Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Panda Bear Bread!

Too cute! Recipe is located at Perfect Pandas. Hopefully, my husband and I can try this out with gluten free bread recipes. I can see our son loving these when he gets older. :-)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Breakfast Bento: 7/22/09

Top tier: Black cherries and clementine segments

Bottom tier: Spicy shrimp kimbap sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bento Collection

I am a bento addict. I love them...

... I have too many that I don't use... and I would love room for more.

So, with that in mind, I have been gearing up to sell off a bunch. This would include various meal containers, sauce containers, ice packs, snack containers (which can also be used for a moist towelette holder), and more.

I will post more on this *hopefully* soon, though I'll probably post the items in separate entries... but we'll see.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bento Meals: 7/9/09

I apologize in advance for the blurriness of the photos. I figure it's better to have slightly blurry photos (from my cellphone) than no photos at all! :-)

Grits topped with scrambled eggs, sauted onions,
orange bell pepper, and cheddar cheese.
(I just noticed that the orange pepper pieces were a smiley face.)
Ohjinguh-Nakji Bokkeum (spicy squid/octopus veggie stirfry)
with brown rice and toasted black sesame seeds
(I love how the baby octopi looked.)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bunch of bento meals

Though I haven't been updating this blog as often as I had hoped, I have continued to make bento meals. Some are prettier than others, but when it comes to packing these meals, I am more concerned about variety and nutrition than I am out how "cute" they might be. I still try to make them look appetizing, but they tend to be more serious (and less kawaii/cute) in appearance.

The bento meals below are some I've made that I thought were particularly attractive and tasty. Listed from the most recent to the least recent. Enjoy!

Breakfast bento: 7/8/09
I wish I got a picture of this bento meal. My husband made it for me. He used the top tier of our happy bunny family bento (which has dividers already in place). It consisted of a gluten free blueberry muffin he made, some small curd cottage cheese, and cantaloupe cut into small bite sized slices. Delicious, healthy, and so pretty when I openned the lid.

Bento lunch: 7/2/09
top tier:
Pickled broccoli (
Blueberries and quartered strawberries
Vanilla yogurt with a dallop of strawberry preserves

bottom tier:
Bulgogi (marinated grilled beef)
Romaine lettuce
White rice with toasted sesame seeds and utensil nori cut outs

Bento Lunch for my boss: 7/2/09
Bulgogi (marinated grilled beef)
Romaine lettuce
White rice with toasted sesame seeds and utensil nori cut outs

Breakfast Bento: 7/3/09
My husband made this for me.
Steel cut oats (gluten free) with cream and blueberries

Breakfast Bento: 6/25/09
2 pickled soy sauce hardboiled eggs
Pickled Broccoli (
2 Babybel cheeses

Breakfast Bento: 6/24/09
Kimchee scrambled eggs
Pickled Broccoli (
2 Babybel cheeses

My son's first bento meal. 6/21/09
pureed peas
3 low sodium gerbers turkey sticks
apple sauce
2 rice husks (broken into pieces)

Bento Lunch: 3/1/09
Ohjinguh bokkeum (spicy squid stirfry. over white rice
Orange segments
Specialty cheeses with gluten free crackers

IchibankanUSA is closed!

What horrible news for bento-ists! IchibankanUSA's online website is closed as of yesterday!

Such a nice online store with great prices that were very difficult to beat and wonderful shipping rates/times. Their SF location will still be open, but that doesn't do the rest of us much good. I'm actually a little surprised that they are closing their online store, given the extreme popularity they had. Items were consistently selling out, but perhaps that was the problem. Just as having too little business is not good, so is having too much. If you can't keep up with your customer demands, then you are not starving, but drowning.

Hopefully, they will re-open one day, but I do have to say that this makes me look at my bag of bento stuff I got from them with a wistful eye. I had quite a few items I was going to purchase from them soon.