Saturday, April 25, 2015

Minatogawa Stateside Town

I am so happy to be sharing this post with all of you, because this place has quickly become one of my favorites. I finally made it to Minatogawa Stateside Town (twice in the last month!). Minatogawa used to be military housing back in the 60s-70s and in the 80s was given back to the government of Japan. One company bought the whole neighborhood and has recently turned some of the houses into Cafes, Stores, Restaurants, etc. Although some people still live in the area we were told that the company is hoping to turn them all into businesses.

 It was such a unique experience walking into these houses and just putting myself in the shoes of the people who lived there almost five decades ago! It's funny how Japan can turn old, ugly military housing into the cutest litte town. I really loved the attention to detail, especially that all of the houses are painted with an adorable accent color! Here's a compilation of some of the places we visited/loved. Also, sorry for the crazy amount of pictures in this post!! 
Ring, Ring, Bell Closet (Vintage Store)
Address: 2-18-2 Minatogawa, Urasoe City, Okinawa
Phone: 098-876-3838
Hours: 11:00am - 8:00pm
^^ yes all of the streets are named after states! :) ^^

^^ japanese Where's Waldo!! ^^

Address: 2-16-7 Minatogawa, Urasoe City, Okinawa
Phone: 098-955-9887
Hours: open at 10:00am (not sure about closing time), closed Wednesdays
^^ Of course Mad Men came to mind and i had to snap a picture of this guy! ^^

^^ a colorful arrangement of bowties handmade by the shop's owner ^^ 

^^ the amish fashion, straight from Pennsylvania ^^

American Wave (Vintage Store) owned by the loveliest american 
Address: 2 Chome-16-9 Minatogawa, Urasoe City, Okinawa
Phone: 098-988-3649
Hours: Open everyday 12:00pm-8:00pm

Address: 2 Chome-17-1 Minatogawa, Urasoe City, Okinawa
Phone: 098-875-2129
Hours: Open everyday, 11:30am-7:00pm
^^ we forgot we wanted to try this place, but maybe next time! They brew their own coffee! ^^
^^ sadly they don't allow pictures in the bakery, but they make fresh bread/sweets and have the cutest packaging ^^
Ippe Coppe Bakery
Address: 2-16-1 Minatogawa, Urasoe City, Okinawa
Phone: 098-877-6189
Hours: 12:30-18:30 Thu Fri Sat Sun, Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Portriver Market (delicious smoothies!!)
Address: No. 20, 2-15-8 Minatogawa, Urasoe City, Okinawa
Phone: 098-911-8931
Hours: 11:30am-6pm, Closed Sundays

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pin-spiration Thursdays: 7 Delicious Dinner Recipes

Sweet Spicy Sriracha Pork Tenderloin | Turkey, Bacon, Avocado Panini | Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa | Fish Tacos

Every week i sit down and sift through Pinterest to put together my meal plan. I really really love finding/trying new recipes, most of the time they are good ones; but of course sometimes there are some duds. I'm a very visual person so if your recipe catches my eye usually it's because there are beautiful pictures involved. These are some of our favorite recipes, most of which will make an appearance on our meal plan around once a month. I love sharing recipes with my friends, so i thought this would be the perfect topic for this weeks #PinspirationThursday post. 

Q: Have any favorite recipes you'd like to share? Like i said i'm always looking for new things to try. 
Check out some of my other favorite recipes, here

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