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The Japanese are renowned food segregationists. This is where the Bento box comes from that keeps all your eats separate, yet together. If you like your foods not to touch, and are a fan of the space program, I might have just the ticket for you.
You know how it is. You’re working hard at the office, and then you get hungry. But if you stop your work to get some food, your productivity will suffer. What can you do? You either go hungry or fall behind on your tasks.
Packing a lunch for work is healthier than eating at a fast food restaurant, which is why many people do it, but the problem is that unless you use a microwave, your food is going to be cold when it should be hot.
Some parents make sure their kids eat right by packing their lunches for them. Others go the extra mile to make sure they actually eat it (or have fun with it) by packing the food in bags that just demand for their kid’s attention, like dad-slash-graphic designer David LaFerriere.
These Space Invaders reusable sandwich bags are not only awesomely geeky, they are also environmentally friendly. It’s a great way to indoctrinate your kids into classic arcade stuff – and PB and J sandwiches just taste better in a classic arcade packaging anyway.
It’s always a pretty wasteful scene at the office during lunchtime. Colleagues troop into the lunch room, unwrap their lunches that have been packed in either foil, plastic containers, or styrofoam packages that are thrown out after each use.
People who have been born with a silver spoon in their mouths are probably already accustomed to all the luxuries and finer things in life. So I don’t think it would come as a shock if you come across one such silver-spooner who has had a serving of the Oscheriyori, which is the world’s most expensive lunch box – said to be worth ¥18 million yen, or about $234,000 (USD).
Lunch boxes are fine. You can get them in almost any geeky flavor you want, but with the graphics already on them. That takes some of the fun out of lunch. It’s far better to bring a bagged lunch and draw your own geek art on the brown bag while you are eating.
Fans of the Nintendo DS game Okamiden will immediately recognize Chibiterasu, the game’s sickeningly-cute little wolf protagonist being served up in this tasty bento lunch box. The meal was created by by bento expert AnnaTheRed, who’s clearly got better knife skills than I.
We’ve seen some pretty badass bento around here, but nothing quite like the Rubik’s Cubewich, a puzzling and meaty creation that’s almost too clever to be eaten. Almost.
Salami, kielbasa, cheese, bread–there’s all sorts of goodness in this cubewich!
For those of you who have put in your fill of time playing Bioshock, you know that Big Daddy can be one mean dive suit wearin’ mutha-flippa’. But now that he’s been transformed into a tasty lunchtime treat, he doesn’t look so imposing anymore.
A uniquely Japanese cultural phenomenon is Bento box lunches where the meal is dressed up with whimsical imagery so kids will be more inclined to eat their food. Check out this great example featuring the likeness of everyone’s favorite little Italian plumber, crafted entirely from edible items.