Real, Not Rare, Cheesecake

While you may face considerable challenges trying to procure a big dark pumpernickel round, there is no shortage of good bakeries in Japan. (Of course, there’s also no shortage of mediocre ones.) With a market more saturated than the fat in a stick of Hokkaido butter, it can help to differentiate yourself — even when that…

Homestyle Bakery Home Bakery Pop

During some random, directionless wandering of the neighbourhood today, I came upon not only the impressive campus of Nihon University Second High & High School, I also found a new bakery: Home Bakery Pop (ホームベーカリーPOP). Even though it falls just outside the border of Koenjagaya and it’s a small shop with not a huge selection,…

A Small & Elegant Addition

This is not a bakery blog. There just happen to be a lot great bakeries in Koenji and Asagaya. And the newest kid on the block, Boulangerie & Cafe Mon Bijou, is no exception. Although I couldn’t really identify the “cafe” area (the second floor is the kitchen), it lives up to its name being…

A Kansai Bakery in Tokyo

Because it is such an amazing neighbourhood,  the small bakery chain Hijirian Bakery, selected Asagaya as its first and only location outside of Osaka and Kobe. They’ve got one of the larger selections of baked goods in town, ample seating inside and a few seats on the sidewalk patio. They’re also generous with the nuts (a rarity…