Upping Your Yakitori Game with Skewers of Tsukune (Seasoned Ground Chicken on a Stick)

Izakaya - Usagi Drop 04It’s always a fun time going to a yakitori restaurant or izakaya and trying out a ton of interesting little dishes. I mean, meat on a stick is usually a good sign a meal is going to be delicious. And, while grilled chicken skin, barbecued liver, and pieces of cartilage might be fun to sample, what I really love to eat is a little known dish called tsukune.

Tsukune is basically seasoned ground chicken that is coated in a sweet soy sauce-based sauce, grilled, and served hot with a raw egg yolk. It’s tender, flavorful, and, when paired with the egg yolk, rich as well. Did I mention it’s also meat on a stick?? Continue reading

Cream Stew: An Underrated Anime Classic

Cream stew - Log Horizon S2 16 - 02When I first heard of cream stew, I will admit that I wasn’t very enthusiastic about trying it out. A stew made with milk really didn’t sound too appealing to me… Maybe I was just dismissing this plain looking stew because I was skeptical about its ultra white and creamy color, or because it was always being out-shined in my eyes by curry rice, another prominent stew-like dish.

But, then my sister-in-law made cream stew for dinner one night while I was visiting, and I was hooked! The stew was unexpectedly delicious, with the flavors of all the vegetables and meat coming to the forefront in a tasty, creamy stew that was rich, satisfying, and hearty. It wasn’t overly creamy or rich, and was so easy to eat. Of course, I had seconds! Continue reading

2015 Anime Season: Year in Review

Happy New Year! (Better late than never… right??)

Another year has flown by, and it’s time to look back and remember some of our favorite (and not so favorite) series from all the anime that aired in 2015… There were a lot of shows to choose from last year, both good and bad, and I always find it fun to go back and relive some of my top moments from the year. In all honesty, I wasn’t blown away by the pickings this year, but of course, I haven’t seen every single anime, so perhaps I have yet to experience the best (and worst) of 2015.

On a personal note, 2015 was a year of huge changes for me, involving the stressful completion of my husband’s doctorate degree, packing up and selling off all our stuff in Chicago, road tripping it across the country in a tent back to my hometown of Vancouver, and then jumping on a plane and moving all the way to Tokyo.

And, of course, if you have any of your own favorite picks, I’d love to hear them! Suggestions on what I should watch, but missed, in 2015 are also very welcome (for your reference, here’s my MAL profile and my Hummingbird library)!

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12 Days of Anime: 2015 Food Edition – Day 12

I’m sure we all saw this one coming… What else could I select as my favorite anime food moment of 2015, other than from the greatest cooking show to come out of this year?

Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars) was a veritable treat to watch, full of mouth-watering dishes, intense cooking battles, and some truly heartwarming moments. And, while I enjoyed all the battles and spectacularly imaginative dishes that sprung from them, if I had to choose just one dish from this series, my favorite food moment would have to be Megumi’s rainbow terrine!
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12 Days of Anime: 2015 Food Edition – Day 11

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Everyone needs a pick me up, a motivator, or something that inspires comfort… and for Miyamori Aoi, this just happens to exist in her life in the form of a donut.

We’re almost at the end of the 12 Days of Anime, and for our penultimate day, we’ll be looking at Shirobako! This 24 episode series about the anime industry took me by surprise with the amount of tension and emotion each episode made me feel. Airing from fall 2014 and ending in winter 2015, this was one of my favorite anime series of the year. So, without further ado: Don, don, donuts! Let’s go nuts for Shirobako donuts! Continue reading

12 Days of Anime: 2015 Food Edition – Day 10

Friendship can be a funny thing, but sometimes you just need an egg sandwich to finally break down the walls between would-be childhood rivals… It’s the little gestures that count, which is why, for our tenth day of the 12 Days of Anime, I present to you the egg sandwiches of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April). Continue reading