Front of Sbarro restaurant in American Village Chatan
Sbarro is a relatively new addition to the restaurant scene in American Village. Located on the 2nd floor of the Carnival Park building (the one with the ferris wheel on top) it's open from 11am to 11pm seven days a week.
Sbarro NY and Chicago Style pizzas
When you walk in you're greeted by a display cabinet with all the available fresh pizza on show. They had a variety of regular thin crust or NY style pizzas ranging from basics like cheese or mushroom through to more meaty combinations. Also available was the "Great America" Chicago deep dish pizza. Although not cheap at 780 yen a slice we thought we'd give it a go as it's the first time we've seen Chicago style pizza in Okinawa.
Salad, Meatballs and Chicken wings counter at Sbarro in American Village
Next along the counter from the pizza, where after ordering they heat it for you in a pizza oven, is a salad, pasta and wings station. When we visited they had decent sized NY meatballs as well as chicken wings and a variety of salad combinations. All looked very fresh. Salad is approximately 380 yen, you can also add a fountain drink onto your meal for 170 yen for a regular size. If you fancy a slightly stronger drink they had a variety of beers also available.
Everything was well presented and the staff spoke English, so no problems with ordering. Inside there are probably about 10-15 tables in sets of 2-3, so if it's busy you may well end up sitting outside. There's a nice balcony to watch the world of Chatan go by, but you may find it a bit hot, so if you don't want to sit outside it may be worth checking for a table before you order.
Chicago Deep Dish Meat Pizza
So onto the pizza. The Chicago deep dish was advertised as "all meat" and true to it's word it was pretty well stuffed with sausage, ham, bacon, and minced beef. However, although the taste was pretty good, we did find it a bit oily. We're no experts on Chicago deep dish pizzas but according to the guru that is Wikipedia (Chicago Style Pizza) the traditional way of making this is to put a cheese layer at the bottom, with plenty of filling and then chopped tomato sauce on top. The Sbarro version was the right depth but instead of being more like a pie with an open top, it appeared to have pizza dough on top of the filling with that covered in cheese. We're told that this can be a variation on Chicago pizza but we felt that it was maybe a bit too much dough, and it would have benefitted from being more traditional "Chicago style" by not having that top dough layer but also having more tomato instead of so much meat. A bit more tomato sauce would have balanced the meat more and not made it so fatty.
All in all, if you're into pizza it's worth a visit to try a new place, next time we'll try one of the NY style pizzas to see how the dough and toppings stack up against some of the established pizza restaurants locally, like Pizza In. Weight in in the comments if you've had the NY style pizzas and let us know how you find them compared to the local established restaurants.
Sbarro Drinks Menu
Sbarro Front Page of Menu
Sbarro Food Menu
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Cactus Eatrip has opened a "Little Cactus" bagel shop in Sunabe along the seawall. Now you've got two shops to grab your fresh bagel fix! Bagels in both locations are made fresh daily so you're guaranteed a delicious savory or sweet bagel. Check out the flyer below and a couple of photos from Little Cactus.
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Hagoromo Festival in Ginowan
If you didn't make it to any of the summer or eisa festivals last weekend, don't fret: there's still the Hagoromo Festival in Ginowan this weekend. It features over 300 participants in traditional dress, with lots of drum performances, Ryukyu folk dance, and a parade. Admission is free. For times and performance schedules, check out this link.
Bulls on Parade
There's also an Okinawan–style bullfight happening this Sunday, August 11th. What's different about it? Instead of a matador, two bulls duke it out. Tickets are ¥2,500 to ¥3,000 each (dollars aren't accepted). For more information, contact the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau at 098-859-6123.
And, if you can't wait for Halloween to get here, you're in luck: coinciding with Japan's Obon festivals, there's a Ryukyu Haunted House, happening every day throughout the month of August at Navel Kadena, 3F, from 12-10 p.m. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a guardian, and attend from 12 to 5 p.m.. From 6 to 9 p.m., only those 16 years old and up may attend. Tickets are ¥800 in advance, or ¥1,000 at door.
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Tropical beach is located next to the Ginowan convention center. Alongside is a large park. Plenty of picnic tables plus other beach equipment to rent.
