Marina Eats: Instant Ramen, Egg Yolk, and AnoHana

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Instant ramen was brought about by the founder of Nissin Foods, Momofuku Ando, in 1958.  The first flavor was Chicken Ramen.  Now, the product is made in a wide variety of flavors and is available worldwide. (Source)


Some like the egg yolks broken and stirred up with the whites, some like the eggs poached, some like them raw on top, and others like the eggs hard boiled.  There are a wide variety of ways to eat eggs in ramen, with two styles in particular argued about in the Spring 2011 anime, AnoHana.  The scene where Menma and Jintan stand over the stove top and debate about whether or not to break the egg made me smile because, like Jintan, I prefer to poach the egg and preserve the yolk’s shape.

There’s something so miraculous about saving that moment of breaking the yolk–sometimes I like to break it so I can pull up the noodles through the yolk, perfectly coating them, and other moods have me greedily spooning it up and mouthing the whole shape so that not a single drop of egg-y saltiness escapes.  Ultimately, instant ramen can be made a countless amount of ways.  It’s one of my go-to comfort foods on cold days, as I can always guarantee a satisfying warmth and full tummy.  Recipe below pictures.

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2011 AniBloggers’ Choice Anime Awards

In participation with Kiddtic’s 2011 ACAA, here are my picks for the past year.  I probably had the most difficulty narrowing down my choices for the current fall season since there are quite a few that vied for my second and third choices.  I’m also going to include an additional Licensor Award since I think it’s a great idea for supporting our local licensing of a medium we all love and hopefully want to share with others.

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2011 Spring Season Final Impressions

This season review discusses: AnoHana, A-Channel, Dog Days, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, Deadman Wonderland, GOSICK, The World God Only Knows 2, Maria Holic Alive, and Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox.

This may possibly have been my busiest viewing season ever, totaling at 9 from this Spring 2011 season, and an additional 4 still ongoing shows.  The higher number of viewed anime also resulted in a wider variety of genre than I usually watch at once.  Forced to watch episodes one at time on a weekly basis, I found handling this many shows more manageable than I had previously thought it would be, most likely because of the different flavors each anime provided.  From dramas like AnoHana, mystery thrillers like GOSICK, satiric comedies like TWGOK2 and Maria Holic Alive, and fantastical fan service like Sengoku Otome, my table was covered with a number of savory dishes.  Though many of them followed through on their initial bursts of flavors, a sad number of them finished with not so pleasant aftertastes.

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To the Anime Girls who Wear Nail Polish,

A perfect example of a girl who defies the stereotype, and also of wishful thinking on the fan's part.

A common misconception about girls who wear nail polish is that we are vain and a tad on the snobby side, which may be true in some cases, but is often false in reality.  Some people wonder, “Why wear nail polish?” Is it just to grab attention? Is it some way of showing how fashion forward you are? Or is it a pretty acrylic mask made to cover up the embarrassing inconsistencies beneath? In a way, all of these guesses are correct.

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Menma (Spring/Summer 2011) Banner


In conjunction with the currently airing anime, AnoHana, and my food-themed, anime blog, I present to you the latest banner for Anime B&B.  It features the lovely Menma and her delicious bowl of ramen (source image).  Of course, any AnoHana fan knows that her favorite bowl would include a stirred egg, instead of a whole one >.< Enjoy the summer addition!

On another note, I decided to pick up the new Twenty Eleven WordPress theme.  Let me know what you think!

Previous banners can of course be viewed on my GFX page.