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Bento Central and Korean Leftovers

I’ve been wanting to do a gallery hub site like foodgawker and Tastespotting for a while now and could never figure out how to do it when someone finally told me that it’s basically just run on WordPress. I started thinking of names, making Jenn wrack her brain too, and whatever we came up with was taken. I looked to my smartypants husband for ideas and while I was picking Buddy up from preschool, he waited in the car. When I came back, he gave me “Bento Central” and that led to more ideas and when I got home, I bought the domain and hosting.

Around 24 hours later, after two nights of tinkering, the site seemed relatively ready so not being one to wait on my new ideas, I announced it right away. It basically takes the idea behind the LJ community Bento Lunches and sorts entries into categories for easy browsing. If you want to share your lunches, but don’t do them often enough to run your own bento blog, you are more than welcome to post them at Bento Central. Register and begin submitting content and hopefully we’ll all have a great bento resource all in one place!

I’m trying out something new in 2010, which will be a bento article/tutorial on Mondays and lagged lunches one day after I eat them. I want to make this place more than where you just oogle at my food. I think it’s also high time for a remodel!

Bulgogi Bento

This is my bento that I ate yesterday, made with some leftover Korean food we had for dinner the other day and packed in my newest Hakoya wooden lacquer box from J-List. Isn’t it just utterly beautiful? It comes with two removable dividers that lock together in the middle, giving you a nice segmented box or a nice, large box for your lunch.

In the top left is some bulgogi with a sliced grape tomato on top for color. Top right I have a green leaf lettuce leaf crammed in and stuffed with kim chee imitation crab topped with three small slices of avocado. Bottom right contains blackberries and sakura shaped kiwi slices. Finally, in the bottom left area I have choi sum, kim chee, sliced potato, and a baby carrot. Here’s a close-up:

Bulgogi Bento Close-up

I left out rice so that I can start getting used to eating healthier again. I’m still debating whether or not I’ll officially subscribe to Weight Watchers again or just try it on my own. I think if I try it on my own I won’t be able to stick with it, but we’ll see. I haven’t weighed myself in a while, but I’m guessing after the holiday horrors I’m probably around 150, which was where I was when I started WW two years ago.

Other resolutions on my plate include:

  • Using my electric toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash twice a day instead of once every couple of weeks. Don’t get all grossed out, I brush, just by regular toothbrush. I don’t do a very good job though, and I usually forget to wear my night guard too. I’ve been really good with this one!
  • Cut down very heavily on sweets and eat more fruits.
  • Manage my time better. This means brushing my teeth while loading things in the car.
  • Brush my hair more often. I’m pretty disgusting here, washing daily but only brushing my hair maybe once a week and then having a big hairball by my neck eventually.
  • Keep kitchen sink permanently clean. This one has miraculously been happening too. Can you believe it, Yvo?!?

There are more, but I’m getting tired and lazy just reading what I have so far, so I’d better quit now.

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  • BEAUTIFUL new box (so elegant and grown up!) and your selection of korean morsels looks so yummmmm! great bento ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Leslie

    Bento Central… what a great idea! I can’t wait to check it out. Thank you for this new forum!

    The new bento box is superfantastic! I love it. The colors of the food really show up well.

    Good luck with the new year’s resolutions and starting WW again.

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  • That looks very beautiful. Love all the food and presentation.

  • Branwyn

    I like your resolutions. I am trying to get back to Bento as I just recently found kamaboko (I may have spelled that wrong) at my local Asian Market. It seems they are stocking more Bento items as I get into the swing of things. I look forward to poking around Bento Central and seeing what’s posted!

  • Oh my! Bento Central, that’s really a great idea =) *rushes to sign in* I can’t await it ๐Ÿ™‚

    And your new bento box is so elegant. I love it! =^-^=

  • I have been wanting to start making Bento lunches. My only daughter is 15 and I always packed her our own version of a Bento lunch, but without the box. I am excited to keep reading your blog and get some more “grown up” ideas. I’m gald I found you!

  • I love the new Bento Central site! very nice design, and I can’t wait to explore it more. thank you.

  • This is a special bento–love this lacquer box, which creates a beautiful formal frame for your freshly elegant (and flavorful-looking!) lunch. Congrats on the excellent Bento Central–what a great resource for the bento community!

  • Yvo

    lol pics of the clean sink or it didn’t happen… I won’t even tell you about mine nor my ambitious goal to clean those bento boxes stacked on my chair… uhhhhh…. yeah, I shouldn’t talk about that. ๐Ÿ˜› I’m excited for you though!!!

  • Thanks Gamene! I agree, it’s a very grown up box.

  • Thanks, Leslie, hopefully I can stick it out. I can’t be all “Oh yes bentos are so great for your weight.” when I’ve ballooned back up to what I’m at now. lol

  • Thank you MaryMoh!

  • Yup, that’s how you spell it, Branwyn. My kids are crazy over kamaboko. My son can eat a whole block if I let him.

  • Thanks Lil’Chan, I hope to see contributions from you!

  • That’s great Lyndsey! Once I’ve finished the remodel, you should be able to look at bentos by the main ingredient.

  • You’re welcome, Rachel. I hope you keep coming back to it!

  • Thanks Jenn, and thanks for contributing to the site already!

  • Would you believe my sink has been clean all year?!? I have a dirty one by the door tho……

  • Anne

    oh O_O i want that bento box… can we put it in micro wave? and pikko T_T why are ur bento boxes always sooo yummy looking~~