At the corner of 高辻通Takatsuji Street and 黒門通Kuromon Street is a small bakery called 手作りパン工房コネルヤconeruya. I came upon it in early January 2015, during the お正月Japanese New Year break to be exact, when I was heading to cafe de Corazon with Lars on foot for coffee after a tasty lunch at 森林食堂shinrin syokudo. From the 二条駅Nijo Station area it had been a dangerous walk with snow on the sidewalks and slippery patches in unexpected places. The area in front of open shops were free of hazard and coneruya was no exception. This was the first time I’d noticed the bakery although it’s been open since October 2006, probably because I rarely passed through the area, so I took the chance to go in after conferring with Lars who okayed going in.
Japanese New Year festiveness in the forms of a traditional 門松kadomatsu, a pine ornament at the entrance of homes and businesses during this time of year, and 鏡餅kagami-mochi, rice cake offered to ancestral spirits and gods for good luck that year, but the bread version☺
upon entering, the selection in front of the window, with more bread kagami-mochi to the side
although a little sparse at the time, the selection next to it
Besides the pictured areas, the inside of the tiny bakery was completely lined with the various bread selection…I didn’t take more pictures because there was a constant flow of customers in certain areas and I didn’t want to bother anyone, including Lars, especially it being my first visit. I mentioned how I liked the bread kagami mochi and the staff member who appeared to be the owner smiled saying that it was available only during the New Year season.
It took some time to decide but my choices were, clockwise from top left, チーズフォンデュcheese fondue, ￥160, チョコマフィンchoco muffin, ￥160, and ベーコンと豆のエピbacon & (eda)mame epi, ￥180.
The cheese fondue was a Danish bread loaded with bacon, vegetables and cheese (mozzarella as well as cream) and was full of flavor; I would definitely get it again.I adore the usual chewiness of a bacon epi and this epi was no exception, made better by the edamame. I intentionally chose a muffin that had exploded over (in the picture it got a bit smushed on my way home); like many a muffin I’ve had in Japan, it was perfectly sweet and chocolatey. Very glad I ran across that bakery and hope to drop in again.☺