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December 2013


   
December 2013

In This Issue

From Our Desk To Yours
From Your Kitchen To Ours
Worth Sharing
Lunch Menus
Bento Buzz
As the year comes to a close, we’d like to take a moment to reflect back on 2013 and to shout out with a huge THANK YOU for a very successful year. You are amazing! Thanks for helping us expand our line to include a wider range of offerings, new bento tools, cool packs, picnic sets, insulated bags, and bento kits. We’re now selling our bento-ware through more retailers in more countries than ever before, and we’ve had some fun traveling to various trade shows and conferences throughout the US. Plus, we’ve just launched our very own iPhone App! Thanks so much for being part of this very exciting ride, and have a wonderful holiday season!

Happy Holidays!
 
From Our Desk To Yours
FREE SHIPPING!
Receive free flat-rate shipping* on all orders! Use promo code GIFT2013 at checkout to save this holiday season!
*Within the contiguous US



GET READY FOR LEFTOVERS
As the holidays approach, big dinners, extravagant feasts and a packed refrigerator becomes the norm. Instead of stuffing your fridge with leftovers you may not have time (or room!) to enjoy, send your guests home with a colorful container full of delicious dishes. Our Bento Buddies Containers are perfect for the job! Colorful, sturdy, long-lasting, and made in the USA.

LOOKING FOR STOCKING STUFFERS?
Look no further! We've got the perfect gifts for you to choose from. From Bento Fun Packs to Eco Vessel Bottles, we've got lots to choose from!



MEDALLION TOTE, WE'VE MISSED YOU!
These wonderful medallion totes are now back in stock! Perfect for the professional woman, but really, just great for anyone who likes to carry meals in style! This roomy tote can hold your bento box, extra containers, drink bottle, and more! There's even a pocket for your cell phone, notepad, wallet and keys. It's so perfect you might end up replacing your purse with this tote!

FIND A RETAILER NEAR YOU!
Looking to buy your Laptop Lunches Bento-ware locally? You're in luck! We've recently updated our "Find a Retailer" page with lots of new
options - both domestic and international!



CHEF ANN'S LUNCH MENU - 25% OFF
Dream of not having to think about what's for dinner or lunch? Ever wish someone else would create a yummy menu with easy-to-cook recipes and a simple plan? Your dream has come true! [email protected] will do all your planning, organizing and scheduling, AND you’ll receive a weekly menu featuring Chef Ann Cooper's delicious recipes AND a shopping list for your favorite market -- all designed to save you time and money! Join today and save 25%.

FREE LUNCH IDEAS iPHONE APP
Stuck in a lunch-making rut? Set yourself free with this FREE collection of fun, easy-to-make menus – perfect for adults and children of all ages.

Each menu features a photo, a list of menu items, step-by-step menu instructions, and single-tap “add to shopping list” functionality. Prepare these amazing menus exactly as presented, substitute items, or enjoy a “mix and match” approach. Your shopping list remains on your phone for easy access at the grocery store or farmers’ market. Give it a try, and let us know what you think!

From Your Kitchen To Ours
IN THIS LUNCH BOX
  • Morrocan Quinoa Salad
  • Pepper Strips and Cucumber for Dipping
  • Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
  • Homemade Hummus
"I love creating delicious, seasonally-inspired, kid-friendly recipes that will help my family and others teach our children to love what they eat. This Morrocan-inspired quinoa is a great way to introduce North African flavors to kids' lunch boxes. It's fruity, healthy, and easy."

-Ann Myer

Ann is a wife, mother and creator of the blog Teach Eat Love. Check out her delicious Morrocan Quinoa recipe HERE.

Worth Sharing
BENTO TIP
Traveling this holiday season? Before you hit the road, pack a wholesome meal in a bento lunch box. Home cooked meals are far better than fast food, and packing it to go is a great way to clean out your fridge before a trip!


DID YOU KNOW?
Wrapping paper can really add up to a lot of unnecessary waste - especially during this peak gift-giving season. But don't fret! You can avoid this and save money too. Reusing previously received gift bags, ribbons and bows are a popular favorite, or check out this tutorial on creating beautifully decorated wrapping paper from potatoes and paper grocery bags.



FEATURED VIDEO: PACKING LEFTOVERS FOR LUNCH
See how fast and simple it is to turn Sunday's leftovers into Monday's lunch!


Lunch Menus


SPINACH CASSEROLE

Greek-influenced Salad
Spinach Casserole
Whole Grain Baguette, Toasted
Fresh Florida Grapefruit




DELECTABLE DIPPING

Orange Bell Pepper Slices
Mini Plum Tomatoes
Spinach Dip
Sweet Potato Chips & Pineapple Salsa
Blackberries and Orange Slices
Bento Buzz
LOVE MY LUNCHBOX!
"I love everything about this lunch box. The colors are bright and vibrant, and with the perfectly portioned containers, it’s easy to use. I have so much fun packing creative lunches in the morning. I whole-heartedly recommend Laptop Lunches bento boxes to any parent who packs their child's lunch!"

-- Erica Collazo, www.ericacollazo.com


PICNICKING WITH MY BENTOS!
"We love to carry our two bentos in a back pack specially outfitted for picnicking. They nestle vertically against the wearer's back. That leaves both hands free for walking poles. It works very well. To keep things hot (we picnic all winter long), I wrap the boxes in one of those casserole warming sheets that chefs use."

-- Marnie, Maine



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