Hello from Northern Ontario

aggie_june
Bento-ing from: Parry Sound › Ontario › Canada
Joined: 17 Sep 2010
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Hello - I'm Rebecca and live in northern ontario in Canada - which makes finding bento supplies and some ingredients a challenge. I make a couple of trips to Toronto every year for tournaments and know that I'll be stocking up on ingredients that I can't find here during those trips.

I became interested in bento when I found this site while looking for a japanese-style recipe for a pot luck dinner for my karate club (I am shodan-ho and in training for my black belt). I was especially interested in the portion control and weight-loss potential as I am a diabetic and have struggled with my weight all my life despite having an active lifestyle.

Since I started using bento for my lunch (and sometimes supper as well) about 6 weeks ago in combination with weightwatchers, I have lost 10 lbs. My blood sugars have been great. I allow myself no more than 1/2 cup of rice in my bento and that has been working just fine.

My teenage son has also become interested in bento. It suprised me when he asked me to make him a bento lunch for school. More to my suprise is 2 weeks into school,, his bento lunches are coming home empty and his additional snack for his second nutrition break has also been eaten. I lost track of how much food was wasted last year in his lunches because he didn't eat them.

The bento and cooking the food has also been useful in that my son attends a nut free school. When I make the food myself, there is absolutely no question of nut products. Which makes life easier - as you have to read the ingredient list of Every Product EVERY Time when buying prepared foods. I wish I'd discovered bento earlier while my son still had his peanut allergy. He has outgrown it, but I am especially careful as I know how dangerous and nerve-wracking for parents food allergies can be.

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bronwyncarlisle
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Bento-ing from: Dunedin › New Zealand
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Re: Hello from Northern Ontario

Hi Rebecca. I know exactly where you're coming from with the school lunches. I just stopped sending them to school with my son because he never ate them. Wish I'd known about bentos back then. I HAVE supplied my daughter-in-law with bento boxes though, and my elder granddaughter loves eating her kindy lunch from her Minnie mouse one.

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aggie_june
Bento-ing from: Parry Sound › Ontario › Canada
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Re: Hello from Northern Ontario

I'm just glad I found something that works - I know he's eating healthy food for lunch and having a good meal. One of his friends has been asking for me to make his lunches too. I gave him the website address - maybe he'll show his parents.

Re: Hello from Northern Ontario

Oh hey! I know where you're coming from; I'm from Sault Ste Marie. The amount of Japanese and other Asian ingredients we can find has increased in past years, but it's still pretty limited. Every grocery store and health food store seems to have a few things, and you have to do the rounds to all of them to assemble all the things you need, if you can find them at all.

SRIMAL
Re: Hello from Northern Ontario

I am shodan ho too

wish you all the best

WADOKAI KARATE STUDENT FROM SRI LANKA

Katherine Hunni
Re: Hello from Northern Ontario

Hello! I'm also new here. I've been making bento for about 2 years now. My husband LOVES them (and pretty much all Japanese food). We're from the Maryland/Virginia, USA area. We got married in a very rural place and started eating a lot of Japanese food. I had a really hard time finding some ingredients. Luckily, my husband is in the military and our commissaries keep foreign food in stock. Some things were impossible to find though. I found a website that I feel confident about (sometimes when ordering from a foreign website I just pray that I didn't just waste my money). It's called asianfoodgrocer.com. You can even get overnight refridgerated shipping for miso and other perishable items. It's pricier than getting non-perishable items but if you really can't find them where you are then it might be worth it.

Hope this helps and good luck with the bento making:)

Loretta
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Re: Hello from Northern Ontario

Hello aggie-june
Your introduction brought back happy memories for me. I honeymooned in Minden, not very far from you. I'm delighted that bento are proving so beneficial for you and your family.

And welcome also, Katherine Hunni. I'm pleased you've persisted with joining us!

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