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hi from Venezia

Hello! My name is marzia, I joined in today althought i've been reading for a while, to share ideas, have fun with you all and take part in the Bento Challenge! I studied Japanese at university and I love Japanese culture and food. I was not very fond of cooking until I was diagnosed with celiac desease...I had to start following a gluten free diet and - of course - learn how to cook! I bring my home-made lunch everyday at work, and the Japanese bento is a colorful and healthy way to keep up with the diet.

Hey from Memphis

Hello all,

Bramble here, though you can call me whatever you like. Just thought I'd stop by and say hi.

I'm a part time college student hoping to major in culinary arts once my basics are done. I also have a deep love of trying different foods and learning about the cultures that go with them.

If anyone needs any help or food ideas I'll be glad to toss mine out there.

*hugs all*



I'm Glenda and I've been reading JustBento for a couple of months now. My home is in Ottawa, Canada, where my husband lives, but I tend to spend most of the year over in England where I'm trying to finish a PhD. (note to self: you *will* finish by May! you *will* finish by May!). continue reading...

Hey Hey Hey from ATL

I've been exploring Japanese cuisine for the past year in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Since I go to school in addition to working, keeping a handle on nutrition has been next to impossible. What I have found in Japanese cuisine and Bento lunches is food that can be put together pretty quickly and is not made with as much fat as American food. The weight loss I've been experiencing is pretty crazy and the fun I've had doing it has been a wonderful surprise.

Hello from New Zealand!

Hi All,

My name is Mel and I've been a lurker on Just Bento for a long time. I'm so pleased there is a forum now! I'm not so disciplined with making bento everyday - but I'd like to be. The amount of $$ my husband and I can spend on lunch is ridiculous! We live in NZ so a lot of the awesome bento stuff (tools, boxes, & food) that others can get is very out of reach for us! If only international shipping to NZ wasn't so pricey!

Anyways, enough from me :)


Hello from jerusalem name is Robin and I've been enjoying reading JustBento, and playing with the idea of making bentos. I've made a few of the sides, and I sometimes remember to make a pot of rice (not sushi rice though...) but for the most part, my bentos are just leftovers.

I want to learn to make enough lunch so I don't go scavenging for more food later in the day.

Also, I want to know how you pack it tight enough so that the food actually looks as attractive when you sit down to eat is, as it does when you leave the house.

Heya :-)

I've been making bento meals on and off for several years now, and I'm eager to share recipes, inspiration, and pictures with the community here. Bento brings together lots of bits which are important to me: yummy food, beauty, and thriftiness form the core. Culturally, I'm Danish & American, and many of the places I've lived had definitely rubbed off on me --particularly Italy & France. continue reading...

Master Cook 9?

I find it useful for keeping track of recipies I like and for nutritional analysises, it also has a function that allows you to keep track of what you need to buy and how much it would cost. I think It's quite an old programe, but It still seems to do everything I want it too, and I should imagine it's even more useful for a person who does the shopping. Does anyone else have it, or a similar programe?