What's your box?

nakji
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I'll show you mine, if you show me yours! :)

I use a couple of different sets. For me, I use either a Hakoya two-level box (in ume blossom motif) that I bought at Loft last fall. Very sturdy, and I use it at least three times a week. I also have a Floream set with a keep-warm rice thermos and side dishes (that look a lot like denture cups, frankly). I use this set for warm leftovers, like mapo dofu or curry, since my workplace doesn't have a microwave.

My husband has two sets as well- one is a standard two-level rectangle box from Muji; very spare, like him. He also has a keep-warm set from Muji, which I like, because the food is kept in a plastic cup that fits inside a metal holder to keep it warm. This is more convenient than my keep-warm bottle which is all metal. Because my husband's cup is plastic, I can put the leftovers in it the night before, and then microwave it right out of the fridge the following morning before packing it in the metal cup to keep warm. Since mine is all metal, leftovers have to be stored in a separate container, heated, then transferred to the keep-warm container. Inefficient, and makes more dirty dishes.

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Basil80
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Thanks for the information/reminder about thermal boxes with microwaveable inner cups! I'll have to keep that in mind--I hate having extra dishes to do in the morning.

I hate to admit it, but I have a huge collection of stuff that I use for bento--and I've been off the bandwagon for long enough that it was starting to seem wasteful. The bento boxes I reach for all of the time are my Lock&Lock containers and my single tier black box. Pretty boring and plain, but they are so very functional! When I’m doing something “cute” or special in some way, I tend to use a Hayoka box with a frog motif or one I have with clovers on it. They’ll probably show up in the next 5 weeks of pictures, too.

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Javaman
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I just started doing bentos a couple weeks ago. I live hours and hours from anywhere I might be able to buy boxes in person, so have to rely on the internet. After several days of searching, I settled for the time being on 3-tiered tiffins for my wife and I (http://www.happytiffin.com/shop/Latch-Tiffins-Three-Tier-Tiffins/c11_5/p...). Using the bottom level for a main dish, top level for a few small sides, and the middle level for a refreezable ice pack has worked really well so far.

MinamiTanaka
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I have a two tier one with a cute pink design, and a matching single tier one with dividers as well as one of those bread boxes with the basket? I haven't worked out how to use it yet though lol. Also there is a smaller fruit box too. I have an onigiri box too. My next purchase will be a thermal box. I just love bento boxes and want a massive collection of them lol.

I'll post pics later ^^

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My favorite box is called "Kaze" (the wind) (Top :330 ml / Bottom : 450 ml).
You can see it there: http://storage.canalblog.com/33/06/496426/28782913.jpg
It's good for yakitori! and for big hunger!!!

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BarbJ
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The one I use the most is a plain single tier white locking box by a company called Asvel. I got it at a Japanese grocery store. The lid is clear so you can see inside and it has three removable sections.

But for fun I have three putifresh bentos by Lube Sheep. They are also single tier, and I love the quotes on them.

"Happy fruits is very delicious. I will eat this and will become fortunate all together!" Too cute!

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clarissa
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I haven't got a "real" bento box jet. But I recieved a mail that it is on it's way form Japan (orderd it by j-list) to me. I cannot await it to arrive.
At the moment I'm using a plain tupper (tuper?) box.

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Lorena
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I have a blue set of the Happy Balloons design from Daiso, including a two-tier box, a smaller single-tier box, a sidecar and a looks-like-it-matches 10 oz. Thermos wide mouth food jar for when I want to bring something warm, like curry, soup or chili. While I know a lot of folks are box collectors, I like having the one set because I have a small kitchen (which means little storage space) and because it forces me to clean out the bento each night when I get home from work.

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I have several boxes, including a Lube Sheep Putifresh two-tier box, a two-tier set by floream, and a natural lunch two-tier box. I also have some Lock&Lock boxes that I mix and match based on how much I want to eat. Some pictures of my boxes are on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/33851757@N02/sets/72157612329778476/

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I have several "Four Leaves Clover" boxes from Ichibankan - love them, but they are larger than I would like (although they look small - they are 490m!) I am starting to pack larger foods that are lower in calorie to take up all the space.

I found a two tier - pretty traditional one (orangish-red outside, black inside) at goodwill in perfect condition! Not sure of volume.

