Mario eats mushrooms, Yoshi spits out turtle shells, RPG characters consume potions and ethers. Food has a magical purpose in video games – improving stamina, restoring health and even bringing people back from the dead. To be honest, I never thought much about the food in video games. I just took it for granted that mushrooms could make Mario grow bigger and Phoenix Downs could restore life. There are people out there that take this concept to an extreme and actually create recipes inspired by the food in video games.
[I really hope no one has attempted some of the recipes from World of Warcraft, such as “Crispy Bat Wing” (requiring Meaty Bat Wings), “Crunchy Spider Surprise” (requiring Crunchy Spider Legs), and “Buzzard Bites” (requiring Buzzard Meat). ..though there are probably parts of the world where these meals are already considered delicacies.]
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that Tokyo even has its own bar entirely inspired by Dragon Quest. Luida’s Bar is named after the in-game pub and has staff dressed in Dragon Quest attire and a menu including foods from the game.
Another video game themed bar is set to open in Tokyo just next week! Called Cap Bar, this Capcom-themed bar will include game kiosks and a store. The menu will include Ace Attorney pasta and rice, Monster Hunter allaculte and meat, Devil Kings salad and soup, and a Resident Evil “Brain Cake” dessert.
There are even gaming bloggers who regularly develop recipes based on food from video games, one of which is 23 year old Daniella Zelli from Edinburgh, Scotland. You can follow her blog at this link and catch her new recipes every Wednesday. (The difficulty of these recipes is marked by videogame-esque life hearts.) Her most recent creation in a Wasteland Omelet from Fallout: New Vegas (1 star difficulty out of 5). She has also created Sea Salt ice cream from Kingdom Hearts II (3 ½ star difficulty), Graccu’s Mince Meat Fruitcake from World of Warcraft (1 star difficulty), Key Lime Pie from The Sims (2 ½ star difficulty), Chili Dog à la Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog (1 ½ star difficulty), and Cluckin’ Bell Fowl Burger from Grand Theft Auto IV (1 star difficulty). One of the most impressive pictures I came across on her blog is of the Mossy Log from Costume Quest (3 star difficulty), check that out:
In researching possibilities for video game degrees a couple years back, I came across this amazing website promoting the IT University of Copenhagen’s Final Fantasy Night from back in May 2008, and what a night it must have been! The site has recipes for cocktails and shooters, including the Phoenix Down shot “to get Reborn” (consists of 1 centiliter cointreau, 1 cl tequilla, 1 cl orange juice, and ½ cl grenadine), the Limit Breaker shot (1 ½ cl Bols peppermint green, 1 cl Bols Peath, and 1 cl vodka), the Hell Fire shot (1 cl tomato juice, 1 cl vodka, 1 cl orange juice, 3-4 drops Tabasco). Some of the cocktails included the Cactuar, Life Stream, Moogle (so pink and pretty!), Liberi Fatali, and Diamond Dust. (If you, like me, come from the metrically challenged United States, 1 centiliter is about 2 teaspoons.)
The IT University of Copenhagen also hosted a Mario night in February 2008 with the cocktails Yoshi, Princess Peach, Bowser, Goomba, and Big Boo and the shots 1-Up, Little Mario and Luigi, Big Mario and Luigi (“with a Vodka power-up!”), Super Mario, and Boo. Check out the above links for a complete list for Final Fantasy and Mario themed drinks and how to make them!
KitGuru says: Have any KitGuru gamers made recipes you’d like to share? Tell us what you made in the comment box below!