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Ally’s Bento Box


Here is our new "fun" thing to do at our house.  Bento Box creations for Ally's lunch!  I am not sure what the deal with my daughter is.....ever since she was little, she has always been fascinated and obsessed with any thing Oriental......China and Japan are her favorite.  I swear she was reincarnated from an Chinese girl.  :)  So, for a while now, she has been wanting to get a Bento Box for her lunch.  (the whole packing lunch everyday is about to drive me crazy, I don't think she has ever bought lunch in school......we are going on 13 years now of packing it.....ugh.....and I am flat out of healthy lunch ideas.)

What is  a Bento Box?

A bento lunch is a compact, balanced, visually appealing meal packed in a box.  In Japanese, “bento” or “obento” refers to the packed meal, and “bento-bako” refers to the bento box itself. See the Wikipedia entry on bento for more details.  They usually in small plastic tubs that are round and oval, sometimes square.  The meal typically consists of rice, meat, and some type of vegetable.

Ally finally got her chance to purchase her own Bento Box this last weekend at Uwijamaya.  She was so excited!  She picked out a little pink rectangle that came with portable chop sticks.  Being the frugal girl that she is, I was surprised that she willingly paid with her own money.  She proudly placed down her $20.00 bill with ease at the cash register.

When we got home, I had no idea what we had gotten ourselves into.  I asked her what kind of food was suppose to go in the box?  She replied with a simple answer "it has to have rice mom......and be decorative, it is all about the display!"  DISPLAY? I thought to myself???  I had better check it out online.

WOW!!!!!  YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE THE STUFF I FOUND ONLINE...THESE LUNCHES ARE AMAZING!   Who knew you could do so much with food?  I have to say, these Japanese mom's are over the top and awesome!  Check out some of these websites I have found:

Digital Bus Stop

Health Secret

There are sooooooo many possibilities.  Needless to say, I am on a mission to find some cool cutters and shapers for my Bento Box creations.


Here is what I have done the last two days, nothing amazing really....but you will just have to wait and see what I come up with after I get done purchasing some amazing Bento Equipment!