Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Coutume Cafe ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

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I was on my way to dinner when I passed by this place. It was so white and bright inside
it looked like heaven.

 

 

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I had to go in, because, well, angels belong in there! ;)

 

 

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 The white counter tiles and white Synesso machine are my objects of desire

 

 

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These, too - sandwiches, cakes, pastries, scones

 

 

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Coutume's design is so minimalist yet so chic. Why am I not surprised to learn that 
this brand is from Paris? 

 

 

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There was also a baby Probat on display

 

 

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Light!

 

 

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More lights hanging on a towel rack. This is too cool!

 

 

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Aside from espresso based drinks, Coutume Cafe also serves V60 hand drip coffee 

 

 

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But I was here for the Steampunk! These beauties are the Alpha Dominche Steampunks 2.1.
I've never seen anything like it before.

 

 

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This revolutionary brewing method is said to unlock flavor profiles that 
are hidden by other machines. It offers unprecedented extraction,
temperature control and thermal stability for each cup with unique
brew parameters. 

 

 

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A Google Nexus 7 tablet is connected to the machine and its operating
system allows the barista to control brewing parameters and gives him the
ability to create, save, and share recipes, making it the most repeatable
brew method in the market. So high-tech!

 

 

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My Costa Rica Monte Copey. So fruity and berrylicious! Beautifully presented, too! 
Coutume Cafe is, indeed, heaven for coffee lovers.

 

 

Coutume Cafe: 5-8-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel:  03-6418-5325

 

The Roastery by Nozy Coffee ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

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 I went to so many coffee places in Tokyo this trip and all of them were wonderful,
but if I have to pick just one, this would easily be my favorite

 

 

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The Roastery by Nozy Coffee

 

 

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It is a little piece of San Francisco in Tokyo. I love it!!!

 

 

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It was also where I met a Russian Wolfhound for the very first time

 

 

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Gosh, I promise you she was bigger than I in all my 5 feet 4 inches,
160-pound glory!!!!!

 

 

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That night was perfect for sitting outdoors

 

 

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I especially love this corner area

 

 

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The Roastery is a single origin coffee shop located on the fashionable
Cat Street in Harajuku

 

 

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The Coffee Bar ♥

 

 

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The menu is very simple. They offer 2 kinds of single origin beans daily. 
You choose your beans and you choose how you want your coffee.

 

 

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The pastries looked scrumptious, but I was saving space for dinner

 

 

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These lamps ♥

 

 

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More seating along the walls 

 

  

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How cool is that?

 

 

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 At the back of the room is a tasting bar

 

 

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And a sleek and handsome Probat!

 

 

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My Brazil Elmer Latte had notes of milk tea and cocoa. I loved it!

 

 

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The Roastery roasts its own beans and sell them in small batches. They also let you taste
the different varieties so you can decide which you want to take home. I got my 3 favorites: 
Costa Rica Bella Vista, Brazil Elmer, and Honduras Integral El Cipres.  

 

 

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The distressed look of the restroom walls!

 

The Roastery by Nozy Coffee: 5-17-13 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo.
Tel: +81 3-6450-5755 

The Roastery by Nozy Coffee Website

Monday, July 21, 2014

Meiji Shrine ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

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Meiji Shrine is my second most favorite place in Tokyo.
First is Shinjuku Isetan's depachika, and third is The Peninsula Tokyo.

 

 

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I always make sure to visit the shrine whenever I come to the city. I enjoy the long stroll
along the boulevard of trees, crossing the bridges, seeing lovers, families, newlyweds, 
travelers, and people like me who just soak in the magic of simply being present in this 
truly blessed place. 

 

 

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I have probably over a hundred photos of this wall of sake barrels. It never gets old.
Click here to read about my previous visit. 

 

 

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The place I love most in the complex is under this camphor tree

 

 

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Where people hang their prayers and wishes they lovingly wrote on wooden tablets

 

 

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I stayed here for hours and hours reading through people's most honest thoughts and pleas 

 

 

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They were written in different languages by people from different countries and different
walks of life… But they all shared the same theme.

Love and gratitude.

 

 

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May we all find the love we need, and deserve, in the hearts of the people who we love ourselves.
With hope, may we receive that love unfiltered, unadorned, and with all the energy from which
it came. I hope we find it someday.
-RMG

 

 

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After all, what is life without love.
"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead."
- Oscar Wilde

 

 

"Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you." - Loretta Young

 

And when love has found you, you cherish it.

Because when you have love, you have the universe in your heart.

 

 

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Meiji Shrine Website

 

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