Rice mold on sale!

This week’s sale is on the cylinder rice mold. It will be 10% off until 5PM EST Sunday November 7th.

Originally $3.50, now $3.15!

These rice molds let you make perfectly shaped rice cylinders every time and it is extremely easy to use. The shaped rice measures 2.25" long and just under 1.75" in diameter. To make the rice you fill the base to the top with loose fresh cooked rice, then press with the top of the mold and it squishes the rice to form the shape. The base has a flexible place on the bottom that you can use to push out the molded rice. There are instructions with photos on the back in English.

Happy Bento-ing!

Almond butter mochi!!

No bento post today, just some eye candy. I have been drooling over Hapa Bento’s butter mochi for a while now, so I decided to give it a try.

I really wanted the dessert but I wasn’t really in the mood for all of the measuring, and I didn’t have coconut milk or coconut flakes. *sigh* So, instead of coconut milk I used condensed milk and instead of coconut extract I used almond extract. I’m actually a little surprised that it turned out because I didn’t have quite enough rice flour, so I guestimated the amounts of the rest of the ingredients. Lol!

To be honest, I don’t know accurate the texture that I got is, but it is airy and chewy all at the same time, with a crunchy top to boot. As far as the taste ..... buttery almond heaven!

If I had to do it again, and I just might have to, I would use a larger baking dish than the one I used. The crust is fantastic so I’d like to make it a little thinner with more crust. :) Yum!

Happy Bento-ing!

Big Meal (Bento #72)

D has to work really late tonight so I thought I’d make him a big bento that he can have for lunch and a snack. I used two of the large black bento boxes from the store. The lids have little grooves so that the feet of another one will stay put. I just put an elastic around the stack and it held together great! Plus, I think he gets happy having a black bento rather than Hello Kitty :)

In one of the boxes he has wild rice and Ikea meatballs. I love keeping a bag of Ikea meatballs in the freezer, they make a great bento stash. The other box has corn, wing beans, half of an apple and grapes.

I noticed something about the wing beans yesterday, they started to turn brown after I cooked them. I think I left them in the heat a little too long, if I barely steam them they keep their vibrant green color. Interesting. They still taste good though :)

Happy Bento-ing!

Nom-nom-nom (Bento #71)

Today’s lunch was really enjoyable to eat, mostly comfort food. I also had a tier with chicken and sun dried tomato ravioli but it really wasn’t pretty so I took it out of the photo. Lol! I have some of my favorite things in this tier: fruit (apple and grapes), granola, pickled vegees (from a jar of giardiniera), and a treat for dessert.

The dessert is an awesome strawberry flavored chewy sweet candy with jelly pieces. Lol, I can’t read the packaging so I don’t actually know what it’s called. One of my favorite things to do is shop at the oriental market and I try to get atleast one thing that I’ve either never had, or I have no idea what it is. Hubby can read a little Japanese so sometimes I come home with food, throw it in his lap, and ask him what it is. He laughs at me first, then does his best to translate. Lol.

On the last trip, my “new-to-me” foods were these sweets, wing beans, and Thai okra. Love the sweets and wing beans, not sure about the Thai okra yet. I cooked it like I would cook typical okra we get here in the US (quickly pan seared in a little bit of butter to get brown but still crunchy) and I didn’t really care for how it turned out. Maybe it would be better fried.

What are the last “new-to-you” foods that you tried??

Happy Bento-ing!

#twitterpastaparty #twitterfoodparty

I totally forgot that today was the twitter pasta party and made spaghetti for dinner last night! I spent the whole day thinking about how to repurpose the leftovers and came up with this.

I mixed the noodles with beaten egg, a little milk, and a lot of shaved parmesan and cracked pepper. Then I pan fried them into little patties and used the sauce as a filling. On the side we have some steamed wing beans for greenery. Yum!

Happy Bento-ing!

Lunch and a snack (Bento #70)

D and I had a great weekend. On Saturday we got to attend the wedding of two of the greatest friends we have ever had. It was such a joy to be able to be there.

I’m looking forward to making a lot of progress at work this week. I have a ton of time with the AFM (atomic force microscope) which is the instrument I use to do my research. The faster I can get it done, the faster I can graduate. Progress was slow over the summer, hopefully I can catch up! Yay for positive attitudes!

