Look! I actually have dessert today! And I didn't even realize I did this till just now but eclairs were one of my Dad's favorite desserts- fitting on what would have been his 62nd birthday...
Lunch jar: egg noodles with cod roe spaghetti "sauce" (courtesy of S&B brand, and the last remnants of taramasalata from the jar I'd bought a few months ago)
Left side dish: mini-eclair
Right side dish: broiled/roasted asparagus with sesame oil, sesame seeds, salt and freshly ground black pepper
Onwards to the main event: all the wonderful bento stuff I got for Christmas! Normally I'm really wary of people who ask me, "So what did you get?!" because either they just want to talk about what they got (which is totally fine by me; I don't mind listening) or they are really that materialistic and give a crap that so-and-so person got me this while other-person got me that. But in the case of bento, I want to show off my goodies, and I've tried to post fairly consistently about my bento supplies/gear as I've bought it, so I figured, why not?
My darling coworker buddy C (whom I am waiting for to start her own darn bento blog... come on already, I know you're reading!!!) saw this and thought of me. Isn't it sweet?! It's much bigger than the one I already have (pictured here), and it has a little silver tag with my full first name engraved on it!!! (Don't you worry about what it is if you can't read it clearly, mm'k? Haha) I love it!
***it's probably not that obvious on this blog, but if you ever saw me, you'd know pink is easily my favorite color. I wear it everyday; yes, every single day.
From my coworker buddy Orzo's girlfriend~ (she doesn't have a nickname yet, sorry!) I'm not sure if she saw this in the Phillippines or Taiwan (I'm guessing, she just came back from a trip to both, maybe she got it here, I really don't know), but how adorable! A set of four microwaveable side dish containers! (The graphic on the back shows them being put in the microwave; otherwise I can't read a damn word on there...)
More adorable side dish containers that are microwaveable, from my brother this time. Brightly colored and actually... these are from Tupperware; stain resistant and you can keep the lid on during microwaving, since there's a steam vent! Freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe. About 1 cup capacity each, I think that's 250-260ml for those of you counting calories (as I am).
Strange looking thing that I'm claiming is for bento, huh? Well, actually... it's for oshibori or wet cloths to wipe your hands with after you're done eating! This is an 8 pack of baby washcloths that also comes with a "terrycloth toy" as they refer to the frog. I haven't thought of a good use for the frog yet, but I'm sure I will. Maybe a dog toy? From my sister!
Also from my sister... remember this post about BuiltNY gear? I showed it to her back then and raved about how adorable the Meadow Munchler (the green bunny) bag is, and she saw that there was a dog option as well. So when she saw it in a store, she had to buy it for me... how cute is it?! It's an insulated lunch bag... in hot weather, I might slip an ice pack in there to keep my lunch cool... lovely. For purchasing information, click here! And if you're not packing for a child... and you're a more serious adult than I... well, check out Built NY's line of insulated lunch bags here. They have a lot of great bags that are inexpensive and will hold your lunch nicely!
Last but not least, the motherlode... my brother got me a Mr. Bento!!! He has one himself actually. But as his company currently provides him with meals every day... he never uses it... (In fact you're probably wondering if he wrapped his to give to me! To this I say: impossible. Why? Because his came with chopsticks, and this one has the dreaded spork combo.) I didn't have time to open it up and take pictures of each component, but coincidentally, one of the bento blogs I read just posted about her own receipt of Mr. Bento for Christmas, so go over here to see the full deal of what's inside! I've been drooling over one of these for well over a year- since before he got his- but wasn't into bento before, and then it just is way too much food. I'm going to have to either put my breakfast in there as well, or I'm going to have to leave parts of it empty... I don't know, really, but I'll definitely have to do something because the total capacity is something ridiculous like 1230ml. That is just way too much food for one meal. I think I will wind up putting my breakfast in there; I've seen some people put vitamins in one tier, but even so, I feel like that's just way too much food!
(He didn't get me Ms. Bento because the new one is just like my current lunch jar- a food jar and two side dish containers that don't go inside. I wanted a lunch jar where all the containers go inside the jar. I'll figure something out to make this work, it's no big deal... I can't wait to use it!!!)
As always, happy bento and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got everything you wanted- and more! I sure did :)