Bento Box Joy
Marty Martindale

You are all gussied up. You look great. It’s even a fine hair day. Grab that lunch and get going. It’s so crushed, even recent spots on the bag. Oh well.

Ditch that sack. Get a bento box!

A bento box, these days, is an update on a plain lunch box. And, it looks better, makes you look better and is a better way to do lunch. Bentos have a floorplan with separate compartments allowing you to take more interesting leftovers, doggie bag contents or a refrigerator raid concoction. There’s also separated places for snacks, veggies, dips or little salads. Maybe even something for the commute.

Never underestimate the great, great taste of almost anything when you are away from all food sources and you’re feeling true hunger. This is when a carefully-packed bento contains true happiness.

Remember when mom used to say, “This will taste better on the second day?” A leftover from the night before in your bento box
IS
in its second day!

Day off? Let’s do lunch. Lunch in the park! Meet up in the park with your bento boxes with items to share. With rising wages, restaurants are making a bigger dents in budgets.

The bento box comes to us from the Japanese culture. They found great joy in their treasured bento boxes which go back as far as 800 AD. Many bentos, which lasted into antiquity, were carefully lacquered boxes etched with work by accomplished artists. Less elaborate ones were used by hunters, farmers and warriors. In the 1800s sugar workers introduced bento boxes to the US. As the years rolled by, bento boxes frequently carried heartfelt notes from a devoted wife or words of encouragement from a mom to her child.

Today, new ones, ranging in price from $20 to over $50, come equipped with simple open compartments to well-closed ones, some with warm, leak-proof tankards for carrying soups. They can be designer styled, color coordinated or multi-layered.

Bento boxes make great gifts! Or, buy yourself one…

Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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