All sorts of things could go in that Bento-box. How about some crackers with a rich jam, soft cheese and pickled veg to accompany whatever else gets put in there?
Makes my Rubbermade containers look shabby...
I bought it because of the aesthetic; but admittedly, the pair cost $55 (yeah I got two). High-quality Bento Boxes go for $250+ each; DECENT ones go for $30. Anywhere below that and you get the most hideous looking garbage, unbelievably gaudy. That is not the aesthetic I prefer.
Take these $1100 Go bowls, for example:
Or these $80 ones:
Disgraceful. Far too kitsch for the $80 set; far too noisy for the $1100 set. Consider the $50 set:
Sure there are some very nice $150 bowls-- favorably to me, Kaya:
But the $50 Jujube bowls are quite shibui. As would be this room if those cushions were less gaudy:
A good set of Bento Boxes might cost a bit more than a Rubbermaid set; but it's more the aesthetic than the price. It is calming to the mind; in fact this is exactly what set my mind in the proper state to envision something more complex than stir fry or a ham sandwich as lunch. I suppose it is a disability that I couldn't envision anything beautiful to complement a $2 blue plastic Tupperware TV tray.
But don't we even go so far as to control the color and even the clarity of the beer we brew? Not just to make it light/dark and arbitrarily clear; but to make certain styles cloudy to compliment the stylistic color and traditional serving glass shape, and other styles crystal clear but darker and even more carbonated for an aesthetic change.
Hmm... crackers... hard tac or saltine? Soft cheese... pickled vegetables I can live without. A pickled beet egg maybe, or brown pickled eggs (malt vinegar) depending on aesthetic and flavor profile compliments (those English malt eggs can kick your ass if made strong and hot).
It's funny, people tell me pickled eggs last 2-3 weeks... but I actually age the damn things for 4-6 months before eating them. Maybe I'll make some red beet eggs.