Things have been somewhat slow recently here on the Mindbla blog, owing to the fact that I’ve spent the better part of the past several months writing my debut fiction novel, Too Much Information. But that’s about to change, since that project is all but wrapped up now and will soon be published. I’m expecting to devote more time to the blog here just as soon as I catch my breath, and I’m sure there will be lots to talk about as I venture into the exciting world of publishing for the very first time.
So thanks for stopping by, and please look forward to more content up for your enjoyment very soon – once again a very happy, safe, and productive New Year to you all!
So I came across this funny article about a young girl who started a blog all about how crappy her school lunches were. Predictably, when word of her blog got out she found her lunches suddenly transform into much healthier, much tastier fare. Shame can be such a great motivator, don’t ya think?
It’s a cute blog, and the kid seems very pleased with getting so many visitors (I only wish I could approach her numbers here lol), gotta love some of her asides such as “number of hairs found” and “number of bites taken”, quite the efficient way to analyze the relative value of a meal when you get right down to it. I personally prefer my meals to contain many bites/no hair, who wouldn’t?
Japanese Bento and “Chara-ben”
Related to that article and blog, and as a fun direction for today’s post here on Mindbla, I found a super neat Pinterest page on Japanese “bento” school lunches, presumably prepared by doting parents although I’ve seen similar (though not quite so elaborate) offerings in stores from time to time. I’ve been told these are called “Chara-ben”, short for character bento, and are very popular around the country. Schoolkids in Japan lunch on bento boxes either made at home or else prepared by the school, although most aren’t as elaborate as the ones pictures in the link they’re usually healthy, tasty and come in a great variety of colors and flavors. Many businessmen and women, too, carry a bento from home for their lunch or buy a ready-made one sold in most city train stations. Yum!
As for the linked pictures, I have to say the Panda Bear rice patties and the “curry bath” are my favorites, though it’s a tough call, they all look pretty adorable. Move over, IHOP Pancake Face, there’s a new game in town!