Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I'm not sure why he picked it up, but Oliver says "Luncsh". It's one of his favorite words and it means "meal" more than lunch specifically. But he also says "nack" and understands that a snack is sort of like a mini-Lunch.

We share an affinity for lunch, Oliver and I. Dad likes to tell stories about taking Kud and I to work and shortly after arriving we would (or was it just me?) ask, "is it lunch time yet?" I get to pick when I eat now, being a grown-up and all, but I still like lunch quite well. And, specifically, lunch pails. I just got Oliver a new lunch pail (ridiculous really - it's supposed to be for school age kids). But it's this super cool Obento style box made by Goodbyn. It's awesome! It's BPA-free, has little sealing compartments so you don't need baggies or other containers, it's made from recycled materials in Michigan, and owned by a Seattle group. Good stuff.

I wish I was a product tester. Kud is a product tester of cool and practical things like boots, tents, packs, performance clothes. I wish I was a lunch pail tester (and a cloth diaper tester, but that's another post and story, I think). I kinda collect lunch pails, see. And I'm definitely into the no- or low-waste lunch, but for some reason, lunch boxes just call to me. And this is my photo gallery of Lunch Love:

My Lil Oscar! I searched high and low until I found one in the Soo Goodwill

Good ole fashioned lunch pail and thermos. Just like Dad's. Snatched up at the Bank Building Antique Mall.

My Tiffin! A present from Darling.

My Obento box and sack - an Ebay find.

Ahh, Kud's and my lunch pails boxes from yesteryear. I actually sold mine at my parents' garage sale years ago and instantly wanted it back. So Darling found me another one in Aberdeen. It used to belong to Sherry Blondeau. Says so on the front. I need to have Mum write BASTONE across the inside. Like mine used to say. Like Kud's still does.

Oliver's lunch sack! A gift from Auntie Karleen.

By the way, there is a great website: Reusable Bags that has a fantastic selection of no- or low-waste lunch solutions. Pails, tiffins, boxes, bags, snack sacks, drink bottles... *sigh* a veritable lunch-pail-tester's heaven.

What are you toting your lunch in?


  1. Amy- you're so eloquent and witty in your posts-- I enjoy them! Your old school lunch boxes bring back memories!! I think I might have had the same strawberry shortcake one...ahh...the good old days...And my dad carried a lunch box exactly like the antique one above for 30 years!!! Good stuff.

  2. Now, see, the difference is that you don't miss your SS lunch box enough to get another one... I see that this is where my pack-rat-ism stems from, but I don't know how to squelch it!

  3. The Peanuts product is not a lunch "pail," it's a lunch BOX. Lunchbox. I'm glad to see it's made it into the lunch museum. It'll receive proper care and conservation there.
    Please adjust the exhibit label to reflect its proper name: lunchbox.

  4. DULY NOTED! What are you currently using for a lunch BOX?

  5. I love lunch too! My two favorites are my 2 compartment tiffen and the lunch bag you made me.
    I once stumbled across this website, she doens't update much anymore but has some cool lunch ideas (and containters) in the archives. She also has some cool links to websites that sell various containers. Some obento style.

  6. Well, since I work from home, I rarely need to carry my lunch around. I just mosey into the kitchen and put my vittles on a plate. But, I really like putting napkins into Ben's lunch sack. I think napkins are fun, and important in a basic hygiene kind of way, especially when you eat at your desk, where your colleagues can see you--you don't want to be found with spaghetti sauce on your nose. So I like to tuck a pretty little cloth napkin in with Ben's food (he makes his own lunch, I just add it as a stowaway.)

  7. Geez, what gives?? Where's my Igloo? so left out...

  8. Yeah, about the Igloo... well, you seemed to be shunning the whole blog thing so I didn't think you cared, I guess. Will make note to self.