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This week, the bento challenge is “game characters”. At first I thought, hey I can do Pikko! But after some thinking today I decided she was too hard and obscure to boot. So Pikko got dumped and I began to brainstorm for an easily recognized game character. Wanting to stick with something Final Fantasy, I chose the ever lovable chocobo! This bento is dedicated to my little chocobo chicky, Princess Bonbon. I raised her from an egg and reserved from my garden the precious cupid worms and vomp carrots that were so valuable at the time. Eventually she was retired to the stables in Windurst.

The body, legs, and beak are made from bell pepper cut with an X-acto knife. The toes and eyes are made from thinly sliced cauliflower stem! I was going to use cheese at first, but decided it would be too soft and difficult. I learned my lesson from cutting out Elmo’s eyes! The black lines didn’t come out how I wanted it to, creating a blurry black “glow” around the lines. Still, it did it’s job. It’s made out of nori carefully inserted into slits in the pepper. side view/close-up

The entire thing rests on a bed of somen noodles, which came with several colored noodles. Isn’t that cute?? I love it! I found it at Daiei. I wasn’t going to use it tonight, but my ever wonderful daughter decided to chew on the package, crushing a bunch of the noodles and puncturing the packaging. As for the “KWEH?”… hahaha!!! I made that with nori using my Quickutz dies for scrapbooking. Bet the Quickutz team never envisioned someone using their product for making lunch!

The pictures came out pretty bad; obviously I haven’t yet found time to make my lightbox. Originally I thought putting it into a yellow container would be nice because it matched the chocobo, but instead it made her hard to see. 😦 I’d move it all to another container and re-take the pictures, but that would require energy that simply doesn’t exist in my poor weary body right now. This bento took me a whopping 2 HOURS to make. Good thing the kids knocked out early!

The bottom layer of the bento consists of salmon flavored onigiri, Aidell’s chicken meatballs (teriyaki pineapple), carrots, and edamame.


This bento is kinda nuts points-wise, costing me 7 points. I can knock off half of that by exercising tomorrow. I just have to remember to do it! Currently I weigh in at 133.4 lbs, which I’m very happy with. Five months ago I was 155. Scary… +_+

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This week, the bento challenge is “game characters”. At first I thought, hey I can do Pikko! But after some thinking today I decided she was too hard and obscure to boot. So Pikko got dumped and I began to brainstorm for an easily recognized game character. Wanting to stick with something Final Fantasy, I chose the ever lovable chocobo! This bento is dedicated to my little chocobo chicky, Princess Bonbon. I raised her from an egg and reserved from my garden the precious cupid worms and vomp carrots that were so valuable at the time. Eventually she was retired to the stables in Windurst.

The body, legs, and beak are made from bell pepper cut with an X-acto knife. The toes and eyes are made from thinly sliced cauliflower stem! I was going to use cheese at first, but decided it would be too soft and difficult. I learned my lesson from cutting out Elmo’s eyes! The black lines didn’t come out how I wanted it to, creating a blurry black “glow” around the lines. Still, it did it’s job. It’s made out of nori carefully inserted into slits in the pepper. side view/close-up

The entire thing rests on a bed of somen noodles, which came with several colored noodles. Isn’t that cute?? I love it! I found it at Daiei. I wasn’t going to use it tonight, but my ever wonderful daughter decided to chew on the package, crushing a bunch of the noodles and puncturing the packaging. As for the “KWEH?”… hahaha!!! I made that with nori using my Quickutz dies for scrapbooking. Bet the Quickutz team never envisioned someone using their product for making lunch!

The pictures came out pretty bad; obviously I haven’t yet found time to make my lightbox. Originally I thought putting it into a yellow container would be nice because it matched the chocobo, but instead it made her hard to see. 😦 I’d move it all to another container and re-take the pictures, but that would require energy that simply doesn’t exist in my poor weary body right now. This bento took me a whopping 2 HOURS to make. Good thing the kids knocked out early!

The bottom layer of the bento consists of salmon flavored onigiri, Aidell’s chicken meatballs (teriyaki pineapple), carrots, and edamame.


This bento is kinda nuts points-wise, costing me 7 points. I can knock off half of that by exercising tomorrow. I just have to remember to do it! Currently I weigh in at 133.4 lbs, which I’m very happy with. Five months ago I was 155. Scary… +_+

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Since today’s bento contents pale so much in comparison to my onolicious steak stir fry yesterday, I tried to make up for it’s lameness in size. There’s no way I can eat this all for lunch, so I’ll probably just snack on it occasionally all day.


In the top right corner I put some slices of baked Okinawan Sweet Potato. Next to that are rows of broccoli and cauliflower, leftover from Monday’s dinner. Baby carrots and half an ear of corn surround the main part of my meal, lomi lomi salmon. If you’ve never heard of it or never eaten it, you really should! It’s an all Core dish, very easy to make, and is full of taste! Do a Google search on it and you’ll find tons of recipes. You basically just chop up salted salmon, tomatoes, sweet onion, and green onions then massage all the ingredients together. Extreme close-up!

