Lotsa Bento!

Don't know why but this turned out to be a LOT of food.
I think I was pressured to eat/use up the leftover kimchi and seaweed and I wanted to have a fruit cup.

Rectangular Bento
Red Grapes

Round Bento
Left: Sweet Seaweed
Right: Mat Kimchi

Square Bento
Top Left: Yogurt Drink
Top Middle: Lemon Grass Beef with Bell Peppers and Shitake Mushrooms
Right: White Basmati
Bottom Left: Garlic Water Sprouts

Random Comment: This little bell pepper was so cute and it was the most perfect ideal bell pepper shape that I had to take a picture of it!


Mommy and Me Bento Time

Another quickie bento I slapped together for my mom and myself. We have lunch together about 2-3x a week and I brought this for us today. Mommy loved it! She thought it was so cute yet filling :)

Bento Items
Left: Rice topped with leftover 3cups Chicken
Top-Right: Stir-fry Bean Sprouts
Middle-Right: Edamame
Bottom-Right: Oden


Bento Numero Uno

Recently started to buy into the bento-mania craze. This a quickie first attempt with store-bought Gyoza and edamame. Hoping the visual gratification will help with portion control and weight-loss.


Bento Beginnings

My first memory of the word "bento" is an image of my Grandmother. She went to Japanese school as a child during their occupation of Taiwan and speaks Japanese fluently. In fact, her attempts at English speech is heavily accented with Japanese BUT I digress.

Lookie! My new bento supplies! I'm really excited to use them. Haven't really figured out how or when I'll use them. Kinda feel like I went overboard with rice molds (3 other molds are not pictured). Oh well, no time to wallow in buyer's remorse for now :)

Bento Supplies (Clockwise from Top-Left): Disposable Chopsticks, Bento box (650ml), Bento dividers, Rice Molds, Silicone Cupcake Liners, Disposable Dividers that look like fake grass.

Also wanted to brag about my bento box. It's NOT really a bento box. I swore off plastic tupperware for several reasons. I'd like to say the main reason was for health and the BPA scare, but that's just a mere 10% of the reason. THE main reason is that I like for things to retain that "new shiny" look. I'm really sensitive to that and plastics, even high-grade plastics always end up looking foggy. Another big reason is that I need my tupperware to be ovensafe and this one is up to 220 degrees (F) since it's made from glass.

My favorite plastic storage solution is the Lock n Lock collection and THIS bento box is from the Lock n Lock Glass collection made by Iwaki Japan. It also has a non-porous polycarbonate lid that won't stain and is shatter resistant. You can't really tell from the picture but the lid has a subtle raised design of flowers/vines and butterflies/birds. All I can say is....Eat your hearts out!