Category Archives: Cafe

Pink tea pot <3

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I hadn’t been to moko market for a while though I had heard that they changed the arrangement and there is more space for KaffaRoastery which is another cafe in the moko market just next to moko market cafe.

近所なのにしばらく行っていなかったmoko market。店のレイアウトが変わり、併設のKaffaRoasteryが広くなったという話を聞いていたのだが・・・。

Today I saw new layout of the moko market and liked it a lot! Moko had been always a lovely place to see all lovely & cute interior decoration items and so on but now it looks more for matured people without losing the cuteness!

今日、実際行ってみると、確かにその通り、でもmoko全体がとてもよい感じになっていた。これまでもかわいい、あるいは素敵なインテリア雑貨の店でお気に入りではあったが、かわいらしさを残し、少し大人っぽくなった感じがする店内。すごく好みな感じになっていた。

I don’t remember how they used to serve tea but, today, my darjeeling tea was served in a pink pot which I liked a lot! It’s maybe a small thing but I felt super happy to see such a lovely pink pot <3 Usually, I drink coffee when I go to cafe but I think I will drink tea at moko (or I will go to moko for the pink tea pot 😉

そして、今日何が一番よかったかというと、このピンクのティーポット。以前は、どんな風にお茶類が出されていたか覚えていないのだが、このティーポットでなかったことは間違いない。こんなかわいいティーポットだったら絶対覚えているし。いつもならコーヒーなのだが、今日はここで仕事のミーティングをする直前に、別のお店でラテを飲んできたので、ダージリンを。でも、こんなやさしい色のピンクのティーポットで出されるなら、これからも絶対お茶である。というか、このティーポットで出されるお茶を飲むためにmokoに来てもいいと思うくらい、気に入ってしまった。

http://www.moko.fi/

Absolutely Lovely Ruoka-Kauppa, “mat”

IMG_2845IMG_2850I’m extremely happy about a lovely deli which opened recently in Punavuori!  Ruoka-Kauppa “mat” is an absolutely LOVELY place to have breakfast, lunch or coffee with lovely pastry or pudding!

Look at these pastries and puddings! Though I didn’t eat them when I went there for lunch, (again my non-grain day!), from the looks, I am so sure they would taste super! (You know I have perfect instinct, eyes and nose when it comes to food!)

Even looking at them and now looking at the photos, I feel joyful 🙂

I don’t think there hasn’t been such a perfect deli (I call it deli for now, but am not sure about precise definition besides they call themselves ruoka-kauppa) in Helsinki before.  This is REAL! (and reminds me of London and Paris. YOU KNOW what I mean!)

 

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In addition to the fact lunch salad was nutritious and tasty, I liked the system that price depends on weight of food you take. For those who have smaller stomach than average, including myself, it’s very nice.

I try to have variety of vegetable everyday but it’s not easy to prepare it. But here, you can have it at reasonable price! I am so happy to have “mat” being less than 5-minute walk from my home.

A friend, who I had lunch with on the day, and I have a plan to enjoy one (or maybe a bit more) of these lovey puddings some time soon! We have something to celebrate and mat’s pudding is super appropriate for the occasion, in my opinion 😉

https://www.facebook.com/MATcatering
http://www.mat.st/

 

Andante – One More Lovely Cafe in Punavuori

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I love and am loyal to the area where I live, i.e. Punavuori, in Helsinki. And I love the fact that there are a lot of lovely cafe and restaurants in the area and I don’t really have to go far (more than 10 min walk 😉 ) to have great lunch, coffee and puddings 🙂 …well, I might be JUST lazy 😉

Five months ago, another lovely cafe was opened very close to my apartment (less than 5 min walk!) and I started to get familiar with the cafe and the staffs. They are friendly and sensible Chinese boys and girls. (Allow me to say so! You look super young and I think you are!!!)

So far, I tried, Match Latte, which impressed me with the lovely green color

The most beautiful Match Latte I have ever seen :)
The most beautiful Match Latte I have ever seen 🙂

And Cinnamon Latte, which they posted in the FB as perfect for today (typical Finnish November weather, I understood!) . I saw their post before heading to the cafe and thought it was an excellent idea to have cinnamon latte.

