Arashiyama – Kitcho 3 Michelin Stars

During my visit to Kyoto, I made it my mission to experience an authentic kaiseki. Kaiseki is the Japanese version of haute cuisine, traditionally only prepared for the Japanese royalty/aristocracy. It is definitely a fine dining/splurge option, as it can cost anywhere from $50-thousands of CAD/person.

Arashiyama, a district located West of Kyoto is an absolutely gorgeous landmark! The clear lake, blue sky, and mesmerizing bamboo forests with ancient Japanese architecture make this place an absolute visit if you ever come to Japan.

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Our dinner appointment was set at 6:30 pm, and when we arrived at the entrance we were greeted by a young male who escorted us inside where another hostess greeted us. As Japanese customary, it is necessary to take off your shoes at high-end Japanese restaurants. Afterward, we were shown to a spacious private dining room with a beautifully lacquered table overlooking a gorgeous garden. As expected, the seating was tatami style. From this instant, I felt transported to another era.

After being seated, we were presented with a first-grade sencha tea. It had a clean sweet taste and was well-timed before the first course. We chose the mid-priced menu option at $486 CAD/person.

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Foods to Avoid for Great Skin

While there are so many foods that can really contribute to clear skin, I have decided for my first official post to discuss the foods that can wreak havoc on the skin. However keep in mind that not everyone is affected by these foods in the same way. Some people can consume these foods without experiencing a pimple while others can be more sensitive. It is best to keep a food diary to see how you tolerate different foods.

1. Refined Sugars and Carbohydrates

White sugar is very high on the glycemic index scale which measures a carbohydrate’s effect on glucose aka blood sugar levels. Refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, and cakes are on the high end of the glycemic scale and therefore causes a rapid release of insulin to convert the large amounts of glucose into glycogen, a form of glucose storage for later use when blood sugars are low. This is why people who tend to consume lots of processed foods tend to feel hungry very often although they have consumed a lot of calories. Continue reading Foods to Avoid for Great Skin

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