I’ve also got to try to catch up on all of my blog reading! I can’t wait to see all of your gorgeous creations!

Anyway, down to business. D’s lunch is mostly leftover spaghetti. We just had spaghetti but he requested it. There is a pasta themed twitter food party today so I’m trying to think of how to repurpose the pasta into something new tonight. He also has granola, broccoli, grapes, cheese, and some pomegranate seeds.

I’m having lunch with a friend today so I didn’t pack a full bento for myself. I did make a snack bento though, just in case, lol. For the snack bento I have a ton of pomegranate seeds, granola, grapes, cheese, and a lychee mochi that I found while grocery shopping yesterday.

I couldn’t resist, so I tried one of the mochi last night. I really love the lychee flavor and the texture of the mochi, but to be honest, it is a little bit too sweet. I actually couldn’t eat the whole thing. I’m going to try it again today though, maybe it was just my mood. :)

Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

Happy Bento-ing!

Sandwich cutter on sale

This is one of the new products in the store, and I’m really excited about it. It cuts a sandwich into cute animal and heart shapes. You can also use it to cut pretty much anything but it is made to fit a slice of bread. What I like about it is the simplicity. It makes it so fast and easy to make cute little sammies :)

This sandwich cutter will be on sale until Sunday October 31!

Happy Bento-ing!

Cemetary Halloween Bento (Bento #69)

Yay! I’m so excited, I had time to make my black cat bento!!! The scene is supposed to be a black cat walking in a graveyard on top of scary bones.

Most of it is made out of rice: the cat is black rice, the clouds and skull are mushed up white rice paste, the background is rice mixed with mushed up edamame beans (totally stole that idea from Lia at Bentolicious!), and the tombstone is white riced mushed up with a little black rice so that it looks like granite. I wish I would have made the background a little greener, live and learn :)

The moon is tomato sandwich wrap, the grass is seaweed from seaweed salad, the dirt is sliced dates, and the rest are grapes. It looks like a lot of rice but it’s actually a thin layer on top of sauteed chicken with onions and broccoli stems.

Oh, I almost forgot, the eyes are made out of maraschino cherry pieces.

Happy Bento-ing!

Plain old bento (Bento #68)

Today’s bento is just a plain old everyday normal bento. I have rice with furikake, leftover soy sauce chicken, apple slices, grapes, broccoli, seaweed salad, and a baby-bel cheese.

Even though it doesn’t look fancy, I was totally craving the furikake rice. I practically inhaled it! Lol.

D has requested more of the turkey rolls that we had here. Looks like I know what I’m making for tomorrow :) I’m hoping to have time to add a bit of cuteness again. Yay!

I’ve been trying to figure out what to make for a really cool Halloween bento and I think I finally have an achievable idea! I’ve had tons of ideas but, to be honest, I’m not sure I could pull them off, lol. I finally decided on a black cat theme! I’m getting really excited to make it! Wish me luck!

Happy Bento-ing!

Little bit of cute (Bento #67)

I was in the mood, so I tried for a little bit of cute today. :) On top of the seaweed salad I made a little froggy dude out of fish cake and soy beans. He still looks like he needs cheeks and pupils, lol.

Since this box is so deep everything is resting on top of a layer of grapes to give it height, I also used a couple more to hold everything in place. The rest of the bento has green apple slices, rice with furikake, and turkey rolls. The rolls are made with sun dried tomato wraps, lettuce, cheddar cheese, and smoked turkey. Yum!

I really liked this bento, I can’t wait to eat today!

Don’t forget to check out the new products I have in the store. I can’t wait until payday this Friday so that I can get those sponges, they make me smile :)

Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

Happy bento-ing!

Lots of new accessories

I actually woke up this morning and got working on the site, even before coffee :) Yay! I was able to add all of the new accessories to the store. Here are a couple of my favorites...

These have to be the cutest sponges of all time!

Ever want to make a regular sandwich even cuter????

I hope you like all of our new additions! We also have some cookie cutters, a cookie cutter/rice mold combo, elastic lunch belts, and of course the 2 new bentos that I showed you yesterday. Have a great week bento pals!

Happy Bento-ing!

