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2010 Holiday Gift Guide For Bento Fans Part 1: $10 and Under

xmas-onigiri.pngI haven’t done a Holiday Gift Guide since the year JustBento was born, way back in 2007 (yes, JustBento is 3 years old and a raving toddler!) The guide back then focused on the practical side of bento-ing, but this time I’m going to go all over the place and pick out items that are just fun, weird or cute as well as practical. I’ve picked up some items from around the internets that might appeal to bento lovers of all ages and tastes, and arranged them by price range (excluding shipping).

Things have changed quite a bit for bento gear fans in the past 3 years. Back then, you had to This year, I found so many great things available that I’ve divided this guide into parts based on price. First up: $10 (US) and under stocking stuffers! It’s a bit hard to find good quality bento boxes in this price range, unless you go for something plain and practical. But there are lots of gift-appropriate accessories that would appeal to bento fans. continue reading...

Update about the Just Bento Cookbook

The book will be available much sooner than expected in the U.S., in time for the holidays. And more of it too! continue reading...

Great Bento Idea: A colorful vegetarian bento from the Netherlands

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This week’s featured bento is a colorful Middle-Eastern inspired vegetarian bento from the Netherlands. continue reading...

Bento tidbits from Japan: Beautiful takeout bentos in Kamakura

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As part of my ongoing (irregular) series reporting on storebought bentos in Japan and elsewhere, here are a couple of gorgeous bentos bought and consumed in the historic town of Kamakura. continue reading...

And the winner is...

The winner of the book giveaway, who will hopefully give it a good home is…. continue reading...

Claim this poor orphaned book ^_^

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Someone’s loss may be your gain…. ^_^ continue reading...