Friday bento, new lunch bag and a special giveaway!

Friday bento
I was supposed to meet my friend Chad for breakfast nice and early last Friday morning; I’d told Jac I wouldn’t have time to do bento. But I got a call from Chad late on Thursday evening – she was crook and wouldn’t be able to make it. I hadn’t prepared anything for bento but decided to raid the fridge and pantry and put something together for Jac and me to have for lunch.

Jac’s lunch was a bit of a mixed bag: the last of the KFC sandwich mix (KFC, mayonnaise, dijon mustard and wholegrain mustard), salad, heart-shaped fried SPAM, a mini Babybel cheese, a few Jatz crackers and stawberries.

Jac's Friday bento (a bit of a mixed bag!)

We were out of bread at home but Jac had said she had some bread at work she could use to make toasted sandwiches. And that’s what she did – that evening when she got home from work, she told me she made a KFC mix toasted sandwich and a half-sandwich with the SPAM hearts and some cheese.

I made SPAM hearts

I kind of copied this bee from the cover of the yellow bear and bee bento box. Get the pun on the note? :)

Jac's Friday bento note

For me, fried SPAM stars on salad and four SPAM, tomato, cucumber and lettuce skewers on a bed of crisp baby cos leaves. I had to do some serious rearranging to get the bento box to close properly, but I did it! Apart from the SPAM, my lunch was all salad – consequently I was starving when I got home that evening!

My Friday bento - SPAM and salad

New lunch bag

I wanted to show you my latest lunch item – a gift from my friend E. It was handmade by Rick Rack Queen – check out her online store where many other lunch bag designs and her other lovely handmade items are available for purchase. I chose a basic oilcloth lunch bag, but there are oilcloth lunch bags with handles too. You may notice there’s even a side pocket on the outside of the lunch bag.

My new oilcloth lunch bag.

The lunch bag is kept secure closed by this strip of bright red velcro.


I was able to easily place my red bento box and an orange in the bag – but it would seriously fit much much more inside.

So much room inside!

For size comparison – the new lunch bag next to my very first bento bag (which has Jac’s lunch in the bee and bear bento box in it).

Jac's lunch in my first bento bag, my lunch in my new lunch bag

* A special giveaway! *
The creator of my new lunch bag, RickRackQueen, has generously provided me with a lunch bag for a giveaway! The lunch bag up for grabs is the basic oilcloth lunchbag in kiwi gingham (click for more info and to see photos). I love the gingham pattern and the crinkle-cut edges. One lucky reader will win a kiwi gingham lunch bag! It’s very easy to enter:

1) Leave a comment here, by 4 October 2008, with your response to: what is the most exotic or unusual food/thing you’ve eaten? Did you enjoy it? There are no right or wrong answers here – I just hope I get some interesting ones!
2) Make sure you include your valid email address (which will not be published; I will use it to get in touch with you if you win).

EDIT***To clarify, you don’t have to be located in Australia to enter! International shipping of the prize is not a problem! (It is going to be shipped from the US anyway!)

A winner will be selected at random. Please note, in the interest of fairness, my family members and their partners, friends and blogging mates who’ve met me in person are not eligible to win.

If you’re not interested in winning the lunch bag, please feel free to leave a comment and/or answer the question any way! Just mention that you don’t want to be included in the draw, and I’ll leave you out of it.

****** Thank you, all! This giveaway is now closed to new entries. ******
I will be conducting the draw for the winner shortly. Stay tuned to find out if you’re the winner!

PS. The most unusual thing I’ve eaten was squirrel. My grandma cooked it with ginger and soy sauce, and it tasted like chicken. Therefore it’s not surprising that I really enjoyed it!

Make sure you check out the follow-up post:
Lunch bag giveaway winner, special offer and the wrap-up

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