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Posted on Aug 21, 2007 | 8 comments

Recipe page up, and T-shirts for sale

Recipe page up, and T-shirts for sale

1. RECIPE PAGE

I’ve been working on improvements to the website over the past month, and just put up an organized list of all of the recipes that have appeared on Lunch in a Box over the past year. Grouped by main ingredient, I hope this link list will be useful to folks in browsing around. Please feel free to comment even on old posts with any questions as I do keep up via the Recent Comments widget in the sidebar to the right that displays the most recent comments.

Wanna Ben-TO? Lunch in a Box SNL parody

2. GET YOUR BENTO T-SHIRTS & GEAR

Got Bento?

I Heart Bento

With design help from reader Corgi, Lunch in a Box now has funny lunch- and bento-themed T-shirts and merchandise available via CafePress, which ships internationally. If you’d like to wear your pasttime on your sleeve, coffee mug, onesie, notebook, greeting card or anywhere else, pop on by the Lunch in a Box store on CafePress. The Original What’s For Lunch blog actually read my mind last week by writing a song parody about Lunch in a Box. If you don’t get the song reference, go to YouTube for the Justin Timberlake/Andy Samberg Saturday Night Live music video spoof “D*ck in a Box”, which is actually nominated for a Grammy Award this year (work warning: uncensored version). We’re working on additional designs, so stay tuned.

Get Bent O

3. SITE IMPROVEMENTS

If you’re reading this on the website itself, you may have noticed a few changes over the past week. You can now click icons at the end of each entry to e-mail the post to someone, or to go to a printer-friendly version of the post without photos or comments. This should be helpful for printing out posts like recipes and the San Francisco Bay Area shopping guides.

There are now a number of ways to keep up with Lunch in a Box posts. In addition to subscribing via a feed reader, you can now subscribe via e-mail, delivered daily by FeedBurner whenever there’s a new post. There will be no spam as a result of supplying your e-mail address for the posts — I get cranky about that sort of spamming. Additionally, people who had asked me for graphics to use when linking here can now create and customize a widget via Widgetbox showing the latest Lunch in a Box posts (text and/or photos).

If you keep track of blogs via MyBlogLog, you might want to join the Lunch in a Box community on MyBlogLog. The MyBlogLog widget in the sidebar also lets you see recent Lunch in a Box readers with a MyBlogLog identity — clicking on their photo will take you to their member page where you can surf to their blogs. Interesting stuff! If you have a MyBlogLog identity but do not want your information to be displayed when you visit, you can control this on your MyBlogLog account settings page.

Lastly, the Guestbook is back up after a hiatus necessitated by a conflict with another WordPress plug-in. Unfortunately, the fix wiped out the old entries, so my apologies if your comment is no longer there. Should be fine now!

As always, please feel free to comment with any bugs you’ve noticed on the site, suggestions for improvement, etc. as I continue to work on the site usability. Having just launched this standalone site in June 2007, this is still quite new for me, and your feedback is welcome.

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  1. I’m not affiliated in any way, but I was browsing for bento on qvc.com (don’t bother, art work comes up in a search) and noticed that they will be featuring Lock and Lock on September 3rd. Haven’t seen the 3 compartment L&L that you use a lot (and I am jonesing for) but there may be something of interest. Love your blog!

  2. Hello, I have been reading your site for a while now, and I had a question about egg molds I hope you can answer. The other day I bought some (the estimable Lube Sheep brand!) and the directons are in Japanese so I’m not sure how to use them. I always thought you cracked the egg in them and boiled it in the mold, but I see now that isn’t practical, as the mold isn’t watertight and it would be nearly impossible to close without spilling the contents. Do you just boil the egg in the shell, then put it in the mold? If so, is it better to do it while the egg is still warm, and is there a certain amount of time you must wait to make sure the egg conforms to the shape of the mold??

    Thank you for any advice!

  3. i’ve been lurking here and some bento groups and have just a quick question regarding the inexpensive boxes people are finding/using – and even the stuff directly from japan: is there any concern about lead in the plastic? how would one know (i mean is there a character or something that indicates it?) i bought a laptop lunchbox for my 5yo last year because of the whole lead thing, but would enjoy some “cute” options as well for her, just a bit leary
    thanks for any input, enjoy your space!

  4. @1 from kirsten: Thanks for the tip on qvc’s Lock & Lock segment! I’ll set the Tivo and check it out.

  5. @2 from june: First you boil the egg, shell it while it’s hot, then pop it quickly (pointy side up) into the egg mold. Close the egg mold latches and toss it into a bowl of ice water for 10 minutes, and you’re done! Cooking Cute has an illustrated tutorial here and I have an illustrated tutorial on how to mold eggs using common ice cream sandwich molds from Walmart or Williams Sonoma here.

  6. @3 from tammy: Funny you should mention this — I just picked up a surface lead test kit yesterday to check my Chinese-made boxes and cheapo thermal lunch jar. The Japan- and Korea-made stuff I’m not concerned about unless someone has heard something to the contrary — anyone?

  7. Thank you for the lesson, Biggie! I’m happy to say my eggs came out adorable. =^.^=

  8. @8 from vampyra1: Ha ha, glad you like the parody shirt!!! :-)