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Sunday, August 8, 2010

savoring august

Hi bento friends! This weekend featured some colorful and summery foods and activities. The farmer's market offered a wealth of sunny tomatoes, fragrant cantaloupes and these tiny eggplants, just a little larger than my thumb:
Pretty French lavender bunches with a festive Provencal air:
 Antique textiles, full of charm and delicate details...I could not resist the flower-embroidered scallop-edged piece on the right!
For the first time I came across a vendor selling Japanese ceramics, fans, chopsticks...yay, bento stuffs!
I added a sky blue crane to my collection and also some natural-finish, carved chopsticks...

Hibiscus from a Virginia nursery:
Walking home past the house of Mellow Cats...
 
 We went to a dear friend's birthday celebration on Saturday (Happy Birthday, Chris!)
Grilled lobster was a special treat, lovely with grilled corn...
We were lucky to take home some of the grilled lobster, which I made today into a salad with mayo and spicy serrano-ginger dressing from Wisteria Gardens (our favorite market vendor for fresh herbs and micro greens) and pink grapefruit:
Dinner (and lunch on Monday) will be a bento for two with Light Summer Soba Noodles with Chicken, Vegetables, and Fresh Lemon-Sesame Sauce. The recipe is Maki's and comes from her new column for the Japan Times. After reading the delicious combination of flavors, I had to try it!
Cooling cucumber and green beans, a mellow sesame paste, dashi and soy dressing brightened with lemon, shrimp and juicy local tomatoes make for a nourishing, refreshing and delicious meal, one I'm sure to make again...
Have an enjoyable week ahead!

21 comments:

Lyndsey said...

What a delightful post. The recipes sounds wonderful, I need to try that. I haven't grilled lobster tails yet. I am just getting to where I like lobster, so I'm still new at trying to prepare it. Nice Lavender! How beautiful are the Japanese fans and ceramics! Looks like it's right up your ally...and mine! :D

I always look forward to seeing all your beautiful photos when I'm pulling up your posts!

Have a wonderful week (my last one before I have to go back to work)!

Kuusou said...

I love the pictures of the textiles and fans - simply beautiful!

Angeleyes said...

Oh wow! Lovely colors!!!
I love those beautiful textiles too!
Those big prawns on your noodles made me drool :)~~~

bentobird said...

Hi Lyndsey, always such a treat to read your comments! Ohhhh, lobster--a trip to Maine a couple of years back, staying with a family who gathered lobsters for a living on a tranquil bay...well, that turned us into fervent fans of this crustacean!

Yes, so cool to see bento-esque items at the market, would have been fun to walk around with you :)

Wishing you a wonderful week, too, as you prepare to return to work, hope its an extra fun and summery one!

bentobird said...

Thanks so much Kuusou! Happy Monday :)

bentobird said...

Hi there Angeleyes! Come on over, we'll share some shrimp and soba :D

tofugirl said...

Mini eggplants! How cute! I bought some at our farmer's market yesterday but they are not as cute (still tasty, though :)). That soba salad looks perfect! Have a good Monday :)

bentobird said...

Hi Carol! Thanks :D!

Interested to hear how you'll prep your eggplants...we purchased some nice large ones for roasting/stuffing...on a real eggplant kick right now and recently found out they are packed with a great variety of nutrients!

From my fave healthy eating geekery site, WHF:
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=22

Have a good start to another hot week!

tatabonita said...

Lovely post Jenn! Gimme that grilled corn pleaseeeeeee..... :D

bentobird said...

Hi Ta! OK, no problem!...do you have some more banana coconut treat, still dreaming of that recent post!

Sonoma Bento said...

Wow! Those lobsters on the grill look amazing! We had a great weekend too, with a BBQ at a friend's house overlooking all of town, and a trip to the county fair. I just love summer!

bentobird said...

Hiya, That sounds like a great weekend, SB! Must fly over to your blog for more :D

KidsDreamWork said...

Love your collections of all the bowls and gears! I always know that visiting your blog give me a fresh start of the day with all the fresh photos! :D

Token (Bento-Lunch-Blog) said...

oh god i love alle the japanese dishwares!!! *__* So beautiful! So many beautiful photos and delicious food! The lobster looks amazing and the cats are so adorable! ^_^ Thanks for sharing Jenn! <3

bentobird said...

Hello Ai Ping! Thanks for the smile from this great comment :D

bentobird said...

Thanks indeed, Token--we do love cute cats, you and I! Must hop over to see what's new and yummy at Bento-Lunch-Blog :D

javapot said...

Great summer pix. Drooling over the lobster one!!

bentobird said...

Thanks javapot!

Bonnie said...

I don't know which is more beautiful; the food or the bento supplies. What a beautiful blog.

bentobird said...

Hello Bonnie! Thanks for your visit and kind comments--came across your blog this morning and love it!

gnoegnoe said...

Oooooh, I'm seeing some lovely ceramics! :) Good thing I can't buy any LOL.

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