Monday, April 28, 2014
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.
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.
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
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.
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.