Saturday, December 4, 2010

Casual Snack Bento - and a boat trip

A quick post of a fun little (I should say "tiny") bento. Jasmine rice with some furikake, pickled plum with a pick, and basil flowers. Oven roasted chickpeas sprinkled with chipotle powder and sea salt, grape tomatoes, sliced persimmons, tiny eggplant, fresh rosemary, and baby romaine leaves tucked in.

I try to fit in a few bentos here and there. Most of them are just functional and really not photo

Here are a few shots of Maranda's birthday outing last weekend. She invited a few friends for a boat ride. We went down the inter-coastal waterway from Turtle beach in Sarasota to Venice, where we stopped for lunch.

She got to open her gifts on the was a little overcast, but plenty warm.

I actually got a chance to get a close up photo of a dolphin friend who peeked up to see what was going on.

He was swimming right next to us...I'm sure looking for food, but just got some hellos, and ahwwws instead! We often will see dolphins, but I usually will catch the tails or fins in the photos. They move so fast you have to guess where they'll pop up next. He hung out pretty close to us for a little bit, but it's still hard to photograph because the boat moving too.
I am adding him to this weeks Camera Critters.
Lunch at the Marker Four restaurant in Venice Florida...

I didn't bring this bento along this was from the day before! Just wanted to share the whole weekend with you all!


  1. These pictures look nice!! x gloria

    I love dolphins!!

  2. Wow! Looks like you had a great time and lucky enough to see a dolphin! (Herding Cats)

  3. Cute teeny eggplant and dolphin. Looks like your daughter had a great birthday. She's not too far off from mine, but I'm certainly not getting any boat rides unless them come with plane tickets to a much warmer climate.

    Happy Birthday Maranda!!

  4. I love dolphins, they are so cute! Very smart too. Great photos, Happy birthday to your daughter.

  5. Happy birthday Maranda! Envious of your warm weather and waterway lifestyle. Looks like fun! Cute lil' bento too :)

  6. Gloria - thanks so much, glad you enjoyed it.

    The Paw Relations - we usually see dolphins, but we were lucky he came over to visit with us!

    Betty Ray - the weather was so nice for her trip. We had a cold front come through for this weekend and we are chilled and lucky to reach mid 70s.

    eileeninmd - thanks, we love dolphins too and always look for them.

    chubskulit - it was nice, she enjoyed it!

    Sherimiya - thanks so much, I'll be sure and tell her. She loves looking at your bentos. I always think of you and your swimming everyday when we are out on the water.

  7. great, (lucky) shot, we had many dolphin in my local area over the summer. I had a blast watching them playing in the waves. Beautiful creatures.

  8. What a beautiful bento! The chickpeas sound delish, I love to eat them in salad and in stew.

  9. I love Dolphins... Great shot.. I so envy it....:-)

  10. That bento looks fantastic and I'm sure every bite of it was delicious. How lucky to be able to see a dolphin so up close. Sounds like the trip of a lifetime. By the way, I'm holding a giveaway on my blog for Orglamix Organic makeup and you're welcome to come by and enter.

  11. Exotic and striking bento, Lyndsey! Oven roasted chickpeas and a lovely assortment of flavors and textures in minature--wonderful and yummy.

    As always your pictures evoke beautiful nature...I'd love to visit with the dolphin!

  12. What a great birthday! I haven't gone boating in the longest time. Your "tiny" bento is gorgeous! The colors are very striking and it has a pickled plum which makes me very, very hungry!

  13. I am so enjoying such great pictures ... and your bento is awesome!!!.. love it!
    Happy Birthday to Maranda ^_^

  14. Super shot!! I can see his cute lips :) What a fantastic birthday, I'm jealous.
    Your bento is also great and pretty!

  15. How nice of the dolphin to visit your birthday girls party. All the food looked delicious, Lyndsey.

    be well, be happy,

  16. What a fun weekend. Your bentos are so beautiful. I am completely impressed!

  17. Thanks everyone! We love being able to see dolphins every time we are near the water around here! We also love being near the water. I'll be sure to share more with you!

  18. Great job on the bento Lyndsey. Happy birthday to Maranda a little late. looks like she had a nice birthday celebration :-)

  19. wow, look at all those colors- looks great!

  20. What a nice way to celebrate! Your hubby looks thrilled in that one picture. LOL
    LOVE the picture of the dolphin!

  21. Lyndz, what a fun trip! Seems like you have a great company. I love your photos. They're all so happy. My uncle used to own a yatch but my aunt sold it after his passing many many years ago. My uncle is a Scottish guy. Yes, English man. He was in Navy when he was young.


I love my bento friends and I love to hear from you. I appreciate your input, thanks!