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Studio Ghibli’s Magical Anime Food Are Brought To Life On This Instagram Account

As all hardcore Hayao Miyazaki fans may know, the soft-spoken, creative genius is a big-time foodie. As evident throughout his popular films such as TotoroKiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away, Miyazaki uses food to portray warmth and closeness between friends and family. His understanding of food as a source of comfort for many people allows the audience to build a connection with the characters. And if that isn’t enough, he always makes all the food look so damn good.

Those magical foods in your favorite Studio Ghibli films are now being brought to life by Instagrammer En93kitchen. Her dedication to recreate the entire experience, including the food and plating, as similar to the movie as possible is incredible, and it’s leaving us drooling.

I don’t know about you, but after these photos, I’m totally ready to cozy up to a Miyazaki film marathon while eating some Ponyo-inspired ramen.

Pancakes & Sausage from Kiki’s Delivery Service

Mentaiko Bento from Totoro

Ham Ramen from Ponyo

Meatball Spaghetti from The Castle of Cagliostro

Eggs & bacon from Howl’s Moving Castle

Pastries from Spirited Away

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Hit-Or-Miss Humor Products Technology

This Watch Was Built To Hold A Tiny Meal Inside

After waiting for what felt like an eternity, somebody finally decided to start putting food inside of accessories. One Kyoto-based company called Takii Seeds may give Apple and its highly advanced watch a run for their money.

The company has created a watch that contains a tiny amount of food in it for when you need a small snack on the go. Although the hungry man in me is stoked about this invention, the practical part of me sees that, alas, the watch is just as ridiculous as the Apple Watch, only in a much different but equally grand way.

In order to make the watch both perfect and functional, Takii Seeds brought in several professionals at their crafts, including a master watch craftsman for the design, a plastic surgeon to cut the food into tiny, proper pieces, a diorama expert to arrange the food inside the watch, and a very popular chef to cook the food. The watch even comes with two tiny, extendable chopsticks.

Unfortunately, this watch was only done as a publicity stunt and is not for sale, nor is it even being manufactured. Let’s just hope that my plans for whiskey-filled cufflinks get greenlit.

 

 

Photo Credit: Kotaku, First We Feast

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Cravings

This Stay at Home Mom Creates The Most Adorable Bentos You Ever Did See

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We wish our mom was this cool. Singapore based stay-at-home mother, Li Ming, has been whipping up charabens, or character bentos, since 2011. She started packing these adorable lunches as a way to cheer up her older son when he started elementary school. Cue the “awws”.

Ming draws her lunch inspiration from video games, books, and even movies. Besides character bentos, she also makes character based dishes such as Totoro Cream Puffs, Bear Pizza, or even the Spam Pig Pita as seen below.

Almost to adorable to nom on, these insanely darling dishes can be made at home with Ming’s tutorials found on her website, Bento Monsters. Peep more of Ming’s cute creations below.

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H/T Laughing Squid + PicThx Bento Monsters

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Hit-Or-Miss

Adorable Hardboiled Egg Art Shaped Like Hello Kitty, Pandas, Baby Seals

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We’re not saying the Japanese are a million times better than us at packing lunches. But it’s hard to argue the facts.

Take their hardboiled egg game for instance. Instead of tossing the white rubbery bulbs in plastic bags with a smidgeon of salt, the bento-loving Japanese soak them in food coloring and carve them to look like Pikachu. Or cover them with bits of seaweed to create mini oval pandas. Did we mention the upside down baby seal? Ugh, we die.

In case you don’t have enough time for DIY egg art though, you could always just buy these sumo egg cup legs. Or head over to Rocket News to appreciate more amazing eggs from people who do.

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Products

Bento Box of Mason Jars Cleverly Separates Wet and Dry Foods

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Not-so-secret hipster that I am, I love packing snacks in mason jars. Granola and yogurt, salad and dressing, and mixed nuts and applesauce, are a few of my favorite combos. But what always drove me nuts was ending up with soggy cereal, limp lettuce, and slimy peanuts as a result of everything mixing together.

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Thankfully Cuppow has created the BNTO (pronounced ben-toh and named after the simple Japanese compartment boxes) which allows you to separate your wet ingredients from your dry.

