{Today’s Lunchbox} Friday FAQs

by Valerie on March 25, 2011 · 9 comments

Happy Friday!

First, thank you for the great comments to my guest post yesterday over at the Gluten-Free Homemaker.  Today I am discussing more tips in the second part of my post, so please stop by the Gluten-Free Homemaker

If you are visiting from GFH, thank you for stopping by and welcome!   Tuesdays and Fridays are a little different here at Today’s Lunchbox.  Usually I have a guest post or a weekend or travel lunchbox on those days, while Monday, Wednesday, Thursday are almost always my basic workday lunches.  Today, I thought I would answer a few questions:

What is the brand of your lunchbox and where can I purchase one?  Laptop Lunchbox.  Isn’t it great? They sent me one to try out for the blog, but after trying it, I would buy it myself, regardless of whether it was gifted to me.  You can purchase directly on the Laptop Lunchbox site or at these retailers.  I do not use my laptop lunchbox every day.  Here are some other containers I like to use.
laptop lunch 4 001

What is exactly is Herbamare anyways? Herbamare is a mixture of organic ground vegetables and sea salt.  I like it as an alternative to salt – it has a more complex flavor than salt, and I find it goes well with nutritional yeast. Herbamare is slightly higher in sodium than sea salt, but I find I use less when I use Herbamare.  

When you are at work, do you store your lunchboxes in a fridge? I could, but I keep most of my lunchboxes at room temperature, mainly because I happen to like eating my lunches at room temperature.  I only rarely use the microwave to reheat my lunches either.   I do keep my smoothies in the fridge at work though I usually drink those within a couple of hours of getting to the office. 

Do you only blog about lunchboxes?
Not at all.  I like to blog about a variety of topics, including mindful living, yoga, clothes, makeup, skincare – but the truth is, if I am busy, I tend to just blog my lunchboxes because I make those no matter what.
 
And that, friends, are today’s questions.  Have a great day!
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    1 Faith March 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for answering my question! Herbamare sounds delicious!

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    2 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats March 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    @Faith – you are so welcome. I was about to reply to your comment on yesterday's post to let you know I had, but you saw it before I even had to :) Herbamare is super-tasty.

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    3 ELC March 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I've heard of Herbamare before but have never tried it–intriguing!

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    4 Beth @ DiningAndDishing March 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Love how organized that lunchbox is! I have one from Easy Lunchboxes that works with a similar organization idea. It's nice to have everything compartmentalized!

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    5 Valerie March 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    it's great to see what your lunchbox choices are. I bought a bunch of extra inserts for my laptop lunch box. I pack the night before, so one set or more of inserts is always in the dishwasher. my smallest containers took awhile before their lids went on easy, and my largest ones (twice as large as the ones that come in the original pack)are still a challenge sometimes to get popped on right, but i'm hoping they'll eventually break in and play nice. i like that even if a lid's not on right and things leak, they still are in the laptop case within a cooler so there's more layers before the cooler starts leaking into my daughter's backpack, and they're space for her milk alternative drinks.

    we tried soo many things and had lids pop off and soak through her backpack. I love the laptop lunch for her school but i'll have to keep the other ones you suggested in mind for family trips too.

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    6 Elizabeth March 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Thank you so much for answering my question about the lunchbox brand and where I can get one. I immediately sent on the link to my hubby with a hint hint for my upcoming birthday. I am pleased to have found your site from the GFH and look forward to reading more.

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    7 Alisa Fleming March 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    That is so interesting about Herbamare! I assumed people used it because it was lower in salt, but it is actually higher?! So it must use sea vegetables I'm assuming.

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    8 Katelyn (new kid on the vegan block) March 26, 2011 at 3:21 am

    I see you put a link for Herbamare on Amazon, but will I be able to get it at the grocery store? I'm intrigued, guess I could order if I had to!

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    9 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats March 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    @ELC – Herbamare is a nice shortcut, plus just a tiny more complex than salt.

    @Valerie – that's good to know about the lids. Only one of mine had that issue. I had that problem with the lids of another type of lunchbox (bought at the Container Store) and putting it into the dishwasher actually made it worse, so I have never put the Laptop LUnch containers in the dishwasher, especially because our dishwasher is incredibly warm/hot and there is no way to adjust that. I wash them by hand, but to be honest, my husband washes them even more often than me.

    @Elizabeth – you are so welcome :)

    @Alisa – I know! That surprised me as well. Herbamare does contain kelp which probably explains it.

    @Katelyn – you know, I have seen it at some Whole Foods, but not all of them. I bought mine at Yes! Organic Market on U Street in Washington DC, but their selection *really* varies store to store, and frankly between my visits at the one store on U Street.I am definitely not a huge fan of Yes! but I can you can get Herbamare there.

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