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. […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sweets of the Week

Just hanging out to my neighbor to pick up some breakfast for the next couples of days. Kino Store opens on Thu, Fri, and Sat.   They change menu weekly.  Usually they all sell out before late afternoon.  A lot of people buy the weekly choice by mails regularly too. You can freeze them without losing […]

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Our Favorite Steak

When we want to get a steak, we come here. We don’t go to a steak house.  We don’t go to a Teppanyaki place. When we want serious red meat, Bistro Kato Shokudo is it for us.   Of course this place is fantastic for a lot of other dishes, but today we are here to […]

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Okinawan Seafood in Yomitan

Ohki Seafood is located on Route 6 in Yomitan.  Operated by one of the old fish suppliers in Okinawa, this restaurant is a good place to eat fresh local seafood in very local cooking.   Plenty of tables.  80 people capacity.  There are private rooms too. Reservation is recommended to make before you come.   […]

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Shaved Ice in a Hot Day

It was late afternoon in a hot day.  We came to Sans Souci in Kita Nakagusuku. We bumped into the owner, Ganta-san.   It was 14:30.  They stop serving lunch meals at 15:00.  Starts dinner at 17:30.  They serve only sweets in the afternoon between. They were going to close for the day at 15:00 […]

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Casual but Serious Sushi

As our exploration for good sushi bars in Okinawa continue, one came up to ring our bell finally.   Sushi Kawaji in Matsuyama, Naha.   Beautiful sushi counter.  They have private rooms as well.   It looks good.  You can tell the diligent preparation.   A young sushi chef who served us.  He said they fly […]

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Okinawa’s Best Pork

We’ve done a series of long business trips.  And we missed my birthday during the trip. Now we came to Manmi to celebrate.   We always book the counter.   Here’s Yuichi-san, the manager.   Rosemary salt, kombu and sesame salt, and soy base kombu sauce.   Ebisu beer.   Cheers!   Crispy salad, JPY580. […]

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All Handmade Burger

We heard that there is a burger restaurant near Naha airport. Let’s check it out!   It was about 15-minute drive from the airport.  This place is open till 23:00.  Hoping it will save us when we arrive on a late night flight.  There are plenty of parking spaces underground.   The name is Woody’s. […]

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