Nature doesn’t have to be the only beautiful things that surround you when in the wood, at the top of a mountain or fishing with the practical and colourful outdoor accessories by Light My Fire. Their latest outdoor accessories prove to be as practical in the city as they are in the wild.
photo credits: Fancy Picnic picture from Light My Fire on Facebook
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For picnics, camping trips or to carry your lunch to the office, you will find everything that you need to eat a delicious, civilized meal with their Lunch kit or the MealKit 2.0. Continue Reading
Our round up of apple recipes continue with recipes suitable for lunch or a soup and salad dinner.
On The Side
+ Curried Apple Soup from Martha Stewart
+ Apple, Endive and Grape Salad from Martha Stewart
+ Fennel Watercress Salad with Apple Dressing from Canadian Living
+ Lemon Curry Apple Slaw from Chatelaine
+ Fall Apple Pumpkin Salad with Maple Vinaigrette from Chatelaine
+ Beet Apple Soup from Parade on Epicurious
As a Snack
+ Apple Sandwiches with Granola and Peanut Butter from Whole Foods Market
+ Apple Chips from Ricardo Larrivée
+ Apple Onion Tarts from Martha Stewart
Do not miss our Apple Recipes for Breakfast and Bunch. Come back tomorrow for the conclusion of our Apple Recipe Round-Up.
This is an adorable kitchen gadget to bring fun to a kid lunch. It is fast and easy to make dinosaur sandwiches for a kid’s lunch or to serve at a kids birthday party. The mold will produce two sandwich pieces when you use standard sandwich bread. A sandwich cutter, like this, reduces waste compared to most cookie cutters.
You can use it to easily design a superb bento box lunch such as Biggie demonstrated at Lunch in a Box. At a party, it means no fights with young kids that do not eat the crust. If you are hosting a tea party for a baby or a bridal shower, you may prefer the heart sandwich cutter.
+ DynoBytes Dinosaur Sandwich Crust Cutter $2.99 USD
+ Dino Cutter £1.99
+ Nathalie and Terra are two moms from Toronto have founded Fluf in 2005. Amongst their design products are these cute flat-pack lunch bags for kids. They hired illustrators to create drawings that kids and moms will love. $17.95 CAD. Via Babygadget
+ The refined 8 petal pinwheels designed by Twirly Whirlies could be the stars of your party. They cost between $2.70 to $3.50 each. Via Li’l Magoolie
+ It might be because I am still on my French country tableware mood but I like the French Houses wallpaper designed by illustrator Verity Kizek for Studio nommo. I feel that it is girlie without being too pink. A blue version is also available. 65,00 € /m2. Via Ohdeedoh
You should have seen my happy face when I entered Afternoon Tea, a Japanese retailer that sells adorable bento boxes and lunch accessories. Their collection includes you need and dream of to bring your lunch or go on a picnic in style. Their products are not only pretty; they are practical. Boxes come in several shaped and sizes.
I want to buy almost everything! But I will wait until the end of my trip to buy a few items. I just hope that they do not run out of stock in stores of what I want since a few items are already out of stock on their online site.
+ Go on a Picnic collection by Afternoon Tea 367 yens to 5040 yens
Carrying a tiffin box for a picnic, a camping trip or to use as a lunch box adds style to a functional item. The British Indian equivalent of the Japanese bento boxes enables you to carry the food neatly. Plus, the compartments act as serving bowls. Each tiffin is made up of four compartments and includes four metal plates.
This metal collection is hand painted by artisans from Kashmir who works from their own homes. I kind of prefer the look of Lolita for the tiffin boxes but both are beautiful. But I would select the Eva bowls and cups. The Lolita and Eva collections also include jars and trays.
Unfortunately the tiffins are out of stock at Nkuku until May 10th, 2010. If you are interested, the distributor Nkuku runs an online store that ships internationally. Nkuku is located in UK. These products are also available at selected retailers but I can’t find a list. I spot them at Not on a High Street.
+ Eva Hand-painted Tiffin by Nkuku £64.95
+ Lolita and Eva bowl £5.95
+ Eva hand-painted cup £5.95
+ Lolita Trays £22.95
+ via Poppytalk
My husband could tell you how much I love soups. I think that a hearty vegetable soup makes the perfect lunch. Plus, it is a dish that is simple to bring at the office. I love the sight of this early autumn minestrone from Jamie’s Italy. You can get the recipe online.
+ photo: Jamie Oliver
I received an email from Abe’s Market today to introduce their green and natural products marketplace. While browsing Abe’s site, I came across this complete 13-piece lunch kit. Yes, you can assemble yourself but it would save you time by getting this bundle. Plus, you are sure that things fit together.
I introduced the reusable snack bags of Plum Creek Merchantile earlier this year. You have a choice of 7 patterns for the 3-snack bag set included in the lunch kit. Each lunch set also comes with one To-Go Ware RePEaT Bamboo Utensil Set, a small and a large To-Go Ware’s stainless steel sidekick tiffins, an insulated bottle, a Klean Kanteen 12oz water bottle in a metal lunch box.
