Better Than Brown-Bagging: 15 Cute Adult Lunch Boxes You’ll Love

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Just last week, I was on my way to work when I reached into my bag to get a water bottle. But instead of finding my water bottle, I found the salad that I had packed for lunch. Everywhere. The Tupperware that I put it in had opened in my bag, and there was kale and avocado covering everything.

As I rinsed salad dressing off all my belongings, I internally kicked myself for my vanity. You see, the idea of brown-bagging — or worse, plastic-grocery-bagging — my lunch every day makes me cringe. Ditto with the L.L. Bean monogrammed lunch boxes that my grandmother bought me in grade school. But I desperately needed something that would prevent accidents like this from ruining yet another bag. So I started looking for the perfect lunch box, and believe me, there are a ton of options. Below, find 15 adult lunch boxes that will make your sandwich look just a little more sophisticated.

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First Bite: Hai Street Kitchen & Co.

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I did not make it to Hai Street Kitchen & Co. yesterday for the free maki rolls. However, occasional Foobooz contributor Fidel Gastro did brave the line. Check out his story on the line and the roll on his own blog.

Today, curiosity was too much to resist, even at 1:10 p.m. when the line stretched beyond the front door. Nineteen minutes later I had my custom roll and headed back to the office to critique and eat.

I went with a custom roll of flank steak (it was pink in the center of the slices and just looked too good to pass up), spicy gochujang sauce, wasabi guacamole sauce, romaine, carrot and red cabbage. It was finished with a shaker shake of fried garlic flakes. The roll was $8.99 for the steak plus another 99¢ for the wasabi guac.

The taste test

CoZara Is Now Open for Lunch

Photo by Kyle Born

Photo by Kyle Born

Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka’s recently opened coZara at 33rd and Chestnut Streets is now open for lunch. The 140-seat restaurant is offering Japanese izakaya dishes like:

  • Maki wraps – Burrito sized wraps of soy paper and rice filled with spicy shrimp and Eel, salmon teriyaki and a mushroom with soy butter
  • Ramen – Shoyu (chicken thigh, shoyu egg, bok choy) and Paitan (pork belly, shoyu egg, black garlic oil)
  • Plates – Complete meal with entree choice of miso glazed salmon, chicken yakitoriand more, all served with rice, house salad with ginger dressing, edamame, pickled vegetable and miso soup.
  • Rice Bowls – Una Don (barbecue eel), Hawaiian Poke Don (Dashi-soy braised chicken) and Katsu Don (Dashi-soy braised Panko crusted pork)

coZara Lunch Menu (PDF)

coZara [Foobooz]

Video: Why You Really Shouldn’t Eat Lunch at Your Desk Today

On a typical work day, my lunch break looks like this: Me, hunched over my desk, shoveling some sort of salad/wrap/quinoa concoction into my mouth with my right hand while very inefficiently typing with my left hand. It’s not that I can’t leave my desk during lunch. But the weather has been so miserable for the past five months, that venturing outside for lunch simply wasn’t an option. Plus, why go somewhere else when my desk chair is comfortable enough? Well, here’s why: According to this video posted by The Atlantic, eating lunch in your lonely cubicle, day after day, isn’t just sad, it’s also bad for your health.

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Dining Out for Life Food Truck Round-Up

dining out for lifeDining Out for Life is just under three weeks away and in addition to all the restaurants donating 33% of all proceeds to AIDS related charities, Philadelphia food trucks are hosting a round-up.

More than ten food trucks will descend on 13th and Locust between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24th where they will be offering lunch and helping a good cause.

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Philly Wine Week: Day 2

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What better way to kick off Philly Wine Week than with Georges Perrier opening a bottle of champagne with a sabre. And that’s exactly how Philadelphia’s first ever wine week started.

Today sees more fun as Jet Wine Bar kicks off its local lunch and local wine series. All week, Alla Spina is pouring Karamoor Estates wine on tap. This evening they’ll have Kevin Robinson from Karamoor in the building from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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Sabrina’s Opens on the Main Line

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Sabrina’s has opened another outpost of its popular cafe in Wynnewood. The Main Line location is located in the former home of Sam’s Grill in the Wynnewood Shopping Center. It is the fourth location for Sabrina’s, which has locations in South Philadelphia, Fairmount and on Drexel’s campus.

The menu is the same as the other locations.

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