Thanks to my friend Camille, I became obsessed with the NYT article on the bento box phenomenon in America. I have since spent my free moments (when I'm not consumed with assembling new furniture from Ikea, Target and god knows where else) reading up on the blogs mentioned in the article. My favorite is Lunch in a Box because the author concentrates more on speed bento prep, rather than having artistic bentos, like those found on this old 2dayblog post:
Not that I have anything wrong with the artistic bento boxes. They are fabbity fab and I wish I could do them, but my idea of proper amounts of effort for lunch is getting in my car and going to Panera, so making a PS2 controller is clearly not going to encourage me to do this on a regular basis. I made one tonight with leftovers from dinner and other stuff I had in the fridge and I'm quite happy with the results!
In this picture the chicken teriyaki does not look as appetizing as it tastes, but I blame my camera phone. Either way, bento boxes are awesome! I placed two books on hold that should arrive sometime later this week. I will report back on my progress.