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Not Cafe Latte but Cinnamon Latte

Different kinds of cake looked super yummy though I haven’t tried them yet since I have my own rule about eating sugar and flour… So, I just took pictures to enjoy it through lens.

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What I like about Andante is that they have variety of warm drink (and smoothies and juice) and  homey feel. I was a bit (actually, a lot!) annoyed by some family with kids speaking super loud for 15-20 min. while I was trying to work there today. But, usually, it’s quiet with good selection of music. WiFi works comfortably 🙂 They also have wide variety of tea selection and I would like to try them some time soon!

Weekend brunch sounded great according to friends who have had it before. Today, I asked them if they would serve breakfast on weekdays and they are thinking of it.

The cafe is combined with a florist’s, actually, the florist’s had been there for quite some time and cafe opened recently. Flowers and cafe, I love the combination!

https://www.facebook.com/KukkakauppaAndante?fref=ts

 

 

Feel at Home at French Cafe, Chofé

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Last week, a friend of mine asked me if I had been to the cafe Chofé in my neighborhood. I hadn’t been there and so decided to check it out soon.

先週友達が気になると言っていた近所の新しいフレンチ・カフェChofé。そんな話を聞くと、絶対行ってみなくては、という気分が盛り上がり、本日さっそく足を運ぶ。

So, I went there this evening. On the way, I was destructed by the shop which sells my favorite tea, Whittard of Chelsea (the very first time to see Whittard in Finland, yay!) and realized that the cafe I was supposed go to meet friends was just next door.

家からカフェに向かう途中、私の大好きなイギリスの紅茶Whittard を専門に扱う店を発見して(フィンランドで初だと思う!)、気を取られていたのだが、実はChofé はその隣の店だった。

Chofé had nice coffee, French I guess, and lovely sweets. I noticed some cakes were baked by a pâtissier who I know. I asked the guy at the counter where the other sweets were from and got to know they were from Sven’s bakery which is also in my neighborhood. (I LOVE MY NEIGHBORHOOD, PUNAVUORI!)

I liked what I had, a cup of cappuccino and chocolate & almond tartelette 🙂 The chocolate was so so so yummy. After eating a piece, I was tempted to have one more though I managed to resist 😉

In addition to the coffee and the sweets, I really liked the atmosphere of the cafe. It was so relaxing. Friends and I felt at home and talked a lot trying out different sofas and chairs in the cafe. Among the chairs I tried, I loved the rocking chair which was made in Eastern Finland. Several days ago, I was thinking about my grand-ma’s rocking chair which I liked and wish had it at home now.

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カフェではカプチーノとチョコレートとアーモンドのタルトを注文。どちらも美味。特にタルトのチョコレートがなんとも私好みで、食べ終わった後、もう1つ、と思ったくらいである。(が、さすがに2個はどうかと思って、思いとどまった次第(笑。)おいしいコーヒーとスイーツに加え、このお店、雰囲気がとてもいい。なんだか家にいるみたいな気分でリラックスできるのだ。そして、長時間いても大丈夫な雰囲気。書き仕事をするのによい感じである。

In the Facebook, I posted that I was at the cafe and a friend who lives in Austria and happened to be in Helsinki noticed it. And he came to see me! It was such a nice surprise : ) I enjoyed the evening at the lovely French cafe 🙂

そんなわけで、すっかりリラックスして、お店で販売しているデザイングッズを見たり、席を変えて違う椅子やソファに座ってみたり、東フィンランドで製造されていると教えてもらったロッキングチェアに座ってみたりしながら、友達とゴシップに花を咲かせていると・・・ オーストリア在住で、たまたまヘルシンキに出張中の友達にバッタリ。Facebookで私がここにいるのを知って、たまたま近くを通りかかったので会いに来てくれたのだ。なんともうれしいサプライズ!とても楽しいカフェでの時間だった。

ちなみに、何日か前、ふと祖母が持っていて私も子供のころよく座っていたロッキングチェアのことを思い出して、今の家にあったらいいのに・・・と思っていたので、カフェでロッキングチェアをを見たときは思わずとてもうれしくなった・・・。そのうち購入してもいいかもね。

http://www.chofe.org/

 

