I've never heard of Bento before until I stumbled on this article from Parenting.com. In Japan, Bento is a single portion meal arranged in a box shaped container, that can also be elaborately designed to look like animals, flowers, cartoon characters, etc. It's a cool idea and beautiful to look at, but come on...who has this kind of time?
lion's head and baby birds out of...of....whatever the heck that is. Mozzarella?
a) I like to enjoy a wee bit of time to myself in the evening, and
b) As a kid I remember my lunch ending up at the bottom of my backpack underneath 15 lbs of textbooks.