Happy Monday Friends!
I hope that you all had a great weekend. J. was in Iwo Jima last weekend and is getting ready to head off on another deployment (yes, again) so we tried to pack as much as we could into the end of last week and this past weekend!
Wednesday night we tried a French restaurant in Zama that had good reviews - La Brasserie chez-Ichisugi. It was expensive, but definitely lived up to the hype. J. and I shared a tomato and avocado salad, the pizza of the day and the gorgonzola pasta. It was amazing and I can't wait to go back.
Afterwards, we had our first Mr. Donut experience.
Chocolate bear and chocolate donut.
And then J.'s friends introduced us to a whiskey bar around the corner. I don't drink whiskey, so I had a sparking wine:
I loved the atmosphere of this little bar.
And then we introduced them to Kamikaze's, home of the best white russian ever:
Thursday night we had a big group dinner at one of our favorite sushi restaurants, Takezushi. Our neighbors introduced us to this hidden gem and we love it. The owner & sushi chef lived in America for a few years when he was younger, so he speaks pretty good English and is easy to communicate with. His wife does not speak much English, but she likes to hang around and listen to the English conversations. They are both so nice and we love going over there!
Our group eating yummy sushi!
Friday, J. did a lot of packing, organizing and buying last minute items for the deployment. Friday night, we tried Mike's Tex Mex. It is run by a retired Navy CPO, but we didn't see him there. They had really good margaritas, so we tried a few flavors and indulged in some fried Mexican goodness. We finished out the night at the O Club.
Saturday, J. finished packing and we headed down to Yokosuka to load his stuff onto the boat. J. will be flying a jet on instead of walking onto the boat - meaning I get a few extra days with him :). There isn't much room in the jet to bring stuff with you, so we had to take his stuff down and load it ourselves. I was actually REALLY excited to go to Yokosuka, because it's a bigger base, it has a better Navy Exchange and there is a Chili's on the base. We spent a few hours on the boat (I took lots of pictures but that's going to be a post of its own!) and then headed over to the Exchange. I am SO jealous of the people who live in Yokosuka! They have so many more American food options on their base (like Sbarro and a REAL STARBUCKS!), their Exchange was SO nice and they have the Chili's. Not to mention that the entire base has a water view. It was gorgeous.
The Exchange was having a 20% customer appreciation sale, so J. and I stocked up while we were down there. That is the most shopping I've done since I arrived here and it felt good! Haha. I got some new running shoes, workout tops, Rainbow flip flops and Smashbox make-up. I'd also like to point out that the Yokosuka Exchange had a Victoria's Secret in it, carried designer jeans, had an entire room devoted to shoes and a separate building with sporting goods equipment and workout apparel. I foresee frequent trips to Yokosuka in my future :)
We had dinner at Chili's (of course) before heading back to Atsugi.
I finally got my cheeseburger :)
Sunday, I got up early so I could break in my new running shoes :) That afternoon, we headed over to Yokohama to catch the Yokohama Dena Baystars v. Chiba Lotte Marines baseball game! This also is deserving of its own post, but I'll leave you with a picture:
I hope you enjoyed your weekends!