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If you're in Seattle...about the Uwajimaya event on Saturday

Just a word about my last book tour event...at Uwajimaya in Seattle on Saturday. continue reading...

Valentine's Day contest by CasaBento

Another bento contest to enter for prizes! continue reading...

More Just Bento Cookbook news: U.S. book events and availability

News about the mini-book-tour, plus…where the heck is the book anyway? continue reading...

Happy New Year!

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Welcome to 2011, the Year of the Miffy, I mean the bunny!

I was going to make an onigiri bunny, but a Miffy and friends (more amigurumi bunnies over on Just Hungry) emerged instead.

Here's to another eventful year!

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...

Christmas bento contest by CasaBento

Hi everyone. I got back from Japan earlier this week. Together with some gorgeous new bento boxes, lots of ideas for new recipes and tons of photos, I also brought home (or picked up during the 23+ hours of travel time) a bad cold. I hope to be back with new posts here soon.

In the meantime though, here’s news of a Christmas Bento Contest by CasaBento, with first prize being a Black Design Kit worth 38€ / $56. Deadline for entry is December 15th. Good luck! continue reading...

2010 Holiday Gift Guide For Bento Fans Part 3: above $50

xmas-onigiri2.pngWelcome to the 3rd and final part of the 2010 Holiday Gift Guide for bento fans! In Part 1 we covered under-$10 gifts, and in Part 2 we looked at gifts in the $10-50 range. Now it’s time to look at gifts for that really special bento person in your life - including yourself!

I had a bit of a hard time putting together this list actually (which is why it took some time to post). At first I was going to recommend some bento-friendly appliances, such as a nice rice cooker. But I did that kind of thing in my original Holiday Gift Guide 3 years ago. So, this time I am going to concentrate on the pure indulgences - high end bento boxes, sets and other stuff. I know, I have said time and time again on these pages that you can do bentos with inexpensive, practical plastic containers - and you can, and should start out with those until you’re sure bento-ing is for you. But just as you might want to indulge in a beautiful dinnerware set from Wedgewood or Royal Copenhagen or something, you might want to splurge on one special bento box. After all, a special bento box is something a lot more intimate than a for-company-only dinnerware. Or how about this; think of a special bento box as a treat for yourself (or your favorite bento person), like a set of really nice silk lingerie instead everyday cotton underpants. continue reading...