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And the winner is…

Congratulations are in order for Frances of Puerto Rico, who after a week of polling, came out on top with the most votes to win my 100K Bento Contest! Here is her entry again:

Great job, Frances!! Thank you to everyone who voted and entered the contest! Hopefully I can have an excuse for another one soon!

On to my own bento for today!

Meatball Bento

As you may notice, I have pink onigiri in it. Yesterday Mr. Pikko ate dinner late and so while I was bathing the kids, I heard him yell from the kitchen, “Why is the rice pink?!?” The answer to that can be found in one of the many conversations I’ve had with Baby Girl since the baby shower last Thursday:

“What do you want for breakfast?”
“Blue musubi please.”

“What shall we have for lunch?”
“Mmmm, I think red and green and blue musubis.”

“Why aren’t you eating your dinner?”
“Because I want little star musubis, Mommy…”

She inhaled 8 of these yesterday along with some Costco chicken. The lesson for parents here is that if you want a way to get your kids to eat craptons of rice just color it, shape it, and sprinkle on some furikake for the Ultimate Combo +1.

They ate them for breakfast, that’s why I have some in my bento. I have a mold that does a heart, a flower, a triangle, and a star all at once, so it’s a great mold! The only problem is that it’s pretty deep, so I have to water down the mold and then slap it down onto a cutting board to get the onigiri to come out.

I’ve got sliced strawberries next to the onigiri then on the other side two chicken meatballs (Aidell’s from Costco) skewered with my now favorite food picks. Next to that I’ve got some edamame. I made more rotisserie chicken soup so that’s why today’s bento is really small.

It never ceases to amaze me how small Hawaii is. I got an email about where to find bento gear and it was from my cousin’s husband’s aunty. It’s pretty hilarious how word can get around like that. And of course as icing on the cake, she’s from Hilo. lol

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  • spedlaw2


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  • Kay

    Thats cute.

  • fs031482

    Where did you get those cute animal picks?

  • o.O;; That’s a lot of rice for a little kid! I notice I eat a lot more rice when they’re in musubi form too…

    How are those Aidell’s meatballs? Looking for more ideas for bento staples.

  • Congratulations Frances!!

    I’m trying to get my kids to eat the rice. They loved onigiri in the beginning, the shapes and secret fillings but now it’s not new anymore and they’re not as interested. Frustrating!

  • how about putting sushi vinegar into the rice lyvvie? makes the rice tastier and keeps it from spoiling better.

  • Melissa

    Hi! I recently discovered your blog and love it!! Cute bento! I am a very new bento addict:) I’d also love to hear of local places to get bento stuff if you ever decide to post about it.

  • Pikko

    fs031482: I got them from Marukai 99 cent store!

    Kitty: The Aidell’s meatballs taste really good but they are really salty and peppery. My daughter won’t eat them, so I don’t recommend them for kids who hate any amount of spicy.

    Melissa: Try Sanrio store, Marukai 99 Cent store, and Price Busters. Shirokiya used to have, but not much anymore.

  • Rene

    HI, I am coming to Hawaii in Aug and I will be bento shopping at the places you mentioned. I really really want an egg mold. Do you think I am likely to find one in the stores you mentioned?

  • Pikko

    Ohhh, iffy to be honest. In all the times I went to Marukai they only had an egg mold once!

  • weee~ Thank you for doing this contest, it helped me discover that I too can make character bentos. I’ll certainly make more of these <3