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Announcing the Back-to-School Bento Winner 2

Posted on September 19, 2011 by Debra

A big thank you to all the participants!  If you missed them, you can still see them on my Facebook page here.    They were all winners in my book but there was one bento that gathered the “likes” and that is this one from Angelene!  Congratulations to you and please show us what you do with your prize bento box  from

I also want to thank the nice folks from Japanistic who donated the adorable Elpha 2-tier onigiri set and matching chopsticks for our prize.   Did you know that they have more than bento boxes on their site? Yep, they offer the cutest, the coolest, fun, well-designed Japanese products on the world-wide-web!  Please check them out.


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M4SB Challenge and Giveaway 45

Posted on September 16, 2010 by Debra

Update: Submissions are now closed.  You can see the winning bento here. Thanks to all the contestants.

I need inspiration.  And that’s where you come in.   Submit your ideas for a chance to win this M4SB and other bento-stuffs. ( I have to shop

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Yum-Yum Bento Box Cookbook Giveaway! 128

Posted on July 09, 2010 by Debra

I found some CUTE bento tools to giveaway along with the Yum-Yum Bento Box Cookbook!

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Magic 4 Section Bento Giveaway 71

Posted on June 15, 2010 by Debra

The contest is now closed for entries.  A winner will be announced shortly!

It’s ba-ack!  I found a couple of new Magic 4 Section bento boxes in my bento-gear stash!  Good news because  picnic season is almost upon us and this box is perfect for an outing at the park!  Let’s have some fun!

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May’s The B.O.M.B. Winner 10

Posted on May 23, 2010 by Debra

Congratulations Tatabonita on being selected as May’s The B.O.M.B.!   What a cute bento and you sure do know how to make some yummy looking  flowers!

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Hello Kitty and Cookbook Giveaway 139

Posted on May 16, 2010 by Debra


How would you like to get both Susan’s books:

Hawaii’s Bento Box Cookbook: Fun Lunches for Kids and Hawaii’s Bento Box Cookbook: 2nd Course  plus this cute  Hello Kitty bento set?

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The Winning Bento Box! 4

Posted on March 02, 2010 by Debra

Lumi’s yummy vegetarian bento box has been randomly selected as the winner! 

purple: Quinoa salad with parsley
red: Mini omelettes with diced tomato
green: Daikon radish and carrot
yellow: Lightly salted edamame

Congratulations and I’m looking forward to pack this nutritious combination of a   bento lunch!   Saba Man will have to wrestle this one away from me. :)

Thank you everyone for your submissions.  There are some very delicious sounding combinations and recipes.  Here’s the link back to the original post in case you want to see all 277 entries.  Wowee!

Lumi, please contact me by email  with your mailing address  where I can send your  new “magic 4 sectioned bento”!

New End Date for the Bento Box Giveaway! 2

Posted on February 26, 2010 by Debra

I’m counting up the submissions and the winner will be selected and announced soon!

Due to the enthusiastic responses (and  because  I’ll be off-line until then) :P  , I’m extending this contest until March 1,2010, at Midnight PST!   That’s two extra days to submit your veggie recipes.

Here’s the link!

Thanks everyone for your participation.  I’m thrilled at all the submissions.

Another Bento Giveaway 285

Posted on February 22, 2010 by Debra

Even though we just had a bento box giveaway… let’s do it again!

Wow!  A tremedous turn out for this giveaway and I thank you for your participation!  A winner will be announced soon!

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Heart Healthy Recipe Contest Winner! 3

Posted on January 31, 2010 by Debra

A “heartfelt” thank you to all the entrants to our first 2010 Bento Box Giveaway!!! 

The random number generator selected entry #26 from Amanda  Good!  Congratulations!  

Here is Amanda Good’s ideas for this 4 sectioned box which I will attempt to duplicate for a  Saba Man’s lunch real soon.  Be on the look out for that! ;)      Go here to see the post.


purple- Strawberries! With a little low-fat yogurt and some walnuts! And maybe a few pomegranate seeds..
yellow-Roasted red bell peppers on one side, with broccoli and a carrot star (can’t help myself)
red-Brown rice onigiri, filled with tuna mixed with spicy mustard.
green-Some more tuna, wrapped in tiny lettuce leaves, with tomatoes.

There were 60 entries in total, so if you are looking for any heart healthy and wholesome lunch ideas please visit that post.

We will have another bento box giveaway so if you had your heart set on winning… you’ll get another chance soon!

Bento Box Giveaway 73

Posted on January 20, 2010 by Debra

Before we begin February’s The BOMB Challenge, let’s have a little fun with next month’s activities.  There’s Valentine’s Day on the 14th… and for 2010 the 14th is also the Lunar New Year’s Day, “Year of the Tiger”, and  February is also Black History Month!  But there’s another important theme that is observed every February.  Do you know what it is? Read the rest of this entry →

Recipe Challenge Bento Box 13

Posted on December 14, 2009 by Debra


Remember that little contest we had  a few weeks ago?  Yep, that’s the one…where the winning entry would have their recipes recreated and packed in a bento box by me.  Well ladies and gentlemen, bento boys and girls here it is…I think it turned out okey dokey! Read the rest of this entry →

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