Okay, loyal followers, occasional readers, and long time lurkers, I need your input! I've been giving serious thought to making bento lunches for myself and want to know if any of you have experience in that department. I'd read a little about them a year or two ago but had pretty much forgotten about the concept until my friend Tracey and I started a Twitter discussion about them. Now I'm obsessed!
I admit I find the entire concept to be a little odd but it also seems like it would be fun and interesting so I'm game. I don't have a bento box yet but tonight I just had to get in the kitchen and play in an attempt to grasp some of the ideas. I ended up using a Gladeware container and cupcake papers to make my faux bento lunch for tomorrow. Yes, I took pictures and no, I won't post them. It's embarrassing they're so pitiful! But hey, I'm trying...
I found this great website, My Lunch Can Beat Up Your Lunch, and it's basically bento for dummies. In fact, I found it by Googling 'bento for dummies'. Ha! It has photos, recipes, and basic information that even a simpleton like me can understand. And here's a video about crafting a bento.
But I'd really like to hear from any of you who have done the bento thing. I'd like to know about your experiences, especially if you made the lunches for yourself or another adult rather than a child. I told Tracey I can't see myself taking Hello Kitty rice balls to work and she said she takes Hello Kitty stuff all the time! Okay, so maybe I can work some kawaii stuff in there but really I'm going for healthy, low carb, and easy to eat. And I think bento is one way to help me stay on track with lunch at work.
Thanks for any ideas or comments!