You can see the rest of the photos from the camera on the flickr page. I haven’t laughed this much in possibly ever. Well played Japan. And well played Tonino family.
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It’s true. We are total foodie travelers and often plan parts of our trips around meals (because why not?!) and the food in Okinawa definitely did not disappoint. Not a single bad meal (or even convenience store snack) was had during our 9-10 day stay.
The sushi was of course amazeballs and super fresh. I stepped out of my comfort zone to try a quail egg and yam puree roll, which was pretty tasty, though I’m not sure I would go for it again (a texture thing…). We checked out a sushi-go-round where when you ordered off the menu a little race-car ran down the belt holding your order. Conclusion: so cool. We also did a pretty good job destroying a ton of plates.
The ramen was also something straight out of the self help section. And by that I mean it was pretty life affirming and life changing. None of this ‘just add hot water’ stuff…this is the real deal. We sampled more than a few bowls at different restaurants and I’m still hard pressed to choose my favorite. The broth is always thick and full of over the top meaty flavor (& you can add miso! Heavenly!!) and additions like bean sprouts, hard boiled eggs and even more green onions are totally encouraged. I kinda want some more. Right now.
We checked out a few local markets where you could get everything from the oink of the pig, to seaweed, to still moving shellfish. One of these markets on Kokusai Street in Naha was straight out of an Anthony Bourdain episode (…which is from real life, I know. I just want to BE him.) where you could take your freshly purchased, still moving food upstairs to one of the many little family run restaurants and have your fresh catch immediately turned into dinner or a snack.
I also ventured to try this funky ice cream in a balloon (someone needed to do it). Banana was the flavor of the day and despite some obviously dirty references (which totally made us laugh) it was pretty yummy. I felt a bit like a jerk walking through the market with this balloon thing hanging out of my mouth, but you only live once, right? (hashtag yolo!)
Japanese curry was also a winner despite my pretty severe dislike of anything curry related (I don’t like coconut and curry powder is icky). It’s a totally different taste and not what I expected at all. And don’t get me started on the gyoza! Even the worst of the batches we inhaled were better than what we can get around here. So yeah. Now I’m super hungry……pass the ramen please! And some gyoza. Don’t forget the gyoza…!
Wherever I go I check out the mailbox situation. I can’t help myself. I need to know how people get their mail, and where I can drop my outgoing correspondence off (my never ending quest for postcards became a bit of a joke). There were all sorts of fun receptacles in Okinawa – I loved it!
Stephanie and I met through by brick and mortar boutique. She is a fabulously crafty lady who binds her own books and is just as stationery obsessed as I am. You should check out her work: you’ll thank me. We became friends over the years, and when she and her awesome family moved to Okinawa, we started exchanging regular letters and notes and are closer than ever. Not only is she awesome to hang out with, but was a huge help in regards to all things Japan. I would probably still be trying to buy postcard stamps at the post office if she weren’t there to help with the transaction (smiling and bowing only got me so far).
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.
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.
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.
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!!