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A Bento to Scream For and Fundraiser Winners

I dunno what it is about this month, but I’ve been cranking out a lot of charaben ideas that I wish I’d had last year because then I could have put a lot of these into Yum-Yum Bento. Oh well… hopefully the book will do well and Maki and I can work on a sequel! ^_-

Today is the day I announce the fundraiser winners, which I’ll reveal after the bento.

Ice Cream Bento

I scream, you scream, we all scream for an ice cream bento! Except for the people freezing their butts off on the mainland, anyway. Sorry if this makes you feel colder, but I was actually really excited about implementing this one and it couldn’t wait until summer, because I’d most certainly have forgotten to do it.

I found a packet of crab fried rice seasoning in my cabinet, so I took some leftover brown rice and cooked this last night. All you do is fry an egg, add the rice, then add the seasoning and stir fry. I’m a big fan of these, especially since I can use brown rice and it still tastes great, so I’ll have to go pick up more at Marukai.

Ice Cream Cones

Here’s a close-up of the cones, which I cut out of cheese. This was the first time I used a toothpick to cut out cheese, which is a tip I learned from Maki of Cute Obento. I just drew my own cones, cut out the paper, and traced with the toothpick. You’ll see this technique used in Yum-Yum Bento.

I cut the grooves into the cones using a toothpick as well, then froze everything until the bento was done and cooled. I used roasted sesame seeds for eyes, nori for the nose and mouth, and ketchup for cheeks.

To update people on my eye, I have something called a “pterygium” and it was basically swollen from irritation with my contact lens. The word kind of freaked me out at first. It’s the kind of thing that I’d expect to hear on House and have no idea how bad it is. Here is a potential scene:

House: “You see that? She’s got a pterygium on her eye. It means she’s been heavily exposed to the sun, which explains why we didn’t see any other symptoms. She’s got…”
*Chase’s eyes widen*
Chase: “Bentofreakulitus…”
Me: “So… what’s the treatment?”
House: “It’s an autowallet disease… there is no treatment. Your brain will compel you to buy bento boxes until you have them all. There’s… nothing we can do.”
Me: “Sweet!!!”

I should note though, I haven’t been heavily exposed to the sun or harsh winds. I have no idea what set this off except maybe my eye was just pissed I only slept for two hours. However, I’m fine now, so the doc just said to come back if it happens again. Now… on to the best part!

As many of you know, last week Thursday, Susan Yuen and I launched a Haiti Fundraiser/Bento Giveaway here on AiBento. The fundraiser closed on Wednesday and in just one week, we received a total of $615.45 in direct donations and $199.00 in pledges for a total of $814.45. This was way beyond what I’d thought we’d be able to raise, so I know I’m very happy with how generous everyone has been. I made the donation this morning to the Red Cross’ Haiti Relief Effort.


This is a screen capture of my screen after making the donation. Obviously, I cut it off when my personal information began, but you can see near the bottom the fundraiser’s gift amount from all of you. A total of 70 people donated/pledged in this fundraiser, with one donation coming from Susan’s thoughtful daughter Paige, who made a donation but was not entered into the giveaway.

Now, let’s pick us some winners!


Last night, I printed out all the names and this morning I cut them out and put them in one of my lacquer bento boxes. My Mr. Bento got really unruly and lunged at me, causing about a dozen bento boxes to surge in as well. I was pretty mad, since I was already late for my eye doctor and I’d just re-arranged those dang boxes. Mr. Bento refused to go back into the cabinet and I had to shove him back in with lots of stink eye.

Okay so, first up is our grand prize winner…

Grand Prize Winner


Here it is!

Who is it!?

Is it you?

I totally made the focus of this picture on the carpet and not my hand on purpose, cause I didn’t want any of you cheating and reading the name through the paper! Hopefully you believe me!

Congratulations, Heather R.!! You’re our grand prize winner and will be receiving Susan’s bento prize basket worth over $45! Hopefully you’re stoked and come and post a shrieking comment with lots of excitement in your typing.

Don’t lose hope, we still have 10 bento grab bags to give away, so here we go!

