Lights! Bacon! Bento!

by Andree Lau, CBCnews.ca

I couldn't decide what to write about this week, so I figured we'll go for variety since someone did say it's the spice of life.


Not content with nourishing customers with sustainable and fresh, in-season food, Blink bistro installed a "full spectrum light bath" this week in its modern space in downtown Calgary.

Blink's manager believes its new lighting scheme is the first such setup in a Canadian restaurant. (Courtesy Blink)

That's the type of natural lighting used as therapeutic treatment for people with seasonal affective disorder and depression.

Blink figures the beautiful diffused light will not only flatter clients — hey, it can't hurt on a first date! — but also give them an "elevated" dining experience.

"Not just get them in and feed them, but just to elevate that experience," said manager Patrick Malone.

He thinks the lighting is the first of its kind in a Canadian restaurant, adding it's a "considerable investment but we think it's worth it."


Just in time for the Super Bowl, there's a new recipe sweeping the internet and it's called the Bacon Explosion. It's not a misnomer.

Some competitive barbecuers in Kansas created it by weaving two pounds of bacon through and around two pounds of sausage, smothering it with barbecue sauce and then throwing it in the backyard smoker.

The New York Times has a slideshow of the heart attack in a roll — it contains "at least" 5,000 calories and 500 grams of fat apparently.


When I was school-aged, my lunch was usually a piece of ham between two slices of white bread and an apple juice box.

Chinese New Year bento lunch (Courtesy Aster Setiadi)

Check out what Aster Setiadi makes for her children, a son, 5, and a daughter, 3.

She turns salami ribbons into flowers and peels apples to make them look like rabbits.

For Chinese New Year, she created an ox out of cheese, Japanese white fish, pink fish sausage and seaweed.

Setiadi said she learned the basics from websites, books, and photos from Japanese blogs. She said it takes her about 20 minutes every day to create each bento set — sometimes longer if it's extra special.

I got this link from my sister and as we gazed at the beautiful lunches created by this mom from Berwick, Pa., we were already feeling like inadequate mothers for the children we haven't even had yet.

Vegetarian lasagna bento lunch (Courtesy Aster Setiadi)

"I am just an ordinary mother who wants my kids eat healthy. Bento is a great way to teach your kids that healthy food can taste good and looks good, too," Setiadi told me in an email.

She said sometimes her kids want pizza or hot dogs like the other children, so she gives them a healthier alternative of whole-wheat pizza with veggies and lean sausage.

"They are very excited, because they get a surprise meal every day. Their expression when they open the box is worth it. My son shows his lunch proudly to his friends, and tells that his mom made that for him."