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FFXI 8th Anniversary Bento

This year Final Fantasy XI turns 8 years old and though I’m still viciously bitter over the loss of my character’s name, I still love the game for the memories I have playing with my friends and so things like their Fan Art Contest still make me want to enter. It also helped me to finally get my Final Fantasy XI themed food blog, Pikko & Piketo, started.

To explain the name, Piketo is the first half of the Culinarian Guildmaster’s name, Piketo-Puketo. Since I’m basically attempting to document myself cooking my way through the recipes of the cooking guild, I thought it was a lot like Julie & Julia. When I went to go find the name of the guildmaster and saw that his name started with “Pik”, I thought it was surely a sign that I simply had to do it. As you can see, I started off with meat mithkabobs.

Fan Art Bento

This is the bento I made for the fan art contest, though I turned in a different photo. I had actually liked this one better since the folder underneath actually looks not bad, but the mandragora is out of focus and that bugged me more than the weird way the folder was positioned on the other shot.

In the veggies tier, I have a Mithran tomato, San d’Orian carrot sticks, a rolanberry, and two slices of grilled corn. The mandragora onigiri is made with Tarutaru rice, fried cotton tofu skin, stone cheese for the eyes, pamtam kelp on the front, and apple mint for the top leaves.

For the baby chocobo, I dyed the Tarutaru rice with curry powder and then topped with pamtam kelp.

Moogle is plain Tarutaru rice and I topped his nose with some pomodoro sauce. His ears are made with sliced sausage.

Fresh Ingredients

Here are my fresh fruits and veggies. I had a faerie apple that I was going to use, but I couldn’t fit it anywhere in the box.

I wish I hadn’t left this to the last minute. I’d had this scheduled for a week ago and even bought all the food to do it in time, but I just never got around to it until this morning and the kabobs took a long time to do and so I didn’t have a very good photo background set up for it. The meat looked pasty and the chocobo looked off. I did love how the mandragora turned out, so I’ll definitely have to do a tutorial for people to make those as it was really easy and I know people would love to do that for some kind of party dish or something.

Over the weekend, I had lunch with Susan Yuen and Sheri Chen at Tenkaippin on Kapahulu. We each brought our elder kid and slurped up ramen. Baby Girl stayed glued to my knees and totally embarrassed me, which is so typical of her. Here’s a photo:

Bento Tweetup

It was great to finally meet Sheri and see Susan again, though they both got a taste of my notorious and unfortunate habit of always being late. A stall before Punahou ended up making me half an hour late. Hopefully they forgave me right away, I didn’t think it was going to take about an hour to drive into town on Saturday. 🙁

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  • Hee, that must have been a great meet-up! The gals probably forgave you; they’re such kind people 🙂 But hey, aren’t all bento-ers? 😛

    Of course what we *really* need to know now is if you bought something nice in the stall?

    Oh and thanks for making me crave roasted corn cob 😛

  • The Moogle… I’m more interested in making a Moogle or a Chocobo… but that’s probably because the only FF games I’ve played are X and X-2 so I’m a noob and just like them for their cuteness. <_<

    Although I think this is cute too: http://spookydoom.deviantart.com/art/The-Cloud-Song-22451106 (It's a cute little song someone on DeviantArt made up and made a little video to go along with it.)

    ANYWHO, I guess Moogles and Chocobos would be easier to make than the – what is it? Mandragora? I think all three onigiri look pretty awesome though. 😀

  • Adorable!! What a fun project to start! I can’t wait to see more!

  • Hehehe, what a great idea Pikko!
    I love your FF Bentos all the time 😉
    The mandragora is adorable! And the baby chocobo so cute!

  • I don’t get it, but it’s still a cool bento, esp the onigiri trio! It was fun meeting all of you too. Your girls are so cute, and sweet too. I hope mine didn’t invade too much personal space, as she is known for. She has to hug everyone, sigh. At least we got her to cut back on the kissing! Superb ramen place, btw!

  • You are doing a food blog too? You never cease to amaze me with your versatility and how much you do!!! I can barely keep up with my blog as it is. It was so much fun to have lunch with all of you and the kids! Looking forward to the next time. 😀

  • you’ve got some much to tell on this one blog! Start off, my maiden middle name was pik…ppl used to call me pikachu since high school, all the way until I got married. now pokemon is still popular…when wil this end? Final Fantasy…ah, i used to work on the one movie that came out. My name was on the credit! It’s unfortunate that it was a flop due to the storyline. But I am amazed by the graphics everytime I go into work, even at wee hours in the morning to get the production done! Awesome you got to eat with the bento-makers! lastly, saturdays and sundays are not the same anymore, it’s ALWAYS traffic, worse than a normal weekday lunch hour. Everyone is doing extra curricular activities on the weekends driving to and from places…it’s pretty nuts…

  • I’m no Final Fantasy fan but just the idea of doing a Julie & Julia on the food in the game just sounds absolutely awesome.

  • leslie

    I think it’s awesome that you found Piketo! It is so appropriate, and definitely a sign. I loved the movie Julie and Julia, and I think that you will have a blast with Pikko and Piketo. The bento is great too. I’m going to test my son’s knowledge.. he’s more of a Yugioh fan (came in 19th at regionals and is going to nationals next month), so I’ll see how much he knows about the charaben! Looks like lunch was yummy! Glad you had fun.
    Your new book is awesome, did I tell you that already? I’ve been through it so many times already, and I still want to flip through it every night! Thank you for such fabulous reading material!

  • This is so awesome! You look amazing ladies and your kids are so cute! Hey Chrystal, that’s what kids are for! Plus, they’re so awesomely cute you can’t but love em any which way. lol. That actually looks like a big bento lunch. I want to find a longer bento box like that, just for the kabobs! Wish I could’ve met all of you three too!

  • Noobergoober

    Omg!! I just had to comment on how adorable the bento is!!! In all my crafting on ffxi (cooking 100+3) i never thought about trying to make the recipes in the game IRL.

    You’ve just inspired me to try some things out as well. =)
    (especially since the game is updating all the new changes today anyway)

  • Dreamcoloredchef

    Kwee! I love the moogle rice.