Matcha Bagels

Monday, April 28, 2014


Matcha Bagels




Denman-san, matcha bagels are your favorite, aren’t they?

Yes, they are.  Actually, Vancouverites seem to love matcha.

Why is that?

…’Cause I read the following article.

Matcha Green Tea Giveaway


From March 22 to April 23, BLENZ Coffee is featuring their delicious organic Matcha green tea drinks to help you realize the potential of Matcha as a daily beverage which is a feasible alternative to coffee.

BLENZ 100% Matcha is chalked full of nutrients and antioxidants and it gives you a relaxed energy that can last up to six hours without a severe caffeine crash.

Plus at BLENZ, Matcha is available in a variety of hot and cold drinks, so why wouldn’t you want to give it a try?

Every Wednesday from March 27 to April 17 (2 to 3 p.m.), BLENZ is hosting FREE Matcha tastings at their participating stores.

Go to a BLENZ during that time to try a complimentary sample of the featured Matcha drink of the day and learn more about the benefits of drinking Matcha green tea.


SOURCE: “Blenz Coffee Matcha green tea giveaway”

Is BLENZ Coffee famous in Vancouver?

Yes, it is.  Blenz Coffee is a Canadian franchise chain of coffee shops.  The first shop was opened on Robson Street in 1992.


The chain has since grown to include a network of 82 franchised locations.  It has also its branch shops in Japan, China, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and the Philippines.

Do you take a coffee break at Blenz quite often?

No, not really.  There is a BLENZ shop in the library atrium.



You can see the neon sign at your right-hand side in the above picture.  I usually take to the library my own sandwich lunch and a thermos of coffee with me.




So, I don’t have to go to the BLENZ.

Do you eat your own lunch and drink your coffee at one of the tables in the above picture?

Yes, I do.  I enjoy my own lunch and ginger-flavored coffee.

By the way, Denman-san, how come people living in Vancouver come to like matcha?

Good question, Mari-chan!  You see, these days, people around the world seem to choose Japanese food because it is said to be excellent for health.  Indeedd, I see quite often a long lineup in front of some Japanese restaurants in downtown Vancouver.


This is “Santouka (山頭火)” ramen shop on Robson Street.


This is “Kintaro (金太郎)” Japanese restaurant on Denman Street.

So, eating the Japanese food is the latest fad in Vancouver, isn’t it?

Yes, it is.  You see, Vancouverites go to Japanese restaurants and some of these people eat some matcha ice cream as dessert.


I think that’s why Vancouverites come to love the matcha taste.

So, Denman-san, what would you suggest when I bakea next bunch of bagels.

I’ll tell you what, Mari-chan.  Since you try to make stuffed bagels someday, why don’t you use matcha-mixed sweet-white-bean paste (抹茶+白餡)?



Ummmm… looks delicious.

Once you make stuffed bagels with the matcha paste, you might be able to impress your prospective employers in Vancouver.

I really hope I’ll get a job in Vancouver.


【Himiko’s Monologue】


Matcha (抹茶), also spelled maccha, refers to finely milled or fine powder green tea.


The Japanese tea ceremony centers on the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha.

In modern times, matcha has also come to be used to flavour and dye foods such as mochi and soba noodles, green tea ice cream and a variety of wagashi (Japanese confectionery).


By the way, Mari-chan writes her own blog.

Please click the following link.


“Mari-chan’s Blog”

I hope Denman-san will write another interesting article.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!
Bye bye …



If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“Asexual Thought”


“Stanley 125 Years”

“Sushi @ the Globe”

“Peace@Syria & Pentagon”

“Sweet Memory”

“Unforgettable Movies”

“Typhoon 26”

“Great Luck”




“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”

“World Family”

“My Name is Mari”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Mozzarell & smoked chicken

Bagel Sandwich”

“Bagels@Granville Island”



Hi, I’m June Adames.

The Japanese tea ceremony is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea.

In Japanese, it is called chanoyu (茶の湯) or sadō (茶道).


Japanese Tea Ceremony

The manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called otemae (お手前 or お点前).

Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the Japanese tea ceremony.

Much less commonly, Japanese tea ceremony uses leaf tea, primarily sencha, in which case it is known in Japanese as senchadō (煎茶道) as opposed to chanoyu or chadō.

Tea gatherings are classified as an informal tea gathering chakai (茶会) and a formal tea gathering chaji (茶事).

A chakai is a relatively simple course of hospitality that includes confections, thin tea, and perhaps a light meal.


kaiseki (懐石料理)

A chaji is a much more formal gathering, usually including a full-course kaiseki meal followed by confections, thick tea, and thin tea.

A chaji can last up to four hours.








『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』






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