Friday, April 29, 2011

American Picnic Lunch - Brioche Bento Style

Still not warm enough for outdoor picnics, but I got into the spirit this week and put my Brioche Bento to use. Strawberries, kettle chips, and halved turkey & cheese sandwiches. Functional and practical. The box provides the whismy!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Weekend Zoo Trip Bento and Moroccan Mint Tea!

One of our traditions over the Easter holiday is to visit the local Zoo, which has a working farm incorporated as an exhibit. Each spring, they feature their Zoo Babies - the new chickens, calfs, lambs, and goats that were born within the last few weeks.

The weather this year was unusually cold, but seeing the animals and packing bright eggs and Bento snack boxes made it special.

We even learned that they've added TEA to their cafe menu! Here's a sampling:

Finished eggs - probably the prettiest batch we've dyed in years

Preparing the snack Bentos - whole grain cereal and ripe strawberries

At the Zoo - triangle Bento purchased from Lunch-a-Porter

Norio Tamago keeper purchased from BentoandCo

And hot tea for a cold, unseasonable afternoon - Numi Moroccan Mint from the zoo's food vendor. Not my favorite tea brand, but it was a welcome sight after walking the trails in the chilly wind!


Monday, April 18, 2011

New Bento Boxes - Part One

It's been several weeks since my latest update so I'm playing a bit of catch-up, but I have an inventory of new bento boxes and gear that I wanted to share. Both cute and practical, they've helped me keep my lunch portions under control and save a bit of money in the process. I'll start with my Shinzi Katoh designed Onigiri box with the 70's Poodle motif. I'm a child of the 70's and early 80's, so it fits.

My poodle bento: grilled ginger sesame tofu and crab bites, mixed vegetables, cherry tomatoes, Laughing Cow wedge, and 2 molded boiled eggs (bunny and bear). Very protein-forward.

This is a bento made in my recent Hello Kitty onigiri-style box. It's so tiny, you'd hardly imagine it could fit a meal. In truth, for most people, it's probably best called a snack-box, but my meal requirements are a little different from the norm, and it's the perfect size. It fits easily in a purse or bag - the only thing lacking yet on the day I first used it was a carrying bag or furoshiki.

Ingredients: sweet potato, laughing cow wedge, onion onigiri, asparagus, baby carrots, and 2 vienna sausages.

More updates to come as I sort through my pics!