The Watering Hole

Salutations from Toronto!

Hi everyone! I've been a long time lurker of Just Bento and finally decided to join the forum community. I guess I've always been a bit of a bento-er all my life but I never knew it. My mom would sometimes pack me lunch in a cute little bento box when I was in elementary school, but the ridicule was so much that I switched back to sandwiches for the rest of elementary and high school. In university, I had a meal plan so I never needed to pack lunches. continue reading...

hello from NYC

Hello everyone. I run Japanese cooking class in Manhattan. I hold bento box workshop on a regular basis. Please check my bento creation and other Japanese food at my blog:

Hope you enjoy!


Anyone here watch Food Network?

I'm not a reality show-cultist but I watch whatever is most interesting on tv at the gym (16 channels! Woo!) which usually means Food Network (yes I'm aware of the irony.)

Tonight on Chopped the four chefs had to make an appetizer using nori, maple syrup and some fancy cut of beef.

Only one guy seemed to have any idea what he was doing, and then he argued with the judges.

Then the one woman on the show draped the nori over her meat like a tent ;_;

I didn't stick around to find out who got the boot though. continue reading...

Line-drying Clothes

Can anyone here who regularly line-dries clothing give me some advice?

Every once in a while, I gear up to make my life more eco-friendly. I tried line-drying one time, but my clothes turned out smelling bad. People have told me "Ah, that's just the smell of the great outdoors!" but no. I mean they smelled BAAAAAAAD! As in carry them to another room and they leave odor trails. As in forget the Febreeze and wash the things a second time. That bad.
Since I can't do much about the pollution in my area, here's some of my other thoughts:

1. Drying in the bathroom. continue reading...

New Bento Eater

It's almost three weeks since the birth of my daughter (she was due about a week ago).

She weighed just under 3kgs. Her appetite is absolutely voracious, so she's gaining weight by the day. It also means that it is very rare for me to be awake and have more than one hand free - all my recent posts have been one handed. I'm sure this won't change for a while. continue reading...

Hello from London!

Hi everyone,

Long-time reader and bento maker, first time forum resident! I live in London, UK (in West Kensington... hence the name) and have been making packed lunches in various forms for years... from the margarine sandwiches (mmm, delicious!) which accompanied my penniless gap year days to the bento boxes I pack for work now. continue reading...


I am new to Bento, I found it while surfing the internet for healthy lunches for my 8 year old son. He came home upset because some kids had called him "fat". Now he is chunky, but he is honestly big boned! But he didn't get "chunky" until he started school. What changed? I went to work full-time and he started eating breakfast, lunch and snack at school! A quick review of the public school menu showed me that he was eating mostly high fat, carb rich meals. So this year I decided to start packing his lunch. continue reading...