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Sunday, 15 August 2010

The First.

Well Hello :)

The name is Katy. I'm big on cooking, big on being creative and even bigger myself. I've taken up a little hobby called Bento, Wikipedia puts it as:

"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 produced to hand crafted lacuerware. Although bento are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convieniance 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 characters (anime), 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 have to say that this kind of this is right up my ally. I adore food (as you would probably notice by looking at me) and have spent most of my life with some kind of artistic flare.

So, needless to say that this is my Bento Blog and I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures with food.

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