Another of my fellow teachers in Tsu (津) also lives in Ise (伊勢) with his wife and new baby. His wife’s family is originally from Toba (鳥羽) and run a cafe there called Ciao.

We took our visitors from Yokohama (横浜) there for a little lunch before soaking in a nice hot spring in the afternoon.

Ciao serves a variety of foods: pizzas, pastas, dorias and sandwiches, but more importantly – DESSERTS. Cakes, cookies, and sweets abound.

Recently we have taken interest in their parfaits. They have three sizes, which I’ll translate as mini, normal, and MONSTER. Monster is actually not all that enormous, except for the fact that you can choose any cake from the case and it is ensconced in the upper portion of the parfait. Quite an amusing site!

One lesson we learned was ordering a baked cheesecake to put in a parfait is not the best idea. Being much firmer than the ice cream it is tough to cut into it without disaster; however, the staff was one step ahead of us and had already provided a small plate to put the cake onto, so it all worked out. My recommendation is to pick something fluffier for your MONSTER, perhaps a chocolate chocolate cake.

Anyhow, we enjoyed ourselves immensely and got fattened up just in time to get naked in front of strangers.


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