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The posh area between Harajuku and Shibuya, composed of Omotesando and Aoyama, is home to a large population of dessert shops and cafes. From Pierre Herme to Il Pinolo, you have ton of choices to get your sugar, cream and chocolate fix for the day.
The Berryz Cafe is right across the street from Pierre Herme, and has gorgeous displays of their tarts to dazzle you with choices. Every kind of fruit in combination with various types of creams and ganaches, in a vanilla or chocolate crumb crust.
figtart
Ripe fresh figs with a mellow cream cheese mousse in a dark chocolate crust with whipped cream.
*I’d never had fresh figs before, so I was surprised how juicy and peach like in texture they were. The light taste of the cream cheese mousse went well with the figs, though I think I would have prefered a vanilla crust in stead of chocolate.
chocobananatart
Bananas in a banana cream in a chocolate crust, topped with piped chocolate mousse.
*This was okay for me, I feel like the chocolate kind of overwhelmed any banana flavor in the tart, but my friend really loved it.

There must have been more than 20 different tarts in the display case, and they have seasonal tarts changing every couple of weeks. I’m excited to try different flavors the next time I go, that is if I can stop myself from walking into Pierre Herme instead.

Berrys Cafe @ Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan

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potatopancakes
These are not your nana/oma/babushka/bubbe’s potato pancakes. But they are my mom’s potato pancakes, and they are delicious! They are great with some sour cream, or applesauce ( especially with homemade applesauce!)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups potato, grated
  • 1 cup onion, grated
  • 200g flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 150 ml. milk
  • vegetable oil for frying

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1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mixing until combined. Let rest for 10 minutes.
2. Fry in oiled pan on medium heat until golden brown on both sides.
Makes about 10-12 pancakes.

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