Go-To Gear

More Go-To Gear from Bklyn Bento

Another Bklyn Bento product earned its Glamour Shot. (Yes. Glamour Shots® is still around.)

I usually don’t like a wooden spoon, but this one totally works for me.

I usually don’t like a wooden spoon, but this one totally works for me.

Functionally, this container does what it promises: my chili was hot four hours later and no workplace microwave was involved. Nothing leaked into my bag, and the wide opening makes both eating and cleaning hassle-free.

But what Bklyn Bento over-delivers on is handsomeness. It’s just plain cool. The lid isn’t actually wood (in my opinion, a good thing), but so natural-looking you’ll think it’s real. The black textured coating makes this a strong, dark thing of beauty—like a good cup of coffee.

And don’t forget that a hungry child gets fed when you send in a glamorous-or-not picture of your Bklyn Bento lunch gear. Yet another beautiful thing in a world that really needs it.

So, do you need a handsome, double-lined, leak-proof container to have a “better” lunch? No. A paper bag for a peanut butter sandwich (plus two vegetables, of course) will do fine. Your 15 minutes spent on your quiet dream is just as precious. But when it’s time to treat yourself to new gear—especially if you live where colder weather begs for hot lunches—don’t forget about this little guy.

Go-To Gear: GoEat™ Salt + Pepper Set


Some people buy shoes. My shopping weakness is lunch gear. Do you need a salt and pepper set for your lunch? Maybe. Do you need one that’s any fancier than this one? No.

But these little guys are so intentionally and cleverly designed, just like all the other not-cutesy stuff from Joseph Joseph. The canisters are easy to fill (and not necessarily with salt and pepper), and they stick together end-to-end like magic. Or like magnets, actually.

Being the person you want to be at lunch might mean being someone who gets spoiled a little bit sometimes. You don’t need anyone else’s permission for a little “something nice” at lunch. You’ve got You.


Go-To Gear: Bklyn Bento

It may look like just a metal box. (It is.) But after using it for the first time, I’m already in love with this particular super-cool metal food-box.

Evan Johnson Photography  has turned a product shot into a portrait. Nicely done.

Evan Johnson Photography has turned a product shot into a portrait. Nicely done.

Bkyln Bento products have everything a person could ever need or want (in a metal food-box, that is). Each is made of stainless steel and the silicone lid seals tight. It’s just a bit bigger than my other containers AND it still fits nicely in my lunch box. It’s handsome: engraved, and doesn’t come in colors that only a kid would love. It’s New York. Sigh. I [heart] New York.

But I also love that this box is made by humans who share the spirit of Box Lunch Lifestyle in two important ways:


1. Beyond making a quality product (i.e., just doing their job), they want something “better.” 



2. They’re funny.

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Love the box. Love the spirit. Already adding more Bkyln Bento stuff to my list.

Go-To Gear: LunchFox® Chill Packs

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I have an aversion towards public appliances. I don’t use workplace microwaves, and I avoid the shared refrigerator whenever possible. So I’m counting on my cold lunch food to stay cold all on its own.

Here’s what I like about LunchFox Chill Packs:

  • I can’t poke a hole in one with my fork.

  • They’re bigger than packs for kids’ lunches, so one covers my entire food container with coldness.

  • With two in a pack, one’s sure to be cold even when Tired Me forgot to put yesterday’s pack back in the freezer.

And not only are the LunchFox name and logo pretty cool, the company shares Box Lunch Lifestyle sensibilities. Which is even cooler. (Pun intended.)

Think about what you put in your lunch bag. Eat healthy foods that actually make you feel good. Eat more locally sourced, non-GMO, organic produce. And whenever possible, choose cruelty-free products. By making better choices, you can not only look and feel better, you can help change the way food is produced in the United States.
— The LunchFox Message to Friends, Family, and Customers

Go-To Gear: Cuppow! Turns Jars into Lunchboxes


Lunch practicality meets charm meets eco-friendly meets a cool name like Cuppow!

This small container rests inside any wide-mouth canning jar. It inspired Kiva to bring her lunch to work again: nuts and dried fruit in the top compartment and yogurt in the jar. Next she might try overnight oats with cream.

A quart-sized wide-mouth jar is big enough for salads or other 2-at-lunch vegetable options. Same lid, big or small jar!


Go-To Gear: Pocket-Size Salt + Pepper Shaker

As soon as black pepper is ground, it’s  “down hill from there” according to McCormick . You can replace it with  cayenne .

As soon as black pepper is ground, it’s “down hill from there” according to McCormick. You can replace it with cayenne.

I use this little guy almost every day even though I have other options—even magnetic ones! For only 99¢, this salt + pepper combo is cleverly designed and does the trick.

I bought mine at The Container Store. (So it’s also an excellent excuse to go to The Container Store.)


Go-To Gear: GoEat™ Cutlery

You need your own silverware. Don’t spoil your made-for-you food by eating it with whatever you find in the drawer at work.

Why is this option from Joseph Joseph better? It’s weighty enough without being too heavy, and the silicone is easier for me to keep clean than fabric cases. It includes a knife (that I need) and doesn’t include chopsticks (that I usually don’t need—at lunch, anyway).

Also, I have a thing for magnets. It’s weird, I know, but I love that the fork, spoon, and knife all stick together.