Nishinotoin Tea Shop- the perfect matcha roll cake

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When you go to Japan you quickly pick up on the fact that they are very big on matcha so finding matcha flavored ice-cream, oreo cookies, kit kats, waffles… is a piece of cake but there is no doubt that the real thing is even better. Matcha is a special green tea which is ground into powder. The health benefits of it are marvelous being a great antioxidant amongst other things.

Before we went to Japan. thanks to friends who were raving about this special tea with a very particular sweet-sour flavor, I started falling in love with both the flavor and the whole ceremony behind the preparation of a cup of matcha. Obviously I was eager to find good matcha and also the whole cup, wooden spoon and bamboo whisk kit so that I could continue to enjoy a cup of matcha the traditional way back home with my Japan bought accessories.

Thanks to a blog I read about the matcha roll cake which they make here a Nishinotoin Tea Shop I quickly added it to our list of must-go places. According to this blogger, it was to die for. We decided that we couldn’t leave Kyoto without trying it. Boy was she right, delicious! The cake is soft, creamy and perfect.


To accompany your cake, matcha of course. There is a wide variety of different matcha preparations, you can order traditional style hot tea, served with ice, with milk…since there were four us we each ordered it prepared a different way so that way we could try them. Rest asure that you can order it whichever way entices you the most and it will be superb. There is a certain frothy quality that I can’t manage to obtain at home. If you fall in love with latte or ice style, do not worry because they sell these different preparations in tins or boxes so that you can take them back home.

Japan is a fascinating destination and tea there takes on a whole new angle, one that should not be missed. Now, to make the journey and not try that matcha roll cake…. well that is just unforgivable.

Nishinotoin Tea Shop & Tea House Motoan, Kyoto

Very close to Nijo Castle

Shop open: 9:30~18:00 Tea house open: 10:30~17:00 (last order)
Closed: Every Wednesday (open on national holidays), 1st, 2nd & 3rd of January


Salon des Fleurs – delightfully vintage





Thanks to a friend who is always on the search for dainty places, we discovered Salon des Fleurs. A quaint little café on Guzmán el Bueno Street. Besides coming in for coffee or tea with your girlfriends, you can also buy flowers and plants and on the upper balcony level there are many handcrafted goods for sale such as necklaces, decorative items, teas and so on. This is such a charming place that I am just going to let the pictures do the talking.





Salon des Fleurs

106 Guzman el Bueno Street

28003 Madrid

Vintage Coffee and Tea, just like in a fairytale

I just had to share with you, this adorable coffee shop we found inside the grounds of the Brejoeira Palace in Moncao, Portugal. This is a picture of the palace,


Once inside the grounds, hidden in the woods as if it were a hidden fairytale cottage, is Vintage coffee and tea. Complete with both inside and alfresco seating, decorated in the most vintage quaint style.



Outside, the tables are scattered near the woods or around the covered veranda


The capuchino was extra creamy and delicious.


This was definitely an unexpected find in our trip!


Located inside Palacio da Brejoeira

4950-660  Pinheiros, Monção


Living in London – tea time

Over the last few years there has been a surge of new delightful cafés where one can enjoy an afternoon English tea or coffee and cake. A classic for me in Madrid is Living in London, located on 4 Santa Engracia Street near Alonso Martínez Square. Decorated in a very quaint English manner with a small shop at the entrance where you can get English products such as tea, cookies or a slice of cake to go.

Living in London serves English tea complete with a tiered tray with scones and finger sandwiches but there are also cakes. My all time favorite is the London cake which is actually carrot cake complete with warm custard served on the side.

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On the down side I have to say that the tables are a bit small and too close together so it isn’t a place where you can sprawl but it definitely is a nice place for an afternoon tea.

Living in London

4 Santa Engracia Street

open 10:00 – 22:00