Anime Food Samples:                                                   For the Week of October 12, 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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Anime Food Samples:                                                   For the Week of October 5, 2014

Osembe - Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso 01Curry rice - Kiseijuu Sei no Kakuritsu 01Anpan - Log Horizon S2 02 - 01

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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Warming the Heart and Body with the Deliciously Robust Tonjiru

Tonjiru with fish - Nagi no Asukara 09Fall has arrived, and with it colder, crisper days await…. And, what better to share with you than a heartwarming, hearty soup recipe?

Soups are an integral part of many Japanese meals, and while the most commonly known soup is the standard but delicious miso soup, there’s more than just one way to prepare a miso-based soup… Today we’ll  be looking at a soup inspired by the anime Nagi no Asukara: tonjiru! Continue reading

Summer 2014 Anime Season: Final Impressions

Aldnoah Zero 01    Ao Haru Ride 04    Barakamon 02    Captain Earth 03    Free Eternal Summer 01    Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki kun 01    Glasslip 02    Tokyo Ghoul 03    Zankyou no Terror 04

The beginning of the summer 2014 anime season gave me lots to look forward to, with plenty of high profile series and funny little gems just waiting to be discovered. But, now that it’s all over and done with, how did all my picks pan out?

All in all, this season was full of characters I generally cared nothing for, and series with stellar first and last episodes bookending a more mediocre and dull middle section. While some series were better than others, there really wasn’t anything that blew me away, grabbing my attention and making me wish for the next episode to hurry up and air already. Continue reading

Bento 101: Constructing a Bento

Bento - Ao Haru Ride 02 - 01Now that you have your bento equipment ready, how should you go about filling your carefully chosen box? How much rice will you pack? What kinds of vegetables and meats should come together to make your meal? What proportions of meat, vegetables, and carbohydrates is suitable? How does colour come into play when constructing a bento? In what order should a bento be packed? And, what about food safety?

In this post, we’ll be exploring the various factors you will face while going about constructing your bento…. and, while the principles are simple, I hope they will serve as a useful guide as you begin your bento journey. Continue reading

Bringing Home a Japanese Staple: The Simple, Quick, and Versatile Shiojake (Salted Salmon)

Salmon shiojake - Hanasaku Iroha 10During the course of watching anime and, in some strange fascination, constantly paying attention to all the delicious food that pops up, one particular salmon dish never fails to catch my eye. Frequently seen accompanying traditional Japanese meals, it’s taken me a long time to really figure out what this sauceless and simple dish is exactly… But, after a bit of searching and a nice dose of luck, I stumbled upon shiojake, or salted salmon. Continue reading

Hazelnuts Meet Dark Chocolate to Create the Enchanting Italian Cookie, Baci di Dama (Lady’s Kisses)

Baci di Dama - Arcana Fagmilia 03 - 01When I first saw these adorable little cookies on an episode of Arcana Famiglia, I knew I just had to make them… Made of two hazelnut cookies with a smear of dark chocolate to hold it all together, these bite sized sandwich cookies offer plenty of crunch, texture, and a subtle sweetness that pairs wonderfully with tea and coffee.

Called baci di dama, or lady’s kisses, because they resemble pursed lips ready for a kiss, these cookies originate from Italy… making them an appropriate little treat to be featured in the Italian-inspired anime of the Arcana Famiglia. Continue reading