robot love bento

18 04 2010

has everyone checked out the new kawaii bento club HQ on squidoo?  it’s chock full of information, tutorials, and links to helpful products and books, and it’s also a great way for bento makers to come together as a community.

right now KBC is running an “i love robots” bento contest… robots are perfect for bento because they can be made from simple shapes.  if you haven’t submitted an entry yet, why not give it a try?

this is my entry — a boy and a girl robot in love.  they are made from purple potato, vegetarian ham, carrot, and cheese, and were cut free-hand using just a paring knife and only two actual cutters (the small and large circles i used to cut the robots’ eyes and hands — you could accomplish these same cuts with a regular and a jumbo sized straw).  for the heart on the boy robot’s chest, i used the freehand toothpick method, and i used nori punches for the facial details, and a bow pick for the girl robot’s accessory.  the robots are on top of plain white rice, which is layered over spicy stewed korean tofu.

the rest of my box, separated by lettuce baran, has some broccoli (topped with a vegetarian ham and cheese flower), some takuwan slices, a strawberry, some clementine wedges, a few peapods, and a trio of grape tomatoes.

here’s a close up shot of my robots… tee hee, they’re holding hands!

thanks to KBC for hosting this fun contest — i hope everyone takes the opportunity to let their imaginations and creativity run wild!


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23 responses

18 04 2010
sheri

Such pretty, colorful and happy robots — must be because of the delicious bento they comprise🙂 Thanks for the heads-up on the contest, and for kicking us off so promptly as always!

18 04 2010
gamene

thanks sheri! i guess i do enter these things pretty promptly, huh? i just like when my bento brainstorming has a FOCUS — other people’s themes are often more intriguing to me than my own!

19 04 2010
Lia Chen

Cute robot couple! Colors in your bento always amazed me. This will be great entry for the contest … Good luck Megan🙂

19 04 2010
gamene

thanks so much lia! i got lucky this time with colorful produce… can you believe all these contests?! hope you decide to enter this one as well, can’t wait to see your robots!

19 04 2010
hapa bento

Mechanical love! This tin-man has a lot of heart! So cute. Good luck in the contest.

19 04 2010
gamene

thanks debra… haha, yes, even robots can have heart!

19 04 2010
Susan Yuen

Oh Megan, the Mr and Mrs Robot are so cute!!! I also wanted to say congrats on the new apartment!🙂

19 04 2010
gamene

thanks susan, glad you like my robot couple, and we are so excited about the apartment! i haven’t quite figured out what my bento set-up will be in the new place, but there is definitely more counter space and better natural light, yay! hope you and the fam are doing well… haven’t seen your bentos for a few days, so i’m assuming you guys have been busy — hopefully having fun outside with macky!🙂

19 04 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

This is so cool and original–you make even robots kawaii, megan! Yay, more counter space and natural light are wonderful things to have…congrats!!!

19 04 2010
gamene

thanks jenn, i am totally excited… more room for brainstorming and creating kawaii creations!😉

19 04 2010
Kawaii Bento Club

Oh, no! It’s just as I feared… your skill and talent are sure to intimidate all my Squidoo friends who are excited to enter, but are nervous about their first bento attempt. You are an evil genius, teehee!! Honestly, I couldn’t have imagined cuter bentobots and feel honored that yours was the very first entry. Thank you!!

19 04 2010
gamene

oh man, i hope that’s not true😦 … my bento was intended to encourage! simple shapes and very few special bento tools! i really want newbies to participate, i think it’s such a fun and accessible theme… and after all, i’m relatively new to bento too (7 months or so)!

20 04 2010
Kawaii Bento Club

Oh my goodness, only 7 months, really? That’s amazing! I was only kidding and actually think your entry will inspire others to join the contest, so thank you for getting the party started!

20 04 2010
Mils

I love it…especially the brilliant purple color on rice!!! It even matches the box! Another fab bento!

20 04 2010
gamene

thanks mils! i was hoping the potato would accent the navy box, and i felt like the primary-ish color scheme worked well for robots (which are fun and to me appeal to kids and adults)…

20 04 2010
Jessy

Beautiful robots! Quite creative! I like the rest of your creation too. I’d love an entire garden of the flowers!

26 04 2010
gamene

thanks jessy!

20 04 2010
hypothermya

Adorable! Nice work on the cutting with the paring knife, too — I don’t think my hands would be nearly that steady. :0

20 04 2010
gamene

thanks christie! it’s easy if you do it quick😉

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26 04 2010
Ingrid

Aw, they are so cute, the loving robotic couple🙂 I love how you use a bow pick for her hairdo and that mutiple hearts pick is just awesome. I wouldn’t be surprised if this bento earned you another prize.

26 04 2010
gamene

haha, my winning streak can’t possibly last, and asfora’s bendy-arm entry is some serious competition. glad you like this one though!!

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