Someone Pour Me a Drink: Tonight We’re Eating Oden!

Oden - Kanon 2006 03 - 02Oden has been popping up in a lot of anime as of late, so I decided it would be a great time to share with you a recipe for this fishcake-laden nabe dish! Lightly flavored in a soy sauce and dashi broth, oden typically contains a wide variety of items, usually a mix of fishcakes, tofu, konnyku, daikon, and other meats. All these ingredients are simmered and stewed together, allowing their flavors to permeate each other. The result is a wonderfully satisfying meal with a complex taste that is perfect for warming up on a winter’s day – especially when paired with a bottle of sake or beer! 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

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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

Anime Food Samples: For the Weeks of March 15 and 22, 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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The Flavor of Ginko’s Love: Honey Ginger Milk

Honey ginger milk - Yuri Kuma Arashi 07 - 03I love honey, ginger, and milk separately, but for some reason or another, I never thought to combine all three together into one crazy simple but very comforting drink… that is until I saw an episode of Yuri Kuma Arashi in which Lulu tends to Ginko, who is sick with a fever (and other injuries), and whips up a pot of her best friend’s favorite honey ginger milk!

Warm and gentle, the spicy heat of the ginger is tempered slightly by the sweet honey and hot milk… It’s a flavor that Ginko holds dear, as Lulu tells Kureha:

You know, the flavor of Ginko’s love is honey ginger milk. It’s the flavor that tells her she’s not alone in the world; the taste of a twinkling star… Continue reading