Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bento Fad

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This photo shows how gloomy in the morning it's been lately. The weather makes me feel uncomfortable because we had an unusually gorgeous spring this year. Though, it's not so bad to hear the sound of rain fallin'.

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This is the type when I don't have anything decent in the fridge hahah! You know, sometimes this type can be better than intricate bentos. In particular, kids actually like it. I don't think bentos always have to be well-balanced or contain colorful foods such as greens or tomatoes.

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Lately, I've actually been feeling kind of lonely because many of my old bento buddies don't seem to be bento-making anymore. Or dose it just look like they've lost their motivation for blogging? As time goes by, their environment and daily routines will change, I understand. I've seen many bento enthusiasts move past the bento scene so far. Is it just me or did the bento fad fade away, if there was something like that out there? I know, I believe that there are still lots of people who keep bentoing consistently and down to earth. Oh well my bento making will continue forever and ever, haha! It's not temporary addiction or obsession, just part of everyday meals to me. Ah don't get me wrong, I don't mean to judge or complain in any way. I'm just missing my bento mates.

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By the way, aren't you forgetting something? Did you know that Everyone's Bento Gallery is always open? You can entry more than once. Why not display your own favorite (which doesn't have to be elaborate or fancy, practical ones are more welcome, and mobile photos as well) on the gallery so everyone can see it?

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If you are an actual bento maker you are always welcome!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ups and Downs

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This bento is from last year, which probably I haven't posted yet. Yuppi made it herself. I remember I was so glad to see her making a bento because she hadn't made anything for a while then. Maybe she and I were having a bit tough time around the last year, together struggling with something, trying to get out of the situation we were in, it was not that serious though. I actually can't really remember what I've been doing the last couple of years. All I can say is that time went by so fast while we were dealing with those days. Thankfully things are a lot better now. Cherish and appreciate every single day, today will never come back, I've been telling my self. Otherwise I will soon forget it, I am so dumb.

Shiromiminagusa (white ear flower), SNOW IN SUMMER. I love this flower too!
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Friday, June 06, 2014

Soba, Ramen and Something

Hello there! It's almost summer over here. Oops we're going to have to go through the rainy season before summer. Anyway I'm about to take a hiatus for a bit from my flower-shooting adventure due to the hot weather lately. No worries, as I said earlier I have lots and lots of flower pictures left to post that I've been shooting and saving over this spring LOL! Though, I thought it would be boring if I posted similar things in a row, so I decided to upload pictures of foods we've eaten out recently. They are all typical Japanese foods you generally eat out.

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Soba noodles with veggie and chicken breast tempura. You know what, they serve fresh ground, kneaded and of course fresh boiled soba, which you could rarely find. 

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Besides, it was an amazing space that an old classical Japanese house reused as a soba restaurant. Calming, comforting and nostalgic. Unfortunately no photos of the room interior though.

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Tendon, a bowl of rice, and tempura dipped in sweet salty soy sauce.

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Soup curry, a bowl of some fried veggies and simmered chicken or meat in spicy hot, delish curried soup. This is one of our local foods.

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You dunk a spoon of rice into the curry soup then eat.

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Shiro miso ramen.

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Wantan men, a bowl of basic ramen topped with some wonton dumplings.

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Omuraisu (omrice), fried rice with chicken, onion and ketchup, covered or topped with an omelet with plenty of ketchup on. Kind of a comfort food to me that reminds me of my childhood.

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I don't forget to post bentos of course, because this is a bento blog heheh. For this bento, I made asparagus salad, chilli scallop with scrambled egg, and fried chicken tender, for which I dressed some chicken tender pieces with yuzukosho (citrus and chilli-flavored salt) and then fried. To top it off I sprinkled it with a bit of yukari (a salty herb topping).

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This one is the kind that I whip up and throw in when I don't feel like thinking this, that and the other for bento lol. But I was kind enough because I fixed a mini pouch of misoshiru. Yuppi puts the content of the pouch in a soup cup, then pours over hot water from the pot at school. Anyone interested in this cute, delicious miso pouch?? If requested it'll be fun to share something about it.

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So, what's in this? Can anyone detail it instead of me? I am truant right now.