I'm seeing food blogs doing bento and I'm kind of curious what is it really.
Pardon my ignorance please :)
So to feed my curiosity, what's the use of Google right? lol
OK, that's it...Bento (弁当 bentō ) 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 producedto hand crafted lacquerware. Although bento are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops(弁当屋 bentō-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 (anime) characters, 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.There are similar forms of boxed lunches in the Philippines (Baon), Korea (Dosirak), Taiwan (Biandang), and India (Tiffin). Also, Hawaiian culture has adopted localized versions of bento featuring local tastes after over a century of Japanese influence in the islands.
I think I have to do this since my kiddo is bringing snack in school. Sometimes I run out of ideas what to prepare everyday. And she seems too bored already with the foods in her snack box and left untouched.
Now, I am looking for cute bento boxes as well as those bento stuffs that I can use to attract my picky eater.