Perfect Sunday Brunch @ Olipa Kerran

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If I remember correctly, it was July when we first planned to go to Olipa Kerran and booked a table for a Sunday morning. A friend sent me a link to a blog which wrote about the lovely brunch at the hotel which is located only 5 min walk from my home. The pictures looked irresistible. I immediately agreed with the brunch friends to go there. But that morning, I had a severe headache and couldn’t leave the bed. Sweets friends decided not to go there without me as they knew how much I had been looking forward to going there.

Some of us were away from the city during summer and we finally got there today! I had been excited about it for a couple of weeks since we booked a table (once again). 

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The interior decoration, especially colors, was super lovely. One of us said, “even on a cold and snowy day, if you came here, you would feel warm and happy.” And everyone agreed. There was atmosphere which makes us happy.

Of course, it wasn’t only decoration and atmosphere. Selection of food was one of the best I’ve ever had in Helsinki 🙂 Most importantly, they had lovely lovely LOVELY pancakes with maple syrup! (I admit that pancake was one of the most decisive reason why I so wanted to go there 😉  I am crazy for pancakes as much as I wonder if I would choose pancakes or sushi as my last supper 😉 and as much as I eat it everyday when I visit Honolulu, Hawaii or any other cities in the US 😉 Though there are salad, cheese and other salty dishes, I started my brunch with the lovely pancakes.

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I also loved berry smoothies in tiny glasses. It is very sensible to serve it in a small portion as we could try more variety of dishes when each portion is small 🙂  Bacon, cheese, salad, etc. etc. were also very good. All of us overate with overwhelming joy. (I don’t think I am exaggerating!)  It was a perfect Sunday brunch with great friends.

Olipa Kerran” means “once upon a time” in Finnish. Theme of the decoration is something old. There were some old items in the restaurant.

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Charming Cafe in Old Provoo

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It was last Sunday when I visited Porvoo. I have to say it again, it was “SUNDAY”. Though I wanted to have sweets and coffee at my favorite Cafe Gabriole, they were closed on Sundays. And it was about 4 pm when we tried to have a coffee break after walking a few hours taking photos of beautiful “ruska” (colored leaves in Finnish) and started feeling tired and cold. Most cafes which were open on Sundays close at 4 pm there. My other favorite Porvoo Roastery which is well known for their freshly roasted coffee  was, of course, open for their generous opening hours, even on Sundays 10-23 o’clock. But I wanted to have good Finnish pulla.

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It took some time for us to find the one but we were delighted to find “Helmi” was still open until 5 pm. It looked like a good old cafe and we were excited once we opened the door and saw the coffee room. It was lovely lovely cafe with antique (Russian, I think) decoration.  (Now I read about the cafe in their web page and it has been there since 1983). They didn’t have pulla but I didn’t mind anymore 😉 Cakes look super. They had only coffee and black tea but no herbal tea which I wanted to have. But it didn’t bother me that much. Cakes look lovely! It was easy for me to make a choice. Cheesecake was the most attractive 😉

 

So, I had lovely cheesecake with tea and enjoyed lovely atmosphere of the cafe 🙂 (I don’t think the cheesecake was one of the best I have ever eaten but the time we spent there was lovely and peaceful, indeed!)

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In addition to Gabriole and Helmi, I am sure there are more and more lovely cafes in old Provoo though it is really small town. I’m looking forward to my next visit to Porovoo. I have no plan at the moment, but you never know. I hadn’t known that I would go to Porovoo until noon on the day when I joined a friend for it 🙂

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Just in case you don’t know where Porvoo is… It is about 1 hour bus ride from Helsinki (for me).

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Fresh and Healthy Lunch @ Rulla @ Helsinki

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I had known about the shop but hadn’t known that they were serving such lovely lunch. When we were talking about going for lunch, I remembered that the friend had mentioned she had been to eat Vietnamese rolls before. So, I said I would like to try it and we went to Rulla today. Their food was fresh and healthy. I liked that we could eat a lot of vegetable, beans and nuts.

