How pandemic bento boxes became care packages and a new business model

Growing up outside of Tokyo, Chef Kenji Miyaishi’s mother used to send him off with bento boxes of onigiri rice balls, karaage fried chicken, tamago-yaki egg omelets and vegetables from her garden.

Now, as he’s pivoted his upscale restaurant in Napa, California, to prepare and deliver bento boxes amid the pandemic, he says he aims to serve with the same values of precision, culture and care his mother did.

Chef Kenji Miayishi. Credit Bob McClenahan (Bob McClenahan)
Chef Kenji Miayishi. Credit Bob McClenahan (Bob McClenahan)

Bento boxes can be traced back to the Kamakura period in 12th century Japan, and this year — with restaurants relying on takeout and delivery — they’ve become a relevant and culturally authentic way for kaiseki chefs across the country to stay in business.

And some chefs say, at a time of uncertainty, the boxes have also come to symbolize nurturing and comfort.

“Bento is usually made by a mother for her children

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Florida vs. South Carolina odds, line: 2020 college football picks, predictions from proven model on 16-2 run

The South Carolina Gamecocks travel to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators on Saturday at noon ET. Florida was explosive offensively in its season opener last week, toppling the Ole Miss Rebels 51-35. South Carolina battled but ultimately fell short in a 31-27 loss against the Tennessee Volunteers in its first contest of 2020. The Gators have won four of their past five games against South Carolina and hold a 28-9-3 edge in the all-time series. 

William Hill lists the Gators as 18-point home favorites in the latest Florida vs. South Carolina odds. The over-under for total points expected is 57.5, up half a point from the opener. Before making any South Carolina vs. Florida picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has

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Florida vs. South Carolina odds, line: 2020 college football picks, predictions from model on 16-2 run

The South Carolina Gamecocks travel to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators on Saturday at noon ET. Florida was explosive offensively in its season opener last week, toppling the Ole Miss Rebels 51-35. South Carolina battled but ultimately fell short in a 31-27 loss against the Tennessee Volunteers in its first contest of 2020. The Gators have won four of their past five games against South Carolina and hold a 28-9-3 edge in the all-time series. 

William Hill lists the Gators as 18-point home favorites in the latest Florida vs. South Carolina odds. The over-under for total points expected is 57.5, up half a point from the opener. Before making any South Carolina vs. Florida picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has

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International travel magazine calls Singapore’s Covid-19 response “a model for others”

International travel magazine calls Singapore’s Covid-19 response “a model for others”

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Singapore—International luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler called Singapore’s Covid-19 response “a model for others” in an online article published on Tuesday, September 8. The article will also appear in the magazine’s print issue next month.

The reason the accolade was given by Condé Nast Traveler is for the government’s SG Clean initiative, which began in February and seeks to have businesses and establishments meet a particular set of hygiene and safety standards through issuing certifications to those that comply.

According to Condé Nast Traveler, this is necessary for Singapore, given its reliance on tourism as a source of revenue, as well as its status as a global transport and logistics hub linking 120 countries on six continents.

The SG Clean “seal of approval” is given to companies spanning a wide variety of sectors, from preschools to hawker centers to shopping malls to hotels, transport

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