Off to San Diego: in-flight bentos (Bento #243)



I’m leaving for San Diego tomorrow! I’m presenting my research at the Biophysical Society meeting, but since my brother lives there my parents are coming as well. They’re going to drop me off at the conference for 3 days then we are going to Palm Springs! :)

The three of us are flying together (I even managed to get the seat next to them too) so I packed three simple in-flight bentos. I repurposed some washed blueberry tubs that I’d saved and they all have basically the same thing: ham and coleslaw rolls, string cheese, strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, and a giant olive.

The boxes have little holes in the bottom and lid so I lined it in plastic wrap to keep everything fresh. I also placed a paper towel between the wrap and the lid. Hopefully this holds us over as we travel across the country.

I will be out of town until March 3rd which means I can’t ship any orders from the store until the following Monday (March 5th). I’m going to do what I’ve done in the past and offer a free gift with all orders placed until March 3rd and all shipping will be done on the 5th.

I’m really looking forward to tying some new restaurants on this trip. If you know of any good ones please share!!

Happy Bento-ing!
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5 Minute refrigerator bento (Bento #242)



This last week has been hectic and crazy. I’m leaving for the Biophysical Society Conference in San Diego on Friday so I’ve been running around trying to get everything ready. I don’t even want to remember the number of loads of laundry I’ve done, lol! Plus, Hubs doesn’t know how to feed himself. ^_^ So I’m trying to plan for easy things for him to make.

I needed to make myself a quick lunch today so I pulled all of the easy and pre-cooked things out of the refrigerator and tossed them in a bento. It has some spicy cucumber and carrot pickles, carrots, strawberries, leftover roasted brussels sprouts, tomatoes, and leftover lemongrass chicken and brown rice.

I just joined Pinterest (as Ohayobento, yeah I know, real creative ^_^) So if you’re on or know of anybody fun to follow let me know! :)

Happy Bento-ing!
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Frittata and snacks (Bento #241)



I had a ton of eggs leftover from my marathon macaron making session for Valentine’s Day (pics below). Hubs and I aren’t really big egg eaters so I was scratching my head trying to figure out what to do with all of these eggs. And then it hit me, frittata!!

It’s a pretty simple frittata full of shredded zucchini, yellow squash, and onion with some cheddar cheese on the top. For lunch I packed it with a bunch of vegees and made some fresh onigiri before I left the house. I stuffed one of the onigiri with bonito flakes and the other with pickled plum. Katsuobushi, or bonito flakes, is skipjack tuna that has been fermented, smoked, and shaved. It has a fishy smell but doesn’t taste fishy at all, at least not the brand I got. It’s smoky and savory. I even sprinkled some over my hot frittata and added some to a pot of sausage and vegetable soup. Yum!

I’ve been working on my macaron making and decided that they were halfway decent enough to give away for Valentine’s Day. I’m such a nerd and I love giving away treats to everyone at work so I made 4 batches of macs: almond, pistachio, Nutella, and strawberry. I’m in love with the pistachio ones!



The macs still need some work, I’m plagued by the occurrence of hollow shells most of the time. I think I’ve figured out the problem so I’ll be making some more here soon. Some of my buds at work said that they would take care of any practice batches that I need to give away. :)

Happy Bento-ing!
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Quinoa guacamole and salmon (Bento #240)



It was supposed to be a gorgeous quinoa salad with chunks of fresh firm avocado, tomatillos, tomatoes, lime, and papaya. But, my avocado was a lot riper than I thought, so instead it’s a quinoa guacamole! :) I pretended to Hubs that I did it on purpose, tee hee hee.

Along with the quinoa we had pan seared mojo salmon and mushroom couscous. I filled out the leftovers with the usual fixings of fruit and fresh vegees.

Stinker was very happy we had salmon last night, lol. I told you, spoiled kitten!

Happy Bento-ing!
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Mmmm mochiko chicken! (Bento #239)



Sheri over at Happy Little Bento had a gorgeous and delicious looking baked mochiko chicken bento the other day. It looked so good that I just had to try her recipe. Mine didn’t turn out quite as pretty but it tasted darn delicious! Along with the chicken I have rice cooked with some vegees, half of an egg, zucchini slices, a Babybel cheese, and grapefruit segments.



For the last couple of weeks my unbelievably amazing mom has been making Stinker a new cat tree (Can we say spoiled kitten??). Stinker thoroughly enjoys the new tree and I got lucky enough to snap this wonderful shot of her looking all pretty for the camera. :) This tree rocks! I need to get a picture of the whole thing but it has platforms, a hiding box, and a braided hanging rope. I wish I was small enough to play on it, lol!

Happy Bento-ing!
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Afternoon snack (Bento #238)



I made a ham sandwich for lunch today but I knew that I would need a little something in the afternoon. This little snack bento should be perfect to get me through until dinner. The vegee side has olives (under the cucumber), broccoli, cucumber, zucchini, and a radish while the fruit side has strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and papaya.

I’m having one of those days where you just want to skip out of work and go do something fun... Who’s coming with me?!?!?!? Remember Senior Skip Day in high school? I’m thinking we need a grad student skip day! ^_^ But, until then... it’s time for me to get back to work.

Happy Bento-ing!
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