More Bento Contest Information!

Don’t forget to enter Mutual Publishing’s Bento Box contest to win a set of Hawaii’s Bento Box Cookbook and Bento Box 2nd Course.  Mutual has also just informed me that in addition to the two books, they will also be presenting the winner with a Mutual Publishing gift certificate valued at $25!!!

Contest start: January 22, 2011

Contest end: February 28, 2011


1.       Make a bento box (as inspired by Bento Box Cookbook/2nd Edition).

2.       Take a digital photo of the bento box from the top looking down so we get a clear picture of contents.

3.       Email photo of bento box to

4.       One winner will be chosen after contest end date. We are looking for best overall. Winner’s bento box will be featured on Mutual Publishing’s website as well as on our facebook page, announced on our Twitter page. Please include your full name in your email.

5.       GOOD LUCK!!!

This was today’s simple Thai inspired bento.  The bento included Thai basil chicken, white and brown mixed Jasmine rice, and a few veggies.


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Bento Contest!

Mutual Publishing is hosting a bento contest in which one winner will receive both Hawaii’s Bento Box Cook Book and Hawaii’s Bento Box Cookbook 2nd Course!  To enter, please visit Hawaii Book Blog for all of the details.  Good luck to you all! :)


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Bunny and Bears Bentos #141

Happy hump day and here’s another bunny bento for the lunar new year!  This one was Sean’s bento which included a heart shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwich on wheat, a mini apple, and a few carrots with dip.  The bunny was made from cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.

This one was Paige’s bento from the other day.  It included two bear onigiri with jewel picks for their noses, chicken karaage, and a few carrots and mandarin oranges.


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Happy New Year! :)

I hope you all had a great holiday season!  My husband was able to take a lengthy vacation for Christmas and New Years- thank you Lynne and everyone who covered for him!!!   So with Paige out of school we got to spend a lot of quality family time together, thus the reason for not posting in such a long time.  Below I posted the bentos that I have done this year so far along with a few pictures of our vacation.

Here is my obligatory bunny bento since this year is officially the year of the rabbit.  The sandwich is filled with turkey and cheese and I also included a mini apple and carrots in the smaller container.

This bento included fried chicken, three mini onigiri, carrots, and Mandarin oranges in the smaller container.

Hanauma Bay- if you ever come to Oahu, it is a must see!

Lots of reefs to snorkel in!

We also went fishing near Sandy beach and checked out the tide pools.

Sean was fascinated with the hermit crabs.


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Winter Hats!

Quick post today… Paige’s bento contains two snow people onigiri, chicken kara-age, and some fruit and veggies.   The hats for the snow people are actually these cupcake picks from Bake it Pretty.  Check out their site, you’ll love them too! :)


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Top Hat Frosty #138

Recently, I received my order of cupcake picks and toppers from!  They had a whole bunch of fun seasonal picks and cool hat toppers, like this top hat that I used for Frosty.  Cupcake picks are such a fun, quick, and easy way to decorate a bento.  Today’s bento includes a snowman onigiri, fried chicken, carrots, cucumbers, a cherry tomato, and a mini apple.

Here are some of the other cupcake picks and toppers that I picked up from  Super cute right?


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Hawaiian Style Bentos #137

Recently, I made two Hawaiian themed bentos to contribute to a Japanese book printed in Japan.  The book is about Hawai`i and its culture, and is written by Sachiko Uchida Ka’aihue of J-wave, who is also the host of OC 16’s DokoGa TV.  The first bento is a surfer boy against a wave made of rice with the Hawaiian sun shining down upon him.  The bento also contains Kalua pork, a few fruits and veggies, and a side of lomi lomi salmon.

The second bento is a hula girl onigiri adorned with a haku lei.  The bento also contains Portuguese sausage and Spam, both of which are Hawaiian staples!  Hope you like them. :)


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