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Electric Takoyaki Grill

I'm looking for a tabletop takoyaki grill that I can use in Europe (e.g. not the 110V kind) without needing a giant transformer that would probably cost more than the grill itself because of wattage consumption. Anybody has one just sitting around? Or indeed more preferable... any suggestions where I can get my sticky hands on one? Dying for some Takoyaki... and I can't get them readily here. The only one I've seen online is in the Japan Center in UK and that's a cast iron stovetop one which won't work without a gas stove anyway, since I have an electric hob, it's pretty useless... continue reading...

For those in the UK

And probably more so for those in East Anglia actually. Those of you who know the store will just think of cheap random items that have no real use, but you just have to buy. Well think again.

That's right I'm talking about QD's!

I popped in there the other day and they really do have loads of things that could be used for bento. I got the cutest miniature silicon cup cake cases that fit perfectly in my box. They also have loads of other cute items that could be used along with cheap containers that can be used for boxes and stuff. continue reading...

Stainless Steel Bento Box

Just stumbled onto a stainless steel box for sale for $10 online!
http://www.zoombabygear.com/item_575/Stainless-Steel-Container.htm
My cubic inches to ml says it's around 850, but that's including the domed lid, and rather approximate, as it has rounded corners. Good for sandwiches and bulky fruit and salads, probably. But cheap! They also have a 12oz stainless steel bottle with nipple cap for babies, but it says a sport cap is available, I guess on request. Also $10.
http://www.zoombabygear.com/item_576/Stainless-Steel-Sippy-Cup.htm

Need basic bento gear? Think you are spending too much? I can help you. :)

(Too long, didn't read? There's a summary at the bottom)

Hello there everyone.

So I was thinking, I live in the SF bay area (San Jose to be exact) and there is a fair amount of stores that I can get some basic bento stuff supplies from (boxes, accessories, chopsticks, etc... but unsure about the more expensive stuff..).

I know that some people who end up buying online spend a pretty penny on some of their bento gear because of the inflated prices, and I wanted to offer a cheaper alternative (that is, if you plan to buy more than a box). continue reading...

Stainless Steel Bento Box

Just stumbled onto a stainless steel box for sale for $10 online!
http://www.zoombabygear.com/item_575/Stainless-Steel-Container.htm
My cubic inches to ml says it's around 850, but that's including the domed lid, and approximate. Good for sandwiches and bulky fruit and salads, probably. But cheap! They also have a 12oz stainless steel bottle with nipple cap for babies, but it says a sport cap is available, I guess on request. Also $10.
http://www.zoombabygear.com/item_576/Stainless-Steel-Sippy-Cup.htm

SE England Japanese Organic Veg Box Delivery - & Kings Cross (N. London) collection point

Between April/May and November, Nama yasai will be recommencing their vegetable box delivery service in the South East of England.
http://www.namayasai.co.uk/index.htm

If you are in the South East of England do please check on the Nama yasai website to see if you can benefit from this wonderful initiative.
Londoners can collect boxes from Itadaki Zen = see below

Nama yasai supply a range of restaurants and stores in London and their clients include Nobu. Their food is local (not air-freighted) and produced organically without pesticides and with laborious traditional methods. continue reading...

Is there bento gear in Düsseldorf?

Hi,

In a few weeks I'm going to Düsseldorf, and I was wondering if anyone has been tehre. In Maki's report (I think) I read that there is not a lot of bento gear to be found, but can anyone tell me what can be found? I'm looking for boxes or sets and maybe some egg-moulds, does anyone know if the shops in DÚsseldorf do carry those items? I'd hate to come back disappointed...

Daiso basic bentoboxes and more

Just thought I'd contribute to the list of places to stockup on bento supplies. While on vacation in the northern bay area I came across Daiso a fairly popular bargain shop that not only carries bento items, but also basic housewears. I included the link at the bottom for all to find the location nearest them.

The map includes all countires one can find a Daiso store.
http://www.daiso-sangyo.co.jp/english/storeinfo/storeinfo03.html