Menu For Hope raffle results

The raffle results for Menu For Hope have been announced on Chez Pim. This year, $91,188.00 was raised. Wow. Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets, and to my fellow food bloggers who offered such a great variety of prizes!

The winner of the Just Bento prize of a bento maker’s dream package is Jennifer. (Check the list on Chez Pim to see if you are that Jennifer.) Jennifer, please get in touch with me at maki at makikoitoh dot com so we can discuss the where, how and what-goes-ins of your prize. My mom in Yokohama and I are poised and ready to fulfil your wishes.

Bento boxes of the week: Showa Retro vintage aluminum bento boxes

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Vintage/retro aluminum bento boxes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s are popular as room accessories as well as for bento. continue reading...

Getting started with bento making: Easy diet bento rules

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Bento box lunches are a great tool to use within an overall weight loss program. Just the fact that the box is quite compact makes portion control a lot easier. However, just packing your lunch in a cute box doesn’t automatically make it ‘diet food’ either. Here are some simple rules to follow to maximise the weight-loss benefits of your bento lunches. continue reading...

Getting started with bento making: Aim for balance

To ease into the whole concept of bento lunches, try practicing your balancing skills. continue reading...

Getting started with bento making

This is the start page for the Getting Started With Making Bento series for bento beginners.

Bento box of the week: A 150,000 yen bento from Nikko

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This is not your everyday bento for sure. Offered by a bento maker in the town of Nikko, the Nikko maizoukin (Nikko treasure) bento costs 150,000 yen, about US $1340 at today’s exchange rates. It can only be ordered in Japan of course, and must be pre-ordered. continue reading...

Looking forward to a bento-filled 2008

Posting here slowed down this past week, but never fear! Starting on the 2nd, I’ll be kicking off a Getting Started With Bento Making series. If you’re interested in incorporating bento lunches into your daily life, be sure to tune in.

In 2007, I made a series of resolutions aimed at improving my health and fitness, not to mention losing weight. I can’t say I followed through on all of those resolutions, but one thing that did stick was making bento lunches at least a couple of times a week. As I wrote earlier, it has helped me to lose some weight, as well as eat healthier all around. I hope you’ll join me as I continue my healthy-bento adventures in 2008! continue reading...