bento lunch art


A whole week of Hamilton-inspired lunches. Giant thanks to @linmanuel for writing the thing that’s been stuck in my head for months. It’s an inspiring piece of work and has gotten me back into Revolutionary War history for the first time since college.

The tag for my Hamilton food can be found here. More information about each individual lunch can be found at:

Lunch for June 9, 2017

 It’s been a bit since I last made a bento–too long, honestly–and the final season of Orphan Black is as good a reason as any to get back into it.

This lunch was inspired by Helena. I wanted to keep it cleaner and lighter than the last helena lunch I made, something more aligned with her character development. I went with a simple silhouette made of turkey and Swiss cheese with a little bit of food coloring. That is on a base of white rice, beneath which is a handful of fresh spinach.

The other half of the bento was also inspired by helena. The peppers are stuffed with sausage, mint leaves, and basil leaves glued together with spicy peanut sauce, a combination inspired by Helena’s peanut butter and sausage sandwiches. Also in the lunch I’ve got a handful of sour grapes and a few homemade mango gummies.

Lunch for June 2, 2016

After last week’s episode, I’ve been thinking a lot about Cosima. I’ve also been itching to try more of the watercolor-like technique I tried with the water hand last week. The natural result was this piece, inspired by Cosima’s tattoo.

The nautilus shell was created using food coloring and rice paper. It’s placed on a background of egg white which is itself set atop some store-bought California rolls.

The other layer is a simple side of grapes and spinach salad.

You can find my other Orphan Black themed lunches here.

Lunch for March 15, 2016

Another lazy evening, another lazy lunch. This one features store bought salmon rolls under a thin sheet of egg white decorated with ham, nori, and food coloring. On the side, I’ve got a spinach salad with dried cranberries.

And, of course, a message that doesn’t match the amount of “work” I put into it.

I’m really fond of the Schuyler sisters from Hamilton, not just because of the fact that they bring a much needed lady-presence to American history on Broadway but also because they’ve got a lot of personality. I tried to represent each of their characters’ colors from the musical here, and I opted for the snap pose that’s become near iconic.

I might bring one or more of these ladies back later this week.

The rest of my Hamilton lunches can be found here.

Lunch for March 14, 2016

Like many a musical fan, I’m totally enthralled by Hamilton, and I decided it would be fun to do a week of Hamilton lunches. The natural place to start was the logo, so here it is.

The Hamilton logo is cut out of nori and placed on a thin layer of egg. Usually I wouldn’t let the egg brown the way it has here, but it gives a more golden color and that hue’s appropriate for the original logo coloration.

Under the egg and just to its left are store-bought California rolls. Also to the left is a side of strawberries.

The rest of my Hamilton lunches can be found here.

Lunch for June 16, 2016

The rainbows will not stop! It’s been a rough week, and it’s been a rough season. However, with the return of Delphine last week, the time seemed right for some rainbows and some Cophine.

Because I’m not at all good at drawing kisses, I drew this using Cophine by Sango-Bluewolf as a reference. The image is food coloring and edible marker on rice paper. It’s set on top of rice, which is itself on top of chicken tikka masala.

The other layer is a rainbow made of strawberries, carrots, peach, peas, and grapes.

You can find my other Orphan Black themed lunches here.


Lunch for March 18, 2016

The last Hamilton week lunch. Eliza is my absolute favorite character in the musical, so it seemed appropriate to have her be the conclusion to the week. I used “Burn” as my inspiration because it’s a fantastic song and a powerful scene.

Eliza herself is made of nori, sliced chicken, and ultra thin sliced swiss cheese. I left their original colors mostly intact. The belt is tinted with food coloring, the face drawn on with an edible marker, and the flames colored with food coloring and a dab of sriracha.

Under the rice background for Eliza is a bit of pulled pork. In the other half of the lunch, I’ve got carrots, celery, and a few macarons for dessert.

The rest of my Hamilton lunches can be found here.

Lunch for March 17, 2016

“Wait For It” is easily one of my favorite songs from Hamilton, so it seemed a natural thing to use for a Burr-themed lunch.

Burr himself is made from cheese, sliced ham colored with food coloring, and nori. The “wait for it” is written with edible marker on a spring roll wrapper and placed on cheese. The whole assembly is placed on pad thai made from leftover rice noodles, egg, and carrots.

Blueberries and green pepper slices round out the menu with some more veggie material. 

The rest of my Hamilton lunches can be found here.