Well, there wasn’t exactly a St. Patrick’s Day bento today. On The Youngest’s school menu it said that if the “bell” went off when you bought your lunch today, you would win a “prize”. So of course, she NEEDED to buy her lunch today. Needless to say, the “bell” did not go off and she didn’t receive any “prize”. When she came off the bus this afternoon her first words to me were, “Mom, I should have brought a bento.” Would you all like to know why the words bell and prize have been in quotations so far? I thought you’d never ask! It’s because the “bell” was a kitchen timer and the “prize” was a pretzel rod. She was right, she should have brought a bento.
In it she has a fruit rainbow of strawberries, clementines, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries and grapes. Underneath is a “pot of gold”, really it’s Capn’ Crunch cereal, but she loved it! The pineapple was so fragrant iT filled up the whole room when I sliced it, I can’t wait to have some after dinner later!
Now on to the rest, Bento4Japan is becoming a great success! My friends in the bento community have put so much work into this and it is starting to pay off! There are about 2 dozen auctions up now, so if you are looking to get started with bento it’s a great place to shop AND support a good cause! Check out the offerings here or just search Bento4Japan on Ebay and all the listings will pop up. Even yours truly is going to be listing some things later so be sure and check us out. There is also an official headquarters up and running now, you can check that out here or by clicking the button at the top right of this page. *motions up and to the right with her thumb* On this page they have all the info you need on how this project got started and how you can help. There is also a list of verified Ebay sellers so you know we’re all on the up and up. So be sure and check all that out, you’ll be helping a great cause.
One last thing I’d like to share with you is a link to a local article in my newspaper about a chef at one of our great local restaurants that is from Japan and can’t locate his Mom AND is using bento to help raise money for disaster relief. Check it out and if you happen to be local, why don’t you go try some fantastic food again for a good cause.