Souvenir from Kobe - 神戸のお土産

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I just travelled one day to Kobe, which means that I've spent half of the day in the train. You could imagine that working seated in my office most of the day or working seated on a train is the same but actually the feeling is completely different. In the train I can't open the windows to breath fresh air nor change the settings of the aircon/heater, neither the neon over lighting. So I feel dry, cold and oppressed, my eyes hurt and I feel exhausted... Anyway... The good thing, except that work was good, is that Kobe is famous for a delicious and somehow strange German cake: the baumkuchen. It's a layer cake baked while rolling. The kind of thing hard to try at home. And the famous brand Juchheim (the first to introduce the cake in Japan) has plenty of shops in the city and of course at the shinkansen train station. So I couldn't help but bringing back a little souvenir for our breakfast and some for my students (the tradition of bringing some food souvenir or omiyage in Japanese (お土産) is one important tradition at work).

There are many different brands of baumkuchen of all quality, you can even find some in supermarkets. There are also different flavors of cakes, the most common are plain, macha, chocolate... There is also a number of limited seasonal editions such as yuzu... My favorite for breakfast is the plain one, and I like the one from Juchheim more than the others because of it's thin outer layer made of ice sugar and butter, which a lot of other brands don't have.

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