Tropical House Store: 9:00 – 18:00
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If you're looking for a job in Okinawa, then there's no better place to start than www.okinawajob.com. Now in the interests of full disclosure, Okinawajob.com is also owned by Total Okinawa, however, after a lot of hard work it's not ranked number 1 on Google for many job search terms. We attract both small independent businesses as well as multi-nationals to post jobs that are available in Okinawa.
Completely free for both recruiters and job hunters with no registration required it's worth a look!
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The Water’s Warm
The diving season is in full swing on Okinawa – the water is warm and full of adventure seekers and fish watchers. As the sea life is in abundance, also be on the lookout for the more dangerous types of critters such as the box jelly fish which is not so friendly to interact with. As we move into the later stages of summer, typhoon season will also be kicking in so watch the weather for sudden changes in winds,waves and currents. Websites such as those found at http://imocwx.com/cwm/cwm_ljp.htm and http://www.tide-forecast.com/locations/toya-Okinawa-Japan/forecasts/latest/six_day are both great sites for staying up to date on the weather and tend to be much more accurate than the sea conditions posted by the military. Only you as the diver can truly make a call on whether it is good to dive or not. Remember the 5 second rule and know your limits.
As now is the best time to increase those dive numbers and total bottom time counts it’s also a great time to increase that dive knowledge with a worthwhile dive class. Deep diving, search and recovery, advanced propulsion techniques, drift diving and introduction to technical diving are all classes that can expand your dive skills and make your diving a more rewarding experience. Specialities such as boat diving offer very little skill development and not much bang for the buck. Interview your instructor before signing up and talk about the exact skills you want to learn and what will be covered in the class to determine if the class is what you are looking for. A stack of cert cards does not make an experienced diver.
For those looking to truly expand their experience the staff at Reef Encounters is offering the full range of technical diving training including decompression diver, helitrox and trimix training. As technical diving is a truly advanced type of diving you want to get your training from the best and the staff at Reef Encounters has more experience and dive times than any other staff on island. Our technical instructors have a wide range of experience and training, not just a quick class over a month or two of tech training. Our staff have both open circuit and CCR experience and have been contracted by numerous professional divers including the BBC and Paramount pictures to oversee both non-technical and decompression dives for numerous products. When the pros are looking for training and support they call Reef Encounters and so should you.
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The beginning of August kicks off several summer festivals, called Natsu Matsuri, in Japan. Okinawa adds its own flavor to this tradition with choreographed eisa drumming performances. Here are a few of them happening this weekend:
Tens of thousands attend the free Nago Summer Festival at Nago Fishing Port each year. Put on your walking shoes and check out the eisa performances, other live music, and lots of vendors, including one of the event’s sponsors, Orion beer. Don’t miss the huge fireworks display at the end of the night. Admission is free. Hours are 1 pm – 9 pm Saturday and 9 am – 9 pm Sunday.
Few Okinawan events are as famous as Naha’s 10,000 Eisa Festival on Kokusai Street. Part performance, part parade, you don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event this Sunday, August 4. Admission is free, but you can pay a fee and try out eisa yourself that day.
Or, check out youth and young men’s teams performing at the Eisa Festival at the Okinawa City Zoo, from 4 pm – 9 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Admission prices are ¥500 for adults, ¥200 for junior high and high school students, ¥100 for 4 year olds and elementary students, and free for children 3 and under.
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King furniture has a summer sale on with 10% off antique style furniture. If you're looking for some new furniture for your home or are about to PCS and want to take something back home then check it out. Website at www.kingfurnitureokinawa.com with much more available in their showroom off route 58.
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Check out the Kijimuna Festa, going on this week, through July 28! The Kijimuna Festa is an international performing arts festival held in Okinawa City. Tailored specifically for children, it features plays, puppet shows, film screenings and more from Japan and around the world. Ticket prices vary.
For more information on the event, read this Stars and Stripes article: http://www.japanupdate.com/2013/07/international-theater-festival-kicks-off-july-20th/
And, here’s the English version of the Kijimuna Festa’s website: http://www.kijimuna.org/en/index.html
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Daiso, owner of the 1oo Yen shops with the green and yellow signs, has revamped its huge store in Ginowan, in the plaza with Uniqlo. Its pink decor and removal of the "100 Yen" sign reflect its move toward something a little fancier, which also means they can offer more items at higher prices. Despite its new look and broader range of merchandise, many finds are still ¥105, including this bag of cheeseburger flavored Cheetos, which took a little getting used to (you can even taste pickle), but were pretty good.
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