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R.I.P. Beef Broccoli Bento

Yesterday I was pretty pleased with myself, having made a bento that would match the bento shirt that I will be selling on my Gamer Babies store. Then of course, I committed the ultimate sin.

I forgot my bento at home on the kitchen counter.


I was so mad at myself yesterday that I couldn’t bring myself to blog about it. However, now that the bento has been laid to rest, I can talk about it. It pains me, but it must be done.


It was a nice lunch of beef broccoli with bell pepper letters and a kamaboko heart spelling out “I love Bento”. It’s supposed to match this:

This is a chibi that I had an artist do to kinda resemble me, but not really. I’ve put up some product on my Gamer Babies store where people interested can buy a bento shirt. I hope you guys like it and buy a shirt or something! ^_^


This is my second layer of the dead bento with sliced cucumbers and kiwi. I’m totally kicking myself still for forgetting the kiwi. *sob*

I finally went to Borders and bought that Hawaii Bento book. It’s kinda creepy. The author is a lady who grew up in Hilo, then moved to Honolulu, then got married, then had two kids (a daughter and a son), then did a bento book. What is she? My Chinese clone? O_O Her kids even look like mine a little. Yeah, I’m so weirded out.

That aside though, she has some incredibly adorable bentos: Hawaii’s Bento Box Cookbook: Fun Lunches for Kids. Give it a try, you’ll be wowed! In one lunch, she makes ladybugs with kamaboko. I loved the ladybugs idea, so I made my own (looks different) so that I don’t have nightmares about being arrested for being a bento plagarist.


The food underneath is oven baked chicken and rice. The ladybugs are made out of the pink kamaboko skin. I cut them out with my snowman cookie cutter by using the head section twice.The dots are made out of nori. I use my face punch for those. I cut the heads out freehand, then used the nose/mouth part of the Hello Kitty onigiri/punch set I bought from J-List.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! I wish I’d thought of ladybugs before!

Next to it I have choi sum, then corn in a little cup since I’ve learned in my nutrition class that I don’t eat enough starchy veggies per day. I added bell pepper flowers and a little piece of pineapple sausage.

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  • WOW… cute bento. Sorry about you leaving it. Is the whole shop yours??? there are some hilarious designs! Oh and yay for starchy veggies. Woot!

  • Kennis

    I love your “I heart bento” shirt so much that I just bought one for myself. 🙂

  • Pikko

    Woohoo! Thanks! CafePress has a pretty good “return” policy, so if anything is wrong with the quality, call them up and they’ll usually send you a new one.

  • Mer

    So cute! (And I’m glad I’m not the only one who walks off without my lunch now and again.)

  • Ana

    those bentos are adorably tasty looking =D
    maybe one of these days i’ll buy that book and take a good look at it ^^ i still have a few bento books waiting to be read first, so it’ll have to wait XD

    the tshirt drawing is pretty good looking =DD

  • Cree

    I wanna buy that bento book too! Hehe.. I saw it and was thinking the same thing, ohhhh she from Hilo too, 2 kids, boy & girl…. but hmmmm no loook like you! hehe… how funny….. do Hilo girls like to make cute bentos??? hee hee….

  • I love your website and your ladybug!

  • Hi! Thanks for the great review of my book. It’s funny how similar our lives are! 🙂 I just started a blog at please come and visit. BTW, I love your blog.

  • those lady bugs are unique!