I love the idea of a bento box... but I have a few things holding me back from buying one or even creating one and using it.
1. How do you keep things refrigerated? For me, I need protein during the day, and I also like sushi and such, but there doesn't seem to be a way to keep this cold. What does everyone else do? Or are you all eating tings that can sit out for really really long periods of time?
2. I can't make sushi T_T I fail at it... and I fail at most Asian food style things... I also haven't found any simple recipes for said food. Any tips from fellow Bento box users as to what I can make/put in a bento box?
Once again great job and I love the fact you made awesome practice bentos that look so good!
I actually have a fridge at work, but I refuse to keep my food in it. (Science experiement-worthy leftovers, stolen food, and the occasional bite taken out of a sandwich.) I haven't had any trouble at all with my Laptop Lunch and an ice pack. Though, all of my lunches have been vegan, so I don't know how meat and cheese would fare.
I'm another bento non-purist. I took rice and tofu the first time, and immediately discovered that what I really wanted was pasta salad and cookies... with fruit and raw veggies, of course. I would love to see more "American" bento... or just fancied-up lunches, if that's too much of an oxymoron.