all images via the new york times
bento boxes are an increasingly widespread craze for lunch, according to the new york times. apparently mums, students and dieters are taking advantage of the health and cost-saving benefits of this japanese style of presenting colourful, varied and fun food in portion-conscious bento boxes. whilst i can't say i picture myself carving flowers out of cheese or moulding sticky rice into baby pandas each morning, it's hard not to be impressed by the creativity and commitment of some of these budding bento-chefs! ideas for lunch beyond takeaway and salad sandwiches are always welcome.