32RMB [sets] 40~52RMB
Visited: May 2012

Please note that this is an arranged tasting.

Mr. V is not much more than a tiny stall with a tiny patio, but from its kitchen out pours some authentic Vietnamese sandwiches (a.k.a. banh mi) with traditional Vietnamese drinks to match. Could this be your new favorite lunch delivery?

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May 15th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Sugared & Spiced 中文版

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Sugared & Spiced 中文版上線嘍!點擊這裡查看。

新上路,請多多關照 :)

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March 23rd, 2012 at 9:00 pm

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Shanghai Daily Secret

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March 6th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

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February 19th, 2012 at 1:48 am