And my daughter bought me the cutest light blue two tier with little fish on the top for Christmas. Volume together is over 500m (again with the bulky food or just use one tier)

I forgot, I just bought another one - it's actually a toddler's snack set by Sassy. It has a divided main dish and 3 small covered containers that fit in those parts - although I don't use them that way. It, again, is kind of large for my liking, but it's made of fun bright colors!

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My first bento box arrived in the post on Monday. Its stainless steel and about as water tight as a paper bag but looks swish.

You can see it here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gilberts-Food-Equipment-Ltd-432478/dp/B0007VK0KC...

Does anyone own a big special bento box for picnics and things? I saw one in a shop today which was beautiful.

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I'm becoming an addict - I now have four boxes, and only one of them is even remotely adult looking... *sheepish grin*

I have a red Lube Sheep 2-tier box that I just got from Daiso when I was out in Vancouver for Christmas - it looks like Maki's blue dragon-fly box, but its red and has rabbits on. I also have 2 Shinzi Katoh (http://www.shinzikatoh.co.uk) boxes - a 2-tier one that's self-locking (it doesn't need a band to hold the 2 levels together) and has birds on it, and a 1-tier box with divider cups inside which has an elephant and a black cat on it. My 4th box is a snack-size Anpanman box which has an inside divider cup and a band to keep it closed. I also have to admit to owning an Anpanman cutlery set with chopsticks, and a fork and spoon that have a mini-Anpanman on the handles. You can see pics of the boxes (except the red one) here: http://bluecorona.blogspot.com/2008/10/catching-up.html

My husband - who doesn't appreciate the true funness of bento boxes - uses a 950mL lock & lock box that came with 3 inside dividers. Its a little big, even for him, but more practical because its microwaveable, and he can lift out any dividers of stuff that should be left cold before he heats up the rest of it.

-g.

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Glenda wrote:

I'm becoming an addict - I now have four boxes, and only one of them is even remotely adult looking... *sheepish grin*

I have a red Lube Sheep 2-tier box that I just got from Daiso when I was out in Vancouver for Christmas - it looks like Maki's blue dragon-fly box, but its red and has rabbits on. I also have 2 Shinzi Katoh (http://www.shinzikatoh.co.uk) boxes - a 2-tier one that's self-locking (it doesn't need a band to hold the 2 levels together) and has birds on it, and a 1-tier box with divider cups inside which has an elephant and a black cat on it. My 4th box is a snack-size Anpanman box which has an inside divider cup and a band to keep it closed. I also have to admit to owning an Anpanman cutlery set with chopsticks, and a fork and spoon that have a mini-Anpanman on the handles. You can see pics of the boxes (except the red one) here: http://bluecorona.blogspot.com/2008/10/catching-up.html

My husband - who doesn't appreciate the true funness of bento boxes - uses a 950mL lock & lock box that came with 3 inside dividers. Its a little big, even for him, but more practical because its microwaveable, and he can lift out any dividers of stuff that should be left cold before he heats up the rest of it.

-g.

LOL - OMG if you are an addict then all hope is lost for me!!!!

I have wayyyyyyyyyyyy to many boxes - including my token Sanorio ones - is there a 12 step group for those who like too many bento boxes?

Eilish

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Lorena wrote:

I have a blue set of the Happy Balloons design from Daiso, including a two-tier box, a smaller single-tier box, a sidecar and a looks-like-it-matches 10 oz. Thermos wide mouth food jar for when I want to bring something warm, like curry, soup or chili. While I know a lot of folks are box collectors, I like having the one set because I have a small kitchen (which means little storage space) and because it forces me to clean out the bento each night when I get home from work.

Yes, this is why we only have the two sets each, although it kills me not to buy more boxes! My husband is responsible for cleaning the bentos, and he'd kill me if we got more stuff.

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I have a set of lock'n'locks that came in a blue stripey thermal bag with a drink bottle. I have a tendancy to throw my bag around and was worried a "normal" bento would leak.

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As you can imagine, I have several bento boxes...(cough)

But, I've been really culling them down recently. I store most of my bento stuff in an Ikea Antonius basket unit (like the one here - just the 4-basket unit under the shelves) where I also store stuff like garbage bags, aluminum foil reserves, extra dishwashing sponges, etc. Once the bento stuff started taking over more than 2 of the baskets and pushing out the garbage bag rolls, I had to make a decision to make more room for them or trim the collection down. I decided to trim...or at least, store them somewhere out of the way...especially when I realized I really only use 4 to 5 bento boxes (3 of them the most).

