Artisan Bento opened a few months ago in Banker’s Hill, specializing in healthy gourmet bento boxes using local and seasonal ingredients.

The restaurant space is fairly small, with a few tables inside and a bar area, and a few more table options outside.

The menu offers bento boxes, bowls, bao buns and some small bites.

Here are some of the options in their display case:

Chicken Meatball & Edamame Bao Buns

This French toast grilled cheese sandwich makes a delicious breakfast: thick slices of French toast, melted cheese and crispy bacon. And some syrup to tie it all together.

As you can tell, I’m on a French toast kick. After making my French toast pull apart muffins, about half a dozen other French toast recipes popped into my head. I immediately had to go out to buy more bread.

So I don’t usually like to rant too much about personal things on the blog, but I feel the need to vent a little. I’m not a fan of HOA’s. I hope I’m not offending anyone. I understand it in theory, but I hate having to pay a fee every month and then having my property policed. And every time I get a notice, it’s for something small and in my opinion, none of their business and not something that would “bring down the property value of the community.”

These French toast muffins are so cute and make a fun breakfast or brunch.

They are easier to cook than regular French toast since you let the oven do the cooking for you and you can pull them apart, piece by piece.

I’ve got brunch on my mind. After finishing my taxes, I just want it to be the weekend. But even on the weekends, we haven’t had time to have a leisurely brunch lately. Anyone else feel unusually busy this year? Since January, we’ve been nothing but busy busy busy. I keep waiting for a lull, but I don’t see one coming. Maybe June?