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Nina Ileva

ブルガリアのソフィア出身です。ブルガリアのソフィア大学で修士号を取ってから2005年に札幌に来て、2009年に北海道大学環境科学部で博士号を取得しました。それ以後ずっと札幌で働いています。札幌と北海道が大好きです。
趣味は友達と遊ぶ、調理する、登山、旅行、バードウオッチング、フラワーアレンジメントなど。最近時間があるときの楽しみ方は、札幌の街並みを探検しながら、心地よいカフェと店を探すことです。どこかで私を見掛けたら、気軽に声をかけてね。あなたの心地よい店を紹介していただけることを楽しみにしています!

I come from Sofia, Bulgaria. After I obtained master’s degree at Sofia University in 2005, I came to Sapporo to pursue a PhD at Hokkaido University (Graduate School of Environmental Science). I received my PhD degree in 2009 and since then I have been working in Sapporo. I like spending time with friends, cooking, hiking, travelling, meeting new people, birdwatching, and flower arrangement. I love Sapporo and Hokkaido. And lately I have been enjoying my spare time by exploring Sapporo city in a search of lovely cafes and other shops that I can happily present to you.

SALU SALLUZA Cafe Terraza

サルサルーサ カフェ テラーサ

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さんが7月22日に投稿。

Nina Ileva wrote this on Jul 22

Here is another fresh idea for an enjoyable summer afternoon in Sapporo – visit the Salu Salluza Cafe Terraza in Kita ward (Ishikari road). It is a two-storey house cafe with a contemporary elegant interior and, as its name also suggests, a lovely terrace on the second floor.

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The terrace space is partially enclosed by lush foliage, so if the weather is good, my advice is to sit at one of the outdoor tables there. Under the playful mosaic of summer sunshine and cool shade you can unwind for hours: chatting with a dear friend, reading a favorite book or magazine, meditating listening to the whisper of the tree leaves…it is all up to you.

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The café has a rich menu featuring diverse soft and coffee drinks, wine, tea, parfaits, galettes, crepes, pasta, rice dishes etc. If you are a fan of delicious and healthy food don’t miss the “okazu crepe” with bacon and eggs-it is a crepe wrap-sandwich which comes with a lovely side salad. The “okazu crepe” really makes an impression as it will be probably the greenest plate you have ever been served. This wrap is magically light and satisfying at the same time. If you feel like indulging in one of the tempting desserts afterwards, you can easily do it without any pricks of conscience as you have started with a perfectly healthy main dish.
The first floor of the cafe also houses a stall with colorful home kitchen interior items and an attractive Artlacze takeaway cup gelato counter. The Artlacze Gelato & Confectons, situated close to Kaminopporo JR station according to the pamphlet, seems to be very enticing place to visit on its own with over thirty flavors of fresh gelato made preferably with local Hokkaido ingredients. It looks like they have a feature gelato flavor that changes every day as well as baked sweets such as cakes, cookies, puddings, cookies, chou a la creme, gelato cake.

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The Salu Salluza café can be easily accessed from the Kita 34-jo subway station (Namboku line). For those living in the neighborhood like Sapporo station and Hokkaido University, I would suggest to go by bicycle or on foot. It is a pleasant ride/walk and you will have the chance to discover other cute little shops on the way. As the surrounding trees conceal the Salu Salluza’s facade from the Ishikari road side, for those coming by car the Sosei high school yard can be a time-saving landmark (the cafe is at the next corner).
There is no need to trust me blindly; just go and see it for yourself. I am sure that the relaxed atmosphere and delicious food that you will find in the Salu Salluza cafe will leave a strong desire to visit the place again soon. Enjoy!

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SALU SALLUZA Cafe Terraza
Address: Sapporo city, Kita-ku, Kita 31 Nishi 2-1-5 Hakuyo Square
Tel.: (011)758-0363
Working hours: Wednesday to Saturday 11:00~21:00

Sundays/Holidays 11:00~20:00

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
www.salluza.com

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Mediterranean style romance at Chico cafe

チコカフェでの地中海風のロマンス

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さんが6月11日に投稿。

Nina Ileva wrote this on Jun 11

Are you, people, enjoying the summer? I bet that most of you do, but if for whatever reason you are still failing to enjoy it, please start right now! The Hokkaido summer is relatively short so my friendly advice is not to waste even a second more: grab your hat and sun glasses and just go out. If you have no destination in mind, why don’t you follow my suggestion and pay a visit to the marvelous coffee shop “Chico café” in the nearby Ebetsu town, which I will present below?

“Chico café” is one of the most impressive coffee shops I have been recently so I am very excited to spread the word about it. The café’s design has been inspired by the Greek island Mykonos, so its fresh, brilliant white and sea blue facade grabs your attention immediately. For me it was love at first sight.

