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Mahi Mahi Sandwich Bento 7

Posted on November 10, 2011 by Debra

I know what you’re thinking. Where’s the sandwich?

It’s actually deconstructed.

Garlic naan.

Butter-poached mahi mahi.



Saba Man could choose to assemble when ready to eat!

Which he did.  And he immediately text’d a message declaring that he should be called Mahimahi-Man for the day!  :)

He enjoyed it.

And he loved the squash, corn, bean and red cabbage salad.  There was enough vinaigrette to coat the lettuce leaves so he ate it all. The bento box was completely empty upon return!

Mahimahi-Man indeed.


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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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Mini Caprese Pita Sammie Bento 8

Posted on September 20, 2010 by Debra

A little “long distance” caprese anyone? 

One of the benefits of  posting my bentos online  is meeting new friends via the internet.

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Back to School Bento #7 13

Posted on August 28, 2010 by Debra

Did your teen-ager declare herself a vegetarian and refuses to eat food bought from the school cafeteria? No problem, pack her a meat-free bento lunch!

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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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Salmon Mini Pita Bento 28

Posted on July 21, 2010 by Debra

I ‘m continuing with my practice “back-to-school” bento lunches but I have a question for the moms and dads out there…

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Portabella Mushroom Sandwich Bento 18

Posted on July 20, 2010 by Debra

Our local farmers’ markets have inspired me to try some new things for lunch.  Today’s bento is a sandwich featuring portabella mushroom with melted cheese!

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“Now and Later” Sandwich Bento 20

Posted on July 01, 2010 by Debra

We’ve been very busy of late so thanks to “Nature’s Pride” and the Foodbuzz Tastemaster program I’ve been able to pack lunches very quickly by making  sandwiches!

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Spam Sandwich Bento 17

Posted on May 12, 2010 by Debra

Other than my occasional banh mi lunch, this is my very first attempt at a sandwich bento!  Do you think it’s a little bare?  Or “bear”?   :D

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Tofu Banh Mi “Basket” Bento Box 17

Posted on January 11, 2010 by Debra

When I first encountered the basket type bento box, I was completely bewildered on it’s use.  What could I possibly pack in a basket without it drying out or leaking?    Then I saw some bento photos  of these cute, crate-like boxes filled with of all things… a sandwich! Read the rest of this entry →

Kamaboko Sammich Bento Box 2

Posted on October 07, 2009 by Debra

The pink, polka dot, basket bento box (tongue twister) is filled with a homemade sandwich…gasp…what? no banh mi? Nope, as much as we love our banh mi there are occasional opportunities to get creative and today I got my sandwich groove on. A baguette smothered with mayo, sliced green beefsteak tomato and kamaboko. Stop making faces. It’s good. The kamaboko with it’s soft sweetness and the crisp, yet moist, green tomato is a yummy combination. The Kewpie brand mayo alone would be heavenly in this “fresh from the bakery” baguette. You know this bread… crunchy brown on the outside and fluffy goodness inside. This is the bread that smells like you personally baked it yourself.
The bottom tier holds some fruit and a Jack O Lantern cut sweet potato. Shout out and thanks to gamene for the cute pumpkin cutter. And since it’s almost Halloween, here’s a cute Pekochan lollipop!
Basket bento boxes confuse me. Instinct tells me not to pack bread in the basket but somehow it turn outs okay. I should do some experiments using the basket on other items and share my findings. I’ll add that task to my long “bento box to do list”.
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