Hello bento pals--especially Geminis! My Gemini-themed bento takes inspiration from the fresh, tart foods and flavors associated with this sign (lemon, dill, fennel, capers, coffee, apricots) and also some traditional New York treats.
Why New York, you ask? Well, the city's bracing, ever-changing, restless energy epitomizes Gemini: a place where people move, think and speak quickly and newness and novelty is expected. Mercury rules the exchange of information, ideas and inspirations; NYC is a major center of media, publishing and trade, all Gemini specialties (I may feel a special connection to these themes as my parents met while working in publishing here...)
Inside the Gemini bento we have twin mini whole wheat bagels with cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, red onion, farmer's market dill and dill flowers. A delicious green bean and tarragon salad with piquant caper and green peppercorn dressing shares the magewappa, from a super recipe found at the interactive, dynamic cooking site food52.Tart lemon slices, sweet watermelon and apricot, and a mini cupcake decorated to echo a New York-style black and white cookie also inside (Gemini-associated coffee was added to the chocolate glaze!).
I'd like to share a few more pictures from my recent NYC visit that highlight the mercurial, Gemini nature of the city. Grand Central Station is a NYC landmark, key local transportation artery (Gemini) and features a dynamic sculpture of Mercury as focal point: