San Diego Asian Markets

September 24, 2007 at 4:30 pm (Uncategorized)

Sorry for anyone waiting! I’m having trouble finding time to update!

Bento is not prevalent in San Diego. This is entertaining to me as we have a LARGE asian population and many markets. Most of them do not carry bento supplies. I do most of my shopping online, and find “alternative” boxes.

The local stores I know of: (please comment if you know another!!!)

99 Ranch Market
7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111
http://www.99ranch.com

Mostly grocery, with a small section of kitchen supplies. They do have a large meat and fresh seafood section.

Nijiya Market
3860 Convoy St.
Ste. 109
San Diego, CA 92111
http://www.nijiya.com

Mostly grocery. Has a very small section of kitchen supplies.

Mitsuwa Marketplace
4240 Kearny Mesa Rd Ste 119
San Diego, CA 92111
http://www.mitsuwa.com

A mini-mall–has a grocery, restaurant, gift shop, pickle area, kitchen supply (with a couple bentos), dish & souvenir type area, sake area, deli, and a Sanrio. The Sanrio carries more household items than the cutesy ones in the big malls that showcase the characters. I get a lot of side containers, molds, sauce containers from here. The gift store changes stock often, but will carry large assortment of bento boxes and supplies at times. Their boxes are mostly children and can be pricey.

Zion Marketplace
4611 Mercury St.
San Diego, CA 92111

Another mini-mall type store. Predominatly grocery, a small kitchen store & supplies in the grocery section.

Lucky Seafood
(Vietnamese)
9326 Mira Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA

Sorry, I haven’t been here, yet. But I will check it out!

Daiso Japan
in the Marukai Marketplace (non-membership)
8111 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92111
http://www.marukai.com

My newest find: Like a giant 99 cent store, only most things are $1.50, has a large bento/kitchen section. Didn’t see many character/decorated boxes, but they had lots of Tupperware-type and a couple plain boxes and matching side containers. Large section of molds, dividers, picks, sauce containers, etc.

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Welcome!

September 11, 2007 at 12:28 am (Uncategorized)

My new blog. I’m new to bento, but have been doing it for about a year, I guess. I usually pack one for my husband (DH) about twice a week. Last week, my 3 year old daughter (DD) started pre-school, so I pack one for her now, too. I tend to do the more functional bentos than the cutesy ones. Occasionally, those pop in when I am inspired.

Come and visit occasionally and see if I get better. Thanks for reading! 

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