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Re: Where do you buy your bento gear from?

Postby veganf » Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:56 am

slysimpson wrote:really you only need one, right? :)


No way! I need one per family member, per day, and double that to account for dishwashing/lost-in-car/left-at-school, and a few extra in case they get misplaced...so at least a dozen...so I guess I don't need any more! Wait, no that can't be right! ;)
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Re: Where do you buy your bento gear from?

Postby djuna » Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:41 pm

I'm in Seattle, which is good for buying boxes and accessories.

I've hit the Daiso in Westlake Center downtown; Uwajimaya in the International District; and H Mart in Lynwood. I've also been to the Ichiban Kan in Japantown in SF, and I've bought over the internet from Sugar Charms and from various Ebay sellers.
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Re: Where do you buy your bento gear from?

Postby www.happyjapan.net » Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:23 pm

Hi Everybody,

I posted this in the Best Online Sources thread of the Marketplace section too, but I wanted to offer Lunch In a Box members a special 20% off your total order (excludes shipping) as part of our grand opening! Simply enter the code LUNCHINABOX in the appropriate area during checkout. Also orders of $100 or more recieve free ground UPS shipping.

Let me know if you guys have any questions.

Thanks so much,
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Re: Where do you buy your bento gear from?

Postby Pangolin » Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:42 pm

I've bought Lock&Locks at Target and Meijer.

Here in Columbus, Ohio there are a few asian groceries that carry a few (very limited selection) bento items. (But a great variety of asian food stuffs!)

We got three of the four Mr. Bentos that we've bought from Amazon.

My father-in-law got me a tiger bento (black containers and gray case) that has a rice bowl and two little lock&lock-type boxes in it from veryasia.com. I think it's really cute without being too "cutesy" or "girly". (Pink just isn't my thing!) He was so amazed how happy I got when I unwrapped it during the holidays.

I have gotten a couple things from the ebay Bento Obento Shop, the Hello Kitty furikake containers I got were actually much better quality and solid than I thought they would be. (okay, maybe pink is my thing occasionally...)

Our silicone baking cups came from Michael's and Joann's in their Wilton cake decorating isles - these were cool because they came in a variety of colors and shapes. Aside from just using them to keep food apart, I've also made Jell-o in them.

Our chopsticks break down to pack small, and they have two sets of tips - one for regular food and one for sushi. They are plastic, but they really do feel okay in your hand, they came from iawareables.com.
When it comes to other silverware, my husband likes the spork that came with the Mr. Bento. I bought a couple sets of the little kids spoon/fork sets at Target for $1 and they fit fine in my hands, plus they pack in a small space. (Note:my hands are smaller than most adults!)

I've repurposed a few things as well:
--the plastic film canisters (I know, almost extinct) are water/air-tight and work well for just a little salad dressing or sauce, they would work well for furikake too.
--the plastic sheets that come in packages of lox work great as food dividers, and you can cut them into any shape you want, and not worry about one getting thrown away or lost. (They will last FOREVER! My dad cuts these up and uses them as plant tags in the yard - he's had some of the same ones out there for at least 10 years exposed to the elements, so I'd bet they'd hold up in a lunchbox pretty well!)
--the little round 3oz lock&locks can replace the top Mr. Bento container if there is something liquidy (like salad dressing) you want to be sure won't spill.
--some of the bottles & containers intended for travel in Dop kits have tight fitting lids that work well too - I've bought these a bunch of places - dollar store, Target, grocery store.
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Re: Where do you buy your bento gear from?

Postby Biggie » Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:52 pm

www.happyjapan.net wrote:I wanted to offer Lunch In a Box members a special 20% off your total order (excludes shipping) as part of our grand opening! Simply enter the code LUNCHINABOX in the appropriate area during checkout. Also orders of $100 or more recieve free ground UPS shipping.

Thanks for the 20% off coupon code, Happy Japan! You've got some cute stuff on your site. One thing you might consider, though, would be listing the total capacity (in ml) of each box so that people can gauge the size before ordering -- I think that'd help with sales. My post on choosing the right size bento box has guidelines by age/gender/height that people seem to be using.
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Re: Where do you buy your bento gear from?

Postby arkonitebabe » Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:44 pm

Cherrychan wrote:Living here in the UK, it can be hard to find bento goods. The food is not so hard to track down, as we have several decent Asian supermarkets here and I like to make my own recipes, however... the physical bento boxes and other things such as egg moulds can be hard to track down.

The only place that I have been able to find so far that supplies bento boxes, rice/egg moulds, food cases, sauce bottles etc, is the Japan Centre ( http://www.japancentre.com ) who I have received quite a few bits and pieces from and have been very satisfied with their service.

Buuut they are still quite limited. So, I was wondering - where do you all buy your gear from?

I've seen eBay has quite a few pretty and unusual bento boxes and accessories, but they are all in China/Japan and can cost a fortune to ship. If you have ordered from these countries, have you been stung with a duty bill for them? Did you receive the goods in a timely manner or did you feel it wasn't worth the wait? If you were particularly impressed by a place or person on the web, please feel free to recommend and review! :)


I agree with Cherrychan, except that I'm in an even harder situation to get access to any bento gear as I live in Northern Ireland and a lot of the items even on Ebay incur extra shipping charges as we are classed as overseas. Even from a lot of UK sellers on Ebay! :cry:
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Re: Where do you buy your bento gear from?

Postby arkonitebabe » Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:45 pm

www.happyjapan.net wrote:Hi Biggie,

Thank you so much for the posting on your main site! We are so excited about all the buzz our site has been generating. I will definately try to add the bento sizes and volumes as soon as possible, it's great advice.

Thanks so much!
Laura, Owner
http://www.happyjapan.net
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Laura
I have you as contact added on my flicker, can you tell me what your shipping charges to northern Ireland are, as I can't find any information on the site?
Thanks!!
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Re: Where do you buy your bento gear from?

Postby JJ Sobey » Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:23 pm

Laura (happy Japan)

If you're able to get the locknlock bento sets, you'll have a lot of happy customers!! Would love to know if you can get these things!
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Re: Where do you buy your bento gear from?

Postby breedasong » Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:29 pm

I'm another of the very lucky, I live in the seattle area. So I have a Diaso and Uwajimaya nearby (not to mention plenty of Asian and Indian markets as well). But for those of you less fortunate you might see if your mall has a sanrio store or a store liscenced to sell sanrio products. Especially for those who don't mind cute characters on the box. We have both 'the character corner' and Sanrio in the southcenter mall and they both had hello kitty bento boxes and water bottles. I also find them to be less expensive than jbox- 14 bucks vs 25.
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