Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ribbit...frog bento!

I saw a video online a couple days ago of an adorable little Namaqua Rain Frog puffing itself up into a round ball and squeaking to call a mate.  It was simply adorable!  My froggie doesn't look anything like the frog in the video, but that was my inspiration for today's bento.  You can see the video here.
What's in the Box?
Frog - White Rice & Broccoli w/ Nori & Radish Accents
Nori fly on frog's tongue
Shrimp, Tomatoes & Jicama w/ Sweet Chili Lime Dressing
Lettuce, Red Bell Peppers, Baby Cucumbers
Cheese Cubes, Blackberries & Clementine
Bentos on the Bayou Bentos on the Bayou

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pacman Bento and Monbento Review

I am thrilled to be doing my very first review today!  When I first learned of Monbento, a French bento company, I instantly fell in love with the beauty of their boxes.  I was very excited when they offered to send me one to review.  I have used my new box several times, and it has quickly become one of my favorites.

 I was sent an MB Original, which is a large 2-tier box.  Each of the two sections has an airtight lid, is BPA free, and is dishwasher and microwave safe.

The first thing I noticed upon opening my package was the size of the bento box.  It is very large.  Monbento also makes a single tier box, which might be more appropriate for a child or a light eater.  My opinion is that the two combined tiers work well for an adult, to pack a larger meal for an older child, or for two children sharing one box - each using one tier. 

The next thing I noticed was the soft touch of the outer box. It is incredibly nice and adds a bit of sophistication to the overall feel and style of the box.  It is certainly fit for an adult!!  The downside to this outer material is that it seems to stain easily.  I haven't had any trouble with the inside of the box, even filling it with tomato-based pasta sauce and turmeric colored rice, but the outside stained very quickly after coming into contact with both turmeric & some coffee that was poured into the sink next to the box.  I would personally not recommend getting a white box.  However, with the customization available through the Monbento site, there are literally hundreds of color combinations available to choose from.

The cost for a 2-tier MB Original is between $30-35.  This is a bit higher than I have paid for any of my other boxes, but it is by far one of the nicest boxes I have seen.  It is incredibly sturdy and made very well.  With the exception of the staining on the lid, I expect this box to far outlast my other boxes, and it is really in a class of its own.

What's in the Box?
Black Beans, Turmeric colored Rice w/ Nori & Radish accents
Cheese, Broccoli, Carrots & Radish
Cheese, Bell Pepper & Cucumber Ghosts (used a tulip cutter upside-down)
Deli Chicken, Lettuce, Broccoli, Bell Peppers, Cucumber, Snap Peas, Tomatoes
Blackberries, Blueberries & Pomegranate Seeds

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Friday, February 15, 2013

3*2*1...Blast Off!!!

My little Super Tot is fanatical about space right now, so I thought I'd make him a space shuttle bento.  He's pretty excited about it and is even wearing his astronaut suit today!
What's in the Box??
Rice Space Shuttle w/ Nori, Bell Pepper & flag accents
Black Beans, Zucchini & Cheese Stars
Steamed Broccoli, Carrots, Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomatoes
Kimbap, Turkey Pastrami, Cheese Cubes, Apple Slices

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Little Star


Today's bento was a quick one using mostly leftovers from last night's dinner.  
What's in the Box?
Brown, Red & Wild Rice Goulash
Wheat Toast w/ Radish, Tomato & Wilton Eye accents 
Baby Zucchini, Carrots, Tomatoes
Strawberries, Blueberries & Cheddar Cubes

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Monday, February 11, 2013

A Valentine from Princess

Princess has been wanting to make a bento for awhile, and today was the day!  She made this bento almost exclusively by herself.  I assisted only to cut a few items and to show her how to make the onigiri.  I am so proud of what she created!
What's in the Box?
Rice w/ Nori accents
Lettuce, Tomato, Snap Peas, Heirloom Carrots, Asparagus
Cheese Cubes, Rotisserie Chicken, Blood Orange

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Metal Mouth

My not-so-little Princess is going to the orthodontist today to see about getting braces, so I thought I would honor her with today's bento!  She's much cuter than the girly in my bento, but she loved it!
What's in the Box?
Turkey Pastrami Sandwich w/ Cheese, Nori, Ham & Icing accents
Leftover Yellow Rice Hair (colored w/ Turmeric)
Lettuce, Tomatoes, Celery, Carrots, Cucumber
Strawberries, Blackberries & Mango

Monday, February 4, 2013

Yellow Chick Bento

Today's bento is the little chick that is on the front of my bento planner.  It was quick and easy to make, but tasted delicious!
What's in the box?
Yellow Rice (colored w/ Turmeric) w/ Carrot, Bell Pepper, Nori & Sprinkle accents
Lettuce, Tomatoes, Carrots, Bell Peppers, Cucumber, Radish, Celery
Mango, Kiwi, Blueberries

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