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"Back to School" bento for kids article in the Japan Times

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About a bento article in The Japan Times, plus a wave to show I’m still here! continue reading...

Making bento lunches in a dorm room

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[It’s back-to-school time! This article was originally posted in September 2008, and revised several times since. There are lots of great ideas in the comments, so be sure to check them out! ]

Here’s a great question from reader Jan:

I live in a college dorm, and I only have a microwave, water kettle and George Foreman-style grill (we aren’t allowed to have hotplates in here). Is it an option to grill tofu? And do you have any other suggestions for cooking with my limited resources?

Eating healthy in a dorm room can be a challenge indeed, especially without a fully equipped kitchen. I actually lived in a dorm-like setting (it was off-campus housing but set up like a dorm) for a few months during my early days in college. We had access to an ancient refrigerator, which was compartmentalized inside into lockable litle safe-like boxes with nameplates and keys (!). Each box was about the size of a hotel room safe, so there was barely enough space there for each person to store an apple and a can of soda. We could have a water heater in our rooms, but that was about it (though there were suspiciousl smells periodically wafting about the place from various rooms). I did move to a better place as soon as I could, but here’s what I remember doing from those days, plus some ideas about using those luxury items, a grill and a microwave! continue reading...

Christmas bentos bring good cheer to lunch

Bento #13: Santa Claus Onigiri

Some really cute yet easy to emulate Christmas themed bentos from the JustBento community. continue reading...

My sister does bentos: charaben (kyaraben) for a girl and boy

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Here are some bentos made by a typical busy Japanese mom - my sister Mayumi - for her two kids. continue reading...

Bento lunches and "shokuiku" (food education) at a Japanese kindergarten

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Another Japan Times article - about how bento lunch time is used as a teaching opportunity at Japanese kindergartens. continue reading...

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! continue reading...

Great Bento Idea: Giraffe bentos for two little girls by Karaimame

Little giraffe bento

This week’s Great Bento Idea comes from a mom of 2 little girls in Finland, Karaimame! continue reading...