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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

tarragon mini burger bento


Hi bento pals! Today's bento lunch takes inspiration once again from the cute macaron-enthusiast kitty of Palette's Sweet Street, this time with colorful Parisian macarons from Michel Patisserie. These colorful delights have the dreamy crisp-tenderness and rich flavor of lovingly crafted macarons...really special!


Michel's seasonal flavors are a treat--in this selection a pale pink "cherry blossom" macaron the exact color of the delicate Yoshino cherries that have just peaked around the D.C. Tidal Basin...


To continue the French theme, lunch featured mâche salad with walnut oil, endive topped with goat cheese and flowering tarragon, a mini organic beef burger flavored with fresh tarragon, shallots (goat cheese inside) and a stir fry of red cabbage and carrots...not forgetting two delicious macarons and tart-sweet blackberries!




Bento4Japan continues to inspire and raise essential funds for Japan's recovery while spreading bento love! Check out all the bento auction listings here...including my new one!




34 comments:

megan said...

wow, what a beautiful gourmet mini-feast! i love macarons and can never save them long enough for them to make it into bento :-)
i am loving the chic colors and presentation here, not to mention the sophisticated flavor combinations!

Susan Yuen said...

Gorgeous bento and those macaroons look heavenly! I love the freshness of your bentos! :)

Bentobird said...

hi megan dear, thanks a bunch! they really are the most cute delightful sweets :D
have a lovely early spring evening!

Bentobird said...

hi there Susan! how are things? thanks for visiting, hope your April is off to a great start :D

Megg said...

Omg, that burger sounds AMAZING! Tarragon, shallots, goat cheese.. three of my favorites! Plus the macarons.. wow! I am clawing at my computer screen for this one XD

Bentobird said...

tee hee, your comment has me in smiles with that image, Megg--thanks pal!!

Lyndsey said...

Mangifique! Such an inspiration! I love the background of a French Patisserie...so pretty. I have done a couple of French inspired thems in my cooking, now I have to put it in my bentos.

Could I have the endive topped with goat cheese and flowering tarragon? Please? :D

Bentobird said...

hi Lyndsey dear! oh, I'd love to see your French dishes appear in your bentos--that be would be SO fun! here, I've made a new plate of the goat cheese endives, opened a nice Provencal bottle of rose and there are macarons waiting for dessert...when will you be over :D?

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said...

Gorgeous colors in bento today! Everything looks so delicious :D

sheri fujihara chen said...

Lovely, all! The macarons look exquisite, as does the rest of your tantalizing creation. Sweet and light :)

Edible Art said...

ahhh
i have yet to try a macaroon, !! :(

tatabonita (y-rahmasari) said...

Tarragon, never have it! But I do remember, I know about it for the very first time when I was watching Hannah Montana. Jackson's teacher says, "Tarragon! I'm so gone!". Haha, LOL :D

Lia Chen said...

Woohoo! This bento is awesome! Beautiful and fresh colors. Love the macarons, such a sweet treat <3

cocyte said...

Magnifique comme toujours ! I love the endive topped with goat cheese and walnut !! Miam miam !!

Bentobird said...

Aw, thanks Jenn!!

Bentobird said...

Hi there Sheri! Sweet comments, thanks for sharing them~have a lovely Thursday!

Bentobird said...

Hi Stephanie, will be fun to hear when you try them!

Bentobird said...

Hi Ta! Tarragon has a really distinctive flavor, in the anise family...thanks for your visit dear :D

Bentobird said...

Hi Lia, so kind of you, glad you liked this one! Have a great end-of-week :D!

Bentobird said...

Bonjour Cocyte! These natural flavors go so well together, miam indeed ^^! Have a great day...

Shaz (Feedingmykidsbetter) said...

That's a really pretty bento. I've got a long long way to go.

Bentobird said...

Hi Shaz, welcome to my blog! I just got back from visiting yours and love all the healthy meal ideas...enjoying whole foods is a wonderful theme!

Anonymous said...

It was a very nice bento! The best thing about it was sitting at our little kitchen table and eating it with bentobird! Love AND Yum !
With waves to all the bento pals, -Jamison

Bentobird said...

Hi Snowy Owl Jamison! it was a fun bento to share...Love you!!

OhayoBento said...

Delicious, delicious, and more delicious! I'm jealous of your macarons, they're gorgeous! I love the heart shaped patty as well. But, I think Jamison gets tops for the best contribution to this post. Such a sweet comment :) I imagine you sharing it with little heart bubble popping in the air!

Bentobird said...

Hi Heather! Aw, thanks for stopping by with these warm comments! Jamison's comment was a surprise treat when I read it this afternoon, he's a real sweetie!

Well, Friday's almost here, hope you'll have a stellar spring weekend :D!

Mrs. P said...

bento looks beautiful as always! wow look at those macaroons!! I have always wanted to try but not sure if they're worth the price. They have them here at one of the coffee shops for $1.25 each.

My heart goes out to Japan too. They have been experiencing various Earthquake since with one at 7.4M yesterday. That's why I'm doing a giveaway in hopes to have more ppl donate to the relief efforts.

Pikko said...

Love the flower on top! I just ordered some dandelion seeds to grow for greens but dang it, maybe now I'll have to buy some other edible flower seeds too. :(

Bentobird said...

Hello Mrs. P! Yes, they are pricey here as well.
We enjoyed a couple and then shared the rest with friends last night...one in your fav flavor may be a nice treat to try at the cafe some day?

Thanks for sharing heartfelt concern and info about your giveaway for Japan--it does indeed feel good to participate in the relief effort in whatever ways we can. The bento community has really shown care and creativity in response to the disaster...

Best wishes :))

Bentobird said...

Hi there Pikko! Mmmm, dandelion greens. Your comment reminds me of seeds I've ordered and need to plant, for edible blooms including nasturtium, calendula and more violas! Have a great weekend, we are excited to visit the annual Cherry Blossom Street Festival in DC :D

Cooking Gallery said...

This bento looks super pretty! I love how your bentos always look so 'flowery' :).

Bentobird said...

Hi there CG! Thanks so much :)) Hope you are having a GREAT weekend!

Robin said...

Hey Jenn, another inspired bento. My tongue is lingering over the tarragon burger and I am off to scout out the delicious macaroons. Love the whimsy of the little Parisian that just brings a sweet smile.

That you put your creativity into action as you work to help our friends in Japan is no more than inspiring. There are many that just utter words in sympathy, but action reveals the true heart. ♡

Bentobird said...

Hi Robin! How are things? Glad this bento and its feline inspiration brought a smile to you! And I'd love to hear about the macarons you find :D

The response of the bento community and so many others has been inpsiring--there was a beautiful show of support for Japan at events in D.C. this weekend, hope to post more on that very soon!