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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

first spring farmer's market bento



Hi bento pals! This weekend, our local farmer's market opened for the spring season. How refreshing to walk on over and find many fresh, delicate spring treats, like these asparagus and herb plants...


















Last evening was so beautiful--we ate outdoors in the breezy, filtered twilight and enjoyed a simple dinner of arugula and cheese ravioli with a topping of mushrooms, market chives and asparagus, olive oil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese:



Today's bento also built upon market bounty, with tender lettuce, spicy French radish, asparagus and sugar snap peas. The quiche was inspired by a wonderful post from talented Robin of What About the Food, an edible poem to the spring-spirited onion family...chives, leeks, red and white onion combine with rich cheeses for a lush yet refreshing dish!


This adorable pair was waiting outside a favorite cafe yesterday...so sweet!


Happy cooking, happy spring!





8 comments:

sheri fujihara chen said...

What a beautiful farmers market! I love to explore the local eats of different areas. Your living bento is divine :)

Bentobird said...

Hi Sheri! Thank you :) I'll bet your local market in CA is green and wonderful...agree that exploring local eats is one of the most fun activities ever! Happy midweek...

origa-me said...

I must remember to visit your blog on a full stomach otherwise the luscious photos make me soooo hungry.

Robin said...

WoW! Jenn!
You've taken my little spring quiche one step further in your precious bento! I am so surprised and pleased you gave this the ultimate review. Shucks.

What a wonderful treat to finally be able to dine outside with your lovely farmer's market finds and the J-man. I can almost just reach in and sample them from your excellent photos.

You are the bestest blog buddy ever.

Bentobird said...

aw, so sweet of you origa-me! hope the week has included some yummy meals thus far :D

Bentobird said...

Helloooo Robin! Thanks for the spring onion inspiration--and all of the other foodie inspirations your blog has offered. We are really enjoying classic May weather this week, so mellow, mild and delightful...hope you are as well!

Talk to you soon, blogging buddy :D

Lina Gladman said...

Wonderful pictures, love the colors. You never fail to amaze me! yummy bento BTW, Happy Spring!!

Bentobird said...

Thanks so much, Lina!