I was very pleased to receive a new bento box to try out from the lovely people at Laptop Lunches recently. I should say kit really, because in addition to the box itself, it also came with a set of inner containers, cutlery (spoon and fork) and a gorgeous lunch bag to put it all in.
I've wanted a Laptop Lunches box for a long time, but because they are a US based company I didn't want to pay out for international delivery. As of this week however, they are now available to buy through Amazon in the UK! This is great news for those of us who frequently find ourselves frustrated by the lack of bento supplies here in the UK.
The set that we received was the Galaxy Bento System 2.0. The lunch bag is insulated, patterned with a really cute alien/space design and seems to be really good quality. The bag is slightly wider than the lunch box, leaving space for a small drinks bottle or carton of juice. It has a net pocket inside (which is handy for sticking in an ice-pack or two), a zip pocket on the front and an adjustable shoulder strap.
Here's a picture of the inside of the lunch bag - I popped in a couple of mini ice packs and a carton of smoothie along with the lunch box to demonstrate the sizing.
Small Child loved the lunchbox the minute he saw it, and wanted me to make his lunch in it at the first available opportunity. Despite the fact that we were still in the middle of the summer holidays, I used it to serve up his lunch the very next day, if only because I wanted to play with it too!
In his lunch Small Child had dinosaur shaped tortilla crisps (a tutorial to make tortilla crisps can be found here), a silicone cup with garlic and herb Philadelphia cheese to spread on them, a hard boiled egg shaped like a fish (this was my first attempt at using my new egg moulds; I used a medium sized egg which was a little too small so it wasn't quite as detailed as it should have been), cucumber wedges topped with alphabet picks and some fruit (fresh pineapple chunks and raspberries), decorated with a leaf pick.
I finished the lunch off with a wooden dinosaur cupcake pick to decorate.
As you can see from my pictures, this box comes with 4 main inner containers. It also has a smaller lidded container (not shown) which is the perfect size for a portion of sauce or salad dressing, which will no doubt make an appearance in future lunches that I make. Two of the main containers also come with lids, which is really handy for keeping any 'wet' foods separate from the dry and avoiding leakage. I've shown the same lunch with the lids on below.
The containers are taller than I expected; they can hold a really decent portion of food. Because of the compartmentalised design, with a bit of clever packing this box would be really good for portion sizes suiting a whole range of appetites. This means that I will be likely to use it for years to come, adding more food to the lunches I make as Small Child grows. I'm even tempted to get another one for myself! The boxes come in range of colours and designs, and replacement parts such as the inner containers are available too.
There is a separate compartment on the side for cutlery (as I mentioned before, the kit came with a stainless steel spoon and fork, which are really great quality), into which I popped a small knife for spreading the cheese (this was my own knife, not a part of the kit). I've shown this compartment in the close-up picture below; it's also the perfect size to hold a yoghurt tube.
The only downside to the box that I can see is the number of parts to it. All of the containers are removable, which makes a little more of extra work when washing up (they are dishwasher safe though, so no extra effort for those of you with dishwashers!), and also there is the potential that they could get lost at school.
Thankfully for me, I have a very careful child, who only lost one food pick in the entire school year (fingers crossed this trend will continue!), so I don't anticipate this being a problem for us. This is a very small downside really, and on a more positive note the fact that they are removable does mean that the box can be easily be thoroughly cleaned.
Another positive to the removability is the fact that the containers are microwave safe (minus the lids), so you could heat up a portion of food in one compartment whilst leaving cold foods in the others.
In short, I am absolutely delighted with our Laptop Lunches bento kit, and anticipate using it a lot over the next few years. All of the components seem to be made to a really high quality, the lunchbox holds a decent amount of food and Small Child absolutely loves the alien design on the lunch bag.
You can now buy the boxes and kits through Amazon! Click here to see all of the Laptop Lunches products that are available from the Amazon UK site or click on the pictures of some of the individual items that I've shown below.
Disclaimer; I received a free bento kit for the purposes of carrying out this review, however all opinions expressed in this post are my own. I have no affiliation to Laptop Lunches, and was not otherwise compensated for this review.
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