As Ben and I chowed down on our 10,000th bowls of ramen last weekend we had an embarrassing revelation: we eat the same things at the same restaurants each and every time we go out. We’ll get the ramen at Tenkaippin, the teriyaki chicken bowls at Linya, butter chicken at Bollywood Dreams, the pork cutlet bowl from Gen, and so on, and so on. We frequent ten or so dining establishments on repeat and it officially has to stop!!! With so many interesting restaurants to choose from on Okinawa, Ben and I decided to made a pact to be more adventoueous with our cuisine. There too many places I’d like to try and with only a year and a few weeks left on island it’s now or never!
The first “new” eating establishment we visited was the Kupu Kupu Pancake Factory. Don’t get me wrong, standard American brunch is definitely not adventurous cuisine by any means, however Ben and I were craving breakfast foods so Kupu Kupu just made sense. Another reason Ben and I were attracted to Kupu Kupu is it’s proximity to the East China Sea. It’s situated adjacently to the water and with its floor to ceiling windows every inch of the interior had views of the sea. I also loved the colorful stairway leading up to the restaurant as well. Everything about this restaurant was picture perfect!
Ben and I both ordered the breakfast sets which included coffee, French onion soup (which was definitely from a can but still good nonetheless), macaroni salad, bacon, eggs over easy, potato wedges and the softest, fluffiest “sweet” pancakes covered in powdered sugar which were heavenly. In true Japanese fashion, our meals were plated as cutely as possible which included a heart made out of ketchup and both a star and heart shaped pancake.
Now I won’t say that this meal was “the best thing I ever ate” but it got the job done (which was mitigating my hanger aka hunger induced anger - don’t tell me you’ve never been there!) Ben and I really enjoyed sea views and all of the kitschy, 1950’s memorabilia that decorated the interior. We got to sit on the second level which meant we had views of the restaurant below as well, I’d be lying if I said people watching wasn’t one of my favorite acitivities!
After brunch Ben and I knew we had to walk off some of these calories or we were going to suffer from “stuffed turkey syndrome” for the rest of the afternoon. Conveniently, Kupu Kupu is also situated next to the seawall which gave us the perfect walking path to stretch our legs. We almost never visit the seawall at any time other than sunset so seeing it during the day was a new experience. Since it was sunny and warm there were literally hoards of scuba divers EVERYWHERE. Watching these divers submerge themselves into the clear, calm sea made me overly excited for warmer weather... I can’t wait to hit the beach this summer!
All in all today was another relaxing, enjoyable day in Okinawa. Nothing too crazy or exciting happened, but I’ve found that simple days like this are sometimes my favorite. Life on this little island has never been better and so far it feels like 2018 has been our best year here yet! Until next time...
We're Kara, Ben and baby Zoe also known as the Lesniaks. We’re a Marine Corps family currently stationed in Yorktown, Virginia after a three year tour in Okinawa, Japan. Enjoy our adventures, travels, photos, thoughts, and life together!
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