CULINARY THRILL SEEKING — You are otaku about something …

Published 10:15 am Monday, May 13, 2024

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The Otaku food and anime festival has hit Central Mall twice now.

This second time, May 11-12, I had to go.

After hearing of great crowds and tempting food offerings, I wanted to see all the costumed fans and vendors.

Super cute keychains looked like bowls of ramen. It was great fun to see people of all ages having some fun and the mall was packed.

Otaku is a Japanese word for people with consuming interests, such as manga, video games or computers. I’ll bet you are otaku about something.

So, here are some foodie, travel and gadget topics for people like us:

Let’s Go – Explore the World in Your Kitchen is a tagline I can go with. Also, Doro Wat intrigued me. Spices to make a red lentil stew over brown rice, a citrus reamer and a pin of the flag of Ethiopia got me cooking and researching.

The adventures at help young ones shop, cook and research crafts, culture and places of various countries on the list.

How fun is that?

The Explore Ukraine version touches on pysanky decorated eggs, embroidery, stuffed cabbage, meatballs and includes a cookie cutter.

Move It! – Do I really need to tell you that you’d probably feel better if you moved more?

3DFitBud could be your motivation. I’ve tracked 10,000 steps a day for years and would not feel right if I didn’t hit my mark. It’s bragging if it’s true, and I know plenty of people of all ages with higher goals than that.

This product is old school and modern at the same time. Clip on this 3D sensor with extra large display get going. It doesn’t record your life story, it counts your steps. That’s just what I wanted it to do.

Alarmee – Hook this sleek baby on your keychain to have an alarm and flashing light that could help out in an emergency. It’s a simple safeguard and I see how it could be of aid to seniors who have fallen.

Darragh Doiron is a Southeast Texas foodie who would love a tour of Japan’s cherry blossom and ramen hotspots. Email her at