12 Days of Anime: 2016 Food Edition – Day 10 – Home is where the heart is: the Home Cooked Meals of March Comes in like a Lion

0shiojake-salad-nabe-dish-3-gatsu-no-lion-04There’s something special about sharing a meal with family: it can be an intimate affair as well as one full of boisterous laughter and cheer; it can be gentle and subdued or rife with tension…. but despite it all, there’s the food and the company to get you through anything life throws at you. Which is why, for my 10th day of the 12 Days of Anime, my pick is the heartwarming meals of March Comes in like a Lion. Continue reading

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12 Days of Anime: 2016 Food Edition – Day 9 – The International foods of Yuri!!! on Ice

0pirozhki-yuri-on-ice-01One thing I love seeing in anime is international food from countries other than just Japan. And, while last year we had the Middle Eastern-inspired foods of Arslan Senki, this year we have a great variety of international foods showcased in Yuri!!! on Ice.

All of the pictures in this post are from the mid episode cards, each of which features a different food (or drink, in once case) from the country/region featured in the episode. From Russian pirozhki and Spanish paella, to Japanese katsu-don and Chinese steamed crab, I always look forward to seeing what food is featured in each episode of Yuri!!! on Ice. Continue reading

12 Days of Anime: 2016 Food Edition – Day 8 – A Curry for Every Season

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Curry rice from Boku dake ga inai Machi, episode 8!

Curry has to be one of the most popular dishes in anime, and for good reason: it’s easy to make, perfect for a crowd, and is deliciously heartwarming, no matter what the season. Which is why, for my 8th day of the 12 Days of Anime, I’d like to dedicate a post entirely to the curries featured throughout anime in 2016. Continue reading

12 Days of Anime: 2016 Food Edition – Day 7 – Strawberry Shortcake: The Ultimate Anime Cake

Strawberry shortcake - Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso 22Maybe it’s the beautiful way it’s decorated, or the contrast of the red strawberries against the whiteness of the fluffy icing and the soft yellow cake, but when it comes to desserts in anime, I don’t think there’s anything more iconic or pleasing to see than the ubiquitous and always classically classy strawberry shortcake. Continue reading

12 Days of Anime: 2016 Food Edition – Day 6 – Count Your Cavities: The Sweets of 2016

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Berry crepe from Bungou Stray Dogs, episode 9!

I have a bit of a confession to make: I just might have a bit of a sweet tooth…

Which is probably why, when I watch anime, I always seem to gravitate towards all the delectable sweet treats that happen to pop up on screen. From ice cream and fruit jelly to yokan and cheesecake, there always seems to be a dessert to suit every moment, emotional state, and setting. Continue reading

12 Days of Anime: 2016 Food Edition – Day 5 – Food Fights in Food Wars!

0grilled-pacific-saury-carpaccio-shokugeki-no-souma-s2-10-01Last year, Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars) topped my 12 Days of Anime list of top food moments from 2015, but this year, it’s fallen a bit in the standings. And so, clocking in at number 5, this shonen battle cooking challenge anime series is always guaranteed to be full of insanely delicious food… Food so unbelievably delectable that one bite will send you to euphoric heights of undress. Continue reading

12 Days of Anime: 2016 Food Edition – Day 4 – Bento: A 2016 Retrospective

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Cute chara-ben from Orange!

You almost can’t get through an anime series without seeing at least one bento… And, 2016 was no exception to the rule!

There were so many pretty bento showcasing a variety of styles and tastes… I’m sure there was a bento from anime this year that would suit everyone’s tastes. But, in particular, I’d like to draw attention to two series that I thought had some exceptional bento: Amanchu! and Orange. Continue reading