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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

savory summer banh mi bento

This bento was inspired by an intriguing package of Vietnamese tapioca cookies found recently at a favorite Asian supermarket. Love the bright colors and neat rows of sweets:
The banh mi is filled with an interesting combo including spicy Szechuan beef tendon, applewood smoked bacon, carrot pickle, mayo and mint. Cantaloupe butterfly, basil, green leaf lettuce, corn, watermelon and orange slices also inside today's lunch...
On a walk this afternoon I encountered these sweet guys:
 
Happy midweek, bento pals!
 

16 comments:

Lexi said...

Sounds and looks gorgeous - love the watermelon flowers! And as ever, gorgeous kitty pics :)

bentobird said...

Hi Lexi :) Thank you...I'm enjoying lots of watermelon this summer! Glad you liked these sweet kitties:)

sherimiya said...

Looks like it's banh mi time! Thanks for reminding me how good it is in summer. Those tapioca cookies are cool; never seen them before. Happy hump day!

tofugirl said...

Ooh, that cantaloupe butterfly is beautiful! I went to Chinatown for lunch today, now I'm realizing I should have gotten a banh mi for lunch, hehe.

Lyndsey said...

That watermelon is so vibrant red, it gorgeous. I love the butterfly cutter, it has such detail. I love the whole look with your special touch! Cute cats, our neighbor's cat always lays down and rolls over when he sees us. Looks like you woke this one up! Have a great rest of the week!

bentobird said...

hi sherimiya! all the yummy banh mi versions that pop up in our bento community remind me to enjoy "banh mi time" as often as possible :) Have a great day!

bentobird said...

Thanks Carol--speaking of Chinatown, that's where I got the butterfly cutter, at a housewares place on Mott! Hope your lunch was yummy and interesting...

bentobird said...

Hi there Lyndsey :) Bento has me enjoying more colorful fruit than ever before!

These kitties were full of personality, esp the multicolored cutie--totally outgoing and affectionate, caught here in sidewalk-rolling mode. Happy Thursday :)

Lia Chen said...

Lovely! I really do like your butterfly and banh mi. Looks gorgeous and yummy. Tapioca cookies sounds interesting, I'm curious if those are same with Indonesian version? Our version is like when you put in your mouth and then melt so quickly :)

bentobird said...

Hi Lia and thanks so much, my friend. These cookies were very similar--they melted right away, just like yours!

Judy said...

So pretty! You have great art in bento pictures. Kitty picts too.

KidsDreamWork said...

Love the bento with such vibrant colours, and that nice butterfly! The banh mi looks delicious!

bentobird said...

Aw thanks Judy! I am always inspired by your cheerful bento art :)

bentobird said...

Hi there KidsDreamWork, so glad you liked the colors and butterfly. I love banh mi :D Have a great weekend!

megan said...

ha, i always enjoy meeting your animal friends! and this bahn mi looks delicious and refreshing - that lovely intricate butterfly is a perfect accent.

bentobird said...

hi megan, another lovely comment to brighten a nutso Monday afternoon, thank you!!