Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bento Box

   After I put up my "Chopstick Lunchbox" post one of my college roommates, Merilee, left me this note on my Facebook page:   Your chopstick lunch is very Japanese. They call it Bento, and every lunch is like that. If you send me your address, I will mail her a Japanese bento box for a special lunch. I love it! I have probably 4 or 5, so we have plenty to share.  Merilee is the wife of a Marine & lived in Okinawa for a few years. 
   A few days later our package arrived. I had no idea that it would be so exciting! We opened it up to find the most delightful package!

Now this is cute enough but as we opened these up...we found more treasures!





And look at these little bottles for soy sauce!

What a lucky girl to take this set to school! 

This package made me very interested in Bento Boxes.  The next day Annie & I went to an Asian market to look around & to buy something special for her box.  We got this cool drink:

   While at the store I learned that very soon they would be opening up a kitchen to teach people how to cook different Asian cusine.  I can't wait!  She told me she would teach me how to make a good spring roll! 
Just think of my adventures from a silly post about throwing chopsticks in a lunchbox! 

Today I packed up her Bento Box for the first time & sent her off to school.  This is a peek inside:

I put yogart into the little containers to dip the grapes.

We ordered Take-out last night so I would have some fun leftovers to throw in her Bento Box for the first day she used it.  I cheated!  But she was soooo excited!


I have a new interest & spent time looking online at different boxes & at the art of packing a beautiful lunch.  Look at what I found!




While our boxes won't be that cute...we sure are going to have fun trying!!!

Thanks Merilee! 
Here are a few pics of us in college:

Rachel, Merilee & Me                                         Twin's Game

Liz, Merilee & Me

We had so much fun!!!!!

I tried to make these bigger but it is not working....This is Mer with her oldest son in Japan.

Mer with her husband & 3 boys.

Their family is now stationed on the East Coast.  I sure wish she were closer...there is still a ton of fun to be had!  But, I love how her life still impacts mine! 

I have not ordered from here but they have this set!

29 comments:

Jessie Thompson said...

What a beautiful blog!!! I am excited to starting following you. This post is making me hungry. If I don't get egg rolls soon I might just burst!:)

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

I just found your blog and excited to read more!

Auntie Cake said...

You so know I need one of those. Nature Girl needs a cute lunch. I am going shopping...

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

I think my 7 year old would actually be excited to take "cold lunch" if we had such a cool set! It's funny but when you made the comment about stopping by right after your sister it immediately made me think of my sister, we do the same stuff! lovin your blog!~Theresa

Anonymous said...

Love it, love it, love it.
Merilee

Farmgirl Paints said...

Have to say if I had a cute little lunch box like that I'd eat whatever was in it:) Love the little containers for the yogurt.

Kristy said...

hello. i love the 'BENTO' box. This year I waited to long and never did order them on line. I looked ALL OVER to find them and NOTHING. We used them last year and they were great.
:O)

The Neffs said...

I just love it! So cute and creative! Can you make me one? lol

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Love this post! I'm Japanese American and sad to have lost a cultural craving for bento boxes. My 4 kids missed out and brown bag it each day. Bento lunches take time and creativity! Love that you took the time to make your daughter's bento so special. I read your profile and was moved. Yes, I pray for God's word to be sown into the hearts of my kids so when they take flight from our little nest we call home, God's word will always be with them in this crazy, sinful world. Thanks for stopping by and seeing my "Believe" tea towel!

{little.happy.things} said...

I love Bento Box. I loved to bring it to school when I was a kid. I still do it now when we go to ball games or driving.But my husband refuse to use bento box when he bring lunch, he thinks beto box is too cute to bring to the office...

short southern momma said...

I seriously need one of those! Love it! Hope your having a great day girl! xoxo

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

How adorable is that! That certainly makes taking your lunch super cool! Your little one is adorable!!! The photo of the different boxes are amazing, so creative!!

Thank you for your sweet comment, happy to have found you!

design gal said...

those bento boxes are adoreable! just stumbled upon your blog and love it!

Shelley said...

Which market? We like the market on Cedar and Old Shakopee Rd. The guy there loves my guys.

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