My most used ones these days are:

- stainless steel box from Kobo Aizawa used here, 670ml
- lunchbox from our local supermarket chain (Migros - their Topline series) used here. The white one is about 600ml, and the small one about 300ml
- the good old Lube Sheep blue dragonfly, used here, about 500ml total I think? (I forget and am too lazy to check) This and its color variants have to be the best selling bento boxes evar.

And for the Guy I usually use the black one with the Engrish, or an Ikea 365+ box, both pictured here. He really doesn't care about bento box variety and is very attached to the black one!

At some point I would really like to upgrade to using non-plastic...or at least, get a truly practical wooden bento box. For that I think I'm going to have to go to Japan to look for myself! I might splurge on another Kobo Aizawa box too (they are not that cheap, especially when ordered from Japan). But plastic is so practical...

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I have a black mini bento box. I'm not sure how many mLs it holds, but it's definitely "mini". It's cute though. Mostly I'll be using Tupperware/Rubbermaid dishes. I'd really like to get one of the Laptop Lunch systems, but I can't decide if it's worth the price.

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I have a small (but growing) collection of boxes hehehe I just get them when I see them (be it on the internet or in a shop) however my very first box was a kids hello kitty jewelry box which I still use!
I have a couple of squeare boxes (ncluding a pokemon one) hello kitty'd head and a cinamorol, my new one which is a burger and a small 3 tier one from the japan centre :D Oh and a mini steamer I also use :D

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I'm like Maki, I have several boxes. Too many to count off the top of my head. I live a mile from a Daiso (AND it's on my ride home from work) and Ichiban-kan is a short train ride away, so it's hard to resist! I'm sure they'll all make appearances as the challenge goes on.

My most exciting purchase, though, was the Thermos Nissan All-in-One Meal Carrier. I haven't used it yet, but it's getting colder so I reckon it will come out soon.

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Daiso Lube Sheep Lunchbox Bento - Red Rabbit
In other words, a standard 2 tier bento. It has the advantage of me not having to order it from another country and pay postage. The top teir is 330 ml and the lower teir is 250ml. It's microwavable and dishwasher safe.

The creatures lunch goes in either lock and lock or one of those boxes with the bendy lids that either don't go on or don't come off.

We both have thermal lunch jars with 3 inner containers, although not for school. The creature finds them too large to transport, I find mine to large to eat. They claim to be for one person lunches, but that person must have a creature sized appatite. Is it even possible for normal humans to eat as much as a 15 year old boy?

I also have a thermos flask with decorations on it that I got for christmas. It looks about the right size for a genourous serving of soup.

Sarah
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My favorite used to be a two tiered blue polka dotted Happy Balloon box, but somebody stole it one day. My friend managed to find the box (my lunch was half eaten) but I'm pretty sure he threw the matching chopsticks away. I haven't eaten out of it since.
I don't really have a favorite any more. I have a small collection of different boxes that I like. It all depends on what I'm taking for lunch. But I have a favorite bag; it's a simple blue bandana that I tie into a bag. It's really cute and also serves as a place mat of sorts which is good because there isn't a table where I eat at school.

PK
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I have just started this project. I am trying to have a baby, so I have been focusing on my nutrition more..

Anyway, I have a Mr. Bento- I don't use it much- lots of "little cups". I have a mini-bento also from zojirushi that I use frequently. It comes in a bag, so I can put a thermos in there as well.

I have the laptop lunchbox (which I use occasionally) but also have the laptop 2.0 which I like better- especially for side dishes, sauces and my vitamin supplements! I have a couple of sandwich boxes and a wrapnmat (which isn't really a "box").

So I have mostly thermal jars and sandwich boxes. Am looking to buy my first real 'bento' soon. Anyone suggest one in a larger size (am sure I will be ravenous when my pregnancy progresses!)

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Hmm well I have quite a lot of boxes, but I don't really use all of them.

When I first started bentoing I used an Ikea box like Maki's, but it proved to be incredibly impractical when stuffed into my bag, since I had to tilt it vertically up to fit. Then I switched to two regular tupperware boxes (about 450ml each) which I alternated. Then I got a really huge box from my neighbour, so I use it for onigiri mainly cos everything else just jiggles around.

