cafe sandwich bento

6 04 2010

another quick and easy lunch for tomorrow, since i have more apartment appointments scheduled tonight.

this sandwich has vegetarian ham and cheese with mustard on sourdough bread. (if you’re wondering why the cheese doesn’t look neat and even in the sliced sandwich, it’s because i’m being economical and using up scraps from cut-outs, and so i had to layer the oddly-shaped pieces over each other in hodge-podge fashion!)

the slices of bread from this loaf are very large, so this is just one sandwich (two slices of bread), which i trimmed into a long rectangle, and then cut again into three tea-sized sandwiches. this sourdough is more porous and less dense than white bread, and so it makes less delicate-looking and precise sandwiches (you can see how the mustard soaked itself into the spongy bread by the time i took the picture!), but i like the flavor sooooo much better. when i am in the mood for white bread, i do have access to some wonderful loaves from a local bakery, panya (review by just bento’s maki here).

the trio is banded together with a folded piece of heart-patterned wax paper, and to top this pretty cafe-style package off, i hand-cut a decorative bread heart from the “butt” slice (always too small and crusty for sandwich use).

the rest of the box has steamed broccoli and purple potato, two strawberries with washi tape food picks, some pea pods and flower-cut carrot sticks. this box has a nicely domed lid, so nothing got smushed when i closed it! i’m throwing a nice firm pear in my lunch bag to round out the meal.


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26 responses

6 04 2010
Susan Yuen

So pretty!!! Such a beautiful sandwich bento and I love how it’s wrapped in the lovely wax paper.

6 04 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Such a cheerful “bread bento!”–your crafty touches make this so special–pretty wax paper binding adds a lighthearted contrast to your substantial sammie and of course I love the heart accent! The green lettuce halo and colorful pink flag picks are so appealing🙂 Good luck on the apartment hunt…and in the contest!!

6 04 2010
sheri

Love the multi sandwiches, and the cute wax paper, and the vibrant purple spears! Wow! Aren’t sandwich bento great? So quick and easy. No cooking required🙂

Gonna show us any very cool “prewar apts”?

And thanks for the heads-up on the contest vote! Exciting!

6 04 2010
gamene

thanks so much, susan, jenn and sheri!

no great apartments so far… i must have been dreaming when i put “dishwasher” on my list of criteria 0_o … the hunt continues!

6 04 2010
Andrea

I LOVE THESE. and I cannot believe they have been sitting in our fridge this whole time….you are really talented gamene😉

6 04 2010
gamene

thanks andrea! i don’t usually put in the fridge unless they have mayo, though… so if you are trying to steal my lunch, wait until i go to the bathroom and then sneak into my office, haha!

6 04 2010
KidsDreamWork

Wow, such a vibrant coloured bento! By the way, good luck in the contest!🙂

6 04 2010
gamene

thanks for your well wishes! i will need it – up against some serious competition🙂

6 04 2010
Lia Chen

Megan, love all the colors from the bento, the prop, and setting for this picture. Really is amazing work here, so neatly arranged … the wax paper is nice to put on the sandwiches. Good luck with the apartment, I am sure you will find the best one. And wish you all the best for the bento contest. Ganbatte!!

7 04 2010
gamene

thanks lia! i will need your luck on the apartment hunt, and ganbatte to you in the contest as well, i love your entry!

7 04 2010
mils

I love the wax paper idea – such a clever way to make sandwiches look lovely. And sour dough – oh yums!!

7 04 2010
gamene

thanks mils! i can’t take credit for the idea (i have seen it on japanese bento blogs), but i’d like to think i put my own spin on it!

and yes, my boyfriend is from san francisco, so sourdough is a BIG deal in this household!

7 04 2010
Ingrid

As always you manage to produce a lovely bento with “ordinary” ingredients. Those sandwishes look delicious, and I love it when the bread soakes up the mustard. Yumm.

Congrats on making it into the final 15. I saw Sheri was shortlisted too. It’s hard to pick a favourite with all those gorgeous entries though.

And good luck on the dishwasher equipped apartment hunt … I’m sure you’ll find one with a fully equipped kitchen :o)

7 04 2010
gamene

thanks ingrid! i am trying, but this week is really frantic and i’m running out of ideas 0_o … glad my sandwich doesn’t look too ordinary!

thanks for your congrats – i agree, there are too many beautiful entries to choose!

7 04 2010
tatabonita

On your hands, those sandwiches turn out to be delighted and pretty ones! I really love the way you tied them with that cute wax paper – I feel it looks so girly and pinky, love it!😀

7 04 2010
tatabonita

O ya, congrats for the top 15! Go Megan Go Megan Go!😀

7 04 2010
gamene

thanks tata! yup, i was going for “girly” in this one, what with the pink box, heart paper, and pink flags. it’s nice to feel girly sometimes, right?

thanks for your congrats! i am proud to have made it to top 15… i would love to win, but even just top 10 would be enough for me!

7 04 2010
hapa bento

Lovely sammy and what a good tip for using cut-out scraps! Congrats on your Spring Butterfly bento! Good luck to you!

7 04 2010
gamene

thanks debra!

7 04 2010
laura bento

i kinda like how the cheese looks that way! love the pink matching box, flags, and wax paper too!

Congrats on top 15!!!!!!!!

7 04 2010
gamene

thanks laura, and congrats/good luck to you too!

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7 04 2010
kathy

Beautiful. You’re really great at making bento. I will wait for more of your cute creation🙂

7 04 2010
gamene

thanks so much kathy🙂

14 04 2011
Quinn

Hi! I love your bento-Super cute!
I have a question: Where do you buy cute wax paper for the sandwiches? I can’t seem to find anywhere!
Thanks!

14 04 2011
gamene

thanks quinn! i got this paper from rakuten — it’s a japanese online marketplace similar to amazon (different shops all centralized through one purchasing system). i haven’t had any luck finding the red checked paper for regular consumer purchase, though restaurant supply stores do sell it in bulk. i *have* had luck finding other designs (colored stripes, flowers, etc.) on etsy, so you may want to run some searches there. hope that helps!

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