Nominate your favorite bento blogs and sites!

maki
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I have to confess, I’m pretty bad about linking to other bento blogs. I am so caught up in my own sites that there just isn’t enough time! So…I’m asking you all to help me assemble a good link list of really useful bento related sites that you love (besides Just Bento of course!)

Please list your nomination as a reply to this like so:

  • name of blog (required)

  • url (required)

  • what language it’s in (if not English) (required)

  • who owns it if you know

  • the main focus of the blog or site (besides being about bento)

  • your reasons for nominating it

I’ll check out your nominations and add them to a proper link list. You can nominate your own blog, but be extra-persuasive!

Thanks everyone!

(I do know about several great bento sites of course…but I thought I’d leave the slate blank so to speak so as not to influence your nominations (for the English language ones anyway).)

[Edited again:] So far we have the following (I’ve added a few non-English ones…will add more later. They are worth visiting even if you don’t read the language for the photos and so on!) Sites that are not just about bentos but with substantial bento content, or ‘lunchbox’ material, are ok too

English:

German: - Neko bento: http://www.nekobento.com/

French:

Japanese

  • to come

Let’s hear about some more sites! :)

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The Big Onigiri.

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anon.
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AnnaTheRed's Bento Factory
http://annathered.wordpress.com/

bentos are cute and nerdy and her how-tos are fun even if i don't want to make bento like she does.

melissa
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http://lunchinabox.net/
lunch in a box by Biggie is an English language sight geared toward making healthy Bentos her young son eats, but also has lots of neat speed bento tips she acquired from Japanese cookbooks and her time living in Japan.
I like it because they are simple useful tips. Its not over the top or over simple because most of them are for her son. In other words, they are lunches I would also want to eat.

mosaica
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AnnaTheRed's Totoro bento makes me GIDDY. It's the best bento EVAH.

:-)

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I like Jacki's Bento Blog:
http://jackiw.blogspot.com/
Which is in English and run by Jacki. It is a cross between a bento and cupcake blog. Her cupcakes make me drool, plus bento goodness. Also, she is from Canada and I like the subtle differences between the US and Canada.

elfchild
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I still like Cooking Cute http://www.cookingcute.com though she hasn't updated for a long time. She is the one that inspired me to start making bentos. I also follow Fiesty Bento http://feistybento.blogspot.com because she is so funny! I nth Lunch in a box too for the speed tips, though it really doesn't have a lot of recipes that appeal to me. For that I come here to Just Bento, especially for the vegetarian recipes (hint to Maki...more vegetarian recipes please!!! ^__^) I'm not a vegetarian but i'm trying to eat less meat. I've lost count of the number of times I've made the black bean burgers! Even my redmeat loving BF loves them!

joskid
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I have to 2nd biggie's site. She is the one who inspired me to do this.

I love Annathered's site as well but too much work. I just look at it to oohh and aahh over it, but it wouldn't be anything that I would do - too much work/time, but a great site nonetheless.

I also like Bento Lunches at Live Journal http://community.livejournal.com/bentolunch

bonbon
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Lunch in a box!

I second the nomination for Lunch in a Box. I love all of the speed tips.

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I was going to nominate Lunch in a Box as well - I have preschoolers also so I really appreciate the kid-friendly take on the food there.

MarsGirl
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I fifth the nomination for Lunch in a Box as well.

Anther favorite:
Vegan Lunch Box by Jennifershmoo (Jennifer McCann)
http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/
The blog focuses on healthy vegan box meals Jennifer makes for her family. The ones she make for her son are especially fun. As a vegetarian I'm always looking for ideas for quick healthy veg lunches and this site is great for that.

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I´ve just falled in love with bento and japanese cooking through this site: http://www.nekobento.com/
This site in German, very useful for Bento-lover in Germany. Here can recipes, shopping tips, explanation about japanese ingredients for making bento or cooking, ... In forum members can talk and exchange all about bentos and Japan

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There is a french site that i really like :
http://frenchbento.canalblog.com/
The author is Mook, she's taking picture of her daily bentos. She gives recipes and also tips (how to make onigiri for example).
It's written in french, but I think, she can speak english.

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~~ Ryukei

flyinglilies
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http://aviesbento.blogspot.com Avie has fun!

http://maisieeatsbento.blogspot.com Maisie gets pretty and cute bento with nutrition!

