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okinawa.adventure:part.I

The husband and I just returned home from an amazing trip to Okinawa, Japan where we visited friends and got the best tour we could have asked for. Hotel Tonino totally gets 5 stars from us. The food was amazing, the company was great, and I don’t think I offended anyone too badly, in addition to laughing more in 9 days than I have in years.

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We checked out a cherry blossom festival which was pretty amazing. Not only did I see the largest spider I’ve ever seen outside of a pet shop (and I’m told it was only a baby…) but we were able to sample some super delish food (meat pockets are omg good) and I saw a baby goat wearing a pink dress, diaper and diamond bling necklace. I would say that all of that made my life ultimately complete, but the fun didn’t stop there.

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There was of course tons of amazing sushi at our finger tips and I am proud to say that I tried some new things….the raw quail egg with sweet potato puree was a step outside of the comfort zone for me (you know how much I love quail eggs, so it had to happen). We also checked out the funky sea grapes, ice cream from a balloon (yeah, I totally ate that in public) and sampled the famous habu sake. The sake contains dead habu snakes and venom and was actually pretty tasty despite destroying my insides for 2 days afterwards. We checked out a snake show with these snakes (alive of course) which was insane – the demonstrator slapped a cobra. Twice. Wow.

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There are of course more updates to follow as I have yet to process the photos from the actual camera….brewery tours, beach combing, glass making, ramen eating…..the fun didn’t stop!!

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napoleon.pumpkin.&.seeds

Every few years I take some time to carve a fun pumpkin. 2 years ago it was the pope, and in years past Bill Cosby as well as Hillary Clinton have been featured. It’s a bit of work, and a lot of fun, and of course my parents are super impressed with all the money they spent on “art school” for me to carve pumpkins. I won a $20 gift card to a Thai restaurant in a contest once (totally helps with those student loans!)

I was torn between RuPaul, the Last Supper and Napoleon…but we obviously know who won.

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These kinds of pumpkins always look pretty terrible when not lit in the almost complete dark (as you can see), but the seeds are amazing when roasted no matter what’s happening with daylight savings time.

  • Rinse and separate seeds from guts
  • Spread on a lightly oiled baking sheet, sprinkle with salt & pepper, drizzle a bit more oil
  • Bake @ 350* for 30-45 minutes, pushing them around every 10 minutes or so to toast equally
  • Stuff face

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