以前友達が話していた生春巻きの食べられる店。今日のランチはその友達と一緒にその生春巻きを食べに行った。通りの名前を聞いたときは、そんな店あったっけ?と思ったのだが、それは見たことのある素敵っぽいお店の一角にあるカフェコーナーだったのだ。

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At 9.30€, we could choose three different Vietnamese rolls and salad. There were two different kinds of salad you could choose. Both of us chose sweet potato salad. (I chose it as I like it and it is one of the super foods :)) My choices of Vietnamese rolls were salmon+avocado, duck, and spicy shrimp+mango. As soon as we ordered, we said we wouldn’t be able to finish the dishes. Salad was plenty and spring rolls were not that small.

ランチのチョイスはいろいろあるのだが一番量も値段も少なめのセットは9.30€。いくつかあるチョイスから3つの春巻きが選べて、さらに2種類あるサラダから1つ選べるというもの。オーダーして出てきたものを見て、びっくり。たっぷりのサラダとそんなに小さくない生春巻き。オーダーの時点で”絶対食べきれないね~”と確信する我々。そしてやっぱりサラダを少し残すことになった。おいしかったのに残念・・・。

私が選んだ春巻きはサーモンとアボカド、鴨肉、そしてエビとマンゴーのスパイシー味。サラダはさつまいものサラダを。とにかく野菜がいっぱい。フレッシュでヘルシーなランチを堪能したのだった。

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We didn’t find knives and we concluded we had to eat rolls with fingers. I actually had tried to use  two folks to cut the rolls in edible size at first but it didn’t work.The filling came out from the wrap and it didn’t stay as a roll. (would have been the same if I used knife!). Also the wet wipe convinced us it is finger food 🙂

ちなみにこの春巻きはフィンガーフード。手で食べるようにお手拭もついてくる。

Rulla is small part of an organic shop which not only sells lovely organic cosmetics but also nicely designed clothes and the other cool stuff. We looked at the stuff after having lunch, of course 🙂

そしてランチの後はオーガニックショップであるその店内でいろいろ吟味。素敵なオーガニックコスメやお洋服、そしてちょっとしたインテリアグッズなど、表参道にありそうな雰囲気である。毎週末散歩しながら表参道のお店を覗いていた東京での生活をちょっと思い出したりするランチタイムだった。

For more information check out their FB page ←お店の情報はこちらから

Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupCakes!

 

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chocolate & nutella cupcake

I love cupcakes as much as I I said,  “I love cupcakes as much as I believe it has magic to make girls happy;-),” in the post, the cute cupcake shop at Antwerp , which I wrote last summer. And they again made me happy today 🙂

カップケーキはガールズを幸せにする魔法の力がある思い込んでいる私・・・と去年の夏ブログに書いたくらいカップケーキを見ると盛り上がるわたくし。

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Last week, I noticed the sign, “Cupcakes are ->” !!! on the street that I walk everyday. How exciting!!! I had been looking forward to tasting cupcakes at the new cafe on Fredrikinkatu, 3-minute walk from my flat. (have to say, again, I love my neighborhood!). Today, I had a chance to visit BrkLyn Bakery 🙂

先週、毎日歩く近所の通りに “Cupcakes are ->”(カップケーキはこちら)の看板を見たときの盛り上がりたるや・・・さっそく今日は一仕事終えたご褒美に BrkLyn Bakeryでカップケーキをいただいてみた。

 

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Red Velvet Cupcake

and, loved the Red Velvet Cupcake . I also tasted chocolate & nutella (OMG, nutella!!! I know many friends who are crazy for it ;-)) cupcake (picture on the top) a friend had and ti was also yummy!

私の食べたred velvet カップケーキも、友達に少しだけ味見させてもらったチョコレートとヌテラのカップケーキも(そう、ヌテラ中毒になりそうな友達もいたりするあのヌテラ(笑)もどちらもとってもラブリーな味。一口食べただけでやっぱりhappyな気分。

I’m happy to have another cafe/shop where I can get lovely cupcakea in Helsinki 🙂
ヘルシンキにおいしいカップケーキのお店がさらに一軒加わって、さらにhappyな気分。

My other favorite shops for cupcakes are Kannistonleipomo,

その他、私のお気に入りのカップケーキのお店はおなじみKannistonleipomo,

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Kannistonleipomo

 and Keisari, especially for their inviting presentation of colorful cupcakes!

