Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Miche-Miche Teahouse

There aren't many things more girly than a tea house, which is probably why Matt really won't be mentioned in this post at all! This particular tea house is tiny, hidden away on side "streets", and adorable inside - when my girlfriends and I heard about it, we HAD to go! Like most places in Okinawa, there is no address that could help us get there. You know... go toward the Toys R Us in Awase (yes, we have a Toys R Us here - bet you didn't know that!)... turn right down a side street... turn right again... if it looks like a residential area, you're in the right place!

The decor is pretty simplistic and modern, while at the same time being comfortable and welcoming. I love all the glass windows with greenery outside - it makes the tea house feel light and airy. Beside the fact that it makes me feel so girly to have a "tea party" with my girlfriends, this tiny restaurant actually has great tea, food, and desserts. We each ordered the "lunch set", which comes with your own pot of tea, a small salad, mini sandwiches (crusts removed, of course), fruit, mini pastries and a scone. We each chose an additional dessert as well from the large selection of gourmet options in their display counter - all of this for about Y1,300 yen (about $15 at our rapidly decreasing yen rate)!

Everything was absolutely delicious, and the girls who worked there were so sweet. I think my favorite part is the ambiance - so quiet and relaxed (I think it is a rather undiscovered place as of right now, because it was just us in there at the time) - we were able to stay and talk for hours! I pretty much never use the word, "delightful" to describe anything, but I think it fits Miche -Miche Tea house perfectly.
The entrance

Table flowers

I chose "English Breakfast" tea - it's a tea you mix cream into

The cutest dishes

Each of us got our own 2-tier trays with our sandwiches, fruit and pastries

My dessert of choice - a banana tarte with the most delicious meringue and caramel on top!

My awesome girlfriends:)

'Till next time!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Typhoon Muifa

Typhoons have become a regular part of our life here on Okinawa during the late Spring - early Fall months. Our most recent visitor is Muifa, which is one of the most powerful typhoons we've experienced yet - and it is by far the longest-lasting one! We are now on day two, with another day or so expected.

I generally get around to writing my blog posts whenever I have time, which is sometimes even up to 3 weeks after the event I'm writing about actually occurs! Not this time - I am incredibly bored, locked inside and have nothing better to do than to update you on our situation. As I'm writing this, I actually have headphones on to keep out the deafening sounds of the wind roaring our building and the glass in our windows banging! (It was not easy falling asleep last night as you can probably imagine) On most occasions, I don't enjoy living in a tower - especially when I have a load of groceries to bring home:( However, during typhoons, I am thankful for having a tower apartment - we don't have to worry about neighbor's patio furniture or grills hitting our house, we don't have to worry about water seeping under our doors, and we have little enclosed balconies, so we are able to step outside still without being blown away!

Yesterday's satellite image of Typhoon Muifa:

Check out this video clip of what is currently going on outside our apartment:

...and this video clip we took last night - stronger than ever:

No worries family - we're being safe! Love you!