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What’s in that bag?

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My very fashionable 100 yen store bag

Since we’re leaving Japan very, very soon (about a month to go!), I decided to pick up a few things we never got around to buying: a gyoza (pot sticker) mold, nice bento boxes, bento reusable goodies… The day I bought them was the same day I met my coworker for lunch, and so you can see some souvenirs she gave me as well: a Rilakkuma duster, some pastry snacks, yuzu jelly, and lemon drink mix.

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My bento is the top one with flowers, and Chad’s is the checkered one on the bottom

I made bentos for lunch on Monday in our new boxes using some nifty side-dish packs, veggie furikake, or seasoning, and a few other things. Turned out great! Yum, yum!

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Nifty Side-Dish Packs (Top: Spinach mix, Lotus mix, and Edamame Seaweed mix; Bottom: Crab Cream Croquettes)

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Veggie Furikake

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Our beautiful bentos!

I once read that Japanese people believe a dish is healthiest if there are at least 5 different colors of food. I don’t always make bentos, but no matter what I make I always try to include a variety of color. What do you like to pack in your lunches?

4 thoughts on “What’s in that bag?

  1. generally i just have leftovers if i’m eating at work. what are those nifty side dish packs? they sound really nifty. πŸ˜‰ you’re bentos look delicious. and i’m totally going to look through your reusable bento goodies and gyoza mold when you get back so i can see what they’re all about. hope you don’t mind! πŸ™‚

    1. We often include leftovers, too! The side dish packs have different kinds of common sides like beans, seaweed salad, croquettes, sausages, lotus, and so on πŸ™‚ They are really convenient! I think we could do the same thing in the states by just buying sides in bulk and splitting them between lunches (like potato salad, for example!). Of course you can look through the things I bought! I’m debating whether to buy a cute shape punch or not πŸ˜‰ I don’t want to get too carried away!

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