Two new bento boxes

It always takes more time to update the store with new products than I think it will. Lol! So far, I’ve managed to add the two new boxes we got, and they are so cool!

The first is an onigiri bento box. It has a really large upper portion to hold a large triangle onigiri. The bottom portion is small and will hold a bit of sides.

The second box is a synthetic lacquerware 2-tier rabbit bento. I love this box! The material it’s made from is a lot heavier and sturdier than the typical inexpensive plastic bento so it has a really nice high-quality feel to it. The decorations on the top are gorgeous! Both the silver and gold paints are metallic.

I’m hoping to finish updating the site with the rest of the new products tomorrow. Yay!

Happy Bento-ing!

Pork roast (Bento #66)

Ahhh, it’s nice to make a bento again. Last week was so hectic that I didn’t make bentos for most of the week.

I presented my research at a conference on campus and won an award! Yay! The awards ceremony was really cool because they gave out the outstanding dissertation awards along with the research excellence awards (I got one of these) and the physics department was the most winning department! Yay for physics!

I’m happy to get back into the normal swing of things because I missed making bentos. I feel like I have been totally neglecting the site. No more neglect though because I should be making lunch all week.

This is tomorrow’s lunch. Even though the stuff in the back doesn’t look pretty, it tastes great! The bulk of the bento is leftover linguini pasta with pork roast and gravy.

The smaller tier has leftover baby mustard greens with sesame seeds, cucumber, a mini-babybel cheese, some dried dates, a couple of hidden green apple slices, grapes, and soy beans.

After I took all of the photos I realized that I didn’t give the babybel a row of bottom teeth! Lol! I always seem to forget something :)

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Happy Bento-ing!

New bento accessory on sale!

This is one of the most popular accessories I have at the store right now. The package has four bear shaped silicon cups for bentos. They are cute and add a little punch of color while keeping foods separated. They will be on sale for $2.92 (that’s 10% off) until 5PM EST Sunday October 24th.

The featured product sales have been such a hit! It’s really been a lot of fun choosing which product comes next :) If you have any wishes just let me know and I will try to get them on sale ASAP.

Also, we have a new shipment of bento goodies coming in tomorrow! I am so excited! Yay! We are getting 2 new boxes and a few new accessories. I promise to get them up on the site as fast as I can.

Happy Bento-ing!

Comfort food (Bento #65)

D’s stomach was bothering him yesterday so he asked for some comfort food today. He has a salad, a salami, cucumber, and lettuce sandwich, and some nectarine slices stuck in there at the end.

Today’s post will be quick, lots to do, so little time. :) I’m presenting my research at a conference on campus tomorrow. Wish me luck!


Back to basics (Bento #64)

After the pink ribbon bento, this one just seems ... lacking. Lol! I’m back on the daily grind with everyday bentos. Nothing spectacular, nothing fancy, just regular food. We have fried brown rice with carrots, egg, soy beans, cabbage, and onions. The top tier has a hard boiled star shaped egg, mini-Babybel cheese, broccoli, mushrooms, and some nectarine slices.

I was watching Project Runway and all of the contestants were talking about their “point of view” as designers. This got me thinking about bento points of view, or bento style. I started thinking about my bento style and to be honest, I think I’m still trying to figure it out. I can look at a photo of a bento online and know, almost immediately, who it belongs to, just because of their style.

So, what is my style?

Is it cute? I LOVE cute, but I’m not sure if I’d be good at executing it, so I don’t try for cute very often. Cute bentos seem to take a lot more time for me. I don’t know if it’s my lacking cute ability or if they just naturally take more time.

Is it foodie? Yes, I’m making foodie a style category. :) I love the idea of being a foodie, but I’m not sure I could pull it off. D and I regularly work 14-16 hour days, which means, seeking out artisan, and the like, food finds and trying new inventive recipes is nearly impossible. I barely have time to go anywhere except Publix, which is a shame, but that’s life.

Is it sophisticated? Ahh, the calm I get from looking at well crafted and artfully presented “adult” bentos is wonderful. Those photos are like a little piece of serene joy in the midst of chaos. I would love to be able to pull that off on a regular basis but I think I’m too scatter-brained. I see something cute and think, “oooohh shiny!” and can’t help but throw it in, whether it belongs or not!

