Monday, February 9, 2009

My First Post!!!

Aloha and welcome to my first blog and my first post of my first blog. I know...such an original title, but hey, what can I say. I'll only be able to use it once, so why not, right? Ok - enough rambling and onto the real reason this blog is here. I was busy working one day, oops, I mean I was busy looking like I was working when I stumbled onto a blog about bento. I thought "How absolutely CUTE!" Gosh, I make bentos all the time and never even realized it. I just called them lunch. Of course mine were not anywhere near cute, just functional. I thought to myself, what the heck, I eat lunch every day, I bring lunch to work most days, so why not make it cute so I can enjoy it just a little more. Thus my life was forever changed into being bento-crazed. I immediately went out and bought some cutesy little things to dress up my lunch and spent probably way too many hours pondering what I would put in my first bento. Then I spent way too many hours cutting, cooking and assembling it. But it was so worth it! Here is the result of many hours spent thinking about bento:

I have not figured out how to do those neat things where you can click on the picture and a little blurb comes up so please bear with my old-skool ways until I figure it out.

I already know what you're thinking... whoa, that's a lot of food for lunch! Relax, it was a bento for two :) The top tier has some shrimp and a little side of pickled ginger, sliced mango and strawberries, star and heart-shaped boiled eggs. I love those cute little egg molds! The bottom tier has some (very dark) chicken karaage, spam katsu, octo-dogs and a sprinkling of cucumber and carrot flowers everywhere. Oh yea, there's some dipping sauce in the blue container.

And to round out the meal..... some arare cookies: no, there wasn't just one, but this was the best picture I found.

So this was my first real attempt at bento. Hopefully, there will be more to come. After all, since I bought all those little bento gadgets, I'll have to start making use of them. Until next time....happy bento-ing!