Thursday, March 4, 2010

a good day with Goodbyn

My 8-year-old insisted he have a Goodbyn lunch today.

Goodbyn waste-free lunch

On the left - cheddar cheese, popcorn, granola bar
In the middle - ice water in the reusable bottle, baby carrots in the little spot
On the right - strawberry kabobs (on swizzle sticks!) and there is homemade jello in the little koala cup.

I bought a bunch of those little animal cups a couple years ago at Dollar Tree. They have been so great! We use them all the time for making jello in, carrying small snacks, holding yogurt, etc. They have held up wonderfully and are such a useful size. If you have a Dollar Tree, it might be worth a peek. I actually found these koala ones there only five months ago (give or take). :)
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mark said... [Reply to comment]

I have been packing small meals like this for my 8yr old son for a few months and didn't know it was Bento! I must say yours is much better and well thought out. You have inspired me to get more creative with the meals and the packaging. I have a few questions for you if you don't mind.
Where can I find the cute picks and forks?
What is the grass looking stuff you use to separate the food? Is it the same stuff from my sushi?
Do you know where I can find it?
You kids are very lucky to have you :)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Mark! Welcome!
Let's see... I got my cute picks and forks from Ichiban Kan, a Japanese Dollar Store of sorts. They used to have an online store that I had ordered from a few times, but that has closed unfortunately. I am lucky to have a friend that lives in an area (northern CA) with these stores and she has bought some items for me too. There are a few items you can find on Amazon and then a lot of authentic bento items on ebay too.
The grass looking stuff is barran. I don't eat sushi, so I'm not sure if they use it to separate food, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is what you have experienced! Most barran is plastic, and while I do have some of that kind, what I have used more recently is silicone (I like that I can reuse it and not have anything to throw away). Again, there is some barran on Amazon (I have some selected for display in my Amazon recommendations in the right margin of this blog), and you can also find that on ebay too. Other things that work to separate food are silicone baking cups (like reusable cupcake "wrappers"), or you could always fold a small piece of waxed paper for separation.
I hope this little bit of info is helpful! :) If you have any more questions, please feel free to leave another comment! Thanks for visiting and for your nice words. :)

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