そし カラフルなカップケーキを素敵にディスプレイしているKeisari。ご参考まで

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Keisari

If you want to know what “PASSION” does, visit Qulma @ Helsinki

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Blue sky and sunshine! Weather was gorgeous today in Helsinki. I decided to walk to the restaurant where I planned to have lunch with a friend who told me the restaurant seems to have nice bread. (we love bread!!!) When I went out, I realized it wasn’t such a good idea to walk there. It was cold with strong wind. When I opened the door of Qulma, however, I thought it was a great idea to come there welcomed by the super-friendly owner 🙂

真っ青な空とまぶしい太陽の光・・・。まさにゴージャスな天気の本日のヘルシンキ。ついうっかりだまされて、ランチの約束をしていたレストランにトラムではなく歩いて出かけようと思ったわたくし。家を出て歩き始めて気づいた・・・とっても寒い!風が超冷たいのだった。でも、これからどこのトラム停に向かってもあまり意味のない感じ・・・トラム待つのも寒いし・・・と 歩いて行こうと決めたことを後悔しながらもお目当てのレストラン、Qulmaに向かった。お店のドアを開けると、とてもフレンドリーなオーナーが歓迎ムードたっぷりで声をかけてくれた。寒くてちょっとダウンしてたテンションも復活。なんだかとてもよい予感!

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As I felt very cold after walking in the cold weather, I chose soup buffet without the second thought. Especially borsch was appealing originated from the other cold country, Russia and I started with a bowl of borsch out of three different kinds of soup at the buffet.

寒い中を歩いて来たので迷わずスープビュッフェをオーダー (サラダもおいしそうだったけど、寒すぎ)。3種類のスープの中でも特にフィンランドと同じくらい寒いロシアのスープ、ボルシチは魅力的だった。

The borsch with sour cream (my favorite!!!) was delicious!!! Especially, pieces of beef in the soup was nice. One of the best borsch I ever tasted 🙂

サワークリームを加えたボルシチはなんともいえないおいしさ!中に入っていたビーフもとてもやわらかくておいしかった。今まで食べたボルシチの中でも上位に入るおいしさ。かつ、今日の寒さにぴったり!

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I tried the other two different soup, mushroom soup and vegetable soup. Both of them were nice but I so loved the borsch and had another bowl at the end! Four bowls of soup! Even though size of a bowl was small, it was much more than I usually eat. (I have such small tummy! and you would agree with me if you had dined with me 🙂 ) I was really full but I couldn’t help trying over my limit 😉

ビュッフェなのでほかの2種類のスープ、きのこのスープとベジタブルスープもおいしくいただいたが、ボルシチのおいしさが忘れられず最後にもう1杯。スープボールが小さいとはいえ、4杯もスープをいただくなんてどうみても胃のキャパを超えているのだがおいしいものを目の前に無理をしてもいいねと思った(笑。

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When we talked with the owner, he told us how passionate he was about food and I could see his passion manifesting through their food and how the restaurant serves the customers. Recently, I feel importance of doing what one is passionate about more and more. It was absolute joy to witness sincere passion at such a lovely restaurant 🙂

そのフレンドリーなオーナー、Marcといろいろな話をしたのだが、食に関するこだわりとパッションはまさに本物。そのパッションがあってこそのおいしい食事。そして彼の人柄もこのお店をさらに素敵にしているのだった。

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Turkish yogurt with sweet mint pesto, fried cinnamon & sugar seeds and chili apricot is one of the outcomes of his culinary exploration. Marc, the owner, told us he tried a lot to find perfect taste in the mint pesto and indeed it was yummy! Not only the pesto but also all of them tasted great! (He also told us the pesto goes with many other food, such as berries!)