Grab Bag Winner 1

Congrats Pamela D.! You’ve won the first of our 10 bento grab bags!

Grab Bag Winner 2

Congratulations, Amanda G.! You’ve won the second of our 10 bento grab bags!

Grab Bag Winner 3

Congratulations, gotfaeries! You’ve won the third of our 10 bento grab bags! Around this time, I started to realize that these photos are revealing my disgusting chewed off fingernails. Ignore them!

Grab Bag Winner 4

Congratulations, Tawana H.! You’re the winner of the fourth of our 10 bento grab bags!

Grab Bag Winner 5

Congratulations, Noelle H.! You’ve won the fifth of our 10 bento grab bags. I’m so sorry I forgot to hide my thumb in your photo!

Grab Bag Winner 6

Congratulations, Raso’s Garage Sale! You’ve won the sixth of our bento grab bags. Your prize better not end up in your garage sale!!

Grab Bag Winner 7

Congratulations, Sarah C.! You’ve won the seventh of our 10 bento grab bags!

Grab Bag Winner 8

Congratulations, Gaylynn! You’ve won the eighth of our 10 bento grab bags!

Grab Bag Winner 9

Hey look! Our first guy winner! Actually, I think he might have been our only guy entry. Go Henry! You’ve won the ninth of our 10 bento grab bags!

Alrighty, so there’s only one left. Who is the last lucky winner?

Haha, totally kidding! Here it is:

Grab Bag Winner 10

Congratulations, Samantha L.! You’re the winner of the last of our 10 bento grab bags!

Either Susan or myself will be contacting you to get your address information. Thanks everyone for making our fundraiser such a huge success and congratulations to all the winners!

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  • Congrats to the winners and a huge thank you to all that entered!!! LOL, love the suspense with the drawing of the names! What a cute bento too! That one should be in the book for sure!

  • Congrats to the winners and lots of kudos *applause* to both Pikko and Susan for their generousity to raise funds for Haiti.

    What a fun way to announce the winners! I was captivated till the very end!

    I love the ice cream bento. It makes me want to eat…well, ice cream!

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    This was a great contest and shows how generous the bento community is — contestants and hosts both!
    Cute bento ~ an idea to copy for sure 🙂

  • Shelly

    Such cute ice cream cones! Congrats to the contest winners!

  • Grats to everyone! oh and I laughed so hard about the fatal error 🙂

  • Oh gosh, those ice cream’s are -really- cute!

  • Haha, too late. Yum-Yum 2 for sure! 😀

  • Thanks, Debra! Since I’m eating well, I can’t have ice cream, but at least I get to eat cheese ice cream… lol

  • It really did show the best part of this community! *sniff*

  • Thanks Shelly, glad you like the cones!

  • Haha, glad someone appreciated that! Hopefully no one closes out thinking I really did have an error. lol

  • Thanks Lisa, they were really easy to make! I was pretty surprised.

  • The ice cream is precious! It’s freezing here but it makes me feel warm and summery to see this bento 😀 You are a mighty talented lady!

    Congrats to all of the winners, and LOL to the fatal error 😀 A big WOO for the bento community for giving so much needed help to Haiti!

  • SammiGene

    I’m wondering if that Samantha L. is the name of another participant, or my own! I guess I’ll have to find out! :p

  • Haha – such a cute post *and* a very cute bento! 😀
    Glad to see the fundraiser was such a success! 🙂

  • Ardwynna

    Congrats, all!
    And thank you, Pikko, for the drawing-on-cheese tip.

  • congrats to all the lucky winners, and big thanks again to pikko and susan for their efforts! go team bento!

    super sweet ice cream bento too – love the detail on the cones!

  • Heather R

    OMG.. how many Heather R’s are in the contest? If I won the grand prize I’m gonna freak. I’m freaking out now!! Please tell me it’s me!! OMG!! ^.^;;;;

  • Pam

    Woot! That’s me! I never win these things! And I just banned myself from bento purchases for a month. This totally makes up for it. And the whole ‘for a good cause’ thing makes me happy too. 🙂


  • Sarah C.

