ABOUT

bento zen was created by a former manhattan attorney.  while at the law firm, gamene found the work environment to be chaotic and often stressful… by taking the time to prepare healthy, colorful, and artistic lunch boxes, she guaranteed herself at least one moment of harmony during her busy work day.

gamene now works at a bustling new york auction house.  she travels more frequently for work, visiting clients’ art collections across the country, and her schedule doesn’t allow her to make bento boxes as regularly… but she still focuses on “lean, clean and green” eating, and savors the days when she gets to prepare and eat a bento lunch!

to get in touch, shoot gamene an email at bentozen@gmail.com.

31 responses

30 03 2010
ldh

I have scrolled through page after page of your posts and just had to tell you what a delightful time I had. Your artistic ability is so much fun! I am so happy to have stumble onto your place here.

Kindly, ldh

18 06 2010
glee

i was so surprised to see you live in NYC! you eat like a local girl, i mean a Hawaii girl!!
aloha, and keep up the great work. love those edamame nosed walruses!

21 06 2010
gamene

thanks glee! i take your comment about eating like a local girl as a compliment🙂

21 08 2010
Brandy Miller

I went back to the very beginning and I’m in awe of your adorable food. I have no idea what half of it is, though! LOL, I live in a very meat-and-three town, and not much else.
What kind of beats do you use? Are they pickled, or just regular canned? And how to you quick-pickle something?
Sorry… I love food talk and I can nanner on for hours.

28 09 2010
megan

hey brandy, sorry for the much-delayed response. i use any kind of fresh beets from the supermarket, some are a little sweeter, but to me the main difference is in the color (i love finding striated or golden ones). quick pickling is easy: i do a mixture of vinegar, salt, and sugar in a saucepan, bring to a boil with whatever spices i want (peppercorns are standard, you could also add garlic or hot pepper flakes or dill, but if you’re using fresh then wait to add it until after you remove the mixture from the flame), then dump whatever veggie i’m pickling in, and store it all in a sealed container in the fridge overnight. run a search on justbento.com, maki has some great recipes and ideas over there!

24 08 2010
Mrs. P

i’ve been waiting for a new post in a long time. finally decided to check your about page to find that you are a lawyer…so I must be patient because lawyers are busy bees! You are right though, for those who loves to cook, making a good meal definitely gives you a breather in life. Just like the movie Julie and Juia. =)

28 09 2010
paperdemon

love this blog! I adore bento but don’t make them for myself. I love to eat 7-11 and hoka hoka bentos when I’m on my trips in Japan!!! I’m impressed with your dedication to eating well despite a full time stressful job. well done!

13 10 2010
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1 04 2011
Eileen R. Beran

I love, love, love your blog. So original and creative! I’ve subscribed and look forward to your posts to brighten my days.

4 04 2011
gamene

thanks eileen, that is such a sweet thing to say!

6 04 2011
ash

wuah.. I just found your blog and fall in love with it😀
Your bento is wonderful, thank you so much for sharing🙂
I’m gonna stalk this blog daily *nods*

7 04 2011
gamene

thanks so much ash! i hope you enjoy🙂

5 05 2011
bobo

I finally got the time to browse through your previous bento creations.. and I found you have improved tremendously over such a short period. wow…

especially the photo shooting skills.. it really make a difference. Can I ask what camera are u currently using? is it a different camera when you first started making bento?

I was thinking of getting better camera, what would you suggest?🙂

5 08 2011
Lakia Gordon

Love your blog!! I found it through another link. I’m so happy I came by!!

7 08 2011
Hannah

This is so fun. I love how beautiful and quirky your lunches are-seriously, I’m not sure I’d want to eat them, they’re so pretty! Although, if I did eat them, I’m sure they’d brighten up my day. How long do you usually spend making these? I know what goes into them are fairly simple, but you make them so artistic that it looks kind of time consuming.

Anyways, you’ve got a beautiful little blog here. Thanks!

14 08 2011
Lacie

beautiful blog – awesome pictures – your food looks fantastic!

19 08 2011
merri

great ideas(you are VERY talented) for your bentos; they look SO appetizing and I am ALMOST inspired to try making some…
(I love quinoa and am interested to see you use it instead of rice; so healthy!🙂

17 11 2011
Yenny

Hi…I “accidentally” visit your blog from other link and so much enjoy your creations …..also I envy your great bento photographs…hahaha…Love to follow your blog

10 04 2012
girlinafoodfrenzy

Love your blog and the gorgeous images of your beautiful food! I wish my lunch box looked like this everyday too🙂

16 08 2012
thebountifulplate

Hi gamene. Just wanted to drop you a note to say you have such a beautiful blog! Love your bentos🙂

1 09 2012
rabbitcancook

Hi Gamene, I really like your blog and nominate you for Illuminating Blogger award, please check here for the details http://rabbitcancook.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/illuminating-blogger-award

Cheers

4 02 2013
Viviane

You have been awarded the Liebster Award by the Taste-Buds. Check it out here: http://thetastebudz.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2252&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

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24 01 2014
nockuno

luv yr work!🙂 greetz from berlin.

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