Thursday, August 23, 2012
Birthday Treat and Review
Ahhh, the beauty of lunch is mine! I bought myself a 'Bento Colors' box from Bento & Co. for my birthday. I might not have needed an excuse to buy a new bento box but a birthday is a good one. For a long time I have passionately wanted one of these sleek boxes but kept putting it off because I didn't make many bento lunches for myself. That's changing with my new schedule and going back to school!
At first I wasn't sure what to do with three entire tiers. Filling three tiers required a new way of planning. In actuality it wasn't difficult at all and I was amazed at how much food fit into this box even though it is relatively skinny. The tier on the far right is deeper than the other two. I was delighted to be able to fit the huge cherry tomato in without having to cut it and it fit absolutely perfectly into the rounded end. The lids were a bit different from any of my other bento boxes, but I was very happy with the way that they fit and I felt that they made a good, solid seal.
In the bento: The left tier held Fuji apple slices, steamed broccoli, steamed edamame, two cherry halves, two tiny homemade vegetarian meatballs and a lemon wedge. The middle tier is stuffed with rice and topped with a sprinkling of homemade furikake. The right tier had a huge cherry tomato, potato salad with edamame and mustard seeds, steamed squash and two carrot flowers on a bed of purple cabbage.
Purple is my favorite color. You'd be surprised at how difficult it is to find purple bento boxes! Now you know why I coveted this one... The three boxes slide into the outer case very easily with guides on the inside to help. It also closes completely with little effort and fit into almost all of my bento bags. (Yes, I had to try it in all of them, just to see.) Opening it is also pretty easy although I had to use the thumb of my left hand on one side and the right hand on the other. My hands simply were not large enough to grasp the end and remove it in one fell swoop.
Overall I am just as delighted with the 'Bento Colors' box as I had hoped to be. While having an extra tier was intimidating at first, I have since fallen head over heels for the extra space. I loved carrying it and found that I didn't obsess about it falling over like I have done with other boxes. The elegant case is just perfect and beautifully streamlined. The only drawback was that my camera didn't want to take a good picture of the case - it was simply too reflective! I had to put the elephant in front to give the camera something to focus on in order to get a relatively decent picture.