Not Exactly Bento has announced a bento photo contest as an opportunity for people to to share what they feel is their most visually appealing bento. The rule is that there should be no cute character bento (kyaraben), whic is fine by me since my talents do not extend to that. The goal is to highlight everyday, practical bento that most people can put together with available ingredients.
Although I am currently on a bento hiatus, this contest let me looked through my archive of bento made and eaten and it is quite fun to look at them with a critical eye again and think about what made them visually appealing or successful. Up to two entries can be posted and after deliberating between a few, I have chosen the following two for their balanced food groups, visual appeal and ease of preparation:
The first is a bacon and cheese quiche on a bed of salad leaves, with strawberries, cherries and piggy container of salad dressing.
The second bento held triagular and cylindrical onigiri, edamame, panda container of soy sauce, cocktail sausages on sticks, and cherry tomatoes.
There is still time to submit yours, until August 22, with bento goodies to be won. I am definitely looking forward to seeing the other entries.