Thursday, June 16, 2011

Difficulties of Moving and Japanese Internet Connection

I remeber when I was first knew that I was coming to Japan.  I was filled with excitement and was completely thrilled that I would be living in such a technology forward country.  Sadly, I realized that Japan`s technology only exceeds its reputation in large cities such as Tokyo... And possibly only there.  When I speak with other exchange students we often converse about the terrible internet connection and it`s overly frequent menstral cycle. 

At my last host family`s house I had trouble with connection but at least I could actually connect every once and a while.  Here, even if I connect my laptop directly into the internet, it won`t connect and so I must use my host mother`s laptop.  This really isn`t too much of a problem for me except for the fact that I can`t upload pictures!! 

I have around five or so bento pictures that I need to post and I can`t upload them because of Japanese technology and its hissy fits.  I sincerely apologize for the lack of posting but everyone might have to wait until I can get myself to the library so I can use my computer. 

Once again, thanks for being so patient guys.  I appreciate it.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Still Ordinary But Better Than Last Time Bento

I'm apologize for the lack of different bento boxes but as I told you, I'm changing host families and therefore everything is packed away except this one.  For your amusement, I let my pokemon chopstick holder chill right up top there. Inside we have salad with scrambled eggs and spinach alongside a cucumber and a freaking gigantic strawberry.  The strawberry adds nice color. Yes, that would be it.

Today was crappy.  Why? Because it's a freaking Wednesday.  Wednesdays just suck and I'm always busy and have no time to make my bentos look cool.  Just you wait readers, for I will be making amazing bentos in my next house.  You have no idea how much awesome bento making devices I have acquired this last week.  Not only that but I think I found an awesome shop here in town that sells just bento things.  Score!

One thing I want to complain about before I go.  Today was my host parent's 25th anniversary and a couple days ago was my host mom's birthday and before that was Mother's Day and in a little while it will be Father's Day.  Post cards are so freaking expensive here and they're running me dry of cash >:U  Instead of buying an anniversary card for my parents, I bought a happy wedding card and wrote "25 years ago" on it just because it was cheaper. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Full of Ordinary Food Bento

Holy Jesus, it is so ugly.  Just look at this sinful thing.  Full of boring and my hate.  Yes, that's what it is, my hatred.  You see that green poking out from under the rice?  That would be spinach.  No problem there but for some reason when I put in the rice this morning it decided it wanted to engulf the greens.  I was in a rush as so I said screw it and just left it as it was.  As you can see, I also have two really crapily made tamagoyaki along with some pickled vegetables.  

Can you tell that I had absolutely no produce with which to make bento today?  Also, I'm switching host families this week so I packed away all my supplies to make them look fancy.  Not to mention I didn't have any time in order to make this picture look at all decent.  I just really wanted to be able to put a post up for you guys.  I felt rather guilty because I've been busy and haven't done anything for around a week with the blog but don't fear because soon the site will be all cool looking and I will be in another house where no one nags at me about my food.  Thumbs up for everyone here!

If you have any requests or questions feel free to post them.  I'm willing to try and make anything.  ;D

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Look and New Name

Alrighty, within the next few days I will be changing the site's look, name, and url.  A total overhaul in the very beginning.  It's good to get it all over with.

New Name: Bento Grahamy Cracker 弁当

New URL:

New look: You'll be seeing it soon!

Feedback?  Doesn't matter because I'm changing it no matter what anyone says :D

I haven't gotten to make bentos the past couple days because it's exam week and we only have half days.  Don't worry though, tomorrow I will definitely make a super cool awesome bento for all my readers!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Steamed Veggies with Tamagoyaki

Today's lunch was packed full of veggie goodness.  First, I steamed chopped carrots, corn, peas, broccoli, kabocha (type of pumpkin), and cucumber.  I then made the tamagoyaki (rolled egg).  Tamagoyaki is simple to make.  All you do is basically make an omlete but instead of folding it in half, you roll it and then cut it into sections.  Japanese recipes generally call for making them sweet by adding sugar instead of salt, but I prefer mine plain.  On the side, I added mango jelly and grapes.  Took me all of ten minutes to make this morning.

I had to go hiking today with my exchange program and so I ate a big breakfast, added an onigiri to my lunch, and brought along snacks.  Needless to say I will never add more food to my usual diet just because I think I'm going to need it that day.  I had to accept gifts of crazy amounts of food because if I turn them down it's considered rude.  My stomach feels like its going to explode and I forced myself to run an extra fifteen minutes to try and work all the crap out of my system.  It probably won't work anyway though because takes a lot to get rid of the amount I ate.  The next couple of days will consist of much lower calorie meals to make up for the horribleness that ended up being today.  D:

Before I go, one thing that ticks me off almost as much as people nagging at me about being picky, is when people freaking lose my crap that is so obviously in one place for a reason and almost ruining my future because of it.  I've been having a bad time with testing centers.  Can you tell?  I would totally fly back to the states and rip someone a new one, but I'm poor and so sadly, it will not happen... anytime in the next two months. >:U

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fruity Oatmeal and Salad

Inside this bento we have oatmeal.  It takes a whole minute and a half to make.  You have to love the convenience.  For the bunny I just stuck a cookie cutter on top of the oatmeal and filled it with a thin layer of strawberry jam.  It adds for a little sweeter main dish.  In the pink box we have your normal salad and for some color I added dried clam.  Obviously dried clam isn't for everyone.  Feel free to put whatever you want on top of your salad.  Lastly, we have green pea onigiri.  For those of you who don't know what onigiri is, it's just rice formed in a shape of a triangle.  Nothing to it.

I was lucky to be able to make a bento today.  My host family offered to host two Korean exchange students for a couple of days and so I figured she wouldn't want to eat at home just because it's a hassle for her to make all that food, but she went out and had my host sister make lunch for everyone.  I definitely am thankful.  Whenever we go out for food it's always really greasy and then I get stared at because I'm the only one in the city with blonde hair.  It's usually not too fun of an experience for me.  D: 

Anyways, I'll be able to make bento again tomorrow because I'm going mountain climbing and we have to bring our lunch.  What sucks about it is that I have to leave at 6:45 am.  I'll probably have to get up at around 5:30 am.  I never get to sleep in anymore ;-;

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Quick Update 1

I just want to let you know that I haven't been able to make bento the last few days. I sometimes have to attend meetings where lunch is provided and there is no point in making a lunch that you're not going to eat so I haven't made any. Rest assured that there will be one on Saturday and Sunday for sure.

I'm definitely not one of those people who will start a blog and just leave it sitting there and I apologize for not posting anything like this sooner to fill everyone in.

Hope to see comments on my next bento box! All I'm seeing right now is my mother and her boyfriend flirting it up in my comments section D: Please note that e-mails should be used for lovey weirdo talk. Thank you.