Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November Good Eats


While this blog has been quiet lately, we're still on the island exploring and having fun. In fact, we're ramping up efforts to be as active as possible as the countdown to departure begins. We're down to about 6 months and time seems to speed up every day.

We've discovered a few great new restaurants around town. The first is inside a unique restaurant village area we discovered quite accidentally. There is a very old neighborhood of former US Military housing recently refashioned into a number of cafes, shops, and restaurants.

Driving through there one day, I saw the name Rat and Sheep, so you know I had to check it out.

The restaurant is owned by a cute young couple whose chinese zodiac signs are the rat and the sheep. Are you relieved the name had nothing to do with the type of protein served (at least when it comes to the rat part)?

The set up is fun there. The kitchen is open to the dining room, or rather you basically sit in the kitchen while they prepare the food. The husband cooks the meat and steams vegetables on a stove right in front of you. Meanwhile, the wife is baking bread and other yummy delectable treats.
We ordered lamb and chicken with anchovy paste, both which were delicious, and we even bought their homemade bread to take home.

That night, we met another couple there who recommended Mintama, an Italian restaurant to us. Of course, not ones to shy away from local insider information, we had to check that place out next.

We were impressed with the salad (anchovy paste made another appearance in the homemade salad dressing), pizza, and pasta al la vodka. The restaurant also served Okinawan specialities, and it was packed inside. (A sign of a good place on this island)

We're only half way through holiday season, and I think I've already gained some extra "insulation." How about you? Doing any good eating lately?

12 comments:

Becca said...

Glad to see you all are enjoying the "final days"! Gaining extra insulation is never bad during the holiday season :)

shopgirl said...

I love this idea! But I wonder how many customers they can get into the kitchen all at one time?

Cool concept!

Hope you're having a Merry Holiday in Japan!

p.s. Christmas is done basically the same in Italy, however, they have different names for Santa Clause, etc., and they're really big on the Nativity Scenes. They also have another Christmas tradition that precedes Christmas day that some families still adhere to.

Doris said...

Hi Mary,

It is always fun to read your blogs. Do you happen to know the address to this Sheep and Rat restaurant?

bingata744 said...

At this point, I think you are down to just a very few months left on Okinawa -- I'm disappointed I did not get to meet you -- it's been so much fun reading your blog. Have missed any updates. Hope all is well and you are enjoying all your travels. Where to next? Look forward to reading about your next adventures. Good luck!!!!

Европе said...

Fantastic photo and caption. Bravo!

David said...

Great article, great pictures

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Rezervesana said...

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This food looks delicious!!

bed and breakfast luray said...

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