With Valentine's Day coming up, I've been thinking of special, unexpected ways to celebrate the holiday. Combine that with a recent lunch in Japantown and the discovery of a new Japanese dollar store, and Valentine's Day themed bento boxes seemed inevitable.
First, the sweets:
I filled my strawberry box with a few key treats. First I tucked a peanut butter cookie behind my heart-shaped brownie. Then I slipped in a chocolate covered strawberry. Earlier I had sprinkled my just-dipped strawberries with toasted sesame seeds—I like the way they mimic the look of real strawberry seeds. With a food-safe marker I drew a heart on a miniature marshmallow and placed it by the strawberry. Finally, I scattered blueberries around the edges to fill any extra space.
Next I tried my hand at a double-decker box. This time in addition to the brownie and strawberry I included a chocolate-dipped fortune cookie (I removed the paper fortune before dipping), raspberry licorice, a heart-shaped rice krispie treat, and miniature brownie hearts. It's twice the fun of the first!
The sandwiches, assembled on pre-cut heart-shaped bread, are like afternoon tea finger sandwiches. I chose a cream cheese and cucumber flavor, plus one with egg salad and sprouts. The rest of the box is filled with a veggie salad. To make the salad I used a tiny heart cookie cutter which I pressed through thin slices of carrot, cucumber and radish. Seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper it was a simple but adorable little salad!