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Foodie Friday: Kouwa Sushi Bar

Y’all, I did not feel like cooking the other night. After a long flight from South Korea, and 5PM traffic from the airport, the last thing we wanted was to spend any time in the kitchen. A quick search for sushi on our route home (from the passenger seat of course) turned up this little […]

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Foodie Friday: Travel Edition 2!

Some friends and I recently visited Jeju Island, South Korea. We read a book, The Island of Sea Women, that inspired us to check out the beautiful island the author described. After three days of running, hiking, shopping, and eating delicious local cuisines, we decided to get serious. Serious about desserts!!! Every search engine and […]

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Mottainai Creations – How it came to be

Konnichiwa! My name is Jennifer Kemp, owner and creator of Mottainai Creations. As a Navy wife of 18 years and mother of three handsome boys, we have had many family adventures to include four years in Okinawa, Japan. Our family motto is to make the most of each duty station and embrace its culture. Having always grown up […]

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Foodie Friday: Mother Coffee

Mother Coffee is one of my go to places when I’m in the mood for great service, delicious coffee, and pancakes! Not just any pancakes though. These are Dutch Baby style skillet pancakes which means you get one, larger pancake served fresh out of the oven in a mini skillet topped with whatever delectable goodness […]

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Foodie Friday: Slappy Slice

I’ve got a new one for you! This place has only been open for FOUR months. The owner hasn’t created a website for Facebook page for it yet so it was pure pizza fate that had us drive by one day. Both my husband and I went to college in Kings Point Long Island, New […]

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October Vendors at the Marine Gift Shop

We’re excited to announce that the following vendors will be hosting a pop-up at The Marine Gift Shop in October: Floating Peach Designs: October 3rd & 19th Floating Peach Designs can create personalized products for you, your home or your business with a process of dye-printing. Oki Social: October 10 & 11 Oki Social was […]

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Foodie Friday: Rachel Cafe

This welcoming bed and breakfast café is tucked away in Yomitan passed Torii Station. The couple who own Rachel café are originally from Hong Kong. Thanks to a backpacking trip, and a cargo ship, almost two decades ago they found themselves in love with Okinawa. So much so that they eventually decided to call it […]

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Foodie Friday: 808 Poke

I love a place that has a short menu and a long line! It means they are doing something outstanding. 808 is revered by locals and military community members alike as one of the best poke places on island. The welcoming spirit of Hawaii encapsulates you from the moment you step into the line with […]

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Volunteering at the Marine Gift Shop

Last week was our HUGE Vietnam opening! If you came into the store you probably saw an abundance of volunteers wearing the same shirt- with a smile on their face! The Marine Gift Shop is primarily run by volunteers, with only 4 paid staff employees..the volunteers are the backbone of the shop!! The Marine Gift […]

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Foodie Friday: Travel Edition!

We needed a break from the Okinawa heat and Queenstown, New Zealand was just what the doctor ordered! Snowboarding, skiing, horseback riding, gravity carting, boating, and walking miles everyday in the crisp mountain air certainly worked up our appetites. We tried many tasty eateries, from crepe carts to Michelin star hideaways, but this little place […]

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