10 Reasons to Visit Chile

If you have never visited this lengthy country then here are 10 reasons you should. From its desert and beaches to its mountains and small “Antarctica” you can find something to do or someone to meet in Chile.

1. Pisco Sour

The delicious sweet and sour drink is popular among Chileans and tourist alike.

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2. Chileanos

There’s nothing better than meeting Chileans who can shape your experience there.

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3. Patagonia

An 8th world wonder.
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4. Empanadas

My favorites is shrimp empanadas which you can find on the coast of Chile.

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5. Chorillanas

Fries with onions, eggs, and meat piled on top makes for a delicious snack/meal anytime.

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6. Mountains

In Santiago, the capital, there are many mountains to scale.

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7. The Dunes

Located on the coast of Chile these dunes are where memories are made. Grab a makeshift board and paddle down them.

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8. The History

Chile is filled to the brim with amazing history. You should consider visiting Pablo Neruda’s three houses or Valparaiso, where there are multiple UNESCO sites.

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9. Completos

Feel complete with completos or a hot dog underneath avocado and mayo.

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10. Street Art

Located on nearly every corner is street art, more predominantly political street art murals) that tell the stories of thousands of Chileans.

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Good Food, Memories, and a Merry Christmas in Okinawa

IMG_20141225_085602830Scrolling through the blogs I follow, I noticed everyone has already posted their Christmas goodies from their loved ones and their overall experience. Well, here I am to join in on the sharing of my day. After all, sharing is caring and I would like to think this day is dedicated to sharing and showing gratitude towards your loved ones. Oh and let’s not forget about the good food, laughter and the ever growing closeness of family. This year for me was a bit different. I am on Okinawa and not surrounded by my kin in my grandfather’s small, yet cozy house in Georgia.  My parents are big on family, so this year for them was the year of adjustment. For the next three years they will be celebrating birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and other major Holidays on the lovely island of Okinawa. Although they didn’t have the chance to spend this holiday with their extended family, Christmas did not skip a beat.

 When I was younger the 25th of December brought joy to my heart. Mostly because I knew I would be receiving mounds of new gifts and goodies from Santa Claus. This year fIMG_20141225_090951749or me was different. I had been separated from my family for 6 months. Like my parents I am also big on family. My Christmas gift to myself was to be with family and enjoy the time we do spend together. On the 15th of December Ireceived my gift. I was reunited with my family and there was nothing more I wanted. When Christmas day arrived it was greeted like any other day. I was awaken to a Christmas card under my door from my father and a customized goodie bag from my mother. I followed my 15-year-old sister, Akayla, downstairs towards the Christmas tree. Since she is the youngest I waited for her to begin opening presents. I grabbed my phone and began recording the gift unwrapping.

IMG_20141225_085942893 Then it was my turn. As I said before I received my ultimate Christmas wish earlier in the week. I unwrapped a square-shaped gift labeled “from Mom & Dad” and to my surprise it was a Ipad Air (thank you mom & dad *smiling from sea to shining sea*). I reacted to this gift like a 5-year-old learning about them going to Disney World. (Watch my reaction here) The next gift I unwrapped was from Akayla, this gift truly surprised me. I am big on organic oils, clays and soaps. By nature it was only right she blessed me with organic soaps from Petaluna.

Petaluna is an organic soap andIMG_20141225_112132958 oil place located in Depot Island, a hot spot in American Village. Next up were two over-wrapped gifts by my father. In the over-wrapped rectangular package was a box of Russell Stover chocolates (thanks for gracing me dad) and in the over-wrapped square shaped box was perfume designed by Halle Berry.

 Quite the story on the perfume from my dad, he bought my little sister some fragrance by Beyonce. My little sister opened her fragrance before I opened mine. Knowing my father I thought he purchased us the same fragrance. Not the case. This is how he explained it, “I bought you Halle Berry because she is older. And you are the oldest. I got her Beyonce, because she is younger than Halle. And your sister is younger”. His thought process is obviously genius.

 Moving onto the dinner my parents graced my belly with. Naturally it was only right to indulge and over eat on food that took a day and night to prep. That is exactly what I did. My mother made her infamous macaroni and cheese with sides of sweet honey ham, dressing made by my dad and cabbage (because they are from the south). For dessert we were blessed with my mom’s chocolate cake and delicious pecan pie. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving was three weeks earlier and my parents have discontinued making huge dinners for both holidays.

 Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. A special thanks to the troops stationed in places where they can not reach their families for the holidays.

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Food Review: Bakeries on Okinawa

To all new comers these are places you must go to. You can find them located in American Village at the local mall called Aeon. It is located on the first floor towards the grocery section. The baked goodies are normally around 1.50 or 150-en you can expect to feed yourself for less than 500-en(5$). Bakeries are located all over the small island of Okinawa. You grab a tray and tonsils and place your baked goods on the plastic, brown tray.

Where are they located: Bakeries on Okinawa are located everywhere but to be more specific you can find them in the local malls Aeon or the local farmers market.  The closest one to Kadena AFB and Foster are located in American Village, that is just 10 mins away.

How much can you expect to pay: I have yet to pay over 5-en for any of my baked goodies. The prices range from 50-en to 200-en (.50 to 2). It is a great place to stop and have lunch if you are on a tight schedule or if you have smaller children and are not looking to spend a lot of money  on food. Also, they accept credit/debit cards but it is always better to have yen around as it can be much cheaper.

What do they offer: At the small, local bakeries they offer sweet treats, pizza, hotdog crusted pizza, and different breads with various seasonings on them.

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Bakeries on Okinawa: Two broccoli, chicken pizza, a margarita pizza and a baked bread with (fish) seasoning (?)

 

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Hot Sweet Eats of the Week: HaHaHa Cupcakes Review

Ha Ha Ha cupcakes is a sweet-tooth having person dream come true. The place of business is adorable and has a relaxing atmosphere for wrapping up your busy day.

The cupcakes are absolutely amazing and there are tons to choose from. My

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Ha Ha Ha infamous cupcakes.

favorite would have to be the chocolate cupcake with the oreo-mixed icing on top(found to the left) it was delicious and fresh. However do not expect it to be fluffy like the cupcakes we are used to back in the states. It is a little bit more dense.

If you are looking for a quick, treat in a comfy atmosphere this is the place to go. You can expect to pay 3-en (yen) for one cupcake, they also do parties and have cupcake related items within the store.

Hours: hey are open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Phone: 090-988-4488

Payment: Yen only, for now.

Directions: Located at the Ginowan intersection on the 58 that splits to the Convention Center, it’s an easy find!

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