It is not a long story to tell how I met Bento&co. It started when a bento box broke in my kitchen and I had to look for a new one. I remember I searched a lot on internet and it took for awhile to find a nice bento box I liked. While I was waiting for the arrival of my new box I was using a single plastic food container without divider.
A simple bento from my old days… As you see all the side dishes were placed in aluminum foil cups which were not reusable because I did not have silicon cups then. This plastic container was solid and durable alright but a little too big and deep as a bento box. When I opened the lid at my lunch time I often found my side dishes were not there in the aluminum foil cups and the look of my bento was very different from the morning. I greatly missed my bento box.
When I was making a bento for my husband in his beloved bento box, I could not help comparing. Specially the depth of his box was just right and the food could be packed so tight that there was no extra room for the food to move around. “YES! This is how the bento should be arranged! “ I thought, while I gave up arranging my own bento and threw into the plastic container. It did not matter as I knew the food would be moving around again.
I think I was frustrated by the plastic kitchenware. My lunch time was, and still is, an important part of the day and it was an everyday thing. It was a break in the middle of the day to enjoy good food of different colors, textures and flavors and I greatly missed my bento box, a beautiful tableware that was so practical and could keep my food in place and they used to cheer me up with its beautiful colors and designs.
A bento box is not just a box, it is beautiful tableware that add pleasure and enjoyment and It is thought and designed for serving food in it and just like other tableware you can add any matching flatware or accessories if you want. It all creates a new life style of Bento in our daily life.
I greatly missed my bento box and you can imagine how happy I was when the new beautiful bento box arrived from Japan. (^o^)/ Since then I have not made any bento in a plastic food container. Probably I will never go back as I am not greatly missing it at all.
Rie - Bento specialist, Oslo, Norway
Hello, I love to cook and bake and I enjoy making bento everyday. I was one of the finalists at Bento&co’s contest in 2011 and later I joined Bento&co as Bento Specialist. I am living in Norway now but I am originally from Ishikawa in Japan where many of Bento&co’s bento boxes are made. I try to make bentos that are as beautiful as they are delicious, and I like to show you how to add more sparkles in your bento life! - Rie