Let’s have a giveaway!

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It’s about time I did another giveaway to get someone else going with bento. I have a box, complete with a food cup inside, a silicon flower cup, and a snack box that looks like a chocolate bar. All the items are brand new, but the small box and cup aren’t wrapped because they came in multipacks of goodies.

To enter, tell me what you want to see more of on veggie bento love. Feedback is good 🙂 The giveaway is open worldwide as long as you have an address that Canada Post can deliver to! One entry per person. I’ll close the giveaway on Monday, October 14th at 1800 MST, and will choose one lucky peep at random (using gaming dice if the numbers work out, or random.org if I can’t make that happen).

Giveaway!

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Hi everyone. Here I am with another giveaway to celebrate bento! I have a very simple box, but it’s a great size, and it comes with a side dish cup. My very first bento box was one of these, it’s held up very well to the top rack of the dishwasher’s abuse, and so I was happy when I found another one so I can give it away. I also have some chopsticks in a sparkly case – not that you can see the sparkles very well in the picture.

For the formalities:

This giveaway is open worldwide. If you have a mailing address, you’re eligible! I will keep it open until Friday, June 14th at 18:00 MST, at which time I will pick a winner by random draw. The box and chopsticks set were purchased with my personal funds.

To enter, leave a comment below, and tell me why you love bento lunches (or what you’d make in the box if you’re new to them, but want to get started).

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Saturday, June 16th: The giveaway is now closed, and lucky number 12, the lovely Yinzerella won!

Spring Break giveaway

In honour of Spring Break, which is perhaps the most valuable break in the school year (Christmas is taken up with celebrations, but Spring break is just rest…), I am hosting a giveaway of some bento goodies. They will either add to an established stash or help someone just starting out feel a little more comfortable with packing cute lunches. I was able to pick these up on my way back home from a conference I just attended. I purchased these with my funds; no products were sent to me.

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First up is a green bento bag – you can’t really tell from the front, but it has handles to carry. Cute!

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Next is a 1-tier bento box, 700mL in capacity. It should hold a classic sandwich and veggies bento, as well as more traditional styles. You will be able to fit a good lunch into this bento – some boxes are tiny!

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I also found this adorable set of chopsticks in a carry case that has holographic sparkly stars on it! I tried to get a shot of some of the sparkles. If these don’t make you want to take a break in your day, I’m not sure what will!

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Finally, I found some small containers with lids, and have one of them to give away too. It’s new right out of the package, but I had to open the package as I wanted to keep the others for me!

This giveaway is open worldwide. As long as Canada Post can accept your mailing address, feel free to enter the giveaway. To enter, I’m not looking for feedback per se this time but I am going to ask you to comment on this post in order to enter – if you are a reader, not a writer, please leave me an email address so I can contact you if you win. Let’s celebrate the art of cute and healthy lunches – tell us what you love about bento! I will choose a winner with gaming dice one week from now, March 27th.

    March 27th, 2013

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15 comments, so that means a d10 and a d6. Whatever is rolled, 1 must be subtracted, otherwise poor No. 1 commenter doesn’t have a chance to win (because the lowest number that can be rolled with 2 dice is 2). I rolled 14, subtract 1 is 13, so the lovely kosoado.wordpress.com wins 🙂

Pub-grub inspired bento, vegan overnight oats, and snacks

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I just got back from a conference, and was inspired by pub grub, snacky food that can be eaten with fingers. I didn’t get to have coleslaw with my veggie burger, but those who had chicken fingers or fish and chips did. It looked really, really good. I would have asked to sub it for the salad had I known. I made some smashed potatoes (adapted from: http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/12/20/parmesan-smashed-potatoes-recipe/) with tomato jam for flavour, and a little cheese baked on top, and some chick’n nuggets, as what would a pub grub menu be without deep fried breaded things on it? (I baked these though, of course). Barbecue sauce for dipping is in the cupcake cup, and salad cream for the coleslaw is in the pig cup. The coleslaw is thinly sliced purple cabbage, shredded carrot, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries – easy stuff.

I have another yoga class tomorrow night, so here’s 4 helpings of bento’d awesomeness:

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Breakfast is vegan overnight oats with chia seeds – they’re the unappetizing black dots… I’m really hoping this tastes good and/or I’m hungry enough to eat it tomorrow! – 1/2 cup quick oats, 1 tbsp. chia seeds, 1 cup vanilla almond milk – in bento box, shake up, leave overnight in fridge – can quickly nuke to warm it up the next day at work.

Snacks are a mini brie and some crackers for morning snack, and apple slices (dipped in lemon juice to prevent browning) with 1 tbsp. peanut butter for afternoon snack.

Don’t forget to enter my latest giveaway: https://veggiebentolove.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/gratitude-and-giveaway/ until Feb. 3, 2013 🙂

Gratitude and giveaway!

I am really thankful to my blog readers. What started as an experimental exercise in creativity has blossomed into an outlet to express myself, and share with people who read my blog. Many of them are interested in either vegetarian food, bento, or both, but I also have readers who are not connected with the bento blogosphere. It may just be pictures of my lunch and the occasional cupcake (I need to get back on the Cupcake Friday! bandwagon…), but I appreciate that people read and comment on my bento lunches. With the gratitude that I have for those who read my blog in mind, here is a bento giveaway.

I recently spent two days at a conference in Richmond, BC, and managed to find time to get some bento supplies! With my decision to keep my blog ad-free, I do not solicit companies to send me products to review, and therefore keep the blog creative, not commercialized. Blogging my lunches is an outlet, not a business (between teaching teenagers from September – June, and selling cupcakes in July and August, I am plenty busy enough already!). These supplies were purchased with personal funds. I was very happy to have found the following:

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A very cute, slim (so can fit in a messenger bag quite nicely) bento, complete with chopsticks that fit under the lid and a belt to keep the tiers together. This box is around 600mL, which is usually the size of most of my bentos.

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Readers will know that I’m all about the snacks – hypoglycemia isn’t fun, but snacks make it better – so here’s a matching, 250mL snack bento. You could probably put soup in here too, as it has a seal.

And to accessorize:

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A bento bag with insulated layer, 2 sauce bottles, and some food cups. Everything to get you started is here!

To enter, and this giveaway is open worldwide (as long as you have a mailing address!), the rules are similar to my previous giveaway. Please tell me what you enjoy about the blog, and/or what you’d like to see more of. I want to make a blog that is pleasurable to read. I will use my gaming dice to choose a winner on February 3rd, at 1800 MST. Please leave me an email address if you are a blog reader, not a writer, so I can contact you if you are the winner to get your mailing details.

Vegan chili bento for hubby

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Hubby is not a vegan, or a vegetarian, but he doesn’t like dairy, so if I make him a meatless bento, by default it’s vegan.  Here he has a container of chili, with a lettuce leaf to somewhat contain the sauce, brown rice, veggies, and black olives.  He doesn’t like to heat up bentos (he’s one of those people who can eat leftovers right out of the fridge, too), so he’s quite content to have everything in one layer to ‘graze’ on through his workday.

It’s nice to share the occasional vegan bento for hubby, but I am comfortable in my decision to keep this blog vegetarian, so I don’t feel this desire to blog all 3 lunches for our family every day.  It’s not just me who gets tasty bento lunches ’round here!