We really did find delicious Vegetarian food in Japan, including great Kaiseki and Shojin Ryori restaurants. Just as special were little macrobiotic vegetarian places with loyal customers and a strong following.
Monday 22nd of January 2018 08:36:06 PM

About The Authors

Ken Goldberg and
Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg
Berkeley, California, USA
"Watashitachi wa bejitarian desu." (We are vegetarians.)

Places we went



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14. Café Angelina's (Downtown Kyoto)--Kathryn

"Matcha Green Tea Cappucino"—this menu special lured me to Café Angelina from across the narrow street.

Cafe Angelina

Only days earlier in Sapooro, I had been introduced to matcha: powdered green tea used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Through Ken's conference, spouses of presenters were offered a class on the tea ceremony (in addition to classes in calligraphy and an opportunity to dress up in a kimono). In Sapporo, I got to watch, whisk and sip alongside a tea master and several other women.

By then I'd also read about half of The Book of Tea—a text chronicling the history of the drink and its relationship to Eastern spirituality.

Matcha Cappuccino

Neither the book nor the class lifted the veil of mystery around the ceremony, but both did pique my interest in the thick, almost bright green brew. Combine this zen cocktail with its Western cousin espresso and smother with whipped cream—yum! Angelina's also provided three thumbnail cookielets for dunking.

Matcha Cappuccin

Café Angelina is on Teramachi-dori, a half block North of the long covered arcade, just across Oike-dori.

Ken and I returned to Café Angelina once for breakfast--scrambled eggs with salsa, a sprout-filled green salad, and thick wedges of white bread. Ken got Jamtoast. (Mmmm Jamtoast). At my request, the sweet guy who ran the place supplied me with a block of butter.

Omlette at Cafe Angelina


Café Angelina: Kamihonnojimae-cho 481, Teramachi dori, Oike agaru, Kyoto, Japan

Posted on Sun, Nov 4, 2007 at 9:13 AM