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Fun Find Friday – Bento Boxes

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Today’s fun find comes from Sugar Charms, a darling website I found recently. They have the sweetest Bento Boxes. This one is especially sweet. Can any of my readers tell me why this is my favorite? Hint – you would need to have known me a very long time to come up with the answer.

Sweet Gibbon(s) Bento Box

What’s a Bento Box you ask?  It’s basically a Japanese lunchbox.  Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

Bento (??, bent??)[1] is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Although bento are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (???, bent?-ya?), train stations, and department stores, it is still common for Japanese homemakers to spend time and energy for their spouse, child, or themselves producing a carefully prepared lunch box.

Bento can be very elaborately arranged in a style called kyaraben or “character bento”. Kyaraben is typically decorated to look like popular Japanese cartoon characters (anime), characters from comic books (manga), or video game characters. Another popular bento style is “oekakiben” or “picture bento”, which is decorated to look like people, animals, buildings and monuments, or items such as flowers and plants. Contests are often held where bento arrangers compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements.

Need some ideas on building your bento lunch? Click here.  I believe Bento might mean “happy lunch” because you can’t help but smile when you see them!

And Sugar Charms has the sweetest bento boxes I’ve seen yet. How darling would these be for sending your little one off to school or summer camp with? They would be the envy of their friends.

Aren’t they fun?

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to The Vapors – Turning Japanese (sorry, couldn’t embed the video, but it’s worth the click!)

Fun Find Friday – Insatiable by Gael Greene

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

With summer upon us, that means a vacation and for many, a beach vacation. What should you pack for your vacay? Why, an excellent book, you big silly!

After yesterday’s gigantic post, I thought I would keep it simple today.  Pick up Insatiable by Gael Greene, the fabulous food critic. It’s what I’m reading now and it is a hoot!  By the second chapter she has told us about her daliance with Elvis, and a fried egg sandwich. I was hooked.

And I think you might be, too!  Amazon has it for an incredible price, so you could pick up one for everyone in your book club (you could have a beach book club!)

Don’t forget the sunscreen!

xoxo, Patti

Fun Find Friday – El Paso Chile Company

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Happy Friday to you all!  This is a crazy busy weekend here in Atlanta – TONS going on.  Baking my huge cookies right now for the Bloggers Bake Sale tomorrow at Cabbagetown Market (remember?)  Tonight is our sweet Taruan’s birthday get together, tomorrow the bake sale, Saturday night dinner with friends and another birthday party. Wheeeee! Party, party, party!

What’s great at a party? A margarita, or two. Maybe just one little more if one is not driving.  And when we make margaritas, I know we could fuss with all fresh ingredients, but El Paso Chile Company does it so well.

For More Margarita Fun, Click Here

Fun Find Friday – Peas For Prosperity

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Today’s fun find comes from sweet Christy at Peas For Prosperity. A great organization that sells not only black eyed peas to eat, but also jewelry made from these little gems that are thought to bring good luck to all us southerners on New Year’s Day.

And the packaging is cute, too!

Too Adorable!

For More Info, “Peas” Join Me After The Fold

Fun Find Friday

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

I think Friday is a great day to dedicate to fun finds, don’t you?

You know how I love the Goodwill.  Oh boy, do I ever!  I especially love perusing the bookshelves, looking for classic or interesting cookbooks.  I recently found a 1975 edition of The Joy of Cooking, in pristine condition, but this one really tickled me.

More Friday Finds After The Fold