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Grown-Up Lunchbox

April 24, 2009

I don’t remember much about my lunchboxes as a kid. I might have had a couple of different ones in elementary school, but since my memory doesn’t go back much further than yesterday, it’s safe to say I don’t remember them. I think most kids have fond memories of their lunchboxes and the lunches within, though.

As for me, I just decided it’s never too late to relive your childhood through lunchboxes.

At the ripe old age of 27 (quickly sliding down the hill toward 30), I bought myself a lunchbox!

I’m sure you’re picturing a pink lunchbox with My Little Ponies or Care Bears on it, but this lunchbox is different. Sophisticated, even. It’s a Laptop Lunchbox.

Laptop Lunchboxes are half grade-school lunchbox and half Japanese bento. In other words, it’s one large square outer box that contains 4 square, smaller containers. All those containers? They’re at least 60% of the reason I’m so excited about my Laptop Lunchbox. I love organizing things and those containers let me to organize my lunch! So awesome.

The other 40% of the reason I love it? It’s got me excited about lunch again! As a kid I used to loath packing my lunch (to the point where in high school I just resorted eating fries from the cafeteria every day), but now I can’t wait to pack my lunch every night and I look forward to opening it the next day. Dorky? Probably. But hey, I was never a cool kid.

I’ll be honest, my biggest concern before I bought a Laptop Lunchbox was getting enough food in there. I may be small, but I like to eat! However I’m happy to report that after using it for 2 weeks, I have not been left hungry even once.

So what kinds of stuff can you put in one of these grown-up lunchboxes? Pretty much anything you want! I often put leftovers in mine, which is a great way to use them up without having to take 47 tupperware containers to work. Here are two really lousy photos of some lunches I’ve packed (I pack my lunch the night before, so the lighting is awful):

Laptop Lunchbox
Contents: Turkey sandwich with champagne cheddar (as yummy as I predicted!), tomato and cucumber salad, a whole fuji apple sliced in half, some dark chocolate pretzels, and a little bit of peanut butter (for the apple) in the tiny container.

Contents: Leftover shrimp scampi (pasta in one container, shrimp in the other), a small salad with carrots, dressing in the tiny container, and some fresh grapes.

There are about a million other ideas for what to pack in your Laptop Lunchbox on Flickr. There’s really no limit to how creative you can be in packing the food in there. You can omit some (or all) of the containers in favor of putting food directly in the outer box, you can leave out the utensils (fork and spoon) in favor of putting extra food on the side, you can use containers within containers, etc.

Other reasons to love Laptop Lunchbox? It promotes healthier eating habits, cuts down on waste, and can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

At the risk of going on and on (and on), let’s just wrap this up by saying that the good company behind Laptop Lunchbox did not pay me or otherwise compensate me for writing this. In fact, they have no idea I’m doing it! I just love my Laptop Lunchbox so much that I thought you might want to get one for yourself, available on the Laptop Lunch website or at

Or, you know, one for your kids, if you’re too cool for a lunchbox.

  1. April 27, 2009 10:09 pm

    This reminds me of an airplane dinner because they are always packaged up in small and larger square containers that nestle together just so, with the plasticware on the side like that. Only your food looks way better.

  2. Christine permalink
    April 28, 2009 8:35 am

    You already know that I love my Laptop Lunchbox, too! I like all the little compartments and how sleek it is. It’s kind of like an Americanized version of bento.

  3. April 28, 2009 10:21 am

    I am intrigued. However, how do the plastic containers hold up in a microwave? Or is this designed more for cold foods only? Do you brush your apple with lemon when you cut it for the box?

    • The Craving Chronicles permalink*
      April 28, 2009 12:19 pm

      The containers are fine in the microwave. That’s actually another reason I like it. I can pack hot and cold things in the same lunchbox, then only microwave the containers with the hot foods. I didn’t brush that apple in the photo with lemon because it was only overnight, but I have done that before and you could certainly do that to keep the apple from browning.

  4. April 29, 2009 1:37 pm

    Beautiful photos and thanks for the great plug! Can we include them on the lunch ideas page of our Web site at I’m sure some of our visitors would love to see what you’ve done.

    I should also mention that we’re currently running an overrun special on the pink bento set. We’re offering them by the case of 24 for just $312. Our prices don’t get any better than that! (These sets are great for parties, groups, and special events.)

    Thanks for a great post!

  5. MysticSands permalink
    May 6, 2009 6:02 pm

    Bento boxes and now laptop lunchbox !

    Bento boxes are everywhere now, I love how small and cute it is and I LOVE Japanese food (and of la cuisine française)

    but as you said Bento boxes can be too small .. I’m checking up Amazon

    merci ;-)

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