LeBRESSO, A Bread Loaf Specialty Shop Opens First Hokuriku Location

LeBRESSO, A Bread Loaf Specialty Shop Opens First Hokuriku Location

In Fukui, A Daily Toast Menu Also Available

LeBRESSO, a popular bread loaf specialty store from Osaka, opens a shop in Waiplaza Shinbo, located in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture. The loaves of bread baked everyday in the shop are fluffy and soft masterpieces, and “when toasted, it has a perfect balance of crunchy, springy, and soft textures,” as described by the owner, Toshio Kitagawa.

There are a total of 9 shops located within a number of metropolitan cities in Japan, and this is the first shop to open within the three-prefecture region of Hokuriku. In addition to the plain bread loaf (1.5 size loaf, ¥650 including tax), there are a number of limited number items including loaves that contain walnuts and other seasonal ingredients.

In the shop, there is a toast menu with a selection of 8 choices, including a toast-of-the-day. Highly recommended is the “Thick Butter Toast” (厚切りバタートースト, ¥390), which is a 4 centimetre thick slice of bread with lots of butter. Included as a nice service is all-you-can-pour organic Italian honey. There is also the “Supreme Bliss Red Bean Jam and Butter Toast” (至福のあんバタートースト, ¥540), which is a limited seasonal item.

In the Fukui location, there is an eat-in area with 11 seats. Concerning drinks, there are approximately 20 kinds of coffee to choose from.

LeBRESSO Fukui phone number: 0776 (97) 9020. Open on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. (weekends & holidays from 8:00 a.m.) until 7:00 p.m. Closed on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Closed on January 1st to 3rd.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/998071

A Burger of Mizu-Yokan and Habutae Mochi

A Burger of Mizu-Yokan and Habutae Mochi

A Collaboration Between Fukui’s Winter Flavour and Famous Sweet

In Nishiyama Park’s Michi-no-Eki located in Fukui Prefecture’s Sabae City, a popular winter item has returned to the menu for this season: the “Mizu-Yokan Burger”. A new variation is the Mizu-Yokan Burger combined with Habutae Mochi; visitors can enjoy the famous sweet, representing the local area, in this collaboration.

Mizu-yokan is associated as a winter flavour of Fukui. In efforts to gain further recognition from tourists outside the prefecture, and for mizu-yokan to be known as a Fukui brand, the Michi-no-Eki developed the Mizu-Yokan Burger four years ago, but taking mizu-yokan and putting it in between a toasted bun. Every year when the winter menu items go on sale and continue to gain popularity, in place of the Michi-no-Eki’s already popular “Yoshikawa Eggplant Burger” which is swapped out during November.

The simple recipe begins with margarine spread within two halves of a toasted bun, then mizu-yokan and kinako (roasted soybean flour), along with whipped cream is placed between the buns. Supplied by “Seiundou” (清雲堂, a confectioner within Sabae City’s Fukae-cho), the mizu-yokan’s mild sweetness goes very well with the buns. With the new menu item including Habutae Mochi, visitors can also enjoy an added springy texture with their burger. A coffee-flavoured Mizu-Yokan Burger is also on sale.

“It would be great if everyone can take a liking to the burger, leading to more sales of mizu-yokan and Habutae Mochi as souvenirs,” expressed the Michi-no-Eki’s manager, Tsutomu Ito.

The Mizu-Yokan Burger and its coffee-flavoured version is ¥300; the burger including Habutae Mochi is ¥350, both priced including tax.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/997631

Specially-Made by High School Students, A Branding Iron for Ramen Eggs

Specially-Made by High School Students, A Branding Iron for Ramen Eggs

An Illustration of the Shop’s Logo with a Trail of Steam, Four Months to Complete

On December 18th, three high school students from Sakai Senior High School (located in Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture) gifted a Fukui City ramen restaurant with a hand-made branding iron, to be used for ramen eggs. The branding iron has an exquisite illustration of the shop’s logo. The students were also very particular with the angling of the handle. They were all proud of their creation.

As an opportunity for the young students to polish their skills, RAMEN W (a ramen shop located in Fukui City, Kaihotsu, 2-Chrome) made a proposal to the students. Three students were selected to take on the project; Reiji Kitashima, Kanta Omari, and Yuuya Okazaki belong to the Mechanic course of the Machine/Automobile department, and were involved with last May’s project, which involved creating a branding iron used for dorayaki for a school event. Production began in June, taking approximately four months to complete, fully utilizing their collected programming skills and knowledge.

