So, lets start with the kids' bentos
By Friday the fridge is getting a little sparse. So, what kind of leftovers could I muster?
My daughters bento on the left has wraps, a gold chocolate coin, cucumbers, tomatoes, dried cranberries, black olives, grapes, and a few cutouts of mango. Of course... the cheese face too! :)
My son's on the right: the last of the meatballs, cucumbers, cheese stars, yellow tomatoes, bean sprouts, black olives, a little strawberry peeking out, grapes and dried cranberries, and a few pieces of apple with lemon juice and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.
Whew... that was a lot of food in a little space. Believe me, I was looking for something good last night in the fridge, and kinda coming up empty, but at least the lunches came back mostly empty. Well, my son didn't eat a few of the cheese stars, because they got into the cinnamon, and "didn't taste right". (so did 2 of the meatballs) Well, that didn't stop my youngest from chomping on the apples!! I wonder if it was just that he was full from eating all the other goodies??
Onto the other stuff.. MY PACKAGE ARRIVED!!! My first bento stash! The fitjp store was great sending me the package, it's was my mother-in-law who resent it to us... that's the point at which things slowed down. That darn Canada Post! the fitjp store doesn't ship to Canada! But, at least I've got it! Wanna see?
Yes, there are 7 boxes. One for each member of the family, but a slim one I wanted to check out, and an extra black one for my niece. There are also 2 bento belts that I purchased - mostly to see what they looked like so I can sew up a few for myself. I also got a bear and bunny egg shapers, elephant baran, and those wonderful picks that transform your mini tomatoes into balloons! :) I've seen them everywhere! Love them!
To give you an idea of how big these things are, I've included a couple of pictures with a ruler (sorry, metric only, I can't find the other one), and one with my hand. Hopefully you can get the idea.
Yep, this black one is about 18cm long (approx 7 inches)
the biggest black one here is about 9.5 cm tall (3.5 inches).
So, I knew that I would figure that they were small. They are actually not too bad when you think about how much they will hold. The largest holds about 1000 ml, and the smallest about 500 ml (when you add the two levels together). Very cool! I was so happy about the prices, and the quality of these items. They aren't perfect, but they are really good for us to start with. And I love how small they collapse to. Basically the height of the top layer! So, it shouldn't be *too* bad trying to find space in my small kitchen.
Okay, I'm going to play with these guys this weekend, and look forward to sharing REAL bentos next week. That's not to say we won't use the lock and lock again, but we are certainly going to try these new ones. Lets see how the kids feel about it come Monday afternoon!
**I get nothing from the store for suggesting to use them... I just love their prices.