Cute stuff I bought at Daiso - April 2015

Last week I stopped by one of my favorite stores in the world: Daiso Japan. Daiso is a Japanese “100 Yen” store where nearly everything costs $1.50. It is jam-packed with lots of cute and practical Japanese items and when I go into one it takes just about all of my will power to stop myself from walking out with half the store in my bag. Daiso is also the most economical place I know of to buy bento supplies, and I’ve built a great deal of my bento collection shopping there over the last few years.  Unfortunately, Daiso stores are limited to the west coast and their online store is wholesale only so this bounty isn’t available to everyone, but if you are near a Daiso — or traveling near one — I highly recommend a visit.

When I posted the photo above to Facebook, it got a pretty incredible reaction (I think it might be the most “liked” photo I’ve ever posted to social media!), so I thought you might like to see what I bought on this particular shopping trip:

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My Week in Photos

by Wendy Copley on March 20, 2015

For many years, I posted a weekly round-up of photos from our week on Wendolonia. As the bento and lunch stuff picked up, the daily life stuff fell by the wayside and honestly I’ve begun to miss it a little. A lot of these photos have moved over to social media. I post to my personal Facebook page, of course, and I lovey, love, love Instagram but I also like posting this sort of thing here so I’m going to make an effort to get back to it.

Here’s a peek at what I’ve been up to the last week:

Saturday: tried broiled grapefruit for the first time

Saturday: I tried broiled grapefruit for the first time. I’ve read about this dish many times and I’ve always been curious because cooked grapefruit seems completely wacky to me on some level. I was reminded of it when I saw a recipe for it in my newest cookbook, Sheet Pan Suppers, and I decided to give it a whirl. I liked it. It needed a little more sugar, but the flavor was intense and interesting.

Monday: a sunset that almost made me cry

Monday: The light on the hills was weird when I came out of the grocery store, and when I turned around to look to the west, this was what I saw. The sunset was so amazing that I wanted to shout to everyone in the parking lot to look at it, but I was too embarrassed so instead I called Zach and told him to take the kids outside so none of them missed it.

Tuesday: St. Patrick's day lunch

Tuesday: You’ve gotta give the kids a special lunch on St. Patrick’s Day when you blog about bento boxes so this is what I made Wyatt. I packed it in our our new Laptop Lunches​ Bentology box: garlic naan shamrocks, a pot o’ gold (pineapple), carrots and black bean dip, chicken chunks and some gold coins (rice crackers).

Reminder: even though I’m no longer posting The Week in Bentos, I am still updating the Bento Box Gallery with all the kids lunches. Go take a look if you’ve been missing these posts!

Thursday: My first shrub

Thursday: Have you ever had a shrub? I hadn’t until yesterday. A shrub is a drink made by combining a fruity, sweet vinegar syrup with soda water. (They’re non-alcoholic but you can add hooch if you want.) Coincidentally I’d read about shrubs in my new Cooking Light on Wednesday, then I was offered one the very next day! Did I want to try one? Heck yeah! I liked it and now I want to try making them at home.

Friday: a note from Charles Dickens

Friday: This morning while I was having coffee with my friend, Whitney, the guy at the next table kept engaging us in conversation. I chatted with him a bit between talk of orthodontia and YouTube and when he got up to leave he asked if I’d like an autographed page from David Copperfield. “Sure,” I said. Because how could I not?

Friday: beauteous fruits and veggies

More Friday: On the way home from coffee I stopped at my favorite produce market to get fat carrots for an upcoming blog post (Mark Bittman just wrote about it in the NYT!), and I ended up buying a bunch of bee-YOO-tiful fruits and veggies.  The mangos are probably the best thing I’ve eaten this month.

What did you do this week?

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