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Dharma Onigiri Bento

I started out last night trying to cut Richard Alpert’s face out of nori, but with my eyes producing mucus like it’s going out of style (late symptom of Buddy’s cold), I couldn’t see well enough to finish. This morning I switched to my back-up of the Dharma logo to come up with a Dharma onigiri!


I messed it up a bit. For one, I started in the middle and worked my way out, not putting the octagon on first. That meant when I finally did put it on and it was crooked, I had to stretch it all over. It looks a little curled because I actually took this picture at work. I took pictures with my Nikon, but forgot my memory stick at home. Thank goodness I keep my Panasonic on me at all times!

The first thing I did was line the box with lettuce, then I put the onigiri in the middle. I added some American Chicken Karaage (popcorn chicken from KFC, haha!) to the right side, then sliced sugar snap peas, broccoli, and half a strawberry. I took the bento to my lightbox and then began applying the nori pieces.

I had never realized before doing this that all the sections on the logo are different. I think I just looked at it and assumed it was just a grid, but as you can see, it isn’t that simple. When I was done, I added the little pasta letters to the middle for the Dharma word. I’m not crazy enough to cut out microscopic letters, sorry. Kate’s eye and Ben’s nose, yeah, but teeny tiny letters? Hell no!

The chicken is something I bought after I tried to get free grilled chicken meals from KFC. The Hawaii ones only offer a free single piece instead of the meal, so I bought some extra stuff. It wasn’t that great. Mr. Pikko’s review was “tastes like crappy hulihuli chicken” which is spot on. It was dry and didn’t have all that much taste. The Original recipe stuff I bought tasted a lot better.

As I mentioned, I’ve been at a conference the last two days at the Hawaii Convention Center, which is where Lost has filmed its Sydney Airport scenes. I’ve never been there before, so I took some pictures.


As you can see, I’m totally getting fat again. Next Monday after Mother’s Day I’m going back to eating healthier, I swear. I’ll even post my weight every day to shame myself into it. 😀


The Convention Center is a beautiful building and it’s got this gigantor escalator that runs from the third floor to the first, which is where the airline check-ins were and where Sun was supposed to run away from. I think the floor we were on was where they had those scenes with Jin, Sun, Boone, and Shannon. Anyway, that was fun!

I’ve actually found a way to work Lost into parenting, if you can believe that. This scene is from the Pilot of the show:

In the first four and a half minutes or so of this video Jack talks about giving himself five seconds to wallow in fear before sucking it up. I’m sure parents are familiar with the meltdown of toddlers and know that getting them to stop can be rough. This morning while walking Buddy in to school he started scream crying and whining, so I did my usual “tell him to stop and then ignore him until he does” thing. When we got outside his class though, he was still crying. I got down to his level, hugged him, and told him quietly in his ear that I would give him five seconds more to cry, but then he had to stop.

I began counting very slowly, stopping at three to remind him we were almost done. He was still sobbing at four, but when I got to five it was like magic. He stopped. He just immediately quieted down and miraculously walked right into class without doing the U-Turn & Leg Cling Combo he has done like every day since he started school. I’ve never seen him walk in so effortlessly.

This is the second time I’ve done the count to five thing and the second time it’s worked, so thanks for that great idea, Jack Shephard. Next week, Parenting with Fringe. >:)

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  • I love the onigiri! Is it filled with anything?

    I really like that it’s so easy to recognize the convention center from the airport scenes – very cool!

  • Love it! Must have taken awhile to get the nori straight.

    That convention center is so beautiful with the waterfall and gardens/ponds/paths on the top floor. I wonder how often animals get inside with all the open space.

  • stimps

    The logo seems to be made up of trigrams from the i ching: . What a great bento!

  • Aimee S.

    It never ceases to amaze me the amount of time and patience you must have to cut out ANYTHING from the nori, let alone tiny, intricate patterns like this logo. Kudo’s again. Hope you feel better soon and don’t stress on the weight thing. We all know you eat well…as long as your mindful that’s all that matters! Great job!

  • What do you mean parenting with Fringe… O.O

  • I agree, you have the steadiest (injured) hands.

    We use the ‘Jack Shepard method’ at school. We tell a screaming/wailing child “you may have __ minutes to be upset. Would you like me to wait here or leave you alone? I’ll set the timer.” For older children, say 7 and up, we ask them how much time they need before we set the timer. Like you said it works! Basically all they need is to know that you hear them and you are aware they need you.

  • For shame, calling yourself fat! You look great!

  • You never stop wowing me with your lost bentos. I am always in awe of any of your bentos but I love the Lost ones. Rock on sista’!

  • “parenting with Fringe”!!! LOL looking forward to that one!

  • @Misty It’s not filled with anything. I keep a jar of nori paste at work to eat my onigiri with! 😀

    @Kitty Fringe is another JJ Abrams show I watch!

    @TomcatChick Trust me, I hide it well. I’m about 25 lbs over my healthy weight!