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www.mrbentosbabe.blogspot.com

arkonitebabe
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I have a few sites to nominate

Lunchbucket bento
http://lunchbucketbento.blogspot.com/

Obento baby
http://obentobaby.blogspot.com/

Obento lunch 4 lidz
http://www.obentolunch4kidz.com/

My bento lunch
http://mybentolunch.com/

All really good sites with loads of information available. I refer to these sites (and just bento of course!) for recipes, ideas and information on where to get bento supplies to me in Northern Ireland.

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www.arkonitebento.net

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I love Not Exactly Bento. She has great photos and seems to be following your challenge as well. Her bentos are usually American recipes.

http://notexactlybento.com/

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I love wererabbits (http://wererabbits.wordpress.com) for its gorgeous pictures of lovely vegetarian bento boxes. Also, she is more western-food oriented which is also what I tend to make myself so a nice place to get some ideas. Lovely presentation!

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I'd love some merchants to sell machine-washable bento boxes. :) I love my Mr. Bento, but I hate washing him by hand! Are there any, other than the Lock 'n' Lock and Fit 'n' Fresh fake-bento-boxes?

Yvo
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All of my favorites have been nominated! The top 3 bento sites I am always and forever on are this one, Lunch in a Box (well, who isn't!), and Not Exactly Bento (who is super helpful and friendly about everything!). I also like Pikko Pots who just moved to aibento.net (formerly Adventures in Bentomaking) - that's English language, though she's based in Hawaii and I think is Japanese... Lunch Bucket Bento (which someone else mentioned), and On a bento frenzy - http://onabentofrenzy.blogspot.com. This is nowhere near all of the sites I sub to, but the ones that update fairly frequently and always have some good info or pictures or recipes or all of the above :) Oh, and they're all English language, which is good because I can't really read much of any other languages.

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I'm looking for more bento sites for adults, like yours.

Don't have kids, so I'm less in the kid style lunchboxes.

I have a blog of my own http://willowsbentobox.blogspot.com/ but my bentos are far from traditional.

Justbento is now about the only bento blog I still read.

anon.
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Hi Maki,

I know this won't be so helpful for the purposes of this post, but my favourite bento blog is yours. It's hard to find any that are as authentic or that include as many health-conscious and balanced bentos. Plus I think you're hilarious and I love your no-nonsense posts. Thanks so much for your inspiring blog! I recommend it to anyone who'll listen :).

maki
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Wow, thank you :) It's comments like that that keep me going, honestly :)

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I have to add my vote for Cooking Cute. She was the reason I got into Bento, and though she hasn't updated in about a year, I still find myself going back to her website for inspiration. All of her pages still load, and I love the fact that her bentos are beautiful while still being functional and delicious. They look like little gourmet dinners packed away in a tidy little box...no muss, no fuss, very little equipment or time require for most. Wonderful gallery with two years worth of bento lunches.

korgull
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I love Cooking for Monkeys

http://www.cookingformonkeys.com

It is focused on one toddler's healthy bento lunches and has some great and fun ideas.

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Here is cute bento store site!
http://www.from-japan-with-love.com/stgo.html

Lyvvie
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I'm so happy someone nominated my blog - that's made my week! :)

I wanted to suggest http://ameblo.jp/yukiko4-2/ which is a Japanese site but just full of ideas and the author often does photo tutorials. If I'm looking through Japanese sites, I find using Rikaichan helpful. It's a popup language translator where you put the mouse pointer over some onscreen text and it gives a translation. It's not perfect but will often give me ideas about what ingredients were used. It's a free program and has worked well for me.

I'll of course be checking out all the new links here for the rest of the afternoon ;)

bluefrogj
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I noticed I was getting hits from Just Bento and wondered why. What a very pleasant surprise. Thank you to those that mentioned my blog. I'd have to say that my favorite bento blogs have already been nominated: Lunch in a Box, Feisty Bento, and Lunch Bucket Bento. I've been reading the forum for awhile, but I had not noticed this post. I just registered so that I could come in, and say hello. Thanks for the forum Maki. This is awesome. :)

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Jenn of Not Exactly Bento

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Just Bento is my hands-down fave...
also on my bookmark list are Bento Concept, Adventures in Bentomaking, and Lunch in a Box...
...and I'd like to invite everyone to visit the Bentocracy: http://www.bentocracy.blogspot.com/

MitarashiDango
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The only bento site I visit and update myself on is here, and thus, my favourite ^^
Two thumbs up for Maki-san!! Her site is very informational and helpful for someone who does not know much about Japanese food except those mentioned in animes and J-dramas. I reccommended this site to my housemate already!
Well, I not only focus on Japanese food, but she has taught me about other cuisines which I ought to try.. Not to mention, the design of this site is very user-friendly ^^

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