Currently I use three boxes most regularly:

- The regular tupperware
- A set from Tiger, with a keep warm rice container and two boxes for side dishes (bit too high capacity for my liking, and not very practical. I have yet to work out how to use it efficiently)
- A 2-tier from Lock and Lock (350ml each tier) I got for Christmas :D One of them is separated into three sections, but I'm kind of bummed because the partitions are fixed and they don't really suit the ratio of food I've got so eh. Maybe the simplest boxes are the best ones ;)

I also have a thermos set with what seems to be a container for rice, one for side dishes and one for soup, but I'm not sure because everything is written in Japanese ^^' I don't use it though, it's rather too bulky for my liking. And actually, I kind of like eating my bentos at room temperature ^_^

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I have 2 of the 2-tier natural lunch boxes..and today at Target i got these snapware containers on clearance.. (on the row with the sewing stuff) that are 2 tier and can be joined with other identical containers these I will use on days I bring a salad because of their size...

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I have this bento: http://www.flickr.com/photos/air_is/2243991701/ (note: that's not my flickr) :)
I only have the one because I don't make bento very often.

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haha that's the exact same one I have. :o

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Several boxes

I have 5 boxes, and no ready access to more, which is probably a very good thing!

Urara Blue Dragonfly 2-tier box
Muji 2-tier box
Femmio Valentino 1-tier
1-tier onigiri box (no idea what brand)
3-tier box (no idea what brand)

I purchased the Urara one on the day I found out about bento, and it came with a kinchaku & chopsticks, but alas, no belt. I later purchased a matching belt off eBay but lost it! ARGH! The others were all purchased last year in Singapore while we were on holiday. I made a beeline for Daiso, and got WAY too much stuff, a lot of which I thought I would use but rarely gets an outing. The Muji box was a last minute find on our last day in S'pore. I love this box so much, it's just white, very simple, elegant and modern. I wish the onigiri box had another tier so I would use it more often. I have really simplified how I made bento these days, and onigiri aren't often on the menu anymore.

I am going to a music conference in Osaka in August 2010, so I'm going with an empty suitcase. :)

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I have a few two-tier Lube Sheep boxes, a two-tier jumping rabbit box, a one-tier grape puti-fresh, a MonoKuRo Boo child's box, three Clickety-Click snack boxes, a metal three-tier tiffin, and several laptop lunchboxes. It never seemed like I had that many bentos until I wrote it all out! I took a visual inventory today (still having fun with a new camera). You can see them here: http://vegetusmaximus.blogspot.com/2009/01/bento-booty.html

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I am just starting out so right now my bento box is a 600ml square lock & lock container. I may upgrade to something nicer once I have started using the box and hopefully by then I will also know what kind of bento box would work better for me.

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I have a ginormous Hello Kitty three tier box. It's too big for normal food so I only use it if I'm going to stuff an entire layer with salad.

I've also got a selection of basic Tupperware-style lunch boxes which are pressed into service most days. Still, I crave something cuter!

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Devita
Re: What's your box?

harganya berapa itu,??
barangnya masih ada gak,???

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I'm using mostly a lock & lock box, and smaller ones for my girls' snacks. I don't know if I'll switch to a real bento, because i also feel my box gets knocked around too much.

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I started a spreadsheet with the names/descriptions and approximate volume measure of my boxes. Guess I will confirm these measurements as I go on to make it easier to select what I need.

Eilish

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I save the take-out boxes from when I eat out (and I save my friends' take-out boxes as well). They work great, they're a good size for me currently, though I suspect I'll want somewhat smaller containers as time goes by and my appetite becomes more moderate.

However, I spend HOURS lusting over pretty boxes, like those on JBOX, and some of the gorgeous ones linked off JB (like the elmwood one, and the persimmon-lacquered one). I'm particularly in love with any Totoro-related bento box, especially that fancy square red-laquered party bento box. *swoon*

Someday.

Actually, I kicked myself after Christmas this year: in my family we like to pass around wish-lists, and I didn't put anything bento on my list! At all! What's WRONG with me?! So, I just put a reminder in my PDA so I'll remember to put a Totoro-box on next year's list ;-)

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My roommate just went to Los Angeles and she and her daughter looked EVERYWHERE for a bento box for me. No such luck

Guess I'm doing the whole rubbermaid thing still.

