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Mostly offline for a week or so

Hi folks. I will be mostly offline for a week or so. Some new articles that are already written up will (if it works out) get posted but replying to comments and so on will have to wait a bit. Here’s why in case you don’t follow Just Hungry too. I’ll be back though! :)

(Update on my status is here.) \

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More single item recipes for mix-and-match bento making

I’ve been doing a lot of background organizing on Just Bento, now that it has a few months under its belt. So far, I’ve been featuring mainly bento staples or johbisai, things that you can make in advance and stock in the freezer, refrigerator or elsewhere. There are lots of things that aren’t well suited to cooking in advance (or any earlier than the night before) though. So I’ll be writing up more individual item recipes. continue reading...

New site feature: Sortable index pages

Now that there’s a comfortable amount of content on Just Bento, I’ve added two features to the site: an index page of all entries on the site, and a recipe only index. (The links are in the top navigation, on the left side of the page.) Both pages are sortable by title or date, and clicking on a category will take you to a page which lists all entries under that category. I hope you’ll find them useful!

Improved bento archive list

I’ve boosted the information on the bento archive list - the completed bento how-tos are the heart of the site after all. Instead of just a simple listing of thumbnails, each bento now has the Time needed, Calories, Type and Protein sources (which indicate whether a bento is vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore) indicated. So, now you can scan the page for the bento that suits your time, calorie, or eating preferences.

Last day for Menu For Hope, and Happy Holidays

Cross stitch Christmas Advent wallhanging

This is the very last day you can donate to Menu For Hope! And a nice bonus - take a look at the beautiful poem about Lesotho here by Rethabile.

Just Bento is taking a few days off to take care of a ton of offline duties. We’ll be back on the 26th, Boxing Day - an appropriate day to start talking about getting into the bento making spirit for 2008.

Happy Holidays! continue reading...

Important edit to the Menu For Hope prize listing

I should never try to post blogs at 3 AM, because I omitted an important detail for the Menu For Hope prize description (which I’ve edited now). Any bento box featured up until the December 21st deadline as Bento Of The Week can be selected as your prize, even if the retail price goes over the limit. So if you fell in love with that gorgeous handcarved box that was featured last week, you can enter for a chance to win it! continue reading...

Menu For Hope IV: Donate for a chance to win a bento maker's dream package

Just Bento is happy to announce that we’re donating a prize for Menu For Hope, now in its 4th year. Menu for Hope is an annual charity event contributed to by food bloggers around the world. It was instigated by Pim of Chez Pim, and this year’s regional European host is Fanny of foodbeam.

Menu For Hope IV will benefit the United Nations World Food Programme; this year’s donations have been earmarked for the school lunch programme in Lesotho, Africa.

We’re calling our prize: The Bento Maker’s Dream Package! continue reading...

Bento tips via Twitter

onigirikorokoro.gifIf you are a Twitter user, I’ve started to post site updates and short bento or food related things there. I’ll try to update, er I mean tweet, at least several times a week, or whenever an idea strikes me that’s too short perhaps for a full post.

Update: I’ve divided my Twittering to two accounts. The @justbento has site updates for both Just Bento and Just Hungry, plus bento-related tweets occasionally, while @makiwi is where I tweet about whatever is on my mind, at random. So, follow one, or both if you dare!

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