Friday, April 4, 2008
There's nothing like a well-packed Bento Box to make you realize what a totally inadequate lunch-packer -- and let's face it, parent -- you are. Thought you were doing a good job, did you? Putting a lot of love into it? Thinking about what your kids like and how to maximize the moment of suprise and happiness when your kid opens up his or her lunchbox and sees -- aww, a yogurt-squeezie! Maybe a fruit leather!
That's okay. I'm more than willing to realize my inadequacies as a lunchbox-packer (and parent) so I am able to fully enjoy the art of Bento. Or Face Food. Or let's just call by its best name: Bento porn.
These pictures are from facefoodbento.blogspot.com/
Another favorite, more american version is lunchinabox.net
In between bouts of awe and shame, I have garnered little tips from the Bento-packers, like trying to fit everything into one box (sometimes) so that everything is visible at once. This also means you can put in a few little things, like a couple cherry tomatoes, a couple carrot coins, or whatever.
AND ... I've adopted the Octo-DOG. This is a classic lunchbox fixture in Japan. My four-year old loves these. I stayed away from hotdogs because - yuk, hotdogs! - until a friend at my son's bustop told me she was using organic chicken dogs with no nitrates.
So.. voila: my daughter's new favorite lunch time treat (posing here as an afterschool snack)
If I hadn't shown really amazing awesome Bento before I showed mine, would my octo-dog have been more impressive? Luckily, my daughter has never seen the real stuff.
Posted by Larissa at 5:23 AM