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Orange “Beef” Broccoli Bento 12

Posted on March 03, 2012 by Debra

Rest easy, Saba Man and I have not gone back to eating meat.  It’s only seitan not real beef.   My twitter friends and I do a monthly food theme and February’s was Oranges and after posting my photo of  Orange “Beef” and Broccoli, there were requests for the recipe.

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Keep Cool Bento Box Review 7

Posted on July 05, 2011 by Debra

I have a new bento box— compliments of our friends from JaponMania!  They asked me to review their new “Keep Cool Palette” boxes and I of course I agreed.  As a bento-nerd, I love talking about anything that has to do with bento boxes, bento-gear and bento shopping!  Bring it on.

The  first thing you probably noticed is that I did a charaben or kyaraben.   I know, right?  It’s not my usual approach for packing lunches… I’ll tell you more about this along with a special JaponMania discount later in this post.

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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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The Just Bento Cookbook Review & Giveaway 79

Posted on January 09, 2011 by Debra

Entries are now closed.  Thanks for all the inspirational comments.  I’ve announced the winner here.

The much anticipated bento cookbook by Maki Itoh of Just Bento is now in it’s second printing!   And no wonder…because this bento cookbook has it all.

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Gilson Korean Restaurant 6

Posted on October 30, 2010 by Debra

Continuing my bimbimbap battle with a visit to Gilson Korean Restaurant! 

 No vegetarian variety on their menu, but like the others they were happy to omit any meat products, however they didn’t offer a tofu substitute either.

But do you see what I see?

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Tamarind Tree 4

Posted on October 03, 2010 by Debra

Saba Man and I have a group of friends that togther, we go out and enjoy new restaurants.   New,  not as in recently opened but new to us.   The Tamarind Tree in Seattle’s International District is an established 5 year dining experience.  But  for the life of me, I don’t know why I hadn’t eaten there before.

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Shoyu Chicken Recipe 8

Posted on September 15, 2010 by Debra

I made a huge batch of shoyu chicken for my bento-stash.  And this bento contains two drumsticks. Really!

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Bobby’s Hawaiian Style Restaurant 9

Posted on August 13, 2010 by Debra

The first thing you’ll notice about the food at “Bobby’s Hawaiian Style Restaurant” is the lack of greens!  Unless of course you order the lau lau!   But I’m not complaining…it’s the nature of Hawaiian-style food and it’s delicious!  

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The Green Garden Dolsot Bibimbap 4

Posted on July 30, 2010 by Debra

Update: This restaurant has closed.

Another entry for our “Bibimbap Battle” and yes, it’s from another Hwy 99/Aurora Ave restaurant! Read the rest of this entry →

Insadong Korean Restaurant 5

Posted on July 16, 2010 by Debra

Update: This restaurant is now closed.

Ah…I think we’re getting close to dolsot bibimbap perfection.   This is the fourth installment of my “bibimbap battle” and again I found this place along Hwy 99, a virtual “road to Korea”?

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“Yum-Yum Bento Box” Cookbook Review 11

Posted on July 08, 2010 by Debra

In the bento world, the summer of 2010 will be marked as the season of cute bento cookbooks!  And I love CUTE!  But…I have to admit that I pulled out the  thesaurus to write this post otherwise every other word would be “cute“.

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Babsarang Revisited 2

Posted on July 02, 2010 by Debra


Adding on to our “Bibimbap Battle” with a revisit to “Babsarang“… but this time I ordered the dolsot version!

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