Is it specialty? Though I do sometimes make vegetarian or low carb bentos, it is not an everyday occurrence. D and I don’t have any dietary restrictions and we are not picky eaters, so we tend to eat a little bit of everything.

Is it kid oriented? I don’t have kids yet, so I don’t make kid-friendly bentos ..... yet :) When D’s daughter comes down she likes to make her own bento so I don’t get to practice on her (even though I try, much to her dislike, lol).

So, what’s my style? I think if I had to put a name on it, I would call it “everyday”. I must have had a bright spot of clarity when I came up with the site logo! Lol! I think everyday fits pretty well. I cook every day, I make everyday food, I pack lunches almost every day, and every day I make a bento my style changes with my mood. Sometimes its cute, sometimes its foodie, sometimes its sophisticated, sometimes its vegetarian, sometimes its low-carb, and sometimes its even made for (or rather by) a kid.

So, I want to know ... What is your style?

#ProjectPink #ThinkPink (Bento #63)

I am so excited about this bento. All of the fantastic bento artists on Twitter are organizing a Breast Cancer Awareness Bento movement. I’m honored to be able to be a part of it (if you are on Twitter check out the #ThinkPink and #ProjectPink hashtags). If you are interested in contributing an awareness bento photo to be auctioned for charity please see this site.

So, the bento includes an onigiri decorated with the pink part of kamaboko (fish cake). Along with the onigiri I have 3 octo-sausages, 2 mozzarella-salami rolls, steamed green beans, mushrooms, nectarine slices, and some strawberry pocky.

I hope to see a lot of you contribute to the “Bento for a Cause” :)

I also added this one to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

Happy Bento-ing!

3-tier black flower bento on sale

I know that this is a sale a lot of you have been looking forward to. I promised in emails that it would go on sale soon, and it has! This is one of my favorite bento boxes. It has three tiers, a really good quality elastic strap, and one of the prettiest lid designs we have. The matching chopsticks with case were on sale last week.

This bento is three tiers because each tier is quite small. I would even take this bento with onigiri on the side and use it to hold my vegetables, fruit, and protein. I love how small, compact, and elegant it is.

Happy Bento-ing!

Spaghetti (Bento #62)

Yup, I love leftovers! Today’s lunch is leftover spaghetti with mozzarella cheese on top. Yum! I’m also taking a white nectarine, carrots, broccoli, brown beech mushrooms, and seaweed salad.

I was playing around with the camera and took a neat close-up pic of the mushrooms. It looks like a miniature fairy world that I want to shrink down and go play in. Lol! These mushrooms have the coolest patterning, I wanted to show it off.

This is day 2 of my quilt fabric backgrounds. I think it would have been better if the box was a contrasting color. I also didn’t make the fabric very visible, I probably should have taken the photo at less of an angle. But, practice makes perfect. Only one more fabric to go! I think on my next fabric outing I’m going to look for solids and prints that have a larger pattern.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Happy Bento-ing!

The best laid plans (Bento #61)

So, why is it that the best laid plans always fail? I had intended to make a cute Halloween bento last night, we even went and picked up some take-out dinner to save time. By the time D and I ate and did a few things for work, it was almost midnight and the bento hadn’t been made! Midnight doesn’t sound too bad, but our alarm starts blaring at 4:30am. I’m getting tired of these 17+ hour days (pun intended). Lol.

So, anyway, this bento is proof that you can make a bento in 5 minutes in the morning, if you have leftovers. I filled the small tray with leftover brown rice topped with seaweed salad. I looooove seaweed salad! The larger tray has leftover fish that my mom baked for us on Tuesday (Yummy!), grapes, brown beech mushrooms, and leftover salad fixings (broccoli, cucumber, and tomato), also from my mom. :)

I wet ahead and got some quilting fabric to use as photo backgrounds. This is one of three that I got initially to see how they work. I’ll use a different one each day until I get to photograph all three of them. What do you think? I love the pattern, and I always love black and white, but I think it’s a little too busy. The photos that weren’t as close-up looked a little messy. I think if the flowers were bigger and there were less of them, it would be better. I do like that it reflects off the side of the box though.

Happy Bento-ing!