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While in the summer the Mediterranean Sea (Aegean Sea to be more precise) blue color brings the fresh and romantic atmosphere of a seaside pavement cafe, in the winter, the shop’s white walls merge beautifully into the surrounding deep and fluffy Hokkaido snow. To say it in a slightly more poetical language: the design of “Chico café” marries the iterranean Sea blue and the Hokkaido snow white.

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The cafe has plenty of sunlight shining through the glass doors which open into a nice “paved street” garden with tables. Just imagine yourself sitting at one of these outside tables in the dappled shade surrounded by greenery, feeling the gentle whiff of the breeze and the warmth of the sunshine peaking through the wood pergola above, enjoying your cup of coffee… or maybe a pink lemonade? Yeah, definitely the homemade pink lemonade sounds exotic and inviting (it seems that the color comes from pomegranate). The menu also includes specially selected coffee blends, pita sandwiches, and parfaits. Another charming touch in this awesome sidewalk cafe (sidewalk cafes are rare in Japan, but very common in Europe) are the few silhouettes of cats graciously strolling through the “seaside” pavement or sneaking around the trim flower pots.

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One more interesting fact is that actually “Chico cafe” is made from an upcycled cargo container, a beautiful example of the Cargotecture that recently has become very popular worldwide. Shipping containers made of steel or aluminum and designed to withstand harsh environments are resistant to forces like hurricanes and earthquakes and are naturally suited for post-disaster housing. However, recently the imagination of designers and architects have been transforming cargo containers into various exciting projects all around the world: houses, cottages, markets, restaurants, bars, offices, hotels, schools, and I must say that many of them are quite luxurious and beautiful. Just a few examples are the Container city and BoxPark mall in London, Mill junction silos in Johannesburg, Starbucks store in Seattle, “hive-inn” conceptual hotel structure. Shipping containers have been used as market and storage places in many of the former USSR countries too, however with hardly any designer involvement, I may guess.Cargotecture has been gaining popularity in the last several years as fast, inexpensive, eco-friendly and sustainable way of building.

 

“Chico café” is a wonderful example of the Cargotecture movement, where enthusiasm, artistic heart, creative ideas, vivid imagination and attention to detail of two beautiful sisters (the owners) has turned a simple shipping container into a splendid Mediterranean sidewalk cafe.

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The place is still not widely known as it is relatively new (it opened only in December, 2014), but I am absolutely positive that due to its unique and elegant romantic style “Chico café” will become a popular spot for the café lovers very soon. The shop has its own parking lot, but even if you are not a proud owner of a vehicle you can easily reach the place by the JR trains departing from Sapporo station. Take the local trains or the semi-rapid Ishikari Liners bound for Ebetsu or Ishikari (Hakodate main line) and get off just one stop before Ebetsu at Takasago station. After you exit through the South exit a short 3 minute walk will take you to the “Chico café” (same block as Ebetsu Suzuran hospital, MaxValu store, Ebetsu High School). In total it will take you only half an hour to reach the place starting from Sapporo station.

 

Work or whatever duty you have will never finish; sadly the same cannot be said for the summer, so why don’t you just go out for a couple of hours and have some summer fun right now!

 

Chico cafe

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chicocafe011

Instagram: CHICO_CAFE

Address: Ebetsu city, Kamiebetsu 442-22

Tel: 070-5068-7783

Working hours: 11:00~19:00

Closed on Mondays

 

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Sapporo station's supreme lunch experience: the 35th floor’s panoramic "Sky J"

札幌駅の最高のランチ体験:35階全景の見える「Sky J」

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さんが4月28日に投稿。

Nina Ileva wrote this on Apr 28

How about an abundant buffet lunch at a top-notch restaurant in the heart of the city?

…or maybe you would like a place with a breathtaking panoramic view of Sapporo and the surrounding mountains instead?

…or wait! Do the above options sound a little bit pricey for you and you would prefer something more affordable?

…or maybe you just don’t want to waste time in travelling to such a special restaurant, so you would have your lunch in some place conveniently located somewhere on your way for that day?

Whichever of the above is your problem, “Sky J” bar & restaurant is the solution.

 

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“Sky J” has the best combination of food (both great quality and quantity), atmosphere (scenic Sapporo and nearby mountains view), location (right in the heart of the city- Sapporo station) and value (the price is comparable to any other restaurant having a lunch buffet/tabehodai menu, but in most cases lacking the corresponding food quality or panoramic view).

If this doesn’t sound amazing enough, let me entice you with some details.

 

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The food: The menu accounts for about 30 different dishes including Western and Chinese style dishes, a wide variety of breads, soups, salad bar, appetizers, cheese fondue etc.

 

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The desserts’ area deserves a special attention. The stars there are the many colorful, pleasing for both the taste and the eye, first-class desserts.

