Coffee: Saving some ¥en (and the Earth, too) in Okinawa

It has been awhile since I have made any updates (I keep meaning to) and I have visited dozens of new cafes and tried new local foods. But I will save those for a little later. Recently it was brought to my attention that some people were unaware of some little yen-saving (and eco-conscious) tricks … Continue reading Coffee: Saving some ¥en (and the Earth, too) in Okinawa

Gongfu cha (Chinese tea ceremony) 工夫茶 in Okinawa

工夫茶 (Japanese spelling: kunfuucha): gongfu tea ceremony As a tea "enthusiast," I am always interested in trying any type of tea available. While in Taiwan and Shanghai, I have enjoyed gongfu "tea ceremony" on a few occasions. Recently, I began to discover that Okinawa has a few cafes that specialize in this type of tea … Continue reading Gongfu cha (Chinese tea ceremony) 工夫茶 in Okinawa

羊羊 Yoyo An Factory: Japanese sweets confectionary

Recently, a new Japanese sweets shop has opened up in Kishaba (Kitanakagusuku, central) called Yoyo an factory. As like others, it is located in the back of a small neighborhood with narrow roads. There are hardly any signs outside the house marking it, but you will see some plain white-ish shop flags in front of … Continue reading 羊羊 Yoyo An Factory: Japanese sweets confectionary

The Kurashi Store of Hokkaido (in Okinawa)

北海道くらし百貨店: Hokkaido Kurashi Hyakkaten; basically the name of the shop translates something like "Hokkaido lifestyle and department store" I heard a rumor that Sapporo Drug (サツドラ "satsudora") on Kokusai-dori in Naha had Hokkaido craft beers. This sounded a bit odd, but it caught my interest, and honestly alcohol sold in a drugstore is not unusual. … Continue reading The Kurashi Store of Hokkaido (in Okinawa)

Mokupuni Melon Pan: モクプニ

メロンパン melon pan: "melon" bread. Today we went up north for a bit, and took a diversion to Sesoko-jima (connected to Motobu by bridge). There we found a little Hawaiian-inspired building called "Mokupuni" モクプニ selling Japanese melon bread (melon pan). Melon bread is not named for the flavor, but rather the appearance. The outside is … Continue reading Mokupuni Melon Pan: モクプニ

Cokofu: Sweets shop in Okinawa

Cokofu is located in the eclectic Minatogawa Stateside Town in Urasoe. The name stands for: Coconut × Kokuto 黒糖 (brown sugar) × Fu 麩 (wheat gluten). It is a mix of Okinawan style and some Kyoto style... it is interesting! The best part? Vegan-friendly! I ate delicious soy milk and Okinawa brown sugar ice cream, drizzled … Continue reading Cokofu: Sweets shop in Okinawa

Jimmy’s Bakery Okinawa

How has it been this long and I have never made a post about Jimmy's? Well, Jimmy's is a local Okinawan chain: part bakery, part import foods store, and part restaurant. And it is SUPER popular. I always get gifts from Jimmy's-- the cakes, cookies, and such are decent. Not really spectacular, but just fine. … Continue reading Jimmy’s Bakery Okinawa

Sunny Side Cakes: サニーサイドケークス

Today I needed a little cheering up, so I decided to check out a place offering sunshine-- Sunny Side Cakes, located in the northern part of Ginowan. Just some quick info: here are a few parking spaces by the shop building, so no need to park on the street. There is an eat-in area of … Continue reading Sunny Side Cakes: サニーサイドケークス

Yamada Coffee: 山田珈琲

Yes, another coffee post (read the previous post). But I cannot help but hit all the spots in the Porte magazine. Today's stop was Yamada Coffee in Ginowan, not far from the intersection of Rt 32 and Rt 330. I have actually passed this coffee roaster dozens of times, always meaning to check it out … Continue reading Yamada Coffee: 山田珈琲