Beija Flor – Getting my Brazilian on – Numazu

8 03 2012

Beija Flor

Finding unusual foreign foods can be difficult sometimes in Numazu. So when I heard that the Brazilian shop on the south side was reopening under new management I was very excited.

Beija Flor, or in English, Hummingbird, is half pastry shop-half specialty food store on Numazu’s south side. As you enter, a large glass display of mostly savory and some sweet pastries gets your mouth watering. There is even a little bench you can sit and enjoy your freshly made pastry before picking up a few groceries. I was all ready to try some of their great looking pastries when a friend of mine I was meeting at the station decided to be ‘on time’ and I had to leave abruptly. How inconsiderate.

While the size of their establishment restricts their range, Beija Flor has an excellent selection of South American specialty foods at very good prices. I was particularly impressed by their wide range of dried beans. Yeah, I know it may seem a little odd to get excited over beans but when you are trying to make something with a little Brazilian flare like a feijoada,, then beans are a must.

Beija Flor’s range also includes an interesting selection of pastes, stocks, and mix that will help you to make the perfect Latin dish. They also have a very good stock of meat cuts – meat on the bone in Japan!!! – and real sausage which you might be missing from home. Finally, there is also an intriguing supply of biscuits, sweets, snacks and soft drink local to Brazil and well worth an explore. I particularly recommend trying the Inca Cola. Now, don’t get your mouth all ready for a cola taste, but be prepared for a very tasty creaming soda.

Beija Flor is a lovely little shop and well worthy of the support of the local expat community.

Phone: 055 952 6706





Numazu Supermarkets and Department Store Guide

24 10 2011

This is an incomplete list of supermarkets and department stores in Numazu. I have also referenced a few stores a little further afield purely because I think they are worth a look.

Basically, supermarkets are broken down into:

  • Small to mid sized locals like Marutomo, Potato and Mamy that may not be large but are convenient.
  • Large stores like Seiyu, Max Value and Coop who are generally well priced.
  • Boutique stores like Seibu, Shizutetzu, Komatsuya and Donkihote that have an eclectic range of goods worth a browse.
  • Large supermarket and home-ware department stores like  E-spot, Ito Yokado, Cainz, and Sun to Moon than, in some cases are a little out of the way but are very much work a look.
  • Home ware stores like D2
If you have any other supermarkets, home-ware stores or departments stores that you think I should add, let me know in the comments below with a general description of the location.
Scott




The Green and Gold Shop, Komatsuya, Numazu

14 12 2010

Sometimes it takes a gentle cricket bat to the back of the head to realise that you have failed and that once you recover from the starburst shooting from inside your eyelids and your vision returns enough for you to distinguish between colours you must stagger to your feet and resolve the situation.

This particular baseball bat came in the guise of a relatively new friend asking where he might find reasonably priced Mexican chili sauce in Numazu. I was stunned. Doesn’t everyone go where I go to get such things? Had I not mentioned this in my blog as ‘the’ place to go to get decent sized condiments? Had I missed out a quintessential element to Numazu that makes life in this beautiful city so very livable? I had hadn’t I? Had I had, he would not have had to ask, had he?

The appearance of a universe of sparkly little pixels forming an endless data stream of ‘had’ rebounded off the inside of my eyelids. I needed to back out now, reboot and hope everything would be okay.

“The Green and Gold Shop,” I incredulously vomited out of my mouth as I came back to reality. My friend looked a little perplexed and a touch concerned(No doubt he sensed my reaction to his enquiry). To make up for lost time I began to rattle off the wonders that reside within the Green and Gold Shop. I mentioned the large tins of herbs and spice; the fact that they had an excellent selection of western style dried fruits; the multitude of jumbo sized sauces like tomato, BBQ, mustard, Dijon and many things in between; the bargain 1kg packs of grated cheese; the array of stock cubes and broth; the tinned fruit; molasses; the big packs of deep friable everything; peas, 1kg of ’em; frozen fish and meats; bulk packs of pasta and noodles; monster packs of seaweed that you could use for roofing supplies; a small shelf of local community veg; a point card system; and Mexican, bloody, chilli sauce.

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My now reluctant friend was barely keeping up with the paces of my rail gun list when another friend interjected, “But the Green and Gold shop is not its real name is it?” My breath exploded from my lungs as my hyperactive bubble burst. I slumped back into my chair deflated.

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My wife patiently took over explaining that the Green and Gold shop is what we call this little bastion of goodness because its signage is in green and bright yellow. Its actual name is “Komatsuya”. My wife explained that you can find it on the south side if you follow the road that commences at the western railway underpass and keep following it down to the end and if you take a right and walk another thirty meters then you will be there.

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As my wife and my friends cleaned up my verbal melee I realized how remiss I was to not have written about this before and that I needed to share Komatsuya with you too.

Scott Donald