Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Grape Expectations

This is a leftovers bento box lunch with carnitas from last night's take out. I was too tired to do anything really crazy. Leftover carnitas in the silicone cupcake liner, with a radish cut into a flower shape, carrots, steamed orange cauliflower, and slices of green bell pepper.

In the lower compartment: orange slices, grapes (from Whole Paycheck, I mean Whole Foods) on skewers, and walnuts. My freezer is literally packed with bags of local walnuts, which I get at the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market. There are a couple of families who grow and sell walnuts there, and I have never tasted a better walnut. Walnuts will keep in the freezer for 6 months, just long enough to last between fresh walnut seasons.

Wine Pairing Suggestion: We had Dos Equis beer with the carnitas, so that would be fine. But if you want something more local, I would try Hanna 2009 Sauvignon Blanc. It's fruitier than their previous Sauvignon Blancs, but that's why I think it goes well with the slightly carmelized meat and the rich walnuts.


  1. Leftover bentos are some of the best--savory, easy, and fun to add pizazz to! It is indeed "Whole Paycheck" but so recreational to browse its richly stocked aisles. I'm a big fan of their bakery for wholesome yet sinful baked goods! Beautiful wooden skewers, btw, wondered where you found them :)

  2. I got the skewers at a party supply store, which is a fun place to search for creative bento supplies. I also found some tiki picks, and some football cupcake liners. So fun!