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Says Cuppow:

Canning jars are designed to store food safely and make an awesome lunchbox: they are easy to clean, cheap, and you can microwave them! The only problem is that sometimes the foods that taste the best together don’t travel well together. So we took inspiration from Japanese bento boxes and created a conveniently shaped insert that separates a canning jar into two compartments so you can mix or dip like a champ.

The reusable plastic cup nestles gently into a filled jar and is sealed with the jar’s cap. It only costs $7.99 and is available on cuppow.

H/T Core 77 + PicThx cuppow

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This Bento Box Shaped Like a PS3 Sadly Doesn’t Play Any Games

Imagine, you’re sitting on the playground getting ready for lunch when you whip out this little beauty: a bento lunch box designed to look like a PS3. You watch as your classmates’ eyes widen in awe, then eventually crinkle in sadness when they finally realize that no, your mom didn’t let you bring your console to school, and even if she did, you wouldn’t have any TV out here to play it on anyhow.

And then everyone continues on with life as usual. The end.

Anticlimactic fairy tales aside, Sony is launching its new bento design in commemoration of its popular Final Fantasy and Metal Gear game series. The work required to create the masterpiece involved a laser cutting machine, traditional Japanese woodwork and a lacquer treatment in Kyoto — ooh, ahhh.

S’far as we can tell, the PS3 bento isn’t available for sale just yet. (What can I say, Google Translated Engrish is confusing.) But when it does go commercial, it’s sure to make an awesome belated Christmas present for all the momma’s boy gamers in your life.

More photos below:

via Kotaku

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Recipes

Here’s How to Make Mushroom-Stuffed Hamburger and French Toast Salad Bentos

Because bentos, if you haven’t heard, are like portable, portion-controlled Asian boxes of awesome.

And, since these recipes only take 10 minutes, they’re the perfect way to ready your school lunches for the next couple of weeks. You know, until you get lazy, say “screw it” and decide to go to McDonald’s everyday instead.

Mushroom-Stuffed Hamburger

Serves 1
  • 3 oz. (80 g) ground beef and pork mix
  • Vegetable oil
Mixture A:
  • 1/2 bag enoki mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 fresh shiitake mushroom, minced
  • 2 quail  eggs
  • 2 Tbsp panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/6 onion, grated
  • Dash each salt, pepper
Mixture B:
  • 1 Tbsp each ketchup, Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp white wine
  1. In a bowl, combine ground meat and mixture A and knead together. Divide into thirds and shape into patties.
  2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a frying pan and cook patties over high heat for 30 seconds, then turn heat to low and cook for 3 minutes. Flip patties and repeat.
  3. Add mixture B and bring to a boil, thoroughly coating burgers in the sauce.

Mini Sunny-Side Up Eggs

Serves 1
  • 2 quail eggs
  • Lettuce, vegetable oil, salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add quail eggs and fry sunny-side up. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with lettuce.

Arrange: Add cooked rice to bento box. Top with hamburgers, fried eggs and lettuce.

French Toast

Serves 1
  • 1 slice bread
  • Butter, vegetable oil
Soy Sesame Dressing:
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • Dash each salt, pepper
  1. Combine Soy Sesame Dressing in pan. Cut bread into bite-size pieces and soak thoroughly in dressing.
  2. Heat 1 tsp each butter and oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add toast and cook until browned on both sides.

Green Salad

Serves 1
  • 1 oz. (30 g) arugula
  • 3 sprigs watercress
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
Onion Dressing:
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp grated onion
  • Dash each salt, pepper
  1. Shred arugula and watercress into bite-size pieces. Remove stems from cherry tomatoes and slice in half.
  2. Combine Onion Dressing ingredients.

Arrange: Add French toast to bento box. Add salad. Pour dressing into a separate container to add to salad before eating.

From Ten-Minute Bento © 2007 Megumi Fujii. Photography by Shigeki Aoto (Kodansha Photography Department. Published by Vertical, Inc. New York.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Edible Twilight Book Made with SPAM

We see a lot of edible things that look like other things, usually made from cake. But never before have we seen a book constructed SPAM Musubi style. Taking the art of bento making to the extreme, this tasty creation was found just in time to get ready for the next Twilight movie. It took blogger, Pikko, from aibento.net, 6 hours to make this bad boy. Check out how this good looking book is made!

(via aibento.net)