Thursday, May 21, 2009


Bento is a Japanese trend which is really catching on just about everywhere there are moms and dads (or singles) trying to save a few bucks at lunch time. According to Biggie, whose awesome site tells you everything you need to know about bento, “a bento lunch is a compact, balanced, visually appealing meal packed in a box.”

A traditional Japanese bento usually contains fish, meat or rice; pickled veggies on the side. In Japan, they are available just about everywhere: train stations, convenience stores, department stores and Bento shops.

Japanese 7-11 Bento offerings

In fact, Japanese homemakers have raised Bento-making to an art, called kyaraben, by preparing elaborate lunch feasts, complete with food made to look like cute characters or animals.

Yes, little kids in Japan really eat this at lunch!

For the rest of us, it’s a fun way to save money, eat healthfully and be a little more Earth-friendly (no more plastic baggies).

There’s plenty of good bento info on the web; from recipes to videos

Start with Biggie’s site (see above) or simply Google “bento”.

We are actually in love with the boxes themselves. There’s something so cute about these compact little containers, with a place for everything and everything in its place. There are online bento stores and there are plenty of them on eBay. Of course, we’d love it if you’d check out the picks on our store (to the right); click on “Cute EVERYTHING!”

Froggy Bento
(from our aStore)

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