Tuna and macaroni salad (Bento #309)


This is going to be a ridiculously speedy post. Why? Because I’m off to the land where dreams come true! Tonight me, my mom, my aunt, and my cousin are doing our annual girls weekend at Disney and going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! I’m only a little bit excited, hahahaha!

So, quick and dirty... my bento for today (I had to work this morning... :( boo, hiss, boo) has tuna macaroni salad, blackberries, tomato, black olives, celery, asparagus, cheese, cucumber, and a seckel pear.

If you’d like to, tell me your wish and I’ll drop a penny in the water at It’s a Small World and make the wish for you! My wish from last year hasn’t come true yet....... but I’m going to wish for it again and I know it’ll come true someday. :)

Happy Bento-ing!


Egg roll bento (Bento #308)


The mom of one of my sister’s friends makes the absolute best egg rolls in the known universe. And I was lucky enough get get my hands on a few. I packed this Steeltainer egg roll bento for Hubs and it has the egg rolls, soy sauce, a tangerine and blackberry salad, a cucumber, tomato, and black olive salad, cheese, carrots, celery, a homegrown green bean, and backed prosciutto asparagus rolls.

The Thanksgiving Weekend bento sale was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Happy Bento-ing!


Thanksgiving Weekend Bento Sale


It’s that time of year again! Time to stock up on all of your bento supplies with the Thanksgiving Weekend Bento Sale!!

No lines! No coupon codes!

The entire store is 10% off and every order is shipped with a free gift!

Boring details... Sale prices valid 11/23/12 through 11/26/12 while supplies last. Mystery grab bags are exempt from 10%off deal.

Happy Bento-ing!


Brunch in a bento (Bento #307)


Hubs has the week off for Thanksgiving and I don’t have any microscope time today. Yipee! So I made us some brunch to celebrate a lazy Monday morning together. Our brunch has sausage, eggs with Chinese sausage and mustard sprouts, toast, homemade strawberry kiwi jam that I got from our family reunion, persimmons, pomegranate, and some grapefruit juice.

Are you guys making anything special for Thanksgiving? So far, I’ve only committed to roasted brussels sprouts (and going over to my mom’s early to help cook everything else) but I’m thinking about trying to make some pumpkin whoopie pies... have you guys ever made any? I need to find a good recipe.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving treats?

Also, I’m having a big Black Friday bento sale! Well, actually it’ll be Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Everything in the store will be 10% off and a free gift is shipped with every single purchase! No coupon codes or minimum purchase required. ^_^

Happy Bento-ing!


Fried rice and home-grown goodies (Bento #306)


I blame Twitter. For some reason, over the last few days, I have seen so many tweets about fried rice. So guess what I developed a craving for? This morning I made myself some fried rice with ham, egg, carrots, corn, peas, and half of a kung pao pepper from the garden. It wouldn’t all fit in the bento, so I ate the rest for breakfast. Yum!

I’m so excited about this bento! See that green bean? Yeah, I grew that. See those radish sprouts on top of the fried rice? Grew those too. And the mustard sprouts by the green bean? ^_^ Aren’t they adorable!


I can’t wait for the next few months to go by because my vegee garden is blooming like crazy! I love the process of watching the plants grow and bear fruit, but, it takes a long time. I needed some instant gratification so I started a kitchen sprout garden. I am loving it! The Hubs and I love to eat sprouts. Right now I’m growing mustard, radish, and alfalfa. I’ve also started some sunflower sprouts but they take a lot longer to grow. I can’t wait until they’re ready, but in the meantime...

Happy Bento-ing!


Getting in the mood for fall (Bento #305)


We had our annual family reunion last weekend which, for me at least, signifies the official start of the fall season. From here on out the rest of the year is going to be full of events, dinners, holidays, and trips. So to get myself in the mood for fall I wanted to make some ‘fall-ish’ foods.

Today’s bento has pork tenderloin medallions (my moms recipe), stuffing, green beans, a Babybel cheese, cucumbers, and another sweet little seckel pear.

Happy Bento-ing!


A Night in Tokyo (Bento #304)


Here is one of the other bentos I made for A Night in Tokyo. You can see the ginger chicken bento here if you missed it. This bento was really simple with a vegetable somen, apple bunnies, snow peas, broccoli, carrots, and a Babybel cheese.

A Night in Tokyo is an amazing event hosted by the Japanese Club at USF (University of South Florida). The club let me set up a booth on bento boxes and a lot of people stopped by to see all of the cute stuff I brought. I had 3 pre-made bentos and a bunch of supplies and boxes to look at.


A Night in Tokyo was a really cool event. If you ever have the opportunity to go, you should! They went the extra mile to make the entire room special. Even the doorways!! At the beginning of the event, I’m pretty sure I heard them say that they had 1000 cranes and 1000 lucky star origami!


There were different booths set up around the room, including an amazing selection of Kimono.


But, the highlight of the night was the performances. The night started with a bang thanks to Tampa Taiko! They drummed for over 30 minutes for us... and it was awesome! I took a little video and put it below. It doesn’t come close to doing them justice.

There was also a demonstation by the Aikido club, a 100 years of Japanese Fashion show (they had everything from kimono to Lolita!), a traditional singing performance, a modern J-Pop singer, a traditional Japanese dance, and a modern J-Pop dance. Unfortunately it was too dark for me to get good pictures of the other performances.

Happy Bento-ing!


Ginger chicken bento (Bento #303)


Last night was the annual Night In Tokyo hosted by the USF Japanese Club. They graciously let me join in the festivities by setting up a booth educating people about bento. I had a couple of premade bentos and a bunch of different styles of boxes, baran, food cups, punches, picks, etc. to show everybody.

This ginger chicken bento was one of the ones I brought. It has rice, a pickled plum, ginger chicken, tamagoyaki, cucumbers, and rambutan.

I’ll share lots more about the event later, but for now I’ve got to run!

Happy Bento-ing!