A quick note for vegetarians and vegans regarding the first assignment (Bento101)

I’ve seen some discussion in the comments and elsewhere about whether the bento-friendly foods form posted with the first lesson can be used by vegans or vegetarians. I’m not a vegetarian myself, but I eat like one about 70% of the time, and I certainly think that the form is usable.

For lacto- or lacto-ovo vegetarians it’s pretty straightforward. You’d put things like cheese and other dairy products in the Protein column. continue reading...

Bento 101 (Getting Into the Bento Making Habit): Part 1: What can I eat?

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Welcome to the first lesson of Bento 101: Getting Into The Bento Making Habit! As the course name implies, and as I outlined previously, this course is all about incorporating the bento making habit into your daily routine. continue reading...

School lunch in Japan: is it so different?

Attention!

Since the focus of this site is bentos for lunch, I’m always fascinated by the subject of lunch in general. An interesting article in the Washington Post appeared yesterday, about school lunches in Japan. continue reading...

Bento 101: Getting Into The Bento Habit course materials and further notes

The response to the Getting Into The Bento Habit course announcement has been overwhelming! I’m really glad to see so many people interested in participating. I’m busy getting things ready now.

Reading through the comments, there may be a little bit of misunderstanding about the objectives of this course, so I just wanted to clarify them here. continue reading...

Announcing the first bento course for 2013! Bento101: Getting Into the Bento Habit

Announcing a new venture on JustBento: Bento Courses. continue reading...

Here's to a great bento year! Open thread for your questions and comments about bentos

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Happy New Year everyone!

The start of a brand new year is the time for resolutions of course, and many of you reading this may have made bentos part of your plans for 2013. If you’re new to bentos, going through the hundreds of articles on this site might be a bit intimidating. So, if you have any questions or comments about bento-ing - anything at all - this is an open thread post for you to pose them. continue reading...

Yuzu scented winter vegetable tsukemono (pickles)

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Here’s a super-easy tsukemono or Japanese style pickle that only takes about 10 minutes to prep. It makes a great bento vegetable or salad substitute. continue reading...

2012 Holiday Bento Shopping Guide

xmas-onigiri.pngFor some reason I’ve only done this every couple of years on JustBento, but to celebrate my Return To Blogging, I thought I’d put together a short list of bento related goodies that have caught my eye.

I’ve even hauled out Christmas Santa Sideburns Onigiri-man to bring in the cheer. Onigiri-man has evolved over the years that he’s been the JustBento mascot, and now he has a goatee instead of sideburns. But originally, he was firmly stuck in the ’70s.

There should still be plenty of time to order any of the items mentioned, although in some cases you may need to choose express shipping.

But enough with the preamble: here we go.


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