Bento Menu

Kid’s Bento


  • Deep-fried Chicken
  • Fried Egg Roll
  • Sausage
  • Chichiku – Fish and Cheese Roll
  • Stir-fried Bacon and Spinach
  • Cucumber and Lettuce
  • Rice

Chinese One Soup and Three Dishes Dinner Menu


  • Fish Head and Herb Soup
  • Braised Pork Belly with Bamboo Shoot
  • Stir-fried Egg with Bitter Melon
  • Boiled Lettuce

An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away

Eating apples every day may be good for your cardiovascular health, new research suggests.

Women who ate dried apples every day for a year lowered their total cholesterol by 14 percent and their levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol by 23 percent.

The daily serving of dried apples contained about 240 calories, according to the study.

Many foods can have an effect on cholesterol levels, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Foods containing saturated fats, trans fats and dietary cholesterol can raise your cholesterol levels, while foods with healthier fats such as olive oil can lower your cholesterol. Foods with fiber, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, can reduce cholesterol levels, while carbohydrates that are low in fiber tend to raise triglyceride levels and lower "good" HDL cholesterol levels.

In the current study, the researchers wanted to assess the long-term effect that apple consumption might have on cardiovascular health.

The findings were presented at the reccent Experimental Biology meeting in Washington D.C.


An Appetizer with Chocolate, Salt, Olive Oil and Bread


½ baguette
6-oz bar high-quality semi-sweet chocolate (at least 70% cacao), shaved or chopped (about 3/4 cup)
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Fleur de sel


  1. Preheat panini grill to 400°F. Cut baguette into a dozen 1/4-inch-thick diagonal slices and let air-dry for 30 minutes. Lightly brush one side of each bread slice with olive oil and lay face-down. Load half of slices with chocolate, drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with a few grains of fleur de sel. Add more chocolate and top each with another slice of bread, oiled-side out.
  2. Place in hot sandwich press and toast until chocolate has completely melted and bread is crisp and gently toasted (2 to 3 minutes). Cut panini in half diagonally and garnish with chocolate shavings and a few more grains of salt. Makes 6 servings.

Source: Western Living