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Still working on the forum!

I'm still working on getting the forum up and running for the Bento Challenge, and some other things behind the scenes (you may have noticed the site has a slightly new layout/design, and new logo too). Please bear with me for a bit longer

In the meantime, take a look at the Just Bento flickr group, already up to 174 members!

The Get Started Bento Challenge will start on January 12th

slimbentosb.pngThe bento challenge that I talked about previously here and here, will start on January 13th January 12th.

Why the 12th? Well, I think that at the start of the New Year, a lot of us are very busy with work or school, for ourselves or for our family, cranking up into full gear. continue reading...

Menu For Hope V: Just Bento prizes!

[Update:] Menu For Hope has been extended to December 31st!

menuforhope2008sm.jpgYou thought that the Anniversary Giveaway was exciting? Well, here are some more goodies for you, plus you get to donate to a great cause!

Menu For Hope is an annual fundraising event, now it its 5th year, contributed to by food bloggers around the world. Last year, nearly US $100,000.00 was raised for the United Nations World Food Programme, to benefit the school lunch programme in Lesotho, Africa.

Menu For Hope’s creator and head organizer is Pim of Chez Pim, and this year’s regional Europe host is Sara of Ms. Adventures In Italy.

I’m very happy to announce that Just Bento is once again offering a raffle prize for Menu For Hope V! continue reading...

I'll be back shortly

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Just in case you follow Just Bento but not Just Hungry, and you’re wondering why there haven’t been any updates for a while, this is what happened. I’ll be back home in a few days though and back to regular bento making!

In the meantime, a picture from a couple of days ago. In the background is the Pacific Ocean, from Laie Point on the northeastern shore of Oahu, Hawai’i. On the dashboard of my rental car…two spam musubi! I still can’t say I am in love with them but they do sure fill a hole in the tummy very very well.

Highlights on Just Bento for April

Since Just Bento is attracting a lot of new readers these days (thank you!) starting now I’m going to be highlighting some of the most popular or interesting articles from the past month every month, in case you missed something good.

See more entries from April, not to mention March, February and more! continue reading...

Expanded bento supply stock at Japan Centre

Good news for bento fans in Europe and the UK in particular: as reported previously, Japan Centre’s online store has expanded their bento box and accessory lineup from Daiso. Accessories are priced at £1.45 to &1.49, and bento boxes like the popular Lube Sheep Dragonfly model are £2.50 - pretty reasonable I think. While Japan Centre, who are based in London, only ship food items within Europe, they do ship non-food items worldwide, Always figure in the shipping costs and shop around for the best deals! See Where to buy bento items. (*Disclaimer: Japan Centre is an advertiser on Just Bento, but I’m also a very happy repeat customer.)