1.30.2011

cute food good mood

Saturday!

We made cheesy Brazilian bread with tapioca flour and went to the International Grocery, which was really mostly Japanese.  In case you haven't noticed (with all of the Hello Kitty and Totoro and Mario and sushi and karaoke love around here) -- we love Japanese. 

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And we got some goodies.

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I was the most excited to find a few new lunch making things there -- tiny shape cutters and dividers to separate the food so it doesn't touch. I have been sending Clark little bentos for his preschool lunch. The bentos I make aren't very elaborate, but it seems just cutting his food into cute shapes makes it more palatable and he eats it all up, even the vegetables. It really doesn't take very much more time than making a regular lunch. I'll try to blog more about this soon and take a few photos. Is anyone else doing bento lunches? Anything I should know? I am really just making it up as I go.

Oh!

And Hal's babylicious crib bedding is on Zulily today. 

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I really, really, really love it.  So I thought I'd share.  If you aren't signed up already, here is an invite link from my account. 

This is day three of blog every day for seven days.  It's just one day late.  Of course it is.  Happy weekend.

9 comments:

  1. If you search Flickr for Bento you will get a TON of photos! :)

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  2. We have Japan town in San Francisco, and it is so, so hard not walk out of the shops with arm loads. They sure do "cute" like no other! When my daughter was in grade school she had a little Japanese friend that would bring the most adorable bento box lunches. Most kids thought it was weird, but not my kid, she wanted to eat all of it.
    It would be great to see a blog post on your version.

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  3. love LOVE your crib mobile.
    also, when i was in school we watched a whole documentary about bento lunches. that is so cool that you do that!

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  4. i just asked my mom if she had any bento tips because she used to make them for me as a child. she told me a really funny story about "bento day" which was basically a competition for which bento was the best - and all the mothers would come to the school and everyone would stand around glaring at each other before the reveal! apparently it induced great stress in my mother who was not a seasoned bento maker like the other mothers. gosh can you imagine! but for tips : using little vienna sausages - before cooking cut a little asterisk shape at the end and when you boil them the cuts curl up turning the sausage into a little octopus! also to make pink rice you cook it with azuki beans (but i'm not entirely sure the process). good for making pigs out of rice. i'm really hungry after writing this!

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  5. love bentos! never heard of it before now but i've done versions of that with Lola. thanks for the link :)

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  6. I never heard of Bento, but I'm going to goggle it. Anything to get my 4 year old to eat veggies! Tell me more!

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  7. We do bentos for my step-daughter. It's amazing how diverse her palate is when things are in cute shapes and tiny pieces ;)

    btw I wanted to post a disclaimer, I read your blog from the beginning this weekend. Your family is so cute and interesting, hope that doesn't make me super-creepy or anything. It's a great read!

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  8. Oh we LOVE to shop at the different grocery stores! We had one where we used to live that was Japanese, one that was Cuban, and one that was mostly food from England (baked beans on toast for breakfast..um...not for me)
    We go in and try out all the cool stuff :)
    My kids will eat bento style ANY DAY! (one of our favorite favorite Christmas presents this year was a little wooden sushi-bento box play food set) too fun!

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