News from Maki (August 2011)

Maki had to go to the hospital in an emergency, yesterday, August 29. Everything went well, and she is recovering now, although she may well have to stay at the hospital for several days.

We keep the site up and running as good as possible, but it will take some time until new articles will come online.

In the meantime "Get well soon, Maki!"

It's bento season again! (Open thread)

French fries roll!

This has to stop. I’m declaring the re-opening of bento season! continue reading...

The Bento&co Contest winners are announced, plus some personal favorites

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The results of the big Bento&co Contest have been announced - the grand prize winner is Huang, who gets to go to Kyoto in September! As I mentioned earlier, I was one of the judges for this contest, and it was a very difficult task indeed to come up with a top 50, let alone a top 20. Everyone was really pushing the envelope!

Here are some of my personal favorites that didn’t make the finalist list (with one exception). continue reading...

The Just Bento Cookbook is one of the top 10 cookbooks of 2011 on Amazon.com

I have already tweeted and er, Facebooked (is that a word?) about this, but I got a nudge from a certain quarter to put it right here too. So here it is, tooting my own horn ^_^: The Just Bento Cookbook was selected by Amazon.com as one of the top 10 books in the Cooking, Food and Wine category in 2011 (so far)! continue reading...

Bento vendor news: Voting for the Bento&co 2011 Contest has started

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A quick note to let you know that the top 20 finalists in the Bento&co Contest 2011 (announced here previously) has started! Check out the entries on their blog. continue reading...

Great bento box makers: A visit to Hakoya in Ishikawa, Japan

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In April, I had the opportunity to pay a visit to one of my favorite Japanese bento box makers, Hakoya. Here’s my report, with lots of eye candy for bento box lovers! continue reading...

Bento vendor news: A great big bento contest by Bento&co

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With the kids (or yourself) not in school and the lazy days of summer stretching before you, are you feeling the need for a little bento inspiration? Then the big 2011 Bento Contest sponsored by our friends over at Bento&co is for you! continue reading...