Have I mentioned my new diet? I’ve found another passion.
Well, itâ€™s not really a diet; Iâ€™ve been packing my own Bento style lunches and even though itâ€™s slowly taking over my life, I love it!
Until a couple of weeks ago the only Bento I knew was Portuguese for St. Benedict (Sao Bento).
A Bento is basically a boxed lunch in Japanese cuisine â€“ but itâ€™s so much more when you consider the time, art and flair involved in making these meals.
Pearlsa mentioned a while back that sheâ€™d like take lunch to work, I didnâ€™t care â€“ I hated taking lunch to work, I tried; itâ€™s boring, tedious and not cool.
She found out about Bentos through a blog (how did people find stuff out before the Internet?), she thought itâ€™ll be interesting but I still wasnâ€™t keen on the idea.
So we were in Bellingham two weekends ago when we came upon the new Daiso Store at the Bellis Fair Mall I just feel in love with the little Bento boxes, although I decided the boxes were too small for lunch, maybe a snack, I thought.
I bought two Bento boxes that day brought them home and went on the Internet to find out what the heck people put in those tiny boxes. I didnâ€™t know!
Thereâ€™s a massive online community of Bento lovers out there, and I had no idea. It felt like some secret society that I wasnâ€™t privy too, kind of how it felt when I discovered the soldering community (although, Iâ€™m still not solderingâ€¦ but I at least know they exist).
Iâ€™ve just had my first full week of taking bento lunches to work. Itâ€™s amazing for portion control, Iâ€™m eating a much healthier balanced diet because I pack a little of everything. I like to think Iâ€™m saving money as Iâ€™m not buying lunch anymore. I donâ€™t bother with dinner that much because Iâ€™m still full by the time I get home. I feel like Iâ€™ll be writing an entry soon about how I lost weight on Bento lunches.
Today I had rice with Cuban style beans, orange wedges, red grapes, mixed nuts, candy & raincoast crisps, all packed in my uber cute Bonjour, les fleures box (not pictured)
Thereâ€™s a huge resource out there to tap into, here are a few sites that inspired me:
Bento Yum, Lunch in a box, Livejournal Bento Community, Flcikr Bento Boxes, Bento Corner, Just Bento
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