Sweets from Grandma

Miyabi Chaya is an old house cafe.   Feels like grandma’s home.   Ohagi is a sweet rice ball.  Very traditional sweets for celebration and sacred events. It’s steamed glutinous rice, the kind of rice you make mochi with.  And the rice is coated by sweet Azuki bean paste. Purple one is a plain Ohagi. […]

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Hanging out with our favorite food

It was our day off after 2 weeks of intensive work.  Of course, we needed Kato Shokudo to finish the day with.   There’s Tomomi-san at the door to greet us.  She watches everything.  She’s so aware and sweet.   A small appetizer which is included in the table charge.   Brocoli with garlic and anchovy. […]

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Our most favorite Ramen

Ramen Hachi Ren opened in 2008, just about the time we moved to Okinawa.  And we fell in love with their Ramen.  For the first 2 years we came almost every week.  We’ve seen their history.  It’s not an objective judgement, but it’s our pure love to say “They are the best Ramen on the island!!!”   Now they […]

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A Cup of Espresso

For the last 2 weeks, we were working intensively and we could not get out of Ginoza village. It was our day off after 2 weeks.  Headed out to Central Okinawa.  We had our favorite Ramen and now thirsty for a nice cup of coffee.  Zhyvago was open.   The cafe owner wanted me to try […]

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When you come to Okinawa, eat pork.

When you come to Okinawa, eat pork.  Forget beef (unless you know that the restaurant has good beef.)  Located in the city of Nago at the end of Okinawa highway is Manmi, the best place for Okinawa pork.   Manmi is the pork specialist.   The restaurant is like an old traditional house.  Very homy atomosphere. Each table can […]

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Spicy Curry Udon

Sans Souci is definitely one of the most successful cafe in Okinawa. It’s 11:30 am, Wednesday. Already crowded and 5 parties were waiting when we got there.   It’s a restaurant in an American style house. Hybrid food and sweets of Kyoto traditions and Okinawa goodies.   Wanna have spicy rich Udon? Light traditional Udon? Wanna […]

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Napoli pizza meets Okinawa goodies

We had a new restaurant opened this spring in the beautiful Maeda cape.  Pezzeria da Enzo is a fancy restaurant which serves Napoli pizza and other Italian cuisine. We happened to have some friends working there and it was great to visit for our first time.   Very spacious and stylish room with full bar.   A nice […]

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Okinawan Fish ‘n’ Chips

Maru Tama opened in 2014 in the port area of Naha. It’s run by a lovely family.  Very nice people. Okinawa has its own style of deep-fried finger food.  It’s called Tenpura here, but Okinawa Tenpura is pretty different from Japanese traditional tenpura.  It’s really like a fritter.  And it has established its popularity for local […]

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Shio ramen at Awase 3rd St. Ramen

Awase 3rd St. Ramen is a very simple, yet, very unique Ramen restaurant.  Located in the coast line of Awase, Okinawa-shi.   They are playing Jazz. Try shio (salt) Ramen here.  JPY650.  The clear soup is from pork bones, chicken bones, and vegetables.  It’s light, but the body is solid and filled with flavors and […]

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Kino Store

In the middle of sugar cane field of Ginoza village is a little cozy sweets shop.  As we live in this rural village, Kino Store is a precious relief for our craving for sweets.   All the ingredients are carefully selected and prepared.  It’s just one of those foods that you feel the tender loving […]

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