The bento has gone from being a simple lunch in a lacquered wood box to an intricate meal presented with color and design in mind. In diffiicult economic times, it makes sense that this lunch of Japanese origins is spreading. It's always cheaper to bring food from home but our palates have bypassed the old standby PB&J.
Look for a story in Wednesday's Food & Wine on the resurgence of the packed lunch with tips on how to keep it interesting. And if you want to get your taste buds ready, head on over for a bento lunch at Kru on J Street. This spot that never disappoints offers a choice of two items, served with miso soup, salad and rice for $12. Choose from chicken teriyaki, sesame chicken, salmon teriyaki, shrimp and vegetable tempura, beef teriyaki, gyoza, sashimi, nigiri, spicy tuna roll or a California roll. Pass the soy sauce!