    Yay!! I’m so excited to have won something! The way you announced the winners was AWESOME!

  • I’m glad it had the opposite effect that I thought it would, lol!

  • There was a Samantha S., but you’re the only Samantha L.! Grats!

  • Thanks Tammy! 🙂

  • I was really surprised how well it went. I was thinking it would make ragged edges all over!

  • Thanks! I tried using both the flat end and the tip, the tip ended up being easier.

  • SammiGene

    Oh yay! Thank you thank you thank you! :D!

  • Email address on your comment matches, so it’s definitely you! Yay!! Freaking out can continue now!

  • LOL! Sounds like me and bento boxes. But then, I’ve been self-diagnosed with bentofreakulitus, so now I know I just can’t help it.

  • Congrats Sarah!

  • Wow, so much money! We can be proud of us^^ Our money surely will help a lot (and only in a week, wow…)

    Your ice cream bento is really cute^^ I like ice in the winter 😉

  • Congratulations to all the winners! I like the suspense thing that you did in your post!

  • Heather R

    Yay! Sammi won!! ^.^

  • Heather R

    OMG!!!! This is actually kinda odd now cuz I had a dream a few days ago that I won the contest. O.o BUT freakin awesome!!! I barely have any bento items and I’ve been wanting to try and bento more. I just need to learn how really, this will help me out a lot. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! (LOL) ^.^;

  • Samantha S

    Well bummer.. I was all excited until the L, lol. Congrats other Samantha out there!

    Just glad to donate 🙂

  • Henry

    I am psyched! After a long night with the kids, this was a great surprise to wake up to! I am so excited! The idea to do the drawing in this way was very exciting!

    Congratulations to you both on a very successful fundraiser and I hope you receive tenfold the good fortune you’ve produced! Congratulations to everyone on being a part of such a worthwhile fundraiser!

    “I think he might have been our only guy entry” – Man enough to admit I play with my food, and try to make it cute!

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  • SammiGene

    Yaay, you won the grand prize! 😀 You better let me come see it.

  • Leslie

    Foremost, I am very happy to hear that your eye is better. 🙂 It’s hard to do anything with a bad eye.
    Wow! Over $800.00! Way to go everyone! Thanks to Pikko and Susan for helping us contribute to such a worthy cause. We ROCK!
    Congratulations to all the winners of the fundraiser! Loved the “Fatal Error:..” excellent twist!
    Just wondering, Henry… do you have a single brother or friend that shares your addiction to Bento and playing with food??? Would love to meet him 🙂 Hahaha
    The ice cream cones are genius! So adorable. As soon as we start having some hot weather (like about a million months from now!), I am going to make one of these!

  • Amanda G.

    Congrats to the winners! Wait. I’m one of them? Must be a mistake, all that cheese ice cream going to your head. (By the way, where is it cold? Ice cream sounds good right about now! It’s t-shirt weather, people!)

    What a wonderful way to get donations, good on ya!

  • Heather R

    Course silly! 😛 You an diffidently see the bento box when I use it for Otakon! XD

  • Heather R

    Comment above meant to be a comment to my previous comment comments.

  • leslie

    Amanda, to answer your question… it has been frightfully cold here in the mid-west (Nebraska)… in fact, a few short weeks ago we had a windchill of -25 degrees…. Can I come visit you? Haha 🙂

  • I just found your blog through a friend’s and am SO INSPIRED. With life the way it is in NYC, it seems like I’d have a very hard time finding the time to make a bento every day and finding the patience to carry a box to work on the crowded train. Still, I really want to try and am probably going to spend all day at work tomorrow choosing a bento box for myself. Thanks for your beautiful photos and ideas!

  • I am so thrilled that people were able to donate so much! I already donated so I didn’t participate in this contest, but I think you are uber cool for doing this, Pikko!

  • Julie K

    Pikko and Susan– thank you- thank you -thank you! Your sweet thank you note and cute flower picks were such a nice surprise! My girls were so excited to see them!

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  • Just wanted to say thank you for the grab bag! I’ve been wanting to get some of those monkey mayo cases for forever. And I’m loving the rest of it, too. 🙂