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May Day Bento (486)

Yesterday was not a good day for my leg. The large burn that had been scabbing ended up getting stuck to my pants while I was at work, making the rest of the afternoon extremely uncomfortable, kind of like how I’m making you all uncomfortable by talking about my burnt thigh on a food blog.

I ended up staying home today to air it out and spent a ton of time standing up, which means that I now have a miraculously clean kitchen. This won’t last long, so I need to enjoy it while I can. The last time I cleaned it this well was for Wanda Adams and I hadn’t quite recovered from the kitchen typhoon that a photo shoot is until today.

May Day Bento

I haven’t felt very bento-inspired these last few days due to some stress, but hopefully that resolves by next week. This lunch is made out of Baby Girl’s uneaten tonkatsu dinner. She’s been a very picky eater in the last few weeks and since it seemed a terrible waste, I packed it up. I added sesame choi sum, leftover noodles from my niece’s party, and half a strawberry. The yellow pig bottle has tonkatsu sauce.

I made the lei out of slices of fish sausage cut with the little flower from the Wilton Gum Paste Flowers set I’ve mentioned many times before. I strung them together with a somen noodle.

Fish Sausage Lei

I took the photo outside on the grass old school May Day style. I decided to do this since May Day this year falls on a Saturday. For those of you unfamiliar with the day (May 1st), it’s Lei Day!

Hamburger Bento

This is a bento I made for Mr. Pikko today, but he ended up eating it for breakfast because apparently he had a leftover sandwich from Subway to eat. I used lettuce from the yard that he grew and it was such a beautiful garnish. I love having that pot outside because it means that I don’t have to buy lettuce. Since a lot of leaves rot before I can use them in the store-bought bunch, this is much more efficient and cheaper too!

I think I mentioned that on Saturday we went to Hanauma Bay. Here’s a photo:

Hanauma Bay

It was a really beautiful day there, even without fish.

Hoodlums at Hanauma

The Hoodlums came too, but unfortunately Wasabi couldn’t make it because of a broken leg. As you can see, I’ve got two new friends, Ume and Tamagoyaki.

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  • Karen

    Love the string of flowers! What an awesome idea. Take care and have a speedy recovery ya.

  • Awesome bentos. I love the lei, that is so clever and pretty. I even remember the song May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii….

    I do miss going to Hanauma Bay, I have snorkeled there many times. It is always so beautiful, even when is crowded. Hope you start feeling better soon and heal quickly!

  • Lovely bento 🙂
    I love the idea of growing lettuce in a pot! We quit growing the leafy greens because the bunnies kept eating it before we could! lol (The strawberries too!) They don’t seem to touch my herbs and veggie plants though 🙂 We usually plant in a week or two, so now I am thinking I will have to add a potted lettuce – Thanks! 🙂

  • Tiffany

    Beautiful May Day bento! We went to Hanauma Bay this past Sunday and, you’re right, there weren’t as many fish as I’m used to seeing. But there were some cool eel and I saw a white triggerfish that I had never seen there before. Hanauma Bay is one of our favorite places on the island.

    Hope Wasabi has a speedy recovery! 🙂 Happy Weekend!

  • poor wasabi! i hope he’s mendable. lovely pics of the beach.

  • Jennifer

    I love the Domo guys. I’ve never seem them before. Beautiful scenery. I’ve never been to any of that area before but I’ll bet it’s gorgeous.

  • Your May Day Bento is really great! I love the flower chain. Looks really cute! <3
    And Mr. Pikkos bento is elegant in it's own simple way 😉

  • Shelly

    The flower string is beautiful and so is that view!! Nice!

  • I love the lei!!! So pretty! Must definately get the wilton gum paste flower set…..all your flowers turn out so pretty.

  • Lovely bento as usual! I am sorry to hear about your leg 🙁 We wish you a very speedy recovery!

    The hoodlums look very happy to have new friends 😀

  • Moontaj

    Beautiful lei! The Bento look num num nummy!

    Also I can cast Cure IV on Wasabi if you like. :p

  • Kristin

    The lei is lovely. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    I too have grown lettuce in pots, which I keep on a little table. This year I am also trying carrots and peas. Pansy flowers are edible and might be pretty in a spring bento.