Crossfit Field Trip

An amazing advantage about having the opportunity to be stationed on Okinawa is being awarded the opportunity to embrace the international community.  As most of you know, the Okinawans are considered one of the most healthy and long living people in the world.  Personally, I believe it has a lot to do with diet.  Some locals will say it’s the goya, some say it’s the papaya and theres some that say its in the coral.  Whatever it is I dont think they sell it at the commissary.

We are vey lucky to have the commissary as an option and Im very thankful for being able to scare away my monthly visitor by devouring Reece’s peanut butter cups, however, there are so many more options off base.  I have always been intimidated by shopping off base.  Im always afraid I will offend the locals and I’d rather be the politest person at the commissary than the worst patron at a local grocery store.  So, when I had the opportunity to do a field trip with Crossfit Asia- I jumped!  If I offend someone at least my tour guides could tell me!!

We visited three places. First was the Awase Fish Market.  Super easy to get to: go out gate two, take a left at the AU, take a right at the next light.  Walk in the building that is bubbling with locals!  When we first walked in there was an area of local fruits and vegetables.

This is a type of squash. It can be peeled, seeded, cubed and put into soups to add a starch without being too starchy.

Speaking of starch, here’s a sweet potato (these are actually white on the inside)

One of my FAVORITE things to do with these yummy things is to peel it, cube it, and boil it for about 7 minutes. Then wrap them in bacon, and bake them for about 20 minutes at 375 until they are golden brown. This makes a great dish at a pot luck!!!

sweet potato bacon goodness

Once inside the market we strolled around looking at all of the options.  There were two large fridges that had a lot of different type of fish and the best thing was above the fish was a picture of all of the fish with an English translation of what the fish is called.  Apparently you can pick out a fish, take it to the counter and have the guys cut it up to your liking!  You can also have them cook it there too!!!!

fishies with pictures!

Past this area, there is a glass covered display with an assortment of fish already cut up.  I spied a good strip of salmon and Kaiko helped me call a fish lady over, the fish lady asked me a question (in Japanese) and then Kaiko asked if I wanted it cut up (like shashimi), I shook my head no and threw in an “ah-di-kat-toe” and a smile and made my way to the register.

The next stop was to the Gate 3 Farmers Market… again, easy to get to: exit gate three, go over a bridge, take a left before you run into 329.

veggie galore!

The prices were very reasonable and the selection was pretty awesome!  The first thing that caught my eye was strawberries!!!!  Everything was well displayed and the prices were easy to find.

The last stop was San A.  Theres a lot of these stores around the island.  Their logo is a red and yellow “A’s” in a triangle.  The first thing I really wanted to talk about was the meat section.  I learned quite a few new things!

This is local Okinawan Pig

This is local Okinawan Black Pig

***This is the Holy Grail of Paleo meats… Grass Fed beef from New Zealand!!!****

When it comes to ground meat, Chiaki said it best: white is chicken, pink is pork, red is beef and the large ones are a combination of beef and pork!

ground beef, ground pork & ground beef/pork

this is an iced coffee with no sugar added (the Kanji means “without sugar”)

This is a cheat sheet that Kaiko made to help us read the nutritional facts on packaged goods. The main thing Kaiko pointed out was that all labels are in this same order, so if cant remember the exact Kanji, you can remember that the 6th one is sugar!

This yellow and pink stamp means that it is from Okinawa.

This picture on these eggs make it look like they are something special, but what it actually means is that Marigold has been “added”… Im not sure if the chicken made out with a marigold of if the chicken ate it?!?!

Lastly I wanted to show you what Chiaki had for lunch.  This seems like a great “on-the-go” meal.  Its yakitori and a seaweed salad.  She said the yakitori she chose was without (soy) sauce… looks good to me!

Paleo lunch for bad asses!

Id like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Crossfit Asia for putting this field trip together.  A HUGE thank you to Kaiko and Chiaki for patiently explaining everything, you two are amazing!  I really appreciate Katie, Heather and Kit for putting up with me, my picture taking and my rambunctious princess!!!

Tootles,

jess.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 12:09:49

    That cheat sheet is amazing and the picture hints on the pork are awesome! Thank you so much for posting!

    Reply

  2. Trisha
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 00:23:17

    Awesome job guys! WIsh I coulda made it!!

    Reply

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