“picnic for one” bento

11 06 2010

today, if the weather holds out, i’m planning on taking the dog to the park for lunch.  i’m still exploring my new neighborhood, and the dog is a chubster who needs to walk more, so this is killing two birds with one stone.

i wanted to bring a simple and easy (and mostly recyclable) lunch with me — i’ll still need to worry about bringing the actual box and the little dip container home, but both of those have lids, so any food residue stays pretty self-contained.  the food cup, wax paper “baran” and recycled wood silverware will all go in the appropriate bins.  and the food itself is mostly finger-friendly: summer veggies i can dip and munch with one hand, and tea-sized sammies that are really only two bites each.

the sandwiches are vegetarian ham, cheese, and butter lettuce on sourdough with mustard; i topped them with two flowers stamped into potato bread (actually, leftover potato burger buns from a BBQ last weekend — these work well for impressions because potato bread is sooooooo soft).  the vegetables are ripe grape tomatoes, quick-steamed corn and brussels sprouts, and raw asparagus (there’s ranch dip in the container).  a paper-lined foil cup with grapes, strawberry quarters and a mint garnish, and i’m all set.

wishing all my bento pals a tasty weekend!  i’m in new orleans tomorrow through tuesday, so no bentos from me for a bit, but maybe some beignet pictures on twitter?

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51 responses

11 06 2010

Some good tips here. Beautiful lunch for one. It’s so colorful!! Have a great walk!

11 06 2010

thanks lyndsey!! 🙂

11 06 2010

Looks like a tasty lunch for a pleasant walk!

11 06 2010

thanks kuusou! have a lovely weekend 🙂

11 06 2010

Perfect picnic lunch, love all the different colors. Adorable dip container and the wooden silverware..too cute! Where did you find those?

11 06 2010

thanks steph! the silverware are from etsy, and the container was a gift but i have seen it recently on ebay!

11 06 2010

You packed a lot of yummy goodness in here! Hope you and the pooch have a grrreat time! Enjoy your cafe and beignets (and etouffe, and gumbo, and jambalaya…):D

11 06 2010

thanks sheri! we just got back, it was definitely relaxing and fun. hope you enjoy the rest of your family getaway too!!

11 06 2010

oh, the sweetest little lunch! I love how cheerful this is in every bright detail–and how perfect is that pink squirrel accent for a picnic in the park! The potato bread flowers are fantastically pretty…what a great example of bento bringing joy to everyday life. looking forward to hearing about your foodie fun in New Orleans–enjoy!

11 06 2010

thanks so much jenn, you always notice all the details! 🙂 have a fab weekend!

11 06 2010
Susan Yuen

Gorgeous Megan! 🙂 I love all of those little bursts of color, like the sauce container, corn, pick, and strawberries. Beautiful and yummy bento! 🙂

12 06 2010

thanks so much susan! i tried to style this one colorfully 🙂

11 06 2010

What a tasty looking picnic. 🙂 I love the bread flowers.

12 06 2010

thanks christie! those were soooo easy, i had been waiting a long time for soft bread though (i’m not a huge white bread fan).

12 06 2010

I want to share your picnic! This looks so good! I absolutely love th use of the squirrel pick as squirrels are the one thing I think about when you say picnic in the US!

Just to say i like the expression “killing two birds with one stone”, what we say in french could be translated by “striking twice with one stone”! 🙂

12 06 2010

thanks pipaw, and i did see squirrels during my visit to the park, haha! and thanks for sharing the french version of that expression 😉

12 06 2010

A perfect picnic bento! Have fun Megan :D. Wish you for a lovely trip too 😀

12 06 2010

thanks tata! hope you are having a lovely weekend… is jorge racing, or do they have this week off after mugello?

15 06 2010
Lia Chen

Hi Megan! How are you? Just get back into the blogging, will catch up with your other posts very soon. Lovely work! Even your picnic bento is pack so pretty! What can I say … you are a great bentoist (^.^)

15 06 2010

Such a perfect picnic bento lunch! Love the cup of fruits, they look so fresh sitting in the disposable cup! Even the pair of disposable fork and spoon are so adorable!

15 06 2010

I’m so late to the party…err picnic! Your bentos are a thing of beauty Megan. An edible vignette!

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OMG I have to know where you got the squirrel pick!! My DH would absolutely die if I put one of those in his lunch bento. He’s known as the squirrelman at the local parks!

18 06 2010

hey julia, glad you like it! i got the pick at jlist: http://www.jlist.com/PRODUCT/KKU007 — enjoy!

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