School auction bentos with stuffed mushrooms

You know what's faster than a speed bento? One you don't take photos of!
Stuffed mushroom kid's bento lunch

During my time away from blogging, I continued to make speed bentos for Bug but didn't take many photos, which definitely sped up the morning! The one thing that did inspire me to bring out the camera was making bentos for other children. These bentos with shiitake mushroom caps stuffed with shrimp were for three kids as part of a week-long bento service auctioned off as a fundraiser for Bug's school. (Read the full post here at Lunch in a Box.)

Asakichi: Hidden gem for bento in SF Japantown

Bento boxes at Asakichi

Sakura bark bentoPart of my personal tipping point to restart blogging has been my proximity to Japantown, and the many other families at Bug's school who pack bentos. I'm in Japantown pretty much every weekday and have been enjoying exploring little stores that I haven't been in before. I was surprised to find that Asakichi now carries about 100 high-quality boxes, which hasn't had much attention yet from the bento blogs. (Read the full post here at Lunch in a Box.)