Shabu Shabu dinner with Agoo Pork

Miyabi Chaya is a ohagi cafe in Okinawa city. They provide shabu shabu dinner for one group only upon reservation.  JPY4500 per person.       Starter.  Hiya Mugi pasta, like angel hair pasta, with sesami sauce (left). Tofu paste with Nigana plant (right).   Nigana plant means bitter leaf in Japanese.  This plant has been considered a medicine in the local traditional tradition.   Hiya Mugi with ginger bud, cucumber, tomato and Shiso (Japanese basil).   The second plate with Agoo meatloaf with some seasonal vegetables.   There are lots of restaurants that serve Agoo in this island.  But most of them are halfs or quarters. Agoo is a brand pork of Okinawa, it’s a black […]

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Fancy, Consious French Pastry

Joie Joie 326 is on Route 6.  Coming from R58, it’s just before Torii Gate on your lefthand side.   It’s a French-style patisserie.  The Patisier worked as the chief dessert chef at G8 Okinawa Summit in 2000.  The man with skills.   The shop is nicely decorated with Okinawan white plaster walls and corals.   A dazzling view of fancy sweets.   Pound cakes.   Baked cakes.   Quiche, made of local organic vegetables.   Rounds cakes.  They all look gorgeous and photogenic. 12cm round was about JPY2400 to JPY2800.   Each pieces are about JPY420.  A little expensive for Okinawan market, but they are already looking they are worth […]

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Real Handmade Chocolate

American Village in Chatan has a new chocolate cafe that you can’t miss.  It’s on the 2nd floor of Zhyvago Coffee.   They handmake everything from bean to bar in the house.  I didn’t know what that exactly means until the owner Hayashi-san explained to me later.   They all looked good, but we had to skip it because it was just before dinner.   I had a hot chocolate. YuYu had a Cacao Pulp Juice.  Never heard of cacao pulp juice…  I didn’t even know cacao beans had pulp, and enough pulp you can get juice out of.  It says it’s 100% cacao pulp juice.   Oh my goodness!! […]

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The Best Value Hotel Lunch Buffet

EM Costa Vista Hotel and Spa in Kita Nakagusuku provides the best value Hotel lunch buffet on the island daily. This lunch buffet has been loved by locals since I was founded in 2005, and now by the domestic tourists, and international.  It’s very popular.  Popular buffet runs well and keeps foods fresh on the table, so it’s even better.   EM stands for Effective Microorganisms.  When put in foods, EM turns it to cheese, yogurt, bread, soy sauce and miso, while non-EM gets them rotten.  When put in soils or water, EM purifies and enriches the environment. Professor Higa of University of Ryukyus has engineered to extract EM and exclude non-EM.  Now it’s a big […]

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Red Hot Sichuan Cuisine

YuYu picked me up at the airport and swang by to one of our favorite restaurants in Naha.         Now that looks good.  Sichuan “Mala” Hot Pot.  I’m up for the hot spicy today. “Mala” is a Sichuan flavor of hot.  Red pepper and Sichuan pepper.  To me, red pepper is like spanking hot, and Sichuan pepper is like stinging hot.  When combined, it really feels like being hit by boiling water or something.   Starting off with our favorite salad.  Pressed tofu, coriander and sprouts in Japanese pepper oil.  Just a unique combination of flavors.   She loves Heartland Beer.  100% malt beer from Kirin.   […]

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A New Sushi Bar in Naha

  We heard that there is a new sushi place that opened this year in Naha.  We went check it out.   A low-profile, sharp-looking door is sitting on the quite street near Tomari port.   Sushi Izumi is the name.   Only one sushi chef, one assistant chef, 9 guests, and a counter.  That’s all in this place. Reservation is strongly recommended. The sushi chef is apparently Okinawan local.  He will serve a Edo-style sushi.  I like seeing that.     8 Nigiri + 1 roll, JPY3500. 5 Sakana dishes + 8 Nigiri + 1 roll, JPY6000.   A clean, well prepared kitchen. There’s no electrics.  It’s probably some […]

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Hawaii Big Island | East Coast

We finally came down to our final episode of our vacation on the west coast. Kona district, the dry, sunny side of the island. It’s amazing the big island has all the climates. From this sunny dry heat of the West, wet jungle of the East, cool grassy area of the North, and freezing high land of the Middle.     Seafood Bar and Grill, Kawaihae   This is a restaurant that the ranch owner recommended us. He described it as “not a fancy restaurant, but good food that locals love.”  That sounds like what we were wanting to hear.  But we were not really hungry, so we just dropped […]

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Hawaii Big Island | North Coast

Our exploration continued to the north part of the island.   We stayed at a vacation rental in a beautiful ranch near Waimea. Yuyu loves horses.  That is why we chose this place.  And right after the gate, we were greeted by a dozen of horses.  You could never imagine such encounter in Japan.  A dozen of horses, free on the lawn, coming to greet us on their own will.   She is in heaven.   It was a nice place with lots of space.   We were cooking grass-fed filet mignon we bought in Whole Foods in Honolulu.   We are having it with Papaya sauce.   Along with the […]

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