Inspiration/Aspiration: Perfect Little Bento Boxes

Oct 05 2013

Image via Edibleblog.

This fine Saturday in New York, I grabbed lunch at Ootoya, a wonderful Japanese restaurant in the Flatiron district. I love the languorous feel of dining here–the staff moves slowly, but deliberately allowing diners to enjoy excellent service without being rushed. The food similarly espouses a lento attitude, with trays full of little matching dishes that one can slowly go through. Take a sip here, a dip there. Today, I had the mini salmon don + soba set tray. Delicious. Want more.
Now that I’m back home, I am feeling particularly inspired by the time and effort spent in presentation with Japanese food. Enter, the perfect Japanese bento box lunches. These swept the internet a couple of years back, but gosh, why leave? They should take center stage again in my life, and in my own packing of my to-go lunches when time allows.
When things are decorated in this way, the eating is also more thoughtful and slow. And boy, couldn’t we slow down now and then?

More bento inspiration: Just BentoHappy Little Bento

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