I recently went on a trip to Tokyo for work (and also did some sight seeing). I ate so much amazing Japanese food! When I got back, I was inspired to start packing bento again. I currently telecommute, although I’ve been thinking about joining a coworking space just to get out of the house.
The big reason I want to pack bento again is portion control, but also so when it’s time for my lunch break I don’t have to worry about cooking anything for lunch. In the process of moving a few times I’ve lost my bento box collection 😦 But the good news is I get to start from scratch! I think one really doesn’t need that many. I have a nice wood one to replace the one I can’t seem to find and a small plastic one with little compartments.
Today I packed a lunch in the small plastic one and discovered that while amazing, it’s pretty small. I got this onigiri kit that came with a little onigiri case and in the future I’ll just make an onigiri to go with whatever I’m packing in this bento if I’m having rice. Otherwise it will be good for mixed noodle or rice dishes where the protein and some veggies are mixed in and can sit easily in the large compartment.
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I’ve been teetering on the edge of switching to a more whole grain diet and have been working on ways to incorporate this into bento lunches.
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i’m still alive. in the market for a decent camera so i can take decent photos. still been cooking the bentos but haven’t been able to photograph them. any camera suggestions? i’m a digital SLR fan (did photography in high school so i know how to work it manually) BUT even something with just a decent zoom lens would be cool.
also my goal this year is to make osechi ryori. we’ve been out of town for the past few holidays but this year we’ll be here. yay!
another quick update, jlist is now carrying bento accessories and they have some pretty cute ones. i’ll have to update my info! lucky me tho, i can just walk over to daiso in westlake ;D seattle r00lz!
my bento blog turned 1 on Dec 28th! i’m currently on vacation so no bentos. expect more bento action january sometime…
i took a trip up to daiso in alderwood mall and found a lot of bento supplies there. it’s a bit of a journey (especially for the car-less) but the prices are good!
here’s one shot of the section with REALLY SUPER TINY bento boxes, great for kids or snacks. they also have the little paper cups with the plastic coating.. and foil cups:
here’s a shot of the other part of the bento section with all the little wiener cutters, separators and other doo dads:
who knows, i might start selling some of this stuff on ebay bwahahaahahaha..!
daiso is a japanese “dollar store”. i haven’t been to check it out yet, but i’m hoping to find some good bento supplies. right now i either buy from uwajimaya’s limited supply, or i can order online direct from japan. but for 48 paper cups, $3.00 plus shipping seems like too much money. if daiso carries these things, then i could recommend it. the article says they will likely be opening more stores throughout the country, so keep your eyes peeled!
i was searching froogle for bento boxes, and stumbled across this site. i just ordered this old fashioned onigiri style bento box from them… it’s really super cute! they only have style B in stock now, but brown isn’t so bad since it matches the food well. the character on it is Ginshari from San-x and he is a little piece of rice.