In addition to all of this I’m taking a small bento of chopped watermelon. They were finally on sale for 19c a pound at Foodland and I was able to get a nice big seedless Sugarland watermelon for about $3.50! Too bad the darned thing comes with bazillions of little white underdeveloped seeds, which apparently qualify the melon as being “seedless”. Wuteva!

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Since today’s bento contents pale so much in comparison to my onolicious steak stir fry yesterday, I tried to make up for it’s lameness in size. There’s no way I can eat this all for lunch, so I’ll probably just snack on it occasionally all day.


In the top right corner I put some slices of baked Okinawan Sweet Potato. Next to that are rows of broccoli and cauliflower, leftover from Monday’s dinner. Baby carrots and half an ear of corn surround the main part of my meal, lomi lomi salmon. If you’ve never heard of it or never eaten it, you really should! It’s an all Core dish, very easy to make, and is full of taste! Do a Google search on it and you’ll find tons of recipes. You basically just chop up salted salmon, tomatoes, sweet onion, and green onions then massage all the ingredients together. Extreme close-up!

In addition to all of this I’m taking a small bento of chopped watermelon. They were finally on sale for 19c a pound at Foodland and I was able to get a nice big seedless Sugarland watermelon for about $3.50! Too bad the darned thing comes with bazillions of little white underdeveloped seeds, which apparently qualify the melon as being “seedless”. Wuteva!

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As I mentioned yesterday, we ate at Outback on Sunday night and I got the very tasty rib eye steak but only ate half of it. I’d ordered it with broccoli and so took all of that home for today’s leftovers bento! I sliced some red bell pepper for additional color and stir fried it all with a bit of Pam. I didn’t cook it long as I wanted to preserve the “medium rare” state of the meat. EXTREME CLOSE-UP! Whoaaaa!


If I’ve learned anything from making bento it’s that with a Costco 5 minutes away I need two fridges. I picked up blackberries, strawberries, and cherries. The cherries were so expensive I’m surprised they didn’t have someone sitting next to the little suckers offering financing. The good news is everytime I bite into one I’m glad I dished out 13 dollars for a pack. Ok, maybe not glad, but it tastes at least moderately worth it.


I wanted to take watermelon, mango, and lomi salmon today too, but snapped out if it when I was trying to find a third bento box to take with me. Making up for what I ate yesterday will include extra stairclimbing at work this week.

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Today we had quite the adventure attempting to go to the beach with the family. We ate at Outback last night and decided on an attempted arrival time at Ko Olina of 8:30 am. Running late, we got there at 8:45 only to find out that all the beaches were full and were turned around at the guard shack. The other half of our party had managed to get in only to find car lines at the parking lots of at least 10 cars. Last time we had 4 cars ahead of us and waited over 45 minutes for a spot and that was at 10:30 when it was actually possible people might leave the beach.

We headed out onto the freeway looking for a possible alternate beach but eventually decided that we did not want to end up on the 6 o’clock news as “Local Japanese family of noobs killed on deserted beach in Nanakuli”. Eventually we got an “in” at Ko Olina and headed back for some free parking goodness. This picnic was a great excuse to finally use my big 3-tiered bento box!

My contribution to our way too huge spread of food was corn, Aidell’s chicken meatballs, watermelon, and some old pupu type food that my mom used to make years and years ago. I’d read about the meatballs on Lunch in a Box and had seen them at Costco before. When I went to buy them yesterday it just so happened that they were giving out samples of them and though I didn’t get to try them, I’d gone specifically to get some. Due to the sampling almost every box was gone and I got the second to the last one. Go me! They were super easy to prepare. All I did was dump them into a bowl and microwave on high for 5 minutes!


These lovely things are probably on the Top Five Foods You Should Never Eat list for Weight Watchers: deep fried won ton with spam and kamaboko! Oh so good though. Unfortunately I was unable to keep them crispy until lunchtime. I’d eaten one in the morning and wow they were full of win. Despite the sogginess, everyone loved them!


Overall it was an okay beach trip, even with two kids afraid of the water and one afraid of sand. It rained. A lot. I pigged out on spam musubi, fried chicken, a huge onigiri, meatballs, won ton, corn, and watermelon. I’ll have to be really good all week and exercise cause man did I eat like 30 points today. I lost .5 lb last week! A good slow-down rate that I am perfectly fine with!

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As I mentioned yesterday, we ate at Outback on Sunday night and I got the very tasty rib eye steak but only ate half of it. I’d ordered it with broccoli and so took all of that home for today’s leftovers bento! I sliced some red bell pepper for additional color and stir fried it all with a bit of Pam. I didn’t cook it long as I wanted to preserve the “medium rare” state of the meat. EXTREME CLOSE-UP! Whoaaaa!


If I’ve learned anything from making bento it’s that with a Costco 5 minutes away I need two fridges. I picked up blackberries, strawberries, and cherries. The cherries were so expensive I’m surprised they didn’t have someone sitting next to the little suckers offering financing. The good news is everytime I bite into one I’m glad I dished out 13 dollars for a pack. Ok, maybe not glad, but it tastes at least moderately worth it.


I wanted to take watermelon, mango, and lomi salmon today too, but snapped out if it when I was trying to find a third bento box to take with me. Making up for what I ate yesterday will include extra stairclimbing at work this week.

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