Lunch Box News
When I first started working in an office full-time, my favorite part of the day was walking around Midtown Manhattan and marveling at the food choices available to me. Within a three-block radius, there were more than 20 eateries from which I could buy breakfast, lunch, or coffee – and for my first few weeks on the job, that’s precisely what I did.
I’d start each day with a pit stop at the nearby Starbucks for a morning latte. At lunchtime, I’d wander into a different deli or to-go cafe and buy whatever tempted me – sometimes soup, sometimes salad, and sometimes both.
After about a month of treating myself to store-bought coffee and prepared lunches, I got my first credit card bill since starting my job, and it was a real eye-opener. I discovered that over the course of just three to four weeks, I’d managed to spend nearly $200 on food and beverages alone.
From that moment on, I changed my ways. Instead of buying lunch every day, I packed my own soup or sandwich and brought it with me to work four days per week. I allowed myself one treat day a week, where I’d purchase something fresh or go out to lunch with coworkers to socialize and commiserate. Read more...
Bento lunches are great. They give the opportunity for you to pack anything you want. Some people just use leftovers. Others find creative ways to make food look really fun and cute, as is the case with this Mickey Mouse Bento Lunch for Halloween. Here’s how to make it.
Mickey Mouse sandwich with ham.
Trail mix candy corn
Green jello slime with mini chocolate chips
Salad with Mickey Tommy tomatoes, RIP mini Babybel, Colby Jack Cheese flower(snack cheese
Here's our My Little Pony - Alicorn - Metal Lunch Box with color splash filter for Instagram. The real lunch box has full color artwork.
I vividly remember the politics of my school cafeteria. Lines were drawn as to who sat with whom and at which table, and every day, we judged what was inside each other’s lunch boxes.
Two decades ago, bland was better: cold-cut sandwiches, soup from a can or a pack of Lunchables were benign and therefore acceptable. Most of the foods that I love – curries with aromatic spices, slow-cooked pork hocks, or Chinese sausage with rice – were deemed, well, gross.
But with every passing year, the country is becoming more culturally diverse, bringing the lunchbox along with it. Canada welcomed more than 250,000 immigrants in 2009, compared to just under 190,000 a decade before. In Toronto, 51 per cent of the city’s 2.7 million residents were born in another country, and newcomers settle everywhere from the prairies to the Maritimes. The 2011 census reported more than 200 different languages spoken at home. Read More...
We’ve already tried the hot pastrami sandwich from Deli & Dogz (which used to be called Katz & Dogs, until Katz’s Deli objected). Next up was the corned beef sammie.
Deli & Dogz charged $12 for the sandwich, but it was piled high with meat, and came with a pickle and side of cole slaw, potato salad or macaroni salad.
We were thinking of getting 1/2 sandwich, a knish and a soda for $11.75, but were a little disappointed they only had those square potato knishes. Last time we went to Deli & Dogz, they had kasha knishes, but not anymore. You can see their ful... Read more
I always bring my lunch from home to work and I always have. Growing up, I brought my lunch to school pretty much every day, even when I was in college. I was never a fan of school cafeteria lunch so I grew accustomed to making and packing my lunch at home and bringing it along with me. Buying lunch, especially in NYC, gets expensive and I rather save the money I would have spent on lunch and put it toward something else. However, making lunch for each day requires a tiny bit of effort, but I promise anyone can do it. Here’s a lazy girl’s guide to bringing lunch to work!
First things first, buy yourself a lunch box. This way all your food is in one bag and if something spills/leaks it won’t ruin all your stuff. Then buy the appropriate containers and Tupperware. There are containers these days to hold everything from soup to salad dressing to cereal. You definitely don’t want your handcrafted lunch getting smushed on your way to work! Read more...
How to play: The chairs are arranged in a circle, facing outwards, with the players standing outside of the circle. Once the music starts, players begin walking around the circle. When the music stops, the players must sit in a chair as fast as they can. The person left standing is out of the game, one more chair is removed and the game continues.
The rules: Any pushing or shoving by players to get to a chair when the music stops will result in that player leaving the game.
How to win: Be the last person left sitting.
What else you need to know: Chairs also can be set up back to back, forming a double line, facing outwards. In another variation, you can play this game without chairs - the last person to sit down on the ground or floor is eliminated.
But instead of relaxing in the backyard over glasses of wine while the kids swarm the swing set, you keep having to get up and police.
Grrrr. Why can't they just get along?! Can't they see Mommy is socializing???
The good news is if you invest some time teaching the kids how to work things out, you may be able to get your dream afternoon back -- at some point in the future, says developmental psychologist Nancy S. Buck, Ph.D and founder of Peaceful Parenting Inc.
Make a playdate plan with your child in advance.
"Ask her to imagine it and tell you the story of how it will go, so she has a sense of creating the plan," Buck says. "Ask, 'how shall we handle it if there's a disagreement?' Listen to her idea, and if it's too 'magical' give her a reasonable solution." Read more...