Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Bento Box Bandwagon

Thing 1 is very picky. At age 9 she still doesn't like different foods to touch each other. Bento Boxes were invented for this child! And fortunately they're all the rage.

For those of you who aren't yet familiar with this craze, a Bento Box is a lunchbox, most often made up of individual compartments.

We had a blast searching online for the perfect box, finally deciding on an actual Japanese import. It's the pink polka dot one with three stacking tiers pictured above. There are lots of local options available, though, given our proximity to San Francisco's Japantown and the significant Asian population in the Bay.

There are entire cookbooks a whole bunch of blogs that cover Bento Box lunches. Here are a few links:

Lunch in a Box
Wendolonia
Another Lunch

It does take longer to pack Thing 1's lunch but I enjoy the creative challenge of it and I'm hopeful that my petite daughter eats more given the visual appeal. Besides, this stuff is so adorable!

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