Tenryū-ji – Kyoto, Japan



(81)  75.881.1235
68 Sagatenryūji Susukinobabachō,
Ukyō-ku, Kyōto-shi,
Kyōto-fu 616-8385,


Open Hours:
9:00-17:00    Daily  Summer
9:00-16:00    Daily  winter (Oct. 21-Mar. 20)

Built in 1339 by the ruling shogun of the time, Ashikaga Takauji, Tenryū-ji is another gem in Kyoto.

The famous garden was designed by Muso Soseki, who also created the fabulous garden of Kokedera (Moss Temple – which requires much advance planning and is on our bucket-list).

As Tenryū-ji is a large complex network of temples and gardens, we have the following recommended itinerary:

1. Bamboo grove

2. Okochi Sanso garden

3. Shingetsu vegetarian restaurant @ Tenryū-ji – reservation is mustand walk-ins will receive a firm “NO”!

Note: if you forget to make a reservation for Shingetsu you can go to any of the tofu restaurants on the main street leading to the train station

4. Tenryū-ji

5. Lunch at Tenryū-ji or any of the other restaurants on the way to the train station

We know eventually one gets “templed-out” in Kyoto; so we recommend to head to Tenryū-ji earlier in your stay.  It has many subtle and beautiful elements that may suffer in appreciation after such over the top builds such as the Golden Temple at Kinkaku-ji or the sheer scale of Kyomizu Dera!

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Petit Comité – Barcelona, Spain

GarrettZiegler-1above photo © Garrett Ziegler

Petit Comité

(34) 93 – 550 0620
Passatge de la Concepció, 13
Eixample District
08008 Barcelona, Spain


Open Hours:
13:00 – 16:00   Lunch Everyday
20:00 – 23:00    Diner Everyday

When in Barcelona, consider a visit to the informal restaurant of Michelin stared chef Nandu Jubany .  You can learn more about Jubany as he is a member of the “Science & Cooking” talks at Harvard University.

The restaurant itself is of modern design, with clean lines and a general air of significance.   A combination of formality and professionalism abound.

Our amuse bouche was a calamari salad and potato pillows.  They were quite elaborate via the effect of double frying at different temperatures.

Of course,  we had the Catalan staples of cocas con tomate (bread with tomato), and  escalibada,  (grilled vegetables) with anchovies and romesco sauce. (Though we would probably order a bowl of the Romesco if possible!)

The grilled octopus with  mashed potatoes and cayenne were good, but what we liked best was the esqueixada bacalla  (fresh flaked salty cod)  with tomato. It was very fresh and tender (and didn’t give me my Octopus guilt trip).

The Truita de botifarra   (open omelette)  with morels, goat cheese and tomato bread sounded better on the menu, as the eggs were too dry and the effect was lost.

Overall, it was quite a nice meal and we were happy and satisfied!

Petit-Comite_002amuse bouche; potatoe pillows
Petit-Comite_003esqueixada bacalla  (Fresh flaked salty cod with tomatoe)
Petit-Comite_007bescalibada (grilled vegetables with anchovies and romesco sauce)
Petit-Comite_011grilled octopus with  mashed potatoes and cayenne
Petit-Comite_009Truita de botifarra  –   Open omelette with morrells, goat cheese and tomato bread
Petit-Comite_012Bomb Xocolate (chocolate and olive oil ice cream)  a bit heavy
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Shinjuku Gyoen – Tokyo, Japan

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

(81)  33.350.0151
1 Naitomachi, Shinjuku,
Tokyo 160-0014, Japan


Open Hours:
09:00 – 16:00    Daily except holidays

Shinjuku Gyoen is a calm oasis in Tokyo’s bustling in Shinjuku.  Definitely worth a visit as it was originally an imperial garden for Lord Naito -, a “daimyo”(feudal lord).  Strolling through, you can experience the lovely landscaping that translates the earths peace into your body.  A rare occurrence without traveling far outside of major cities!  Cherry blossoms and rhododendrons in spring and chrysanthemums abound in summer.

Shinjuku Gyoen is considered  to be one of the most important gardens from the Meiji era.  It shows the expansion of knowledge and culture as it divides into three main areas:  a French formal garden, an English landscape garden and a Japanese Traditional Garden.

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