Anime review: Yumeiro Patissiere

This past week I have been binge watwching Yumeiro Patissiere on youtube.

The story is about a young woman who after prompting from a pastry chef enters a boarding school whose focus is pastry. Hoewver, there is the added element of fairies that help make the pastries;  each one having the characteristic of the chefs. 

I enjoyed the anime, especially since manga is my thing, this was refreshing. It was a shoujo version of ‘Shoukugeki no Soma’. Which is more all foods based and not simply pastry alone. Why do cuisine and pastry have to hate on one another?? We all gotta eat, let’s enjoy it!

I did have issues with this though. 

  • This young lady is put into the second year class, top group and advanced classes and is never tested for placement. OF COURSE SHE FAILS! BAKA!
  • I REALLY couldn’t stand the rich girl, her laugh was horrible. 
  • The rich girl should have been called out for sexual harassment. Just because she’s a girl doesn’t mean it isn’t.
  • There was blatant cheating and NO ONE investigated?? Even just a simple change in tactics would have at least called out the thieves, but no one ever got called out…
  • Henri-sensei really was pushing it in the end.
  • When there is a wager, both sides need to have something they give up or they will only be pressure on one side. So often the mains were told to stop cooking or change partners if they lost, but nothing happened to the other side if they lost. Not realistic.

The things I liked:

  • These are basically real things and I got to find new things in real life to try.
  • The encouragement from everyone, even in competition.
  • The ideals in it were important, not just one, and related to current issues for me.
  • There were 50 episodes, so I can really enjoy.
  • The coloring made it all so vibrant.
  • Because I watched so much I ended up picking up a pattern and my mind tried to think of little Japanese sayings. 🙂
  • The voices were good, usually I don’t watch manga because the voices aren’t what I pictured from the manga, but I haven’t even read this manga. (If there is one.)
  • The dad was so sweet.
  • Mom acknowledging that she was favoring the other daughter and apologizing? Priceless.
  • Everyone changing and growing after failure  instead of letting it cripple them, was amazing. 
  • Seeing Ichigo reach out to her competitors was beautiful.
  • I really liked the heavenly maiden.

Those are the basics. 

Father’s day to remember

After church we went to this pastry restaurant called Bonjour Pastry. I wantediluvian to get some for the whole family, so here is a green tea…thing, a Mont blanc(chestnut mousse), straw berry shortcake and a fruit tart for my dad taken from me upon arrival.

Yet to try it, but it looks perfect.

UPDATE: THIS IS AMAZING! The green tea has strawberry and even seaweed (??) And it all works so harmoniously that it is brilliant and perfect. The Mont Blanc is sweet sure, but this cookie underneath is soft, but still crunchy and hard in the best way. I will be going back for sure.

Once home, I kept smelling this chinese food like saltiness. It was my neighbor who is…brilliant and a home chef. She could easily start a restaurant based on the taste and plating. 

No joke, I leaned out the window, yelled into hers asking her what was she cooking and she sent her little boy over with a plate! 

I of course had to send over cupcakes as a thank you. She sent him back with a HOT chile sauce. It was like eating at a high class el pollo loco. No seasoning on the potatoes which REALLY balanced with the chicken. Not sure what the dressing is, but it also complimented everything. My dad laughed at me for yelling out the window, HOWEVER, was pleased to find out she was sending a plate over. 

We split it between the three of us, and goodness I’m glad I did. 

99 Days review: I tried

I start by saying I didn’t make it past chapter 2.

This book starts with a young woman getting her house egged because she was unfortunate enough to have a jerk mother. 

If you have read “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han, and liked it, then this style might suit you. I, however, could not get past the mother. (Light spoilers, it was chapter 1, c’mon!)

The mother takes her daughters whole personal love triangle and writes a book and then either it gets out or she tells. Either way, People magazine tells the whole world and this young lady has to deal with the aftermath.

I was so upset at the mom who didn’t even think it was a real problem, didn’t seem to even vendors think this was her problem that she didn’t apologize. Or at least not at that point of the story, this was such a an angering point for me and personal betrayal that I didn’t want to spend the whole time reading getting anry at a person who doesn’t exist. And then most likely taking it out on family who have done nothing.

