Final post about Kyoto. Lots of yummy food, including all things green tea. At one point we ducked in to a cute little tea house for an afternoon snack. The tea house had a nice Japanese garden and koi pond and a menu filled with a million different varieties of tea flavored treats: hot green tea, iced green tea and even a phenomenal green tea ice cream sundae below.
Not too far from our hotel was the Nishiki Market, a narrow, indoor shopping street lined with hundreds of small food shops, some of which have apparently been operated by the same families for generations.
And here was a curious sight at the market: a small quail egg atop a baby octopus body on a stick and dyed in maybe beet juice. Pretty cute, but I can't attest to the flavor.
On the last night in Kyoto we all went to a fancy restaurant called Minokichi near the hotel and ordered a Kaiseki tasting menu. We opted for the fall-themed menu.
All told, we had about 10 courses, each served in beautiful dishes by our kimono-clad waitress.Minokichi restaurant. It rocks.