On a recent zoo trip when we were meeting some friends for lunch and animal-visiting, I packed some obento for the kiddiewinks and me. The beanies each had a fish and a star onigiri (also called omusubi) with tuna salad inside, tamago (egg) furikake on top, and wrapped in nori (seaweed). (I have onigiri molds in all kinds of fun shapes! It's also easy to make small bite-sized rice balls by taking a bit of rice and filling and then twisting it in a piece of plastic wrap.) They also got treated to some ginger carrots, dried cranberries, and some of our favorite snacks: ginger cookies in the shape of pretzels.
You can see my mama-bento in the back: triangle-shaped onigiri with tuna salad inside, ginger cookie-pretzels, and ginger carrots.
These obento gave us plenty of energy to run around with friends, go hunting for animals, and climb like crazy in the Zoomazium.
It's a zoo out there. Better have your obento.
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