[Bon Vivant in Sapporo] Grappa and Mille-feuille
April 28th, 2016
Bon Vivant (ボン・ヴィバン) is a popular French pastry store in front of Hotel Lifort Sapporo near Nakajima Park (中島公園) in Chuo ward, Saporo city. The Bon Vivant means "Gourmet" in English. Mr. Takehiro Kubo (久保 健寛), an owner chef, used to train his cooking skill at Nakatanitei (なかたに亭), a super famous confectionery shop, in Osaka, and has established the Bon Vivant since 2010. They serve cakes, breads, chocolate, baked confectioneries and so on.
The pastry store on the 1st floor of a 4 story building has a stylish atmosphere, and is not large, but it is comfortable. A place for customers to enjoy foods and drinks is not provided.
Nakajima Park (中島公園) is a comprehensive park of 236.295 m2 nearby Susukino (すすきの) in Chuo ward, Sapporo city, and has opened since 1886. It has been chosen as one of Japanese City Park Best 100 (日本の都市公園100選) and Japan's Top 100 Historical Parks (日本の歴史公園100選), and is famous as a park with rich nature at the downtown of the Sapporo city. The park has Shobu Pond (菖蒲池), Japanese Garden (日本庭園), Hoheikan (豊平館), Concert Hall Kitara, Astronomical Observatory, Hassoan (八窓庵), Kogumaza Puppet Theater (こども人形劇場こぐま座), Nakajima Sport Center (中島体育センター), Hokkaido Museum of Literature (北海道立文学館), Nakajima Tennis Courts (中島公園庭球場), Yahiko Shrine (弥彦神社) and Nakajima Park Boat Pier (中島公園ボート乗り場), and a lot of people come. Here is also well-known as a good place to see cherry blossoms in a spring and fall foliage in an autumn, and is a peaceful place for Sapporo citizens. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is about late April to early May. The best time to see the fall foliage is about from mid October to late October. Cosplay photography sessions are sometimes held, and they look fun. Admission free. A parking lot is not provided. Article is here
Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Article is here
Grappa and Mille-feuille
Shapes of cakes sharpen my appetite. All the cakes looked tasty, so I could not make up my mind which cakes I ate. Therefore I asked a confectionery sales clerk about popular cakes, and she replied me "Grappa (グラッパ) is most popular, and Mille-feuille (ミルフィーユ) is second most popular". I bought both cakes. Each prices were JPY 486.
I decided to go to the Nakajima Park that cherry blossoms began to bloom to eat the cakes. First I ate the Grappa that was a chocolate cake using Grappa, a type of Grape Brandy. Fluffy mousse was on the inside, and the chocolate tasted bitter for adults on the outside. It had less sweetness generally, and smelled like alcohol slightly.
Then I was going to eat the Mille-feuille, but a crow targeted my cake. Even the crow had good taste in the cake, but unfortunelly I did not give the cake. As for the Mille-feuille, rich taste buttercream was sandwiched between slices of crispy mille-feuille. Red strawberries were marked. The texture of crispy mille-feuille was good. It was tasty! Thanks for the tasty cakes!
|Parking lot||Parking lot is not provided|
|Regular closing day||Monday and Tuesday|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 463 248*33|
A page of Sapporo is here