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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2006 12:38:21 PM »

What an awesome idea.  I almost choked while eating my bento lunch.  Smiley  Lots of fruit today, yummy yummy.

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« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2006 12:45:48 PM »

Yay, I love bento!  I have a tiny bento box, but I hardly ever use it because I never seem to have enough time.  Does anyone have suggestions for preparing bento boxes that AREN'T incredibly time consuming?  I just make them for myself, and it's such a pain to prepare all different kinds of foods in small amounts.

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« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2006 09:17:33 PM »

Well I have to ask. I realize that bento is a Japanese tradition.. of some sort... but I can't seem to figure out how it fits in with what you're all chatting about!

Is bento.. um... a bunch of smaller snacks? Always vegetarian? Always healthy?   Huh

« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2006 01:31:04 PM »


it's a way of preparing/serving a meal.

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« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2007 01:37:26 AM »

I've been posting pics of my bento lunches in my blog, but never thought to look for a thread on craftster until today. I hope this thread is still alive!?


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« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2007 06:33:59 AM »

sedrasmom - YUM!
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2007 10:21:49 AM »

Hope you don't mind me bumping! I'll post photos when I can, but I recently started making my family bento lunches. The sites I found most helpful are www.cookingcute.com and http://ss-biggie.livejournal.com/ (Lunch in a Box). The lunches haven't always been Japanese food and not nearly as cute as a lot of the stuff I've seen on the Web! Lunch in a Box in particular has examples of all kinds of international cuisines in bento form.

Being particularly interested in onigiri, I bought a couple of rice molds at a local Japanese store - they were about 1/2 the price of the Internet ones. I really liked this recipe for three kinds of onigiri:
http://www.cookingcute.com/gallery/gallery_011906.htm (I used chicken instead of beef, but tofu or seitan would work well, too.) I also used short-grain brown rice, which seems to work better in the molds than white rice (which I like better with sushi) and is more filling if this is the base of your lunch.

There are some things I haven't found locally yet, so I will probably order online. Has anyone ordered from http://www.jbox.com/? Wondering how their service and shipping prices are! We're experimenting with boxes and have found the Snapware mods to be good (inexpensive, available at Target, good seal, blue seal can be removed for cleaning): http://www.snapwareusa.com/maindept.asp?dept_id=1000

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« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2007 12:51:54 PM »

LOL this is so funny that I happened upon this thread. My dear little sister is OBSESSED with Japan and has been using Bento Boxes of diff sizes since...who knows when. Anyway I love the Laptop Lunch Box..thing. I bought these really cute lunch box/bento box type things the other day at some 99cents store. They were brightly colored. Mine is blue but I bought pink orange and green for my two sisters and one of their friends. It came with a knife and fork all plastic. OMG so cute. It was fun to put the food in the individually sized parts. Maybe I'm just in love with having cute things. OH WELL! I'll post pics when I get the camera's developed. hehe oh and find a scanner lol

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« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2007 11:41:13 PM »

I'm craving soba noodles with stir fried broccoli and almonds....
I don't have access to a microwave at uni, so no hot foods for me.
Good ol' soba canbe served room temperature without that depressing sensation that you're eating cold pasta.

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« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2007 08:55:00 AM »

Its almost the beginning of a new school year, so... ker-bumpity!
http://www.e-obento.com/main-Frame-set.htm <-- pick one of the months on the top frame, and you get some fantastic inspriation for you lunch!

http://www.airandangels.com/bentobox/links.html <-- the very basics of bento, where i first learned Smiley

http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/kasumin_yorosiku/GALLERY/gallery.html?fid=&m=&p=30 <--- most assuredly a wonderful bento arteeste Tongue

http://www.geocities.com/tpkamsin/fbonigiri/onigiri.html <-- onigiri basics

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