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Monday, May 31, 2010

berry bento and route 29 diner visit

 The heat was rising this morning when we arrived at the 29 Diner in Fairfax for a late breakfast; green and orange tendriled trumpet vines behind the diner had the humid, lush look of a Virginia summer:
 
 
The 29 Diner has been in Fairfax since 1947, a charming place with a wonderfully "old school" menu. Today they served up perfect Western omelets and crisp-tender home fries:
 
 
 
 
 
Tuesday's bento:
The top layer features a brown and wild rice pilaf with almonds and pistachios, lamb with artichoke and tomato and accents of mint and fresh oregano. The sweets sidecar holds a vanilla coconut cupcake (garnished with a wild strawberry-like fruit that appeared in the garden this year), lots of blueberries and a thick slice of kiwi.

Looking forward to your new creations this week, bento pals!

20 comments:

tofugirl said...

Mmm, that coconut cupcake looks great! Love the photos, as usual--that place is obviously a REAL old school diner! I actually packed a non-Mr.-Bento bento for tomorrow, will take pic in the morning :)

bentobird said...

Hi Carol :)Yep, this place is the real thing...I hope it stays as it is forever. Love your new bento and quinoa recipe!

Debra said...

Oh my! I adore these kind of diners! The "real McCoy" for sure! Lovely bento as always Jenn!

bentobird said...

Hi Debra! Oh, I'm so glad! This was such a fun place to visit, its every detail spoke of the past and also a very lively, practical present. Thanks so much for your visit and comments :)

Lexi said...

Oh, your cupcake is adorable! Lovely bento as always!

bentobird said...

Hi Lexi, many thanks for such nice comments! Please save me a slice of yummy key lime pie ;)

susanyuen said...

Gorgeous bento! I love that teeny tiny strawberry!!!

Rachel/Coconut Crumbs said...

Hi fellow coconut lover! Thanks for your comment on my coconut pancakes...I'm super interested in your vanilla coconut cupcake!! Is there coconut flavoring in the batter? Anyways, lovely bento. : )

sherimiya said...

Love how beautiful your bento always looks without being cutesy.Very sophisticated and elegant!
I also love the paper and cool kiwi pick!

KidsDreamWork said...

Your bento always look so fresh and tempting, especially the vanilla coconut cupcake in this bento!!

tatabonita said...

Lovely bento! I really love the coconut cupcake; the strawberry looks like nestled on soft snow :D

megan said...

awesome looking bento, the herbal flavors in the lamb sound perfect, and the pistachio-pilaf divine. that tiny cupcake is making me squeal, and everything is joyously presented!

bentobird said...

Hi Susan and thank you!!

bentobird said...

Hi there Rachel! Thanks so much :)
Yes, an addition to this lovely (decadent!)recipe to up the "coconut factor!":
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Vanilla-Bean-Coconut-Cupcakes-with-Coconut-Frosting-352095

bentobird said...

*smiles!* thank you Sheri! I love how your always cute bentos are full of natural beauty and fresh style!

bentobird said...

Hi KidsDreamWork! Many thanks and I hope your week is going well :)

bentobird said...

Hi Tata, I love your description--very cool!

bentobird said...

Aw, so kind of you megan! I'm so glad we get to share in the joy of bentos together :)

babykins said...

Oh I really love 50s American style! Old diners in the US are my yearning. I'm so happy I can see that.

This bento is also sophisticated as always. How refreshing and pretty!!

Have a wonderful weekend Jenn! :D

bentobird said...

Hi Izumi! Great to hear this--now I have a perfect excuse to go back and order more food (and dessert) to photograph and share with you my dear! Thanks as always for your encouragement and I hope your weekend is off to a great start!