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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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Chicken and Veggies Bento 12

Posted on February 16, 2011 by Debra

I received an email asking if a “real” bento box is required to qualify as an official bento lunch?

The simple answer…no!

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How to Make Ham Blossoms 9

Posted on January 02, 2011 by Debra

Ham blossoms!  A simple way to dress-up a bento lunch without special tools.  All you need is a  knife!

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Kongbap-Delicious Mix of Rice and Beans 19

Posted on October 03, 2010 by Debra

You may of noticed that lately I’ve been packing our bentos with kongbap.  A Korean mixture of rice (brown or white) along with beans and grains.   Read the rest of this entry →

Back-to-School Bento Roundup 8

Posted on September 01, 2010 by Debra

As this compilation photo demonstrates…there are many different styles of bento boxes and fillings to choose from.  And if you’re a beginner, you may have some questions.

If you are new to packing bento lunches… here’s some help.

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Back-to-School Bento #5 22

Posted on August 25, 2010 by Debra

School is not yet in session in our area—not until after the “Labor Day” holiday.  So unil then, I’ll  post a few more back-to-school bento examples.

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Back-to-School Bento #3 27

Posted on August 16, 2010 by Debra

I don’t create many cute bento box lunches, but if I had a little tyke, I’d probably pack a school lunch like this one!

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Back-to-School Bento #2 7

Posted on August 15, 2010 by Debra

Today’s Back-to-School bento features a “no nonsense” approach to packing your child’s lunch.  No cuteness allowed?  No time to stock your “bento-stash”?  This bento style may help you.

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How to Pack a Bento #4 17

Posted on August 05, 2010 by Debra

If you’ve been following my other series…  “How to Pack a Bento”‘ ,  I’m  happy to announce  that I’ve combined it (for now) with the “Back-to-School” series with this new step-by-step video!

Details on this bento are posted here   which  explains a bit more about it’s  contents and a few important tips about packing bentos for school.  I also posted a recipe for the Chicken Tsukune here.

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This bento is featured on “Coffee and Vanilla”  roundup!

And on:

How to Make a Bento on Foodista

Back-To-School Bento #1 30

Posted on August 02, 2010 by Debra


Here’s the first of our series of  back-to-school bento lunches!  But before we jump into the foods and fillers there are some guidelines that may be helpful for those who are new to packing bento box lunches. There’s also a special surprise!

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How to Pack a Bento #3 18

Posted on July 06, 2010 by Debra

As you know, I lost all my media in the recent “failure to back up” pc fiasco!  But I won’t dwell except to say that the new “movie maker” application on my new pc is much easier to use…so let’s move forward with another video on “how to pack a bento”!

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How to Pack a Bento #2 7

Posted on June 20, 2010 by Debra

Continuing our video/slideshow of “how to pack a bento” with this quickly made bento lunch using leftover pancit (Filipino fried noodles) from a party!  I also reached into my bento-stash of hardboiled eggs  to provide extra protein.

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