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The Princess and the Edamame

After my post about the Lava Era, most of you commented to say that it’s not just a Hawaii thing, which I found hilarious. How do these universal kid games spread? Is it word of mouth when a kid moves? Are they born with such games in their heads?

Let’s see what the reaction is to another example. The “Friends” thing seems to be really popular with my two munchkins too, especially in the last two years or so. If I say no more dessert, I get a very terse and mopey, “You’re not my friend anymore!” or “I not your friend!”. Buddy’s thing now is when his feelings get hurt, he’ll go sit somewhere making a big pouty face and simply say, “Nobody’s my friend…” as in, no one loves him.

I’ve tried to tell him that Mommy will always be his friend, but I guess when Mommy tells you to stop talking during Survivor, even that everlasting friendship doesn’t seem real.

Princess Bento

Today’s bento is actually part of a product review I’m doing on the box. Sponsored by ECO Lunchboxes, this two tier metal tiffin comes with a small snack sized container. Based in California, ECO Lunchboxes carries two different types of stainless steel bento boxes, wooden and steel utensils, and an extensive line of attractive cloth lunch bags and napkins. You can follow ECO Lunchboxes on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

Measuring 5 1/2″ in length and 4″ in width, this box is a fair size and when you consider that there are two layers, it’s actually quite big and therefore probably not a great size for small children. However, you can simply use the top layer and that makes a great meal size for the younger set, especially since you can also store an afternoon snack for them in the third side container.

The metal prongs on the side of the box snap onto the upper layer and it’s actually moderately hard to open with food packed in the box. This is really good for keeping your lunch from leaking, but may make it hard for a small kid to open on their own. However, since I said both layers is too big of a size for that age set, it’s probably not a concern for kids. Thankfully, it’s manufactured in India, not China.

ECO Lunchbox

My only complaint is that the sticker on the bottom of the box does not come off nicely. Mine is still stuck to the bottom with some of the paper gone and the adhesive still stuck on the box. This is a big pet peeve of mine, having that sticky stuff not come off.

That being said, the box is very sturdy and a really good size for adults. It’s a nice box for fitting a sandwich in, too. At $20.00, it’s actually cheaper than many lacquer boxes and better for the environment. If you’re interested in purchasing one, the folks at ECO Lunchboxes have offered a discount that’s good until March 31st, 2010. Upon checkout, enter the coupon code ECOBENTO15 and the 3/31/10 expiration date.


With Girl’s Day coming up next week on March 3rd, I’m continuing with my girl theme by making a little quail egg princess. While I was taking the photo, it occurred to me that this could be like the Princess and the Pea, only with edamame instead. Just imagine that this sensitive little princess sleeping on a bed of fried rice is going to wake up with frazzled carrot hair because of those innocent little soy beans.

The fried rice is made with shrimp and a seasoning packet that I have for fried rice. It was my last one, so I’ll have to buy more from Marukai. I love the flavor! I added an egg and the edamame was folded in after I took it out of the pan so that the beans would keep their nice color. I boiled a quail egg and then cut a thin slice of carrot with my mandoline. I boiled it very briefly to give it more color and soften it up, then sliced it into very thin strips for hair. Her face is made out of nori and her cheeks made from ketchup.

In the other tier, I packed grapes and some checkered apples. In the small snack container I packed two wedges of Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese and a clementine. This box is really great for packing a lot of healthy food to munch on during the day! (though you probably shouldn’t pack a ton of fried rice like I did, heehee!)

Shrimp Fried Rice Bento

I packed a bento for Mr. Pikko as well, but it’s not all that attractive. I took a picture of it anyway though!

Many thanks to ECO Lunchboxes for sponsoring this review. I now have another box I can use on Mr. Pikko!

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  • I wish they made a smaller box! I like the idea of using a metal box but it seems hard to find a good kiddo size.

    Lunch looks delicious! The friend thing is universal too I think. I know Kidlet and his friends used to do that all the time. Now it’s just “then you can’t come to my party”

  • HAHAHA!! My niece does that! She was doing that like 6 months before her next birthday too. lol

  • When you first get something with a stuck on sticker, just put a drop of olive oil on it and let it sit for a minute. Then wash it as you would usually do. The sticker should slip right off. I’ve never had one not come off using olive oil.

  • Sarrow

    When a sticker leaves a residue like that you can use nail polish remover to remove the adhesive. The kind with acetone works best, but the non-acetone kind works too with just a little more effort involve.

  • Cynthia

    You could also use lamp oil if olive oil doesn’t work.

    Good luck!

  • Kristin

    such a lovely layout and theme. Thank you for sharing this with your review of the ECO box. I have a small one for traveling. This would be nice to have for family trips.

  • Great metal boxes! And the princess is brilliant idea 😀 love it!

  • leslie

    I love the “Princess and the Edamame!” Reminded me of my 6th grade acting debut as Queen Aggravain in Once Upon a Mattress. Also my last acting debut! lol. I remember my son going through an “I don’t love you” phase. Must be similar to the “Friend” stage. Like you, I always replied with, “I’m sorry you don’t love me anymore. I will always love you.” He got over it fairly quickly…. hope your kiddos do, too! Thanks for the review of the boxes… I’m going to check them out.

  • Thanks for the awesome tip, I’ll definitely go with that one!

  • Thanks Sarrow! If the olive oil doesn’t work I’ll try that next. 🙂

  • I don’t have lamp oil, but hopefully the olive oil works!

  • Glad you like my layout and the review, Kristin!

  • Thanks Tata! Her hair looks just like the one in the book we have. 🙂

  • I got a couple of “I hate you”s but we nipped that one really quickly. >:|

  • Hmpf! The link for facebook isn’t working and I can’t find the company by doing a search. Any chance of reposting the link please??

  • Nope, still nothing. Just takes me straight to my news feed page. No idea why and I still can’t locate the company by doing a search on them. Any other bright ideas?

  • The way I found it was to just search for “ecolunchboxes”, all one word. Either that or visit their site and click on their Facebook link.

  • Their facebook link doesn’t work either so I’ll keep searching. Thanks for the help any way!

  • I have to give credit to Lyvvie over at OBento Baby for the olive oil tip.