Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Bento Supplies (Bay Area Shopping Trip)

from top left: egg molds, fish & car, star & heart; food cups- triangles, squares, and animal head shapes; compacted sandwich case; Lock & Lock lunch set
Second Row: baked/poached egg molds- can't read the instructions, so will be attempting to use these soon; food cutters in animal head shapes; onigiri molds in the shape of bear, heart, star; mini boxes for dips/sauces; two tier bunny bento; onigiri bento with bear face
Third Row: bento belt with bunny; two small side dishes; cream pots that I will be using for sauces; 500 ml bento with ice pack in lid for keeping food cool/cold
Fourth Row: plastic dividers with flowers; furikake stencils; chopsticks and fork in case, next to two chopstick cases- the maroon ones match the two tier bunny bento; small foil cups
Fifth row: plastic dividers with fruit/vegetables; furikake/cheese sprinkle bottles; cream tubes that I'm not sure what I shall fill them with yet; sauce bottles in cute shapes (soy sauce bottles, carrots, hearts, letters, bears, flowers; corner foil cups; silicon "cupcake" liners

I just came back from San Francisco (for a wedding, not only a bento-shopping trip, haha)- look at all that loot!  Thanks to Biggie over at Lunch in a Box's shopping guide- I printed this out and programmed the GPS with each address, clutching the printed guide in my sweaty little hand as I cruised the aisles of each store.  The guide was extremely helpful when I'd look through all the bento section, and then think, that's it?  But referring to the handy little guide, I discovered hidden treasures and scoured the stores. 

The best part?  Though there are at least 34 (I've counted twice, but it still seems wrong!) items there, the total cost was only $60.  I've currently got "on order" from eBay two simple lunch jar bentos (which I could unfortunately not find in SF- the one I wanted, that is, this one) for $60.  So, uh, can we just say I am in love with the stores around SF?  I didn't even hit them all.  I only went to:

Kukje off the 280 (picked up the top right Lock & Lock bento set- exploded view here- for $12.99 + tx - if anyone has an unused, brand new blue one and wants to trade, please let me know!  I haven't used this, though it was not wrapped in plastic wrap when I bought it, it was the last one.)
Daiso also off the 101 or 280- very close to Kukje- umm... a lot of the other stuff...
Ichiban Kan - everything else.

I also stopped by Soto, Moritaya (SO EXPENSIVE?!?!?!?!) and Daishoku all in Japantown near Ichiban Kan but did not purchase anything.

*squee*  Can't wait to use it all!!!

As always, happy bento!!!


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