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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

vietnamese fennel salad bento


Hi bento pals! Today's lunch features a light bright Vietnamese fennel salad and a mini banh mi with five-spice chicken to celebrate that we've left January behind and are making progress towards spring! I added wheat grass to this yummy fennel salad recipe (the accompanying five-spice chicken recipe is a must-try, too) and decorated the banh mi with two types of vibrant pickle. Avocado and basil accents:
This weekend we visited with kitties at a Pet Smart adoption fair...I'll probably adopt eventually from the local animal shelter, where kitties do not have foster families to care for them until a permanent family is found...but it is fun to meet the sweet felines at Pet Smart right next door to our fave Asian/International supermarket on Saturday afternoons.

Here's Jamison and a darling girl called Audrey. She was super friendly, had a constant purr and the cutest neat white mittens...
Don't these two look beautiful together? This young lady was just visiting with the kitties, like us, and mentioned that she had a cat at home who was happy to be an "only child."

Afterwards we were on to H-Mart for great mushrooms, pickles and other foodie fun. I always leave with more than I intended to here! Love this beautifully packaged tea:
Bento boxes!
Cute radish and eggplant shaped graters
Bright Korean pillows
Sunny bags of citrus
Have a great week, happy bentoing!



20 comments:

Just a MOM (Lina) said...

Great bento as always ....I love Vietnamese food ....

Bentobird said...

Hi Lina, thanks so much. Yes indeed, Vietnamese food is awesome!

Megg said...

Jenn, we are in the middle of a blizzard here and seeing the pictures of this fabulous bento just brightened me up!! Those kitties are so cute too.. when I was a kid (well, pre-teen) I used to volunteer at a PetsMart to take care of the cats.. so rewarding!

Thanks!!

Robin said...

Happy Year of the Rabbit (Chinese) and Happy Year of the Cat (Tet)! Perfect Bento for celebrating the Lunar New Year. Sending a big beautiful virtual red envelope your way filled with best wishes.

Bentobird said...

Hi Megg! Was just thinking of you as I watched news coverage of the storm--hope you and Steve are warm, safe and cozy and if possible even enjoying the intense natural display roaring outside! So cool that you were a PetSmart kitty volunteer, awwww :D

Bentobird said...

Hi Robin, thanks for the beautiful virtual red envelope--wonderful!--sending you happiest New Year wishes in return :D!

sheri fujihara chen said...

I've always wanted to have a gray tiger kitty with white socks. Don't know why! One day I'll meet him...

Such a wonderful outing and a lovely summery bento!

Sysyl said...

i always adore your color choice for bento, so beautiful :)

Bentobird said...

Hi Sheri! Yes, I'm sure you will ^^! Thanks for coming by, hope spring is showing signs of nearing in Cali...

tatabonita (y-rahmasari) said...

I always love to see your internationally flavored bento :D. Btw, Audrey's white paws remind me of my Pak Poh's handsome lively Prince Pancal with his white paws ^^

Bentobird said...

Hi Sysyl, aw thanks!!! Hope you are having a great week, dear.

Bentobird said...

Hi Ta! Ah, just found your adorable post on the regal and HANDSOME Prince Pancal, love him! What an expressive face and yes neat little paws ^^!

Susan Yuen said...

Beautiful bento and the kitties are too cute!:)

Bentobird said...

Hi there Susan, thanks so much dear!

OhayoBento said...

I like going and visiting the Pet Smart kitties too! Sounds like my kind of day! I wish we had an H Mart, so jealous of all the cool things they sell. Beautiful bento! So bright and fresh, I love the coordination with the gorgeous flowers!

Bentobird said...

Tee hee Heather, awesome! I could totally see hanging out with you and the kitties then going bento/food shopping ^^! Thanks for your kind comments on this bento, I find your color-saturated bentos so inspiring :D

lindserina said...

your bentos are beautiful! i especially love how you coordinate with fresh flowers and other accents like ribbons and things. so pretty! :)

Bentobird said...

hi there lindaserina! thanks for sharing these kind comments and happy weekend :D!

Jaya Savannah said...

Those bright Korean pillows are visually YUM! I want some.

Bentobird said...

Hi Jaya, thanks for your visit! I loved the colors and textures of these pillows :)