*debates starting on her onigiri for the week as she feels better with that diet.*

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Re: What's your box?

I actually am in the process of downsizing my boxes as I got a wee bit too overenthusiastic and have about 12 different ones now with around two dozen bags/carrying cases. The one I use the most is a Zojirushi Ms. Bento. It's just so convenient, and I love that I can bring along a small bit of soup with each meal. My other two that I use the most are a small Totoro single tier with snaptight lid and a plastic, wood-grained onigiri container with a modest rabbit and flower design.

MeanBean
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Hello,

I have been thinking about getting a Zojirushi Classic Bento, but am very interested in your opinion about how bulky these are (can you just put the jar in a back-pack?). How leak-proof are these, and how break-resistent are the latches?

Any thoughts and/or comments would be much appreciated!

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MeanBean wrote:

Hello,

I have been thinking about getting a Zojirushi Classic Bento, but am very interested in your opinion about how bulky these are (can you just put the jar in a back-pack?). How leak-proof are these, and how break-resistent are the latches?

Any thoughts and/or comments would be much appreciated!

Hello MeanBean

Are you enquiring about the Zojirushi lunch jars?

These are a bit on the bulky side (there are smaller kinds available but they house smaller portions) but they will fit into most backpacks.

The contents can leak, generally they don't but it does happen occasionally. This isn't a problem though as the outer cannister contains any inner leaks very well. I've never ever had a problem with the contents spilling out of the outer container. It's very secure.
I've also never had a problem with the outer clasps, they're very sturdy. The biggest 'problem' is avoiding losing the chopsticks and their container. They are extremely well made.

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My husband got me the laptop lunch system for christmas. I really like it, helps control my portion sizes and I just like opening it up and seeing all the cheery colours (I have the primary one). I like that the utensils are right there so I don't have to fight other people for the few utensils that exist in the kitchen at work. Mine has a carry case that can fit a drink bottle on the side, or I just put a granola bar there instead, as I only drink water at work. My only gripe would be that I'd like a lid on one of the smaller containers as well. I usually put my yogurt in the smaller container and have to cover it in plastic wrap.

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I have a few boxes, (I think maybe... around 6 of them, plus a few side containers and 2 sandwich boxes.) but my favorite boxes are actually both of my one-tier boxes. When I first got into bento-making I insisted on having a 3-tiered box, though now it's something I hardly ever use. My 1-tier boxes are a yellow Happy Balloon box (480ml) and a blue Feeling A Season box (560), which both hold about the right amount of food for my lunches. I guess it just seems easier for me to eat out of a 1-tier box as I usually end up eating off my lap, and not having to do more dishes is always a plus ^^

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Oh, too many probably!

These were new for Christmas. The photo is the man-sized one. I also have the smaller one, and used it today: http://www.flickr.com/photos/astrogirl/3192336806/

The man and I each have a Mr. Bento.

We have two of these: http://www.flickr.com/photos/astrogirl/2214207123/ (the other is black).

The first ones I bought turned out to be huge flat boxes of just one layer. They have a divided tray inside. I have not used them for any lunches as yet, so I do not have photographs of them.

I bought some lock-and-lock stuff with compartments intending to use them for lunches, but I've just been using them for food storage, not bento.

I also bought a Fit and Fresh fruit/veg/dip thing at Xmas: http://www.amazon.com/Fit-Fresh-Fruit-Veggie-Bowl/dp/B000OFYV10/ I have not used it yet. I'm really thinking that fruit with yogurt in the middle is a likely use of this. Or veggies with a dip, I guess, but for some reason, I'm holding out for fruit!

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Have quite a few bento boxes from Ichibankan (love that store!). I have a Tenmari lunchbox, 1 tier. 1 Lube Sheep bento, with bunnies on it. Also have a Putifresh box with apples on it, and last but not least a Baby Zoo lunchbox. I am working on getting a Mr. Bento of some sort to house soups and warm foods but they're a bit expensive for me now..

Sakura
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Re: What's your box?

I only have two real bento boxes. I simply can't get any where I live, and posting costs for them are usually a bit high. So I only bought those two.

