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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

avocado banh mi bento


Hi guys! Yep, I'm back on the bento bandwagon...one for tomorrow's lunch featuring a grilled pork banh mi from Lee's Noodle House in Santa Rosa. I added avocado to the banh mi and tied it with chives; a colorful Vietnamese sweet, apricot, bean sprouts and lots of basil round out the bento.

We checked out Lee's Noodle House this evening and enjoyed its casual, bright feel...really liked the grilled beef and shrimp over vermicelli: 





Afterwards, a visit to Mekong Market on Sebastopol Road--what a find! Super fresh Asian herbs for a dollar a bag and other well-priced goodies mean we'll be back frequently...







Everyday divinity...


Here we are outside the market in early twilight


Yesterday we drove to beautiful and refreshing Bodega Bay for wind, deep blue water and waterbirds...I'm thrilled to be about 35 minutes away from vistas like this.








Have a great Thursday, friends!














10 comments:

Lyndsey said...

A nice welcome to your new home post. I can't believe you are already out there! Beautiful photos of your new surroundings. I haven't seen a bunch of banana blossoms like that before, just on my banana trees! I should pick up some more interesting goodies from the Vietnamese store near us! Yummy!

sheri fujihara chen said...

Oh, it's so nice to see the bay in your bento pictorials! Love me some good Vietnamese food too, especially welcome on bright sunny warm days like this one was. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Ohhh, the gull is so sweet ;)

Greetings from germany

Your Lorian

Bentobird said...

Hi Lynds! Yep we are finally out here, and there is really so much to explore...the radiant temperate weather makes you want to be outside all the time!

Ah, banana blossoms, was not sure what those were :)! There are a few other Asian markets in town to check out and we just may check out Japantown in SF this weekend. Have a wonderful day, friend!

Bentobird said...

Hi Sheri! Its so amazing, the natural beauty of this area...happy we'll be sharing it now from the same coast :D

Bentobird said...

Hello Lorian! How are things, thank you for coming by to visit! Yes, this gull had quite a lot of personality :)

karaimame said...

Can I tell I am envious about the beautiful produce you have there? A dollar bag of herbs?!?! Luxury!!
So dreamy landscapes! Your summery bento, perfection for a sunny day!

Bentobird said...

Hi Lil! I was kind of thrilled to see nice herbs for this price--it indeed seemed a luxury! Such a treat to read your comments and share bento friendship across such distnaces....

Robin | what-about-the-food said...

Glad you're back in full swing and discovering new favorite spots and resources for your exquisite bentos! Yea!

Love your Bodega Bay images and can feel the ocean breeze kiss my cheeks and smile at my friend discovering West Coast life!

Bentobird said...

Hi Robin! Your lovely comments afforded a smiling break on a hectic morning--looking forward to flying over to your blog in a sec :)