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Back to School Bento-2011 8

Posted on July 24, 2011 by Debra

Walking through the grocery store the other day and I spied this super-adorbs sandwich box in a “Back-to-School” display!

Yikes! It is THAT time of year already?!

So the bento-nerd in me immediately went for it!  I checked every sort of box and container for it’s “bento-worthiness”…

Lo and behold this blue with robot sandwich box is a perfect candidate for the first “Back-to-School” (BTS) post for 2011!

But what did I pack in this sandwich box?

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Lunchbots Bento and Review 8

Posted on January 14, 2011 by Debra


I’m crazy about stainless steel bento boxes!  An obsession, a passion, a fascination or … a healthy fixation.   Okay, I go with that. :)

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Yakisoba Bento 8

Posted on December 16, 2010 by Debra

Woot!  Introducing a new bento box.  Two-tiered stainless steel!   I loves this box.

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Make a Lunch Bag from a Rice Bag! 18

Posted on October 05, 2010 by Debra

I couldn’t bear discarding this empty bag.  It was much too pretty.

We ate up all the kongbap…now what?

Let’s make a lunch bag!

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Elph’s Bento Box 14

Posted on April 13, 2010 by Debra

Look what arrived in the mail today!  This awesomely cute “Elph’s Circus” bento box from Japanistic!

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Broiled Saba and New Bento Box 20

Posted on March 15, 2010 by Debra

Saba and Bamboo Rice

What happens when you can’t decide on either the MRB or the M4SB?  Ladies and gentlemen, bentoists and lunch boxers…I present to you the  MR4SB!

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It Makes the Rice Taste Good 18

Posted on January 27, 2010 by Debra


Those of you who follow me on twitter can vouch that I’ve been obsessed with magewappa bento and I spend way too many hours RT-ing photos and links to photos of other tweeter’s magewappa obento.

I find them beautiful and intriguing, but I didn’t fully understand…  why one would choose a wooden bento above other options?  I didn’t realize their potential until I purchased one for myself. Read the rest of this entry →

Fun Halloween Boxes 6

Posted on October 24, 2009 by Debra
Packing a holiday specific, themed bento box is a fun way to get the creative juices flowing. In recent weeks I’ve been on the lookout for inexpensive Halloween items to “get in the mood” and I found just the thing. These cute bat and Frankenstein snack boxes, about the size of an average apple, bought from one of the big craft stores. The perfect sidecar to accompany a lunch bento box or stand alone snack box. I’m not sure what to pack and I have a few more days to think on it. Maybe a musubi or some roll ups. Do you have any ideas? I’m open to suggestion.

Too Many Bento Boxes, Not Enough Space 7

Posted on October 11, 2009 by Debra

I wish for a bigger kitchen,(don’t we all?) Or rather, a “user friendly kitchen”… how about a “bento friendly” kitchen. Yeah, that would work. But bigger would mean more stuff and “more stuff” I already have, in the shape of bento boxes and the “pile of cute Daiso items”. A serious addiction to say the least and it’s not looking good in the small, outdated kitchen of my home. Please don’t judge me, some of the boxes were gifts! It wouldn’t be so bad if I was a tad bit more organized, but alas, immediately putting things away is not my strong suite and the ever growing collection of bento boxes are taking over. The before and after photos are of the main cupboard’s bottom shelf where dinner plates used to live. I added a riser and a basket to keep it somewhat neater. You will notice I removed all the matching lunch bags. Those are now stored separately. Gosh, I don’t need a bigger kitchen… I need an intervention!


Daiso Bento Boxes 6

Posted on October 09, 2009 by Debra

Quick post:

I popped in at the Daiso shop in the International District of downtown Seattle. Their bento box shelves were well stocked. Not like the Alderwood Daiso last month where I believe the back-to-school rush depleted their supplies. See anything you like?

Bento Box Shopping Shout Out! UPDATED 16

Posted on September 28, 2009 by Debra

I’ve been checking out the bento box supplies in my neighborhood and noticed that the Asian markets are starting to carry more than just Lock & Lock boxes. I found this exact bento box style at H-Mart in Lynnwood, WA. They had some other cute boxes too and again, I had to control myself to not bring home any more boxes.

What kind of boxes have you discovered and where? Bento lunches are quickly catching on and if your stores are carrying bento boxes and supplies, add it on to the comments. Update: I’ve added this post to “Top Topics” on the left side of the page. Let’s keep adding on to the comments as you encounter local bento box resources.
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Are There Anymore Bento Boxes Left? Comments Off

Posted on September 12, 2009 by Debra

Not that I could see, unless you wanted a cute Hello Kitty bento box. Saba Man and I went out to check the resources at the Mall and it appears that people are paying attention to this recent trend of packing your kid’s lunches. Daiso needed to restock and so did the Disney store which had some super cute boxes. It took all my willpower not to buy the last Mickey bento box. Heck, it was a perfect size for a Saba Man snack bento. This bento box had all the basic requirements ; cute design, locking lid, removable dividers and Mickey Mouse!
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