Bulk food storage bags
For shopping, remember that Plum Creek Mercantile produces bulk food storage bags with a clear window for easy identification and to write down the bin number. Besides reducing your waste, an added advantage of using the bulk food bags is that they are sized to fit a gallon jar or a quart jar. So, no more guess at the grocery store about how much you need to put inside the plastic bag.
Note that Abe’s is launching with four initial product categories – personal care, kids and baby, home, and food and beverage. They plan to expand into new categories shortly after launch. I will keep my eye open for other cool eco-friendly products.
+ Lunch Kit by Plum Creek Merchantile on sale $47.99 – $52.99 USD reg. $54-$59
+ To-Go Ware RePEaT Bamboo Utensil Set $11.95 USD
+ To-Go Ware’s stainless steel sidekick tiffins small $4.95 USD, large $5.95
+ Abe’s Market
Goop and Goob is a new baby and kids store for the modern design-conscious parents that opened in Squamish, BC. For the rest of us, we can order online with free shipping on orders over $100 (see details on their site).
Before I talk about the backpacks and lunch boxes, let me introduce a cool stroller, the Bumbleride Indie. They say on their Web site that Indie combines the off-road ability of a multi-terrain stroller with the lean agility of an urban jogger. It has a multi-adjustable reclining backrest. For added comfort, Indie comes standard with rear suspension, a height-adjustable handle, large storage basket and removable cup holder.
Back-to-School Gears for Young Kids
Since we are at the start of the school year, I am showing you their adorable insulated lunch boxes by Dante Beatrix. She designed them in heavy-duty laminated canvas for super easy cleaning and kid-proof durability. A name tag and a zipped pocket are at the back. Juju the Bettle is too cute.
Goop and Goob also carries an interesting line of backpacks that will be perfect to carry books and other school essentials. The Little Kid backpacks by Dante Beatrix are from the same collection than the lunch boxes. The penguin is one of the lovable creatures of Maakun Forest.
+ Bumbleride Indie Seagrass $599 CAD
+ Dante Beatrix Lunch Box $34.99 CAD Juju (bettle), Esther (rabbit), Fei Fei (panda), Nigel (shark)
+ Dante Beatrix Little Kid Pack-Senior Gomez $42.99 CAD
+ Bus Backpack $47.50 CAD
For when you wish to bring food that need to be kept cold or hot, Bento & Co added to their catalogue two cool products.
Bento Boxes for Kids
First, the Poka Poka Miffy set. Miffy is a popular female rabbit character from a picture kid book drawn by Dutch artist and illustrator Dick Bruna. This Bento set was designed to keep rice warm. For a breakfast on the park, you could carry warm oat meal or beans. A stainless steel Thermos box painted with Miffy, two small boxes and an insulated bag form this adorable set.
Bento Boxes for Guys
The sportive guys in your home will appreciate the Thermos Nidan set. The bento boxes are large. There is plenty of room to feed a large appetite and to leave some for his friends. Both sets are produced by Thermos.
+ Poka Poka Miffy set 34.80 EUR
+ Thermos Nidan set 25.80 EUR
There is something about bento boxes that made them desirable. We often see the same ones. So I dig to see if I could find something different. Bento & Co carries products that are normally unavailable in the North American market. In fact, I was in awe with so many products that I will do two posts.
Bento Boxes for Him
Men do not wish to bring at work the cheerful bento boxes that we typically see here. As more people are getting concern with eating healthy food, I feel there is a market for bringing lunch at work. If you do not wish to cook your own lunch, why not plan with a local caterer a week of lunch meals? Bring your Bento boxes and ask them to set up your meal by day. One the morning, you just need to grab a bag.
Bento & Co proposes stylish masculine boxes. Select from the professional-grade stainless steel Zen boxes or the classic black boxes. The elegant fake-wood boxes go inside the microwave and are dishwasher safe.
Cool Way to Carry your Bento Boxes
Bento & Co also sells kits with one or two bento boxes, a chopsticks carrier and an assorted bag. A belt is used to secure the boxes and chopsticks carrier. It is really elegant.
Another way is the furoshiki wrapping technique. Here they have done the basic wrap. The 100% cotton tea pot furoshiki looks great.
About Bento & Co
Founded by a Frenchman and his wife who lives in Kyoto, Japan, Bento & Co ships in many European countries, in Canada and in the United States. The only thing is that their site is only in French as far as I know. But there are lots of pictures for you to understand each product. They support Paypal.
+ Dragon Black box 18.80 EUR, set 31.80 EUR
+ Zen 02 41.80 EUR
+ Bento Ajira fake wood 19.80 EUR
+ Furoshiki Tea Pot wrapping fabric 5.50 EUR
+ Kimono Pink Long box 17.80 EUR, set 29.80 EUR