The 8th Item on Yukihira Diner’s Secret Menu: Rice with Transforming Seasoning (Furikake Gohan)!

Furikake gohan Transforming seasoning - Shokugeki no Souma 02 - 08With all its complicated and creative dishes, I never really thought I would actually make anything from the currently airing anime series, Shokugeki no Souma…. But, in an unexpected twist while watching episode 2, a particular dish caught my eye and made me think that maybe, just maybe, the impossible was possible. And so, today we’ll be tackling what is known as the 8th item on Yukihira Diner’s secret menu: rice with transforming seasoning (furikake gohan)! Continue reading

Anime Food Samples: For the Weeks of April 19 and 26, 2015

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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Spring 2015 Anime Season: First Impressions

Arslan Senki 02Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 03Hibike Euphonium 03Houkago no Pleiades 02Kekkai Sensen 03Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 03Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu 03Ore Monogatari 02Owari no Seraph 01Plastic Memories 03Punchline 03Shokugeki no Souma 01Show by Rock 01Sidonia no Kishi 03Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru Zoku 02

Hello spring! It’s so nice to have a new anime season paired with the warming weather… So far, I haven’t been blown away by much this season, but a lot of series have been pretty fun and light, matching the spring weather perfectly. There’s lots to look at in this first impressions post, so let’s just right in and take a look at the newest lineup of anime currently airing in the spring 2015 anime season….

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Anime Food Samples: For the Week of April 12, 2015

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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Welcoming Spring with a Helping of Bamboo Rice!

Bamboo rice - Koufuku Graffiti 03 - 03After a long, cold winter, spring has finally sprung where I live, so I really wanted to make a spring-inspired dish to celebrate the change in the weather… but, I wasn’t exactly sure what to cook – that is until I saw episode 3 of Koufuku Graffiti that features a dish called takenoko gohan, or bamboo rice!

When the bamboo plants sends up tender young shoots in the spring, they are harvested, making this dish a springtime favorite… Lightly seasoned and deliciously fragrant, bamboo rice is a simple way to flavor your rice, elevating it from a plain side dish to practically a meal all unto itself. With thin strips of soft aburaage (unseasoned deep fried tofu pouches), tiny fragments of sweet carrot, and the slight crunch of the refreshing and earthy bamboo pieces, eating bamboo rice is a veritable treat. Continue reading

Anime Food Samples: For the Weeks of March 29 and April 5, 2015

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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Winter 2015 Anime Season: Final Impressions

Akatsuki no Yona 02Aldnoah Zero S2 01Death Parade 01Garo 02Junketsu no Maria 01Koufuku Graffiti 02Log Horizon S2 03Parasyte 01Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso 03Shirobako 01Tokyo Ghoul Root A 03Yuri Kuma Arashi 02

The winter 2015 anime season has come to a close, bringing to an end a good number of long running, 2-cour series. It’s sad to say goodbye to the characters and stories we’ve been following all the way since the distant fall 2014 season, but their conclusion will give way to what will hopefully be a fruitful spring season! But, we can’t get to next season without shutting the door on the last, so here are my final impressions on 12 series from winter 2015…. Continue reading