In celebration of Kitchen Cow’s Second Anniversary, I’d love to present the favorite bento entries as chosen by you guys. Some of these are my favorites as well, while some are surprise entrants. Still, I love hearing your feedback so tallying everyone’s comments was a fun, albeit rigorous task. So, here they are, your favorites!
Reader’s Favorite #1
Bento 181 Picnic Obento. A relatively recent bento entry, this one was prepared for a picnic celebration with a couple of friends. This is the largest, and most difficult bento I have prepared.
Reader’s Favorite #2
Aki’s Bento. Though not a real bento per se, Aki’s bento ranked highly probably because of the cute factor. Made of real food, the only thing unreal about it is the size. It’s barely 2 inches high!
Reader’s Favorite #3
Sea Monstaaars Bento. Inspired by mutant fishies and monsters from various cartoons that I guess a lot of you folks find endearing. Along with his shrimpy babies of course. A surprise entry for me, or at least, I didn’t think it would rank this high.
Reader’s Favorite #4
Spirited Away Bento. A shoe in entry because who could resist Hayao Miyazaki’s soot sprites? Plus, imagine enjoying a helping of smoked salmon and cream cheese rolls with them. Mmmmmm…it’s something I love so much, I chose it to adorn the site’s banner!
Reader’s Favorite #5
They’re All Eyes Bento. A bento where everything lives! Or at least, have eyes. As I’m sure you can see. ^_^;; For me, what’s more especial about this bento is because this is when I hatched the brilliant idea of using drinking straws as a cutter of sorts for bento eyes. Much much easier to make cute, eyes now.
Reader’s Favorite #6
The Return of the Kyara-ben, aka Giant Onigiri Panda bento. I guess everyone loves Pandas (but not as much as multi-eyed mutated sea creatures).
Reader’s Favorite #7
CCS Keroberos Bento. Most everyone commented the same, they loved how the sauce bottle was incorporated in the design. The truth is, it was done spur of the moment—he really looked like he wanted to grab the strawberry for himself! Though I worry what will happen if he actually bites into it because it was full of olive oil!
Reader’s Favorite #8
Curry Omuraisu Bento. Another surprise entry for me, because it’s not a cute bento. But I guess everyone’s love for Omuraisu came through, hence the need to choose it.
Reader’s Favorite #10
For #10, it’s a triple way tie among:
Fish Menchikatsu Bento
Chibi Dragon Bento
Guess the Bento Game aka Van Gogh Bento
Mice, baby dragons and earless painters? The first two, I’d understand, but earless painters?
There you have it, the top 10 Reader’s Favorites. 39 more entries were mentioned during the survey but these ones which are included in the list figured the most. If you’re curious about which were the other bentos users liked, the actual survey / contest is here. Thanks for participating and thanks for all the anniversary greetings. And yes, the most important thing, I know. We have a winner!
Congratulations to Jonelle from California! While her favorite, Eeeek! It lives! didn’t make the cut, I’m sure she doesn’t mind since she’ll be receiving all the lovely bento loot from the contest. Thanks to everyone else who participated. I’m sure there will be more contests in the future. *wink*