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#271 Fat Guy

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 05:15 PM

The latest bunch. We had vacation and a number of days off in the past 6 or so weeks, which is why the number of photos is not huge.

The photo of the lunch that includes an empty container, followed by a photo of sushi, is from a day when I packed the rest of lunch, then purchased sushi and dropped it at school just before lunchtime. The lack of refrigeration made me reluctant to send raw fish any other way, though I imagine they do it in Japan routinely.

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#272 torakris

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 03:51 PM

Steven,
As always, beautiful lunches!
As to raw fish in bentos, I have never seen a child (or an adult for that matter) with a bento from home that included raw fish.
Just to be sure I just asked my 15 year old daughter and she looked at me and laughed, "why would someone take sushi to school?!"

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#273 SobaAddict70

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 07:44 PM

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Bento box dinner.

Not shown are sashimi (2 pieces tuna, 2 pieces salmon, 2 pieces yellowtail, 1 piece sweet shrimp, shiso leaf); miso soup; onigiri (seaweed-wrapped Japanese rice) with ume plum.

Clockwise from top left: takiawase (simmered vegetables -- carrot, mountain yam, snow peas, eggplant, bean curd, kabocha squash); tamago (egg cooked with mirin), broiled salmon, hijiki (a type of Japanese seaweed), simmered beef and onion, potato salad, pickled ginger; chicken tatsuta-age (chicken marinated in soy sauce, then deep-fried and served with lemon); Japanese rice.

Not bad for $25.

#274 Fat Guy

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 05:01 PM

Since the last time I posted lunch photos, we moved. This caused a lot of disruption to the lunch-making process, as it has taken about six weeks to get basic things -- like the stove -- working right. Anyway, here are photos from about the last month. A few photos may have fallen through the cracks. I've photographed every lunch except for two Ellen made when I went to Spain. But the inventory of photos may be incomplete.

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#275 Shelby

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 07:35 PM

I only wish I had the variety of lunch that PJ gets every day!!! He's one lucky little man. :biggrin:

I love looking at every Bento meal.

#276 Shelby

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 07:36 PM

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Bento box dinner.

Not shown are sashimi (2 pieces tuna, 2 pieces salmon, 2 pieces yellowtail, 1 piece sweet shrimp, shiso leaf); miso soup; onigiri (seaweed-wrapped Japanese rice) with ume plum.

Clockwise from top left: takiawase (simmered vegetables -- carrot, mountain yam, snow peas, eggplant, bean curd, kabocha squash); tamago (egg cooked with mirin), broiled salmon, hijiki (a type of Japanese seaweed), simmered beef and onion, potato salad, pickled ginger; chicken tatsuta-age (chicken marinated in soy sauce, then deep-fried and served with lemon); Japanese rice.

Not bad for $25.



I would love to have access to something like this. Looks SO good. I love the variety.

#277 Fat Guy

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 12:11 PM

The 2011-12 school year has started here in New York. There were actually two adjustment days last week, but they were half days with no lunch. So, first lunch of first grade:

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Clockwise from bottom left: Avocado maki with soy sauce in a little plastic fish, cantaloupe chunks, cucumber slices, salty-oat cookie, dried mango.

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#278 slkinsey

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 01:03 PM

The soy sauce fish is awesome.
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#279 Fat Guy

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 01:15 PM

They sell them on Amazon in 12 packs, 6 in the shape of fish and 6 in the shape of little bottles, for $3.99. I think in Asia they go for about a dollar for a gross of them. They're meant to be disposable but I clean and reuse them (I try not to use any disposable packaging in PJ's lunches, for various reasons -- though I have gone back to paper napkins because I write him a note every day on his napkin as part of the whole learning-to-read thing).

Sauce Container Fish and Bottle, from Amazon.

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#280 Kouign Aman

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 03:15 PM

Why do you cut the grapes in half?
What is in the avocado sushi? Do you vinegar the rice or use it plain? Anything beside avocado?
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#281 Fat Guy

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 06:06 PM

Why do you cut the grapes in half?


Two reasons.

1. Whole grapes are a choking hazard. The standard recommendation is no whole grapes until age 6. The photos of cut-in-half grapes are from when he was 5. See, e.g., this article from the BabyCenter website: "Grapes – whole grapes are a choking hazard. Children should not eat whole grapes until they are well over the age of 5. Grapes should be cut when served to children."

2. He is particularly fond of red-globe grapes, which have seeds, but he doesn't like the seeds. So I take them out, which requires bisection. So he may continue to get cut grapes for a while longer, though it hasn't come up this year yet.

What is in the avocado sushi?


Whatever Fairway puts in it. I have occasionally made my own but I usually buy it. When I make it, there is seasoned vinegar mixed in with the rice, and just avocado inside. I wrap nori on the outside, but the professionals sometimes do inside-out. They also typically put sesame seeds on the outside.

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#282 Fat Guy

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 04:35 AM

Second day of school. Dried mango, salty-oat cookie, potato chips, hard-cooked egg, mozzarella and tomato, cucumber slices.

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#283 ambra

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 06:25 AM

Your boxes are amazing. I'm going ot have to send my son with snacks, I can totally pull from this thread for ideas!

#284 Kouign Aman

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 10:45 AM

Wouldnt grape and cherry tomatoes likewise be considered choking hazards?
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#285 Fat Guy

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 10:51 AM

For some reason the sources that say no grapes until after age 5 say that cherry tomatoes are okay after age 2. Go figure.

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#286 Fat Guy

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 12:13 PM

This is yesterday's lunch (no lunch today; sick day)

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Red and orange peppers with hummus, challah roll with cheese, pita chips, wheat crackers, cucumber slices. I didn't pack a sweet item because this lunch almost exceeded the capacity of the tote we use.

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#287 Jason Perlow

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 05:06 AM

Doesn't PJ lose the little boxes? Hell, I'm almost 43 and I would lose at least one a week. They don't have larger, multi compartment plastic containers?
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#288 Fat Guy

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 05:18 AM

He hasn't lost one yet. A couple have been destroyed: the way they pile up and abuse the lunches at a NYC elementary school is reminiscent of how that same process would happen in prison. But since all the containers go in his vinyl lunch sack every day, they all come back every day -- so far.

I love the multi-compartment ones but they lack flexibility. With different types of individual containers, I can choose the shapes and sizes that work for a given meal. It also makes it easier for him to do something like hold the pretzels as a snack for after school.

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