Thursday, November 4, 2010

bento: San Francisco Giants win the World Series!!

Maybe you have heard of a little sporting event in the baseball world called the World Series? Maybe you knew that the San Francisco Giants played against the Texas Rangers? Maybe you heard my husband and sons whooping and hollering in victory when the Giants pummeled won over the Rangers?

My 8-year-old son, Ethan, is still talking about it. :) And so is my husband for that matter. ;-)

An after-school snack bento to surprise Ethan, just for the fun of it....
SF Giants World Series bento

This San Francisco Giants bento holds a grilled cheese sandwich at the top end. Not just any grilled cheese sandwich, but a grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough. This is celebrating San Francisco afterall. :) Atop the sourdough sandwich is a flower. Not just any flower, it's a posey. Because Buster Posey is awesome. And cute. And let's just mention awesome again.

A bit of baseball field grass barran separates the sandwich from the goods below. At the bottom end of the bento box we have a Babybell baseball. This was so easy and fun to make with a few strokes with a food safe marker and I think it looks great! :)

Babybell baseball

I used the Betty Crocker brand of food markers for this. They are what Jenn recommends, and considering she's a bonafide cheese artist, I take her advice! :)

Beside the Babybell baseball are some fruits - strawberries, grapes, and my favorite, a chunk of green apple.

You see, I had these bento picks that are shaped like a baseball cap. Problem is, they were blue and had a "T" on them... so there was only one thing I could do. Make a Texas Ranger, aka Loser, with it.

Texas Rangers are losers

Ha ha ha! The face is drawn on with Sharpie, which I really don't recommend, but I had to do it. The apple was too waxy or something for the food safe marker I have to work. The face on this is inspired by a hilarious little cartoon sketch Ethan once drew. It made me laugh like a hyena at the time and I thought it was the perfect expression for the Texas Loser to sport. (Ethan only ate the inside apple part and skipped eating the toxic peel!) ;-)

I understand that I may be coming off as showing very poor sportsmanship here. But here's the thing. I don't care. I actually don't care about baseball one teensy bit and the best thing about baseball and the World Series, if you ask me, is that's it's finally over. ;-) In fact, during the World Series games that I was forced to watch under duress instead of cooler shows on the DVR, I posted as my Facebook status a few times such things as "the Giants Rock!" (after winning one of the games without the other team scoring even once!), "yay Buster!" (after Buster Posey hit a homerun), etc. and my friends who know me well responded with "is this really Melissa posting?" LOL :) Though I admit that while I was putting this bento together that I kept finding myself humming the tune to "we are the champions". Huh. Maybe I'll morph into a baseball fan in spite of myself. (not too likely).

Oh! And I almost forgot. These were some things I wanted to incorporate into the bento, but they didn't work.
SFGiants extras

The blue cup is grape jello with a little ship flag on it - that was to symbolize the bay of San Francisco and how all those silly boats gather out in the harbor to try to catch homerun balls, but it didn't fit! And the "Giants" were cut out of apricot fruit leather using my alphabet cutters from JList. I planned to have that on top of the grilled cheese, but the letters blended in to the golden toasted bread and weren't very visible.

Were you watching the World Series? (for the record, every single time I've written "world series" in this post I started off writing "Super Bowl" and would have to go back and fix my mistake! I'm am so far from a sports fan it isn't even funny!)

This post is dedicated to my husband, my sons, my friend Shannon who lives in the Bay Area and shops bento for me and even attended one of the World Series games (game 2, I think?) this year!.... and for Giants fans everywhere. :)
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*Bri* said... [Reply to comment]

This is great, very creative. I grew up in a Giants household and have lived an hour from the great city my whole life - so we are a very PROUD group of Giants Fans these days!

Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

This gave me the biggest smile! Love it! Like really and truly love it.

I'll need to try out those markers. I had the Wilton ones and they kind of suck.

Haily said... [Reply to comment]

I live in the Bay Area, so believe me even though I didn't watch the game, the loud cheering in my apartment complex was enough to let me know what was going on.

JakenRenee said... [Reply to comment]

You KNOW this post made me smile, my friend! :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I just started reading your blog. My 3 yr old started preschool so I needed inspiration for her lunches. Thanks for providing that!
And since I'm from SF.. I have to say I love this post. GO GIANTS!

Kelly Polizzi said... [Reply to comment]

love the baby bel cheese. Thanks for saying where you got them. I have been wondering where to find a good set!

Caz said... [Reply to comment]

Ive gotten so many great ideas from your Blog! Just dropping by to let you know Ive passed on a Versatile Blogger award to you, I really enjoy reading your posts :-)

Zhana Sandeva said... [Reply to comment]

To be honest, what made me scroll down to see the rest of the post was not the title, but the look of the grilled cheese. It's such a beautiful golden color, I couldn't stop looking at it!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, Zhana! I was worried I let it get a little too charred! Sourdough really does toast so nicely though. :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

So funny about incorporating the Texas Ranger!

Quirky Momma said... [Reply to comment]

That is so cute! I love it! Did he enjoy eating it?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

He sure did, Quirky Momma! He told me I should send a picture of it to both the teams. LOL ;-)

susanne13 said... [Reply to comment]

Sorry I'm late to comment but I was in SF cheering on the Giants!! A life-ling Giants fan and former resident of the Bay Area, I am so happy to see this post on one of my fave blogs. Awesome!!

nellbe said... [Reply to comment]

I am also very glad that American baseball is over! As I live in Australia, that doesn't put my baseball mad hubby and son off.. no... we still had to endure the games. Although now, the Australia Baseball League season has started...argh! Great bento!

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