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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Travel Industry Updates for Fall 2020 Business Travel

Planning business travel during the coronavirus pandemic is hard enough. With the winter months fast approaching, knowing what to look for may feel like an overwhelming task. If you’re worried about traveling in the coming months, there are policies to be aware of before you book any reservations. 

Some destinations are open, some require a quarantine, and some are closed for most people, depending on where they are traveling from. On top of this, the expiration of the Cares Act means airlines will likely be cutting routes and furloughing workers, which may disrupt intended routes. Additionally, hotel guidelines may vary and airlines are relaxing some of their practices. Here are a couple of updates for the fall.

Traveling by air

Some of the biggest news to come out of the airline industry in recent weeks is how major airlines have dropped their change fees policies. Alaska, American Airlines, Delta Air

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lockdown: Business travel picks up in India for first time since lockdown

Few key executives and engineers of Skoda Auto Volkswagen India have travelled in the last six months to revamp its factory, sales and service outlets.


Top corporates such as Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Mercedes Benz, ITC, Parle Products, Vivo, Oppo, Lenovo, Mondelez, and Panasonic have given some relaxation to travel restrictions for critical work and projects which cannot be completed through video-conferencing.

Kolkata/Mumbai: Business travel has picked up in India for the first time since the lockdown with several top corporates allowing employees, including chief executives, business heads and even mid-level managers, to travel in both domestic and international routes.Top corporates such as Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Mercedes Benz, ITC, Parle Products, Vivo, Oppo, Lenovo, Mondelez, and Panasonic have given some relaxation to travel restrictions for

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Life Upended: Owner of tour guide business left with no income

Life Upended. The coronavirus outbreak has had a devastating impact on our nation, and it has touched Staten Islanders in countless ways. In this series, reporter Tracey Porpora will share the stories of those who have been thrust into situations that were unimaginable just a few months ago — those who have seen their life completely upended. This is the nineteenth story of “Life Upended.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Heather Pastore, 45, owner of the Castleton Corners-based Manhattan Greeterz Walking Tours, found success offering unique excursions of Manhattan skyscrapers and monuments over the last five years.

Two of her most requested tours were of Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, where she would reveal the transportation hub’s nine “secrets,” and a “9/11 downtown tour.”

In addition to her tourism company, Pastore, a Castleton Corners resident, had a successful private tutoring business for 25 years where she would give students private

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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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Travel mag readers give Hyatt high rank | Business

CAMBRIDGE — Readers of the Condé Nast Traveler magazine gave the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge a high ranking in a recent list of the top 20 resorts in the south.

Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, with Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina recognized as the second highest ranked resort in the South, after more than 715,000 readers submitted ratings for their travel experiences across the globe.

“We are thrilled to be recognized with such a prestigious accolade as Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards,” said Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay General Manager Joel Bunde. “Our team is dedicated to caring for others so they can be their best and we strive daily to provide unforgettable and meaningful experiences that our guests will cherish for years to come. We are honored by this recognition as it is a testament to

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Rising coronavirus cases in El Paso County could impact business reopenings

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated after initial publication to include information about Gov. Greg Abbott permitting bars to reopen and remarks from city and county leaders. 

El Paso nurse talks about new normal during the coronavirus pandemic



When Gov. Greg Abbott relaxed how many people can dine at restaurants and occupy other businesses in El Paso and across Texas, there was a condition: Coronavirus hospitalizations must stay low. 

Abbott let restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms, museums and libraries increase their capacity from 50% to 75% on Sept. 21.

On Wednesday, Abbott said other businesses limited to 50% capacity, such as movie theaters and bowling alleys, could expand capacity to 75% on Oct. 14. He also permitted bars in the state to open at up to 50% capacity with county judge approval.

But the order only applies to regions without

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Live-streaming here to stay as Chinese travel business almost ‘fully recovers’ from Covid-19, co-founder says

When China’s coronavirus cases stabilised in March and domestic tourism began to resume, Group’s co-founder and executive chairman James Liang Jianzhang traded his formal business attire for ancient Chinese clothing, known as hanfu, to host live-streamed shows selling travel packages and hotel room bookings.

Liang’s entertaining video campaigns, incorporating traditional Chinese performance arts such as crosstalk and Sichuan “face-changing” opera, have made him an internet celebrity.

His 25 live streams on various platforms have netted Group – China’s biggest online travel services provider – over 2 billion yuan (US$294 million), according to the Shanghai-based company formerly known as Most of the orders were for presale deals, where customers purchase travel packages or bookings in advance to be redeemed at a later date.

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Liang Jianzhang, executive chairman of China’s

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Business Travel Demand Won’t Bounce Back In 2021, And Maybe Not For Years. That Will Be Devastating For Airlines.

Even if a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes widely available – and widely used – around the globe, and if the very onerous government restrictions on international travel largely disappear, airlines still will continue to struggle with extraordinarily weak demand for business travel through the end of 2021, and likely beyond.

And that could be devastating for already cash-depleted airlines that are guaranteed this year to report losses that, even for an industry with a long history of red ink, will be record-shattering.

The economic importance of business travel for all conventional airlines and even for most

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Why this Perth hotel was named Australia Pacific’s best in the business

The coronavirus pandemic has failed to quell momentum at Perth’s most desirable hotel destination.

COMO The Treasury used the health crisis to fine-tune several aspects of its offering and open a new underground cocktail bar, Pooles Temple, while it was closed, and on Wednesday was voted best hotel in the Australia Pacific region for a fourth time by the world’s most elite travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler.

COMO The Treasury's understated luxury has made the 48-room hotel a favourite with travellers.

COMO The Treasury’s understated luxury has made the 48-room hotel a favourite with travellers.Credit:MARTIN MORRELL

The 48-room, wellness-inspired urban resort in the heart of the city has helped transform Perth since undergoing a $110m restoration overseen by Perth designer Kerry Hill

The business occupies the 140-year-old Victorian stone and brick buildings that once housed a post office, land titles office and treasury and is now home to some of Perth’s most impressive bars and restaurants, such as David Thompson’s Thai

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