|Mei's Bento from My Neighbor Totoro|
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Some time last year, I went through a slight Miyazaki/Ghibli movie marathon and when I was going through Anna the Red's blog, I saw that she had actually recreated some of the Ghibli food from the movies! I really admire Anna the Red's bento (and non-bento) work. It is AMAZING to say the least! Definitely go check her out!
This is the bento that Satsuki (Mei's older sister) makes for Mei in the anime movie My Neighbor Totoro. After seeing Anna the Red's tutorial for Mei's bento, I was inspired to recreate my own.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
|McDonald's Strawberry Pie $0.69|
But honestly though, I was a little wary. I really like McDonald's Apple Pie, but I never liked the Cherry Pie and my experience with the Taro Pie was less than favorable.
|McDonald's Strawberry Pie|
|McDonald's Strawberry Pie Filling|
Friday, August 5, 2011
|Navy Week Los Angeles 2011|
|Cruise Terminal during Navy Week|
|The line to see the USS Abraham Lincoln during Navy Week|
|The line for the security screening|
|USS Abraham Lincoln|
|Inside the USS Abraham Lincoln|
|Rescue Equipment used on the USS Abraham Lincoln|
|The US Flag abroad the USS Abraham Lincoln|
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
A little while ago, I posted a tutorial on how to make onigiri (Japanese riceballs). Onigiri plays an iconic role in the anime and manga Fruits Basket. In one scene, Tohru (the protagonist) makes onigiri for a game for a school festival. Each onigiri is decorated differently with mystery fillings inside - some of which have unappetizing fillings as "punishments." I'd hate to bite into that hidden leek riceball like poor Kyo! >_<
Here is my re-creation of Tohru's platter of onigiri!
|Fruits Basket Onigiri|
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
|Get Shaved Truck|
What sets Hawaiian shave ice apart for a typical snow cone is Hawaiian shave ice's powdery snow-like texture. The addition of ice cream and azuki beans (sweetened red beans) makes it almost magical - truly one of the best ways to cool down on a hot summer day!
The other day, while running some errands, I saw the Get Shaved truck parked along the side of the road and quickly pulled over. I remembered scrolling through the menu online and thinking, "Hm... the PassioNut combo sounds pretty good," so that's what I ordered.
|Medium PassioNut Shave Ice|
|Li Hing Mui Powder|
|Get Shaved Truck|
Monday, August 1, 2011
|Umami Burger Entrance|
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Umami Burger is another popular LA burger spot that's based on the fifth taste - umami. For those who don't know, umami is supposed to be that meaty, msg-like flavor you taste from... well, meat. After some shopping around 3rd Street Promenade, we decided to stop here for dinner. This particular location is attached to a Fred Segal and although the address says Umami Burger is on Broadway, the entrance is actually around the corner on 5th Street.
|The crowd in front of Umami Burger|
|Umami Burger Menu - Front|
|Umami Burger Menu - Back|
|Signature Umami Burger|
|Open Umami Burger|
|Umami Burger - Tempura Onion Rings|
|Umami Burger - Sweet Potato Fries|
So far, out of the few big burger places I've visited, I think I prefer Five Guys over Umami Burger. One of my friends totally disagreed with me though. He ordered the Truffle Burger and declared it was the best burger he's ever had! To put things in perspective, he said it topped the Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich, which he loved - calling it "orgasmic"! Maybe I'll give that burger a try next time... Or maybe I should give the signature Umami Burger a second chance, but with the Umami ketchup on the side... Hm...