First blood || Independent specialty coffeeshop is limited in Sapporo, so on the first day we arrived in Sapporo, we just had to try this. Turned out to be my very first GOOD coffee in 2019.
Two things impress me: First, Baristart Coffee is apparently another design inspiration pinned on my Pinterest. That sloped window design is just spot on! Second, this is my very first time visiting a coffeeshop that has 3 different kinds of milk, all from Hokkaido, each with their own sweetness, richness and mellowness (not even sure what that means). Definitely taking coffee to another level. #mindblown
Winner winner chicken dinner 🐔 || Bracing through the snow storm to find shelter in this super famous unbattered fried chicken restaurant in Otaru. Personally, the texture is nice, but nothing special. That chicken karaage, however, was unbelievable. #otaru#narutohonten
"Ice is not always nice" - Crystal Maiden (Dota 2) || Arrived in Otaru only to find the city entirely covered in snow. Moments later snow started pouring so hard it's difficult to see. I'm definitely a tropical guy; I'll take sunny and humid day anytime, anyday.
🗾 || Welcome to the land of good foods, good manners, and efficiency. And what's a better way to represent all of those than Ichiran Ramen. Fun fact: every Ichiran Ramen outlet has a counter booth seating chart that tells you if a booth is vacant or taken or if someone has eaten for more than 15 mins. #ichiran#ramen#一蘭
Crunch time || Arguably the best coffeeshop in Seattle: strategic place, great ambience, and definitely good cup of coffee. By the way, a friend told me once that although Seattle owe some of its popularity to Starbucks, Seattleites don't drink Starbucks. Not surprised.
Double tap = love || Visited the only La Marzocco Cafe in the world in Seattle, a coffeeshop that features rotating coffee beans from different roasters around the world. This month coffee is from @seesawcoffee in China, and I'm so glad I had the chance to sip it once more. Anyway, leaves have turned color here in Seattle and they are quite instagramable 🍁🍂
Left our hearts in San Francisco ❤️ || We arrived at the viewpoint minutes before sunset. Karl @karlthefog (yeap, SF fog has a name) decided to show up but didn't stop us from enjoying the golden hour, and the Golden Gate Bridge, of course. Till next time, THE city by the bay.
Hidden gem 💎 || It's amazing how you can influence (read: inspire) people. This girl had almost no coffee before we got married. Now, she drinks a little coffee here and there because I just have to hunt good coffee wherever we go. Her request is simple: good coffee or no coffee. Consider it done!