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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Now you can book a vacation from this pandemic

But wise words from tourism chief Berna Romulo-Puyat as domestic travel resumes: Have a safe trip!

WELL[FARE] Flight and hospitality staff strictly enforce Covid-19 safety precautions

Boracay has reopened to domestic travel since the start of this month.

Staying home is still the best way to protect oneself and others from Covid-19, but the reopening of one of the top destinations in the Philippines is a signal that maybe we can now start taking calculated risks. The economy that should sustain us, after all, needs as much protection from the pandemic as we do.

While stressing that safety is top priority, Berna Romulo Puyat, secretary of the Department of Tourism (DOT), says, “We cannot surrender to this pandemic. We have to find ways to live and thrive in it while protecting ourselves and other people.”

We might say that reopening Boracay has been a bold move, but the DOT, along

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Planning a Trip: Travel Advice During The Pandemic

The coronavirus outbreak threatened the world and public health drastically over the past several months. Lockdowns and other restrictions are necessary measures to save lives, but they have changed our lifestyles and limited our opportunities to move freely significantly.

Since COVID-19 first appeared, late December last year, about 35,500,000 people have been infected and more than 1.000,000 have died worldwide. The numbers are frightening, and they continue to rise, therefore the countries all over the world have established travel advisories and rules to help us stay safe. If you do wish to travel or if you cannot avoid it due to family obligations or work, here is everything you need to know before you depart. 

Things to consider before you leave 

First things first, you should ask yourself whether you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 or if you live with someone who might be. It is

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How the pandemic is affecting travel trends and the economy

  • Despite more trips by automobile, gasoline demand is still below pre-pandemic levels.
  • Spending patterns are changing as more Americans stay closer to home for vacations and choose road trips over flying.

By Debbie Carlson for CME Group

Americans are choosing road trips over flights as they choose a safer-perceived way to vacation, and that’s having an economic impact, say analysts who follow the travel and retail industries. The phenomenon is expected to last at least through the end of 2020, if not early 2021, but it remains to be seen if this is a structural change in consumer habits.

Omer Rabin, managing director at Guesty, a property management software firm used for short-term rentals, says they are seeing several travel trends. Trips are shorter distanced, generally about 100 miles away, and reservations are very last minute. They’re also seeing travelers repeatedly book the same units, with those stays growing from

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Planning a Trip: Travel Advice During The Pandemic – Press Release

The coronavirus outbreak threatened the world and public health drastically over the past several months. Lockdowns and other restrictions are necessary measures to save lives, but they have changed our lifestyles and limited our opportunities to move freely significantly.

Since COVID-19 first appeared, late December last year, about 35,500,000 people have been infected and more than 1.000,000 have died worldwide. The numbers are frightening, and they continue to rise, therefore the countries all over the world have established travel advisories and rules to help us stay safe. If you do wish to travel or if you cannot avoid it due to family obligations or work, here is everything you need to know before you depart. 

Things to consider before you leave 

First things first, you should ask yourself whether you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 or if you live with someone who might be. It is

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Impact of Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic on Wedding Industry in India

The Indian wedding industry, worth around $50 billion, is among the sectors that has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. We caught up with wedding photographers Ankita Asthana and Akash Agarwal of WeddinNama to find out how the industry is bouncing back now that restrictions have been lifted.

Here are excerpts from the interview.

How has the pandemic impacted the wedding industry in India?
Ankita: Oh, it’s been like a pause button. Weddings thrive on social gatherings and human interaction and that is exactly what got affected by this pandemic. So it is no surprise that the industry has got severely hit. Not only did the weddings planned this year get postponed but even people who wanted to plan one next year are not able to do so because of uncertainty and risk factors. 

Akash: Almost everyone in the over-a-crore people who are involved in the wedding industry are

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Utilizing Food Safety Audits to Ensure Brand Integrity Through the COVID-19 Pandemic




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October 12, 2020

Utilizing Food Safety Audits to Ensure Brand Integrity Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

By NSF International





Utilizing Food Safety Audits to Ensure Brand Integrity Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

With waves of COVID-19 outbreaks driving the daily cadence of business around the world, maintaining and building on customer relationships is key for success moving forward into the post-COVID-19 business environment. Throughout the pandemic, audit specifiers have moved through phases of “wait and see” to an “all or nothing” mentality that on-site audits were the only way to assess a supplier, and finally on to the most recent embracing of remote or “virtual” audits.  With the limitations of travel and auditor resource limits predicted to last into early 2021, drivers for a line of sight into food safety practices of manufacturers through a second- or third-party audit remain strong.


With consumers staying close to

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Business trip during pandemic: testing, empty airports, lonely takeout

  • Alan Kearl is a beauty industry executive experienced in operations, finance, and strategy.
  • After losing his job during the pandemic, he was sheltering in place in Maine.
  • So he had mixed emotions when he was offered a consulting gig that would require travel.
  • Overall, he’s felt safe traveling, but has noticed a lot of big changes in airports and hotels.
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As a C-level executive in the beauty industry, having worked for companies like Estée Lauder and tarte, I normally travel over 100,000 miles and spend more than 35 nights in hotels annually. 

But, since the start of the pandemic, I lost my job and have been sheltering in place. While I craved a return to my normal routine, I wasn’t keen to dramatically increase my exposure to COVID-19. So it was with mixed emotions that I accepted a consulting gig that would require

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Jana Kramer Defends Family Vacation During COVID-19 Pandemic

Quitting quarantine! Jana Kramer, Mike Caussin and their two kids left on their first solo vacation as a family of four on Thursday, October 8, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Whenever we have traveled with them in the past, there was always work attached to it,” the actress, 36, captioned an Instagram selfie with daughter Jolie, 4, and son Jace, 22 months. “This time no work, and all fun. Also, first time on a plane since March. And COVID or not I’m still that crazy lady that wipes down every seat nook and cranny. #jolieselfie.”

In the social media upload, Kramer and the former professional football player, 33, smiled while wearing face masks. The “Untouchable” singer held her son while Jolie snapped the selfie in a Minnie Mouse-patterned mask.

Jana Kramer Defends Going on a Family Vacation During COVID-19 Pandemic
Michael Caussin, Jana Kramer and their children Courtesy Jana Kramer/Instagram

While some of the Michigan native’s Instagram followers supported Kramer’s decision

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Cruise ships dismantled for scrap metal as coronavirus pandemic sinks industry

Cruise ships are being dismantled and sold as scrap metal due to the coronavirus pandemic all but destroying the global cruise industry.

Earlier this month, aerial footage shot by drones showed workers stripping walls, windows, floors and railings from several vessels docked in Aliaga, a town 45 kilometres north of Izmir on Turkey’s west coast.

Three more ships are set to join five already being dismantled.

Chairman of a ship recycling industrialists’ association, Kamil Onal, said before the pandemic Turkey’s ship-breaking yards typically handled cargo and container ships.

Catch up on the main COVID-19 news from October 11 with our coronavirus blog.

“But after the pandemic, cruise ships changed course towards Aliaga in a

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