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Monday, May 2, 2011

spring visit to shepherdstown wv


Hi bento pals! Saturday was gorgeous, cool, and bright blue so we decided to take a day trip to Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The trip there was half the fun: country roads were lined with yellow wild flowers and contemplative cows, while the air smelled like honey and hay.

Shepherdstown offers a lively array of independent shops, cafes and bookstores--perfect for strolling on a mild spring afternoon. Founded in the 18th century and saturated with Civil War history, it is brightened by the youthful presence of a vibrant liberal arts college. Some scenes from our breezy amble through town:







This pretty, slightly spooky house caught our eye, with its lacy ironwork and violet iris in bloom:





This nicely detailed shot is by Jamison...


Lunch at a local pub included a very yummy crab cake sandwich




Goodies at a farm stand just outside of town:











A quick bento for Tuesday includes ripe strawberries, owl and pussycat-cut fish cakes on a bed of Trader Joe's mixed grain pilaf with okra and fresh oregano accents. A romaine wrap holds shrimp and dill. Korean strawberry milk comes along, too.


Have a super week!






18 comments:

sheri fujihara chen said...

Yummy; love the outdoor shot. Looks like a wonderful little town too. Wish that crabcake burger were MINE!

Bobo said...

Hi Jenn, Thanks for sharing your lovely photos, its like taking a virtual tour to the beautiful countryside.
Those Mix grain looks cute.. I wonder whats the texture like?

Bentobird said...

Hi Sheri! Wish I could send a crabcake to you via the net--this one was really high quality, almost all crab. Thanks for your sweet comments and happy Tuesday :D!

Bentobird said...

Hi Bobo! So happy you came along on this little county jaunt with me. The texture of the pilaf mix is a little like risotto...really tasty :D
Have a great day!

KidsDreamWork said...

Wow, so many lovely photos here, especially the strawberries look so tempting! Totally agreed with Bobo that the pilaf mix look so delicious!

Bentobird said...

Hi Ai Ping, many thanks dear! I'm a big fan of berries, you too? Loved your HK bentos, I must try to make one one of these days ^^...

OhayoBento said...

What a wonderful trip! Hubs and I swear up and down that we are going to start taking little day trips when the summer hits. The mixed grain pilaf looks mouth-wateringly good!

Bentobird said...

Hi Heather! Thanks :D I'd love to see day trip pics you'd take, given your great sense of fun and color!

Lexi said...

Those strawbs look yummy - and LOVE the adorable honey bears!

Bentobird said...

Hiya Lexi! I have a weakness for honey squeeze bears...so cute! Have a great rest of the week, buddy :D

Megg said...

So bright and lovely! Looks like a wonderful day trip.. and of course I adore the bento. I especially like those kitties!

tatabonita (y-rahmasari) said...

I always learn a new place in USA through your post :D. Yum... the bento looks so delicious as always and I love the strawberry girl picture on you drink's box (an idea to make charaben :D)

Angeleyes said...

Those strawberries are making me salivating!!!! I can't wait for my trip to LA... going to the strawberry farms to eat and eat those gorgeous berries! hehehehe

Your bento is tempting me too though I've just ate a big packet of rice (see, I'm so lazy to cook!)

Shaz (feedingmykidsbetter) said...

That's one yummy looking crab cake sandwich and bento too!

Bentobird said...

Hi Megg! I've missed you, how are things? Is it springy and pretty in Chicago...I hope so ^^ (have you tried this grain mix, heh heh?)

Bentobird said...

Hi Ta! I always think of your affection for green country views on little trips like this :D LOVE your strawberry girl charaben idea!!

Bentobird said...

Hi Alice! Wooooo, congrats on your upcoming trip...hope you'll share lots of pics with us, dear!

Bentobird said...

Thanks Shaz! I have a weakness for crab cakes :)
Have a great day...