ところでこのトルコヨーグルト。Marcオリジナルの スィートミントペスト、フライドシナモンとシュガーシード、そしてチリアプリコットと一緒にいただくのだが、これぞこだわりの一品。彼が試行錯誤の末たどり着いた絶妙な味のミントペストはご自慢の一品である。どのトッピングも全部おいしかったけど。

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Linux Master, Linus Torvalds visited Qulma! リナックスのあの人も訪れた!

Qulma seems to have a lot of fans and I am one of the newest fans 🙂 Many celebrities have enjoyed their joyful food. You would find pictures of them on the wall if you visited Qulma. Marc told us those pictures are also his passion : ) Also you find some of them in their Facebook page.(I l already “like”d the page :))

Qulmaのファンはとても多いようで、私も本日すっかりファンになってしまった。政治家やロックスター、フィンランドを代表するあの有名なオタクなどセレブリティも訪れるこのお店。その壁には有名人の写真が所狭しと飾られている。これらの写真もまたMarcのパッションだと彼は語っていた。 もちろんFacebook pageでもその写真の一部が見られる。

Qulma also serves breakfast on weekend and brunch on Saturdays. I, of course, as a brunch lover, would love to have brunch there. Who is coming with me? 😉

ランチだけではなくウィークデーはブレックファスト、土曜日はブランチもやっているQulma。ブランチ好きの私としてはぜひぜひブランチに行かなくてはと思っているところ、一緒に行きたい人はご連絡を!(個人的にね(笑。)

 

 

A Tea House for (Serious) Tea Lovers – The Ounce @ Helsinki

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World map on the wall reminded me of the Age of Exploration

I pass in front of this shop almost everyday and wanted to go there for tea. But I hadn’t visited there till this evening. Entering the tea house, The Ounce, I saw (maybe) one of the best collection of tea in Helsinki. Passing in front of the shelves of tea jars, I found a small tea room with three tables (one of them was really small table with a sofa.)

ほとんど毎日前を通るそのお茶専門店 The Ounce、相当長いこと一度入ってみようと思っていたのだが、なんだかなかなか機会がなかった。お店に入るとヘルシンキではヘルシンキでも1,2を争うのではないかと思われるお茶の品揃え。所狭しと棚に並ぶお茶のジャー。その棚の前を通り過ぎて奥に進むと3つしかテーブルのないとても小さなティールームがあるのだった。

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After taking off the coat, I went back to the counter in front of the shelves to choose tea. I consulted the person at the counter and chose the one which goes well with milk. They gave me two choices, Assam and something else.. I forgot what it was but chose the one which wasn’t Assam as I often chose Assam when I drink tea and wanted to try something else. In the very very cozy tea room, tea was served nicely 🙂

席でコートを脱いで、お茶の棚の前にあるカウンターにまた戻る。お店の人と相談して好みの紅茶を選ぶのだった。ミルクティーに合うお茶を希望するとアッサムともう1つの紅茶を薦めてくれた。そのもう1つがなんだったのかなぜかすっかり忘れてしまったのだが、紅茶を飲むときはアッサムにすることが多かったのでそのもう1つの紅茶にしてみる。丁寧に入れられた紅茶がテーブルに運ばれてきた。

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It tasted very nice, neither too strong nor too weak. It went well with milk, of course 🙂

濃すぎず薄すぎずちょうどいい具合の紅茶。ミルクともとてもうまくあっていた。

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I liked the early Tuesday evening I spent having lovely tea and a biscuit at The Ounce.Their tea and the small tea room with warm atmosphere made me feel relaxed and calm.  

そんなおいしい紅茶とクッキーをいただきながら、暖かい感じのする小さなティールームでゆっくり過ごした火曜日の夕方。すっかりリラックスしてあっという間に時間が経ってしまった・・・

They serve not only black tea but also all different kinds of tea from different part of the world. If you are a serious tea lover (or you like tea, anyways 😉 , I recommend you to check out  The Ounce,

The Ounceは紅茶だけでなく世界各国から輸入されたいろんな種類のお茶を扱う専門店。お茶を極めたい人・・・とまでいかなくても、お茶好きの人にはお薦めのお店。