As we all start returning to work in person, there are a few things we’ll have to get used to again, like crowded commuter trains, wearing hard pants, and packing a lunch. We can’t fix the trains, but we can help with lunch. Writer Leah Bhabha told us about this Takenaka bento box back in 2017 and said it “makes packing a meal feel like a treat, instead of a sacrifice.” Its two-tiered construction allows for a main dish and plenty of sides, or even two meals — but you don’t have to worry about the scents mixing. “The microwave- and dishwasher-safe lunch box even achieves the Holy Grail of reusable lunch boxes — it doesn’t retain flavors, so Wednesday’s roast-beef sandwich doesn’t taste like Tuesday’s tuna salad,” says Bhabha. And while the price of this bento box might be the equivalent of a week’s worth of lunches out, and the discount of $9 isn’t that steep, we never see this on sale. Plus, you’re getting more bang for your buck: The matching chopsticks included here are typically sold separately for $12. And the limited-edition Poketo design makes this already good-looking lunch box an even more stylish steal.
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