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Meatless Monday Bento 7

Posted on July 25, 2011 by Debra

Today’s Meatless Monday bento features, fried then simmered tofu!  I buy the already fried tofu from one of my favorite shops in The I.D … I’m fortunate to have access to many tofu sources…then I simmer them in the usual teriyaki-type sauce.  They’re full of flavor yet remain light and very un-greasy!

Along with the tofu…hapa-rice, simmered bok choy, sweet pototo, lotus root and a broccoli-tomato salad.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend! We finally had a warm and cloudless sky here in Seattle yesterday…but don’t be jealous…we are back to normal with gray skies, rain, low temps and a bonus…thunderstorms!

Have a Happy Meatless Monday!


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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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Meatless Monday Bento 19

Posted on March 21, 2011 by Debra

This is the bento I made for Saba Man today, it’s for Meatless Monday so it could of been mine!  And after assembly was completed, I totally wanted to keep it for my own!  Read the rest of this entry →

Salt and Pepper Tofu Bento 2

Posted on February 25, 2011 by Debra

We had got an ominous warning a few days ago from the weather man.  Winter storm WARNING!   I took that as a free pass to stock up on as many ready-to-eat foods as I could possibly fit in my fridge.

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And Another Stainless Steel Bento 2

Posted on February 11, 2011 by Debra


I may have to change Saba Man nickname to Stainless Steel Man if we keep going on like this.

So this is another quick one. 

Nimono (simmered veggies), fried tofu, saba shioyaki (grilled mackerel) cukes, tomatoes  and snap peas! 

Top tier…more hapa rice and stinky takuan just like yesterday’s bento! :)

Lucky for SM’s coworkers it’s a stainless steel bento—he is not going to microwave his lunch.  Can you imagine heating up saba in a lunch room?



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Failed Lup Cheong Bento 12

Posted on February 03, 2011 by Debra

What a treat for Saba Man…I’ve been bombarding  him with pork ever since our #twitterfoodparty on Monday.  The package of lup cheong lasted longer than expected.

Hey, being the lone meat-eater in the house has it’s benefits!

He gets it eat it all!

Or does he…?

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Back to School Bento #6 10

Posted on August 27, 2010 by Debra

More  ”back-to-school bento” using the ever-popular sandwich box!  There’s a specific reason why I like using this style of box. Read the rest of this entry →

More Chicken Tsukune Bento 7

Posted on August 22, 2010 by Debra

Did you ask for more chicken tsukune?  :)

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Back-to-School Bento #4 12

Posted on August 18, 2010 by Debra

Today’s back-to-school bento contains items that are near-and-dear to my heart.  When I was a kid,  we called our packed lunches, “home-lunch”!

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Another In-Flight Bento 17

Posted on August 12, 2010 by Debra

Taking a pause between my “back-to-school” bentos…here’s an in-flight lunch that I packed for a departing house guest using produce we found while sightseeing!

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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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Baked Salmon with Sauteed Snap Peas Bento 19

Posted on July 18, 2010 by Debra

What  a difference a week makes…last weekend was a whirlwind with a house full of guests and this week there was only me (and 2 kitties) while Saba Man was out of town.  We’re kind of on a regular bento schedule again so I’m kicking off the next work-week with this baked salmon bento.

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