The branding iron is made with brass, which conducts heat very well. In a 3 by 3 centimetre square is an illustration of a “W”, the shop’s logo, with steam emanating from the letter. The development of the branding iron’s handle went through many tests and readjustments, to create the right angle that would optimize efficiency when using on the ramen eggs.

On the 18th, the three students visited the shopkeeper, Toshio Kitagawa (aged 50), and presented him with the branding iron saying, “We were able to successfully create this, so please use it a lot.” After that, they tried the branding iron on a ramen egg; after a sizzle, the logo appeared, with everyone cheering in delight.

“I am really grateful for everyone’s feelings and effort,” said Kitagawa, treating the students with ramen.

From January 19th of next year, and during the 3rd Sunday of every month between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., 20 pieces of logo-branded ramen eggs will be available.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/996172

Restarting Old Cell Phones, Restoring Memories

Restarting Old Cell Phones, Restoring Memories

A KDDI Event, Reviving Photos and Emails

On December 20th, the Chubu-Hokuriku branch of the KDDI Corporation (located in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture) launched an event in a shopping centre within Fukui City, “Omoide Ke-tai Saikidou” (おもいでケータイ再起動, “Restarting Cell Phone Memories”). At the event, held in the au Shop located in Lpa, phones that have lost its ability to start-up or charge properly can be “revived at no cost. Visitors were full of smiles and joy, as they looked through. The old photos on their phones. The event is until December 22nd.

KDDI Corporation has been holding the event since 2017, but this is the first time for it to happen within Fukui Prefecture. Using a special device to allow the cell phone to hold a charge, it can be booted up. After being able to check photos, emails, and answering machine messages, people can choose a photo to be printed out as a gift (one photo per person).

From the morning, the shop saw many visitors with comments such as, “It’s a device from ten years ago, so it no longer operates. My child’s photos, from when they were young, in only on this phone,” and “I want to print and save a photo of my mother who passed away.”

A self-employed man (aged 69) from Sakai City, and his wife, brought six devices with them. When looking upon the restored screen, and seeing the collection of photos of their grandchildren and family, the memories came flooding in. The couple fondly recalled their memories, with huge smiles on their faces.

The event was from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Each day can accommodate up to 25 individuals or groups, with reservations available. The shop will also work on phones that are not associated with au. Based on the type of device or its condition, there is still a possibility that the battery cannot be restored, or that the device may not boot up. Inquiries can be made through the shop’s phone line (0800) 7002295.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/997632

Echizen Soba, Coated with Chocolate

Echizen Soba, Coated with Chocolate

Anticipating Demand for Christmas and Valentines Day

The Echizen Pottery Manufacturing Cooperative (越前焼工業協同組合, located in Echizen Town, Fukui Prefecture) has begun selling a gift set, which includes a snack of chocolate-overhead fried Echizen soba noodles and a sake cup specially made in Echizen. The product has been named “Soba Chocolate” (そばちょこ), taking inspiration from the packaged chocolate (チョコ, “CHOKO) and sake cup (おちょこ, “OCHOKO”). Filled with the charm of Fukui, order are anticipated in conjunction with Christmas, Valentines Day, and as a souvenir.

The product’s design director, Junichi Inoue (of Minami-Echizen Town), has been working with the concept in his mind for many years, until finally having a chance to present it to the cooperative, and being able to proceed with development.

The sweets are prepared by the soba shop “Oshouzuan” (御清水庵, located in Echizen City), and the traditional sweets shop “Cakeya yanagimoto” (けーきやyanagimoto, located in Sabae City). Fried Echizen soba noodles are coated with chocolate, and then covered with soba seeds. The first bite will begin with the bittersweet flavour of the chocolate; gradually, the aromatic flavour and saltiness of the soba will fill the palate. It can be enjoyed with a swerving of Japanese liquor, whiskey, or shochu.

The Echizen-made sake cup is produced by Yuuki Yoshikawa (of Echizen Town), a young potter part of the cooperative. Available in blue or white, it has a modern design. Echizen washi is used for wrapping.

“It’s an original chocolate snack that you can’t find anywhere else. It contains Echizen soba, Echizen pottery, and Echizen washi; the flavour, the container, and the packaging all come together to emphasize the essence of Fukui,” explained Inoue.

The product will be on sale for a limited time until March 2020. There are plans to have the product available during the same period every year.

A box of three small bags of the snack and a sake cup will be ¥2,300 (excluding tax). It is being sold in the cooperative’s direct sales shop Echizen-yaki no Kan (越前焼の館, located in Ozowara, Echizen Town), and the Oshouzuan cafe (御清水庵cafe, located in Yokawacho, Echizen City).

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/994009