All of these dishes are prepared with fresh local ingredients, so that you can also enjoy the well known taste of Hokkaido. Six kinds of soft drinks (tea, coffee, juice) are freely available. For an extra 520 wine lovers can delight in tasting eight different kinds of wine (white and red).

 

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The view: “Sky J” is on the 35th floor, which is some 150m above the ground, hence the fantastic bird’s eye view. The almost 240 degrees panorama shows not only the Sapporo cityscape, but also the beautiful surrounding mountains.

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Even the Sea of Japan’s blue horizon can be seen far off in the distance.

 

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It is also very interesting to see Sapporo station from above with all its buildings’ rooftops, crossing JR lines, rooftop parking lots and squares.

The location: Sapporo station JR Tower Nikko Hotel – right in the heart of the city. To reach “Sky J”, go out from Sapporo station’s southeast exit, turn left along the Gap shop and walk through the corridor until you reach the Nikko hotel entrance on your left side. Go through the hotel lobby and get the elevator to the 35th floor.

The price: 2,300 (1,200 for elementary school students and 500 for infants), for an extra 520 you can choose between 8 kinds of wine.

The only catch is that the place can become pretty busy, especially in the weekends, which is no wonder, provided all the above said. Even though the beautiful view can make the waiting itself quite a pleasant experience, my advice is to make a reservation before you go. Even if it is in the morning right before you go, just call them and save yourself a precious time for enjoying something else later. (you may ask Sapporo station tourist information’s ladies for assistance).

You can also find pleasure in visiting “Sky J” in the evening, when you can gaze at the even more spectacular night view of the city relaxing over a drink with live jazz music gently in the background.

 

“Sky J” 35th floor bar & restaurant

Address: JR Tower Nikko Hotel 35F, North 5 West 2-5, Chuo-ku, Sapporo

Lunch buffet: 11:30-15:30 (receiving new diners until 14:30)

Tel: 011-251-6377

http://www.jrhotels.co.jp/tower/restaurant/skyj/

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The "World Book Cafe" : Explore the world while sipping aromatic coffee

World Book Cafe 香りの良いコーヒーを飲みながら世界の旅をしましょう

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さんが4月10日に投稿。

Nina Ileva wrote this on Apr 10

It is just a four-minute walk from the Odori TV tower (one of the Sapporo landmarks) to this dreamy coffee shop called “World Book Cafe”. As it is on the 5th floor of a building on the quiet middle street of South 1 West 1 block, the place seems a little bit hidden, but this is part of its charm. And I will give you the perfect hint how to find it right away: there is an orange soup curry shop at the first floor of the building that you cannot miss. You can find the signboard of the cafe at the entrance of the building ( just to the left of the soup curry shop). Take the elevator to the 5th floor and there you are at the “World Book Cafe”.

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In the small hallway right after you enter you will be warmly greeted by the staff, a big elephant painting on the wall…

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… and voila…

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…hundreds and hundreds of books neatly arranged in bookshelves on both left and right walls just waiting for you to pick any.
The cafe’s library accounts for more than 800 books and magazines (both in Japanese and English), which you can read at your table while sipping aromatic home-roasted coffee. The books’ main topics are travel, cuisine, architecture of countries from all over the World. I even found beautiful photos of the old city of Plovdiv (a touristic spot in my home country Bulgaria) in a book featuring world’s top 100 back-alleys.
Either if it is by getting travel information and tips for planning your overseas journey or by getting cooking tips and new recipes from the numerous world cuisine books (in case you are more of the type that likes bringing the world into your kitchen), in this cafe you can always discover something new and get inspired to explore the world in a unique way.

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Even if you cannot afford the time or the money for a real journey, here you can always embark on your own virtual journey. The cafe library books are richly illustrated with high-quality photos, which will help you to immerse deeply into any foreign country atmosphere, while just sitting at your table sipping coffee.

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Similar to its rich book collection, the cafe offers home-roasted individually-brewed coffee from different parts of the world (Ethiopia, Brazil, Guatemala, Colombia, Indonesia), which can be wonderfully complemented by home-made sweets. And as you would expect for any respectable Sapporo cafe, there is a simple lunch and dinner menu, featuring pasta and risotto. The cafe also offers the interesting and healthy option of nuts and dry fruits that can perfectly complement your book voyage.
If the time to enjoy your book was not enough, you can borrow up to 3 books (for 2 weeks) and bring  them home with you. (Ask the cafe staff for details). It is a non-smoking cafe, but there is a little nice balcony where smokers can light up a cigarette. A free Wi-Fi is also available (again ask the staff)
And of course, you can always just go and enjoy precious time chatting with your friends in the nice cafe ambience. It doesn’t need to be always about the books, but it is a great option.

 

Bon voyage!

 

World Book Cafe
Address: Ohsawa BLD 5F, South 1 West 1, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Open: 12h-22h
Tel: 011-206-7376
http://www.world-spirallife.com/

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