Anime Food Samples:                                                   For the Week of November 16, 2014

What kinds of foods have our favorite anime characters been eating recently? In this special weekly feature, we sample just a few of the many dishes that have popped up during the last week of the currently airing anime season… Would you like rice with that?

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Chicken Karaage: Because Deep Fried Chicken is Awesome!

Karaage fried chicken - Glasslip 02Deep fried to perfection, with a crispy outside and a succulently juicy inside, today I’ll be sharing a recipe for one of my favorite things to eat as an appetizer in a Japanese restaurant: chicken karaage

Karaage refers to a deep frying method where items are seasoned with soy sauce, ginger, and garlic, and then coated in a flour and potato starch mixture. Lightly battered and packed with plenty of flavor, this chicken dish makes for not only a great side dish, but is also a perfect addition to a bento!

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Anime Food Samples:                                                   For the Week of November 9, 2014

What kinds of foods have our favorite anime characters been eating recently? In this special weekly feature, we sample just a few of the many dishes that have popped up during the last week of the currently airing anime season… Would you like rice with that?

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Spice up Your Nabe Dishes Using the Aromatic Yuzu to make Refreshingly Salty and Sour Ponzu Sauce!

Nabe - Tamako Market 09On a recent trip to the grocery store, I chanced upon some fresh yuzu! For those of you who don’t know, yuzu is a citrus fruit that is incredibly aromatic, with a taste that is almost like a grapefruit or orange crossed with a lemon. Fragrant, fresh, tart, and really unlike any other of the more “typical” citrus fruits, yuzu is common in Japanese cooking, both in savory and sweet dishes.

Recently, I shared a recipe for chicken nabe, a simple Japanese hot pot dish that uses a yuzu flavored sauce called ponzu as a condiment….

Light, salty, and a little sour, ponzu is not always an easy item to obtain, especially if you don’t have a well-stocked Asian market nearby – and, this is exactly what happened to me when I made my nabe! With no ponzu to be had, my only choice was to try and make it myself… and, the results? Quite possibly as good as the bottled stuff! Continue reading

Anime Food Samples:                                                   For the Week of October 26, 2014

What kinds of foods have our favorite anime characters been eating recently? In this special weekly feature, we sample just a few of the many dishes that have popped up during the last week of the currently airing anime season… Would you like rice with that?
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Fall 2014 Anime Season: First Impressions

Akatsuki no Yona 01  Amagi Brilliant Park 04  Bonjour Koiaji Patisserie 01Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works 03  Hitsugi no Chaika Avenging Battle 01  Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de 02Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu 02  Log Horizon S2 03  Madan no Ou to Vanadis 03Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji 01  Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso 04  Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis 03Yuuki Yuna wa Yuusa de Aru 02

As the year winds down, we come to our final anime season of 2014… I’ve found that there’s plenty to choose from this fall, with a good amount of fantasy oriented series airing in particular. There’s also a ton of sequels, including the much anticipated Ufotable adaptation of Fate/Stay Night.

In this addition of First Impressions, I’ll be looking at 13 series! There’s just so much to choose from this season, but they can’t all be worth watching, can they?? Let’s see what the 2014 fall anime season has to offer…

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Anime Food Samples:                                                   For the Week of October 19, 2014

What kinds of foods have our favorite anime characters been eating recently? In this special weekly feature, we sample just a few of the many dishes that have popped up during the last week of the currently airing anime season… Would you like rice with that?
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