Thursday, June 19, 2008

Feisty Bento #182: Back to Bento for Me

I have been super remiss in bento'ing. Guess why? Oh, irony.

I think I've mentioned before that I started bento'ing when I was really depressed. Life was wearing me down, I'd made a bunch of huge life choices extremely recently, and I needed something to lift my spirits. Well, bento was it, and it worked!

... except now, I've stopped bento'ing because I'm a bit depressed again. I don't really like to share the more intimate details of my life here, but, just there are a lot of life changes going on again, and everything is just that bit too much stress for me. I've stopped sleeping and though I continue to eat (I'm not sure I'll ever be able to stop...), I've just been eating super crap that I pick up nearby. Loathe, loathe, LOATHE doing this, but...

Anyway, hopefully this may make up for it a bit. I've been taking pictures of what I've been eating instead.

Niko Niko on Wall and Pearl Streets - zaru soba (cold and plain soba), eel/avocado half roll, and a beef onigiri I didn't eat. It's awful how much food prices have risen; shrinking portions, higher prices, ugh.

Sophie's Cuban on Fulton Street - Spanish rice with black beans; pernil and onions. Way too oily and kind of bland - though the meat was super soft, it was pretty much tasteless, so unfortunate, and may have been the cause of my stomach issues before attending this :(

Random street meat from cart on Wall & South Streets - lamb kebab, fries, onions, lettuce, extra white sauce. This is the first time I've ever had street meat, which is kind of amazing considering I was born and raised in NYC and have worked in the city for 6 years now... went to high school in the city... hung out in the city... lived in the city... I just never ordered any! I don't know why, this was really delicious and soft, not gamey at all, and very tasty! Though the lack of fries kind of annoyed me. Next time I'm getting rice.

Yesterday's lunch... yummy sandwich! At $8.50, dang what a steal (there's still a half left in my fridge, waiting to be eaten as dinner)...

And... surprised? Today's bento!

Despite having walked 5k last night in the pouring rain for this year's Corporate Challenge, and waking up sore, miserable, achey, and wanting nothing more than to turn over and go back to sleep, I forced myself to rummage in the fridge and whip this up. So it's not pretty but at least I ate much less than I've BEEN eating for lunch...

Top: sliced chicken fingers (served with oh-so-bad-for-me KFC dipping sauces that I found in my fridge) Bottom: sauteed mustard greens (I think?) - I sauteed them in a spoonful of um, bacon renderings :D

Happy bento!!!

Edit (7/29/08): Entering this into Bento Pet's competition! :)


  1. hmm, i feel your pain in a way. i've been not bentoing much myself do to life worries. my goal is to get back on track with tonight. i hope i do it.

    best wishes to you. i hope things settle down into something better soon.

  2. It happens. at least you are eating well. some people don't eat at all when depressed! *keeps fingers crossed for you*

  3. Hope things with you are well,
    You do have another blog that talks about food's nice to see other pictures of food you ate.

  4. Sauteeing greens in bacon fat is ALWAYS excellent.

  5. hey yvo!

    sorry to hear you're feeling blue :o(

    gimme a call if you ever feel like getting a drink or something (that's what i like to do when i'm blue :O)

  6. Hey Yvo,
    I was sorry to read that you're not feeling good. I'm really looking forward to reading your next posts !
    best wishes

  7. I started bentoing exactly for the same reasons and I wanted to control the portions of what I eat. And when i'm really bad, I stop doing it.
    I'm sure that life is full of good surprises for you to and I can tell you that reaing your blog is travelling to NYfor me who live paris.

  8. I hope things improve for you.

    Bento has the nice allure of perceived control over a (albeit very tiny) portion of reality which can often translate into control over a larger reality. Kind of like a zen garden, but of course you get to eat it.

    You knew that, though.

    Thank you for your interesting blog.

    A Fan.

  9. Been missing your updates. Hope you feel better soon. God bless!