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The Petite Sizes are Just Right♪ Nanan_Pipeline (Ginowan) Offers Pastries Loved by Parisians
post : 2018.11.24 11:00
Tucked away along the street of Pipeline in Ginowan City is a pastry shop, called Nanan_Pipeline.
The patissier who creates the pastries arranged in the shop says, “I’ve always enjoyed eating and making sweets since I was a child.” Something the chef enjoyed as a child and as an adult went beyond what was just a hobby, and for a year before opening the shop, the chef went to Paris, the home of beautiful and delicious sweets. In Paris, the chef worked at a restaurant and during free time and days off, went around the city to enjoy various sweets in the name of research.
There were many differences in living in Paris compared to life in Japan. One of the things that surprised the patissier of Nanan_Pipeline was that “it was totally and completely natural for middle aged men to stop by a pastry shop to purchase cakes” in Paris, which isn’t as common in Japan. This was what Nana_Pipeline is aiming for, to become a shop “that’s as casual and comfortable to drop by, like a bakery”.
In the shop were about 15 varieties of sweets, including those popular in France like the pound cakes, gateau chocolat, madeleine, and others. There were those that were baked fresh and those prepared a day or two in advance, calculating the steps so when they’re ready to be presented at the shop is just the right time to enjoy them.
The pound cakes are prepared in small sizes so that people can enjoy several different types in one sitting. They were wonderfully moist with a gentle aroma of butter. Because they’re prepared with sugarcane sugar rather than white refined sugar, the sweetness is mild and rounded, and the tastes of the other ingredients are enhanced.
There was a great selection of pound cakes that day, like Brown Sugar & Ginger, Mango Coconut, Lemon Poppy Seed, as wells as the Fruit Cake prepared with Rum distilled in Ie Island with the sugarcane grown there. The selections are abundant and it would be great to buy several kinds to try them all.
The Gateau Chocolat with Framboise was delightfully crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. The gentle aroma of the liqueur had a nice mature taste.
Another type for the sophisticated palate was the Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake, made with a generous amount of locally grown pumpkin mixed with a rich blend of cinnamon and all-spice. It wasn’t just simply sweet, as you can taste a touch of spiciness to add a nice kick to this yummy cake.
Their Carrot Cake is popular with their female customers, made with plenty of shredded carrots. The crunchy walnuts add a nice texture and also the soft frosting made with cream cheese and butter created a nicely balanced harmony of tastes and texture♪
My personal recommendation is the Gluten Free Orange Cake which is made with almond powder instead of flour. The cake has a lovely aroma and a refreshing taste from the freshly squeezed juice and pulp.
The pastry chef is keen on creating new sweets, too. With gluten free foods getting more and more popular in the market, the chef is trying new things, so I’m anticipating great additions to their already wonderful selection of sweets.
Nanan_Pipeline is only open three days a week (from Monday to Wednesday). Inspired by sweets from Paris, the chef has added original touches to create simple, gentle, and delicious pastries. You know how people say they “can eat this every day”? Well, the pastries from this shop just might be that.
Address: 1F Thomas Oyama 1-5-12 Oyama, Ginowan, Okinawa
Business Days: Monday to Wednesday
Business Hours: 11:00-17:00
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (to place orders)
Parking: 2 Vehicles
Okinawa CLIP photo writer, Sachiko