Both are 2 tier, one is of normal size, red lid with sakura blossoms and butterflies. I use this one mostly, especially for bentos for my boyfriend.
The second one is rather small, meant for a kid I guess, but it's nice for snack bentos. It's black with the same blossoms and butterflies as the other, but with clasps on the sides instead of the usual strap. Rather practical that method.

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I have a few boxes but one the same as this is my fav:
http://cache.wists.com/thumbnails/7/89/789e923d636822ad51b54a648c283381-...

I use it most days, but I have been using a lock and lock tub for the past few days as it's easier to put salad into.

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Re: What's your box?

I haven't broken down yet and bought an actual Bento box. I'm using a lock & lock set that I picked up at Wal-Mart.

SewingDiva
Bento-ing from: Westwood › Massachusetts › USA
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Ikea has some new boxes that are working well for us. They are made from ploycarbonate and are dishwasher/microwave safe and there is a vent at the top for hot foods. The best part is that there are smaller containers in the series that fit neatly into them, and these are interchangable between the boxes. The lids are clear and there is a rubber seal all around that is really tight.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50114141

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40113203

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90113192

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roselette23
Bento-ing from: ATL › Georgia › USA
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I have several, but there are two that I use most often. One of them is an oval wooden two-tier with tiny pink flowers on the top. The other is a Shinzi Katoh onigiri box: ladybug on a leaf. I use the onigiri box for a mid-morning snack and the other for lunch.

The wooden box is really great for keeping warm food without it getting soggy from the condensation. I held back on an onigiri box for a long time, but I really like it. It holds a lot more than I thought it would, and I love the way the onigiri fit perfectly inside. The wooden box was purchased on e-bay and the other from an amazon seller.

Loretta
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Re: What's your box?

It's lovely to see what a variety of boxes work for people!

I use a Zojirushi Hot Style stainless lunch jar. It's insulated with three layers (including one for soup)
http://www.zojirushi.com/ourproducts/lunchjars/sl_xb.html but with black bowls inside

My husband hates fiddling with compartments and prefers his food all lumped together. So his lunch doesn't include the miso soup and he eats his from this older model Thermos lunchbox:
http://www.thermos.jp/Products/freshlunch/images_products/dbc502_s_l.jpg
It's a nice simple metal box with a plastic inner lid and a blue thermal sleeve. Very easy to clean. Both were bought in Japan, even MrBentos aren't easily available in the UK.

I'd love to get a wooden box for onigiri.

MeanBean
Re: What's your box?

I have been thinking about purchasing either a Zojirushi jar (the Classic Bento: http://www.zojirushi.com/products/slgre), or I found the thermos bento (here: http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/all-zakka/item/dbs901w_s/), but am not sure which one to get! Since you happen to have both, I would love to hear your comments.

Is the Zojirushi too large? I would like something a little smaller for carrying purposes. I'm also not sure if the sight for the Thermos brand I linked above is legit., but I think that would be my ideal bento. Any comments on leakage of the thermos bento?

calamari
Bento-ing from: Severna Park › Maryland › USA
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Re: What's your box?

I use a Rubbermaid, not gonna lie ^_^
But, well, I live in the East and the only bento box I'm going to get will be imported, from Japan, for way too much money for my slender purse. With my Rubbermaid, I have three boxes for three dollars, and the perfect size. What I like the best about them is that they're one-tier, but have two sections. I don't like the sauce leaking out from my food and making rice all soggy, since I'm a purist (haha, Caucasian Japanese food purist, what an oxymoron) and I eat my bentos with chopsticks (and chopsticks and soggy rice do not mix AT ALL). They're all a kind of boring translucent white, but I cover them up with furoshiki every day anyway. And I never have any issues with plastic-tasting food!

Loretta
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Re: What's your box?
calamari wrote:

(haha, Caucasian Japanese food purist, what an oxymoron)

I don't think you'll find many people posting here who would agree that this is a ridiculous concept.
Japan has its fair share of connoisseurs of French and Italian (and pretty much every example of Western cooking styles, there's a restaurant in Ginza which makes better paella than most Spanish restaurants - they have a Valencian award to prove it) and some of the world's top sommeliers.
Why shouldn't you, or anyone who wasn't born in Japan, be able to appreciate Japanese food and feel able to reject some of the hideous 'fusion' concoctions that pass for Japanese cuisine. Don't get me started with the Wagamama chain... :(

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