Bentos for breast cancer awareness

Hi! There is a movement spreading like wildfire on Twitter. This month is breast cancer awareness month and an international group of people are going to make breast cancer awareness bentos! All of the awareness bentos will be added to a panorama and auctioned off. All of the proceeds will be donated to a breast cancer charity. Yay!

The date to remember is October 12th and the details are all here. If you are on Facebook, Twitter, or have a blog of your own help spread the word. I hope you al will participate and submit beautiful bentos! :)

Happy Bento-ing!

Soy sauce chicken (Bento #60)

Today’s bento has leftover soy sauce chicken from dinner with brown rice, seaweed salad, and some long beans. Yay for long beans! I finally got some and tried them out, super tasty. The top tier has my last white nectarine, carrot slices, green olives, a mini-babybel cheese that I was too busy to decorate, and a cucumber/pickled ginger salad.

Hopefully I will have a good amount of bento making time soon, there are so many things that I want to try. I am determined to make a cute bento or two! I want to do faces, animals, and all of the cute flowery stuff. Lol! Maybe this weekend I can experiment. :)

Now that I’m on Twitter (come follow me! :) Yay!) I’m getting inspired all day! There are some amazing bentos out there. If you like bento then you should definitely get on twitter, the eye candy is fantastic!

Don’t forget, the beautiful sakura chopsticks are on sale until Sunday. Woot! So much bento excitement!

Happy Bento-ing!

Sa Ri One Lunch Box Restaurant

I FINALLY got to go to Sa Ri One Lunch Box. Come to find out it is Korean food served in a slightly bento manner. I was really hoping for more of a bento feel but after I tasted the food, I no longer cared. The food was amazing! I ate up every last bit on my plate and wish I had more just so I could taste it. :)

I had beef ribs with cucumber in a chili sauce, fried dumplings, and fried rice.

My friend had the same but with teriyaki chicken.

The dumplings were heavenly and the meat was so tender it almost fell apart. I think this might be my new favorite restaurant! Next time I’m going for the Bibimbap, it looked fantastic.

It was really neat inside, it reminded me of a bento deli. They had a long deli counter full of bento worthy goodies: krab, tamagoyaki strips, seaweed salad, a big box of nori, and a multitude of fresh julienned vegetables. I couldn’t help but stare through the glass looking at all of the awesome food and dreaming of how easy it would be to make a bento behind that counter. Lol.

I’m so excited to go back, I think I’m going to take D there for dinner one night this week. Yay!

Happy Bento-ing!

Yay for sammies! (Bento #59)

Looks like we are on a sandwich kick lately. Today’s sandwich is just a smidgen healthier than the last sammy made with bacon. This one is full of turkey and salami. If I had just left it at turkey it would be healthier but oh no, I had to go and add salami to the mix :) Sometimes it’s just worth it!

Along with the sandwich D has grapes, a gorgeous white nectarine, and hummus with pita chips on the side.

I have a long day at work today and I purposely didn’t make myself a bento so that I could try the bento restaurant I’ve been drooling over. Hopefully I won’t have a repeat of last week and I’ll actually have time to go and eat today.

Check out What’s for lunch Wednesday!

Happy Bento-ing!

Cool chopsticks on sale

These chopsticks come in the most awesome case ever! It matches the 3-layer bento we have. The printing on them is great, lots of detail, and the gold is shimmery. They will be on sale until next Sunday! :)

Happy Bento-ing!

Bacon sammy (Bento #58)

Mmmmmmmm bacon! We had breakfast for dinner last night so I used the leftover bacon to make D a bacon, lettuce, mayo, and sprouts sammy. Unfortunately I didn’t have any tomatoes. I cut it in half and tucked it into this deep box next to an enoki mushroom forest and a salad. The salad has lettuce, cabbage, palm hearts, green olives, carrots, and pickled ginger. Since the sammy took up so much room I had to pack his nectarine in a separate container.

I only made lunch for D today because I’m taking myself out for a special lunch! I think I saw a bento restaurant by my house!!!!! I can’t be totally sure but it just opened and it is called the lunch box and the logo looks like the M4SB (magic 4 square bento) that I’ve seen on other blogs. Oh I really hope it is a bento restaurant! I’ll bring my camera and take photos :)

Well, the week is almost over. It was so busy that it felt so slow yet so fast at the same time. I hope you all had a fantastic week!

Happy bento-ing!