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Other bento stuff.

If you're in Seattle...about the Uwajimaya event on Saturday

Just a word about my last book tour event...at Uwajimaya in Seattle on Saturday.

Another bento contest to enter for prizes!

More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and availability

News about the mini-book-tour, plus...where the heck is the book anyway?

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Welcome to 2011, the Year of the Miffy, I mean the bunny!

I was going to make an onigiri bunny, but a Miffy and friends (more amigurumi bunnies over on Just Hungry) emerged instead.

Here's to another eventful year!

Keep reading Happy New Year! →

Great Bento Ideas: Christmas bentos!

A Few Good (Snow)Men Bento

After a couple of weeks off, the Great Bento Ideas series is back with a roundup of simple yet effective Christmas bentos!

Hi everyone. I got back from Japan earlier this week. Together with some gorgeous new bento boxes, lots of ideas for new recipes and tons of photos, I also brought home (or picked up during the 23+ hours of travel time) a bad cold. I hope to be back with new posts here soon.

In the meantime though, here's news of a Christmas Bento Contest by CasaBento, with first prize being a Black Design Kit worth 38€ / $56. Deadline for entry is December 15th. Good luck!

xmas-onigiri2.pngWelcome to the 3rd and final part of the 2010 Holiday Gift Guide for bento fans! In Part 1 we covered under-$10 gifts, and in Part 2 we looked at gifts in the $10-50 range. Now it's time to look at gifts for that really special bento person in your life - including yourself!

I had a bit of a hard time putting together this list actually (which is why it took some time to post). At first I was going to recommend some bento-friendly appliances, such as a nice rice cooker. But I did that kind of thing in my original Holiday Gift Guide 3 years ago. So, this time I am going to concentrate on the pure indulgences - high end bento boxes, sets and other stuff. I know, I have said time and time again on these pages that you can do bentos with inexpensive, practical plastic containers - and you can, and should start out with those until you're sure bento-ing is for you. But just as you might want to indulge in a beautiful dinnerware set from Wedgewood or Royal Copenhagen or something, you might want to splurge on one special bento box. After all, a special bento box is something a lot more intimate than a for-company-only dinnerware. Or how about this; think of a special bento box as a treat for yourself (or your favorite bento person), like a set of really nice silk lingerie instead everyday cotton underpants.

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