So as I’ve said, I tried, but such a blatantric betrayal that a person isn’t even apologizing for is not something that sits well with me at all, so back to the library it goes!

Target: travel journal review

So a friend gave me a Target gift card and I was itching to get this travel journal. I don’t like spiral bounds or similar; I like journals that feel like books. This one however had so many good trimmings that I bought it. (Along with a pair of jeans😄😉) 

I am so thrilled to have it and have already placed the red and blue stickers to say where I have been and where I want to go. I was pleasently surprised to note that the stickers were well balanced. 2 places, though, I am literally just going for the tea. ^^

Also I learned why the rings are really good. If you want to pull the stickers from one area or simply move things so their easily accessible, it’s convenient.  The folders are good too for putting in photos, but there’s a clear slot for that as well.

I’m planning a trip as soon as I have the funds and this will be good to have, sure. However, I also bought this because I love travel. Foodie and traveller mix well, eh? 

Here’s the site if you want more info or to buy: https://www.target.com/p/mead-174-2-ring-journal-lined-and-plain-paper-120-sheets-6-x-8-5-travel-stamp-design/-/A-50236397

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Steak victory!

I almost can’t believe it.

Today I made a perfect filet mignon. After years of fear of the steak, I have done it!

It tasted just like Lawry’s and my favorite chef thought it was better than theirs.

As a foodie I am over the moon and humbled, that all that work and burnt, terrible food is now deliciousness on a plate. 

Thank you GOD! I feel so free!! No more burnt food!

Full plate:

  1. Style:flower
  2. Swirls:Garlic mashed potatoes 
  3. Veggies: green beans and corn
  4. Steak: seared on top of stove cooked on oven for 10 minutes

Finally finished Mass Effect Andromeda 

After months of gameplay I am finished with this year’s more if not most controversial game.

It was buggy, I won’t lie, but whoo it was also worth it. Also, not too many spoilers, but unlike ME3 there was an ending already in place that slowed the descent to the ground instead of smashing into the floor of ‘the end’. Appreciated the change.

I will be sending Bioware some info as there were a few strange bugs after the latest patch. 

Peebee may now be my favorite asari, but Lexi was also amazing. (Also helped that she’s Margery from Game of Thrones! :D)

Drack though is my all time ‘best part of the game’. Liam was my fave, but just like Kaidan in ME3, he got a bit annoying. Plus he annoyed most of the crew when rising around on planets. I REALLY wanted more interaction with Jaal as he was just as cool character. If anyone knows a Jaal or Drack type person, send them my way. 

There were some great moments that also felt like starship battles from a Star Wars movie. 

Oh and, yeah, that purple haired person in the middle of this picture is the character I crafter. Tried to get her to look like me, but then I got excited over the options. If anyone hasn’t already, but will play this game, turn your character face when you make them. That depth for nose and jaw is important. First time I did it, she looked like a chimp.

I won’t be playing any more games any time soon, hurts my shoulders, guess I get tense ;P. My da however is pushing me to conquer Doom. I started playing it as a refresher before MEA, but didn’t continue. May go back, just not soon. 

Need food and a nap. This was great.

A REAL library haul!

Sing with me! “Oh happy day!”

This was intense, ordered so many and then they all showed up at the same time!

So, in no particular order:

  1. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
  2. Talon by Julie Kagawa
  3. In a perfect world by Trish Doller 
  4. How to be married by Jo Piazza
  5. The cage by Megan Shepherd 
  6. The silent songbird by Melanie Dickerson (love her and fairytale revisited!)
  7. Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleend Baldwin (uber excited for this, and quite a surprise, thought it would take longer.)
  8. Marry in haste by Anne Gracie  (…a bit too harlequin, may skip.)
  9. Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland (graphic novel) (author series Uglies!!) (Started right away)
  10. Dear Eleanor (movie)
  11. The illustrated art of manliness by Bretton McKay and Ted Slampyak (I know, not a dude, but it looked good and talks about cars)
  12. Zakka Style by Rashida Coleman-Hale (nonfiction)
  13. Big @$$ book of crafts by Mark Montana
  14. Bad machinery by John Allison (graphic novel)

I guess my dry spell is officially over, and this only my first batch. More on the way. ^^