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Review: Happy Tiffin Bento Box

I’d like to take a little bit of time to thank all of you. Sometime today, Adventures in Bentomaking reached 1.5 million hits! I didn’t notice until after it had happened, but I was pretty stoked when I saw. From everyone to the one time visitor to my regular readers, thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming here to read up on what I eat for lunch!

It took me three years to reach 1M, so for me to hit the 1.5M mark in just one more year makes me very happy. I really hope to help the bento community expand further this year.

Beef Stir Fry Bento

Today’s bento box was provided to me by Happy Tiffin for me to review. This particular box is their “Oval Office” lunch container, which sells for a rather confusing $28.00-$35.00. Seriously, I don’t know what this means. If you do, please let me know.

The box measures almost 8″ x 5″ and comes with an inner container with a lid for putting side dishes in. The side dish has a rim around the edge that slips into the indentation in the main container. When I first examined the box, I wasn’t that sure of its quality as one of the latches kept swinging off without me doing any more than tilting the box back and forth. However, after I’d packed my lunch, I guess the food pushed it up enough to make the latch go on snug. If you get one, be sure to check the latches before shoving it into your backpack or something.

While I thought it was a lovely box, it’s painfully expensive for a stainless steel tiffin. At $35.00 per, that makes it basically twice the price of other stainless steel bento boxes that I’ve done reviews for. Usually, these single tier metal boxes are under $20. Sure, this one comes with a side container, but I would not have paid double the price just for that. So while I’d recommend it for size and functionality, I can’t honestly say I’d have purchased one myself after doing some shopping around.

I have one other box from Happy Tiffin to review, which I will hopefully get to in the next couple of weeks.

I had a bit of trouble filling it since I’ve been doing pretty small lunches, but I ended up putting in some leftover Beef and Bell Pepper Stir Fry from last night. In the side dish I have a lady apple, cauliflower, pickles, and a baby carrot.

Beef & Bell Pepper Stir Fry Bento Points Calculation

3/4 cup white rice – 4 points
4 oz sirloin beef – 6 points
fruits and veggies – 0 points

Total: 11 points

Snacks: SmartPop popcorn, apple

Weight: 149.9 lb!!!

Woohoo, I broke through 150 not next week, but this morning!! Eating right and walking everyday is really working out nicely for me. 😀

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  • I’m really happy for your reached goal.
    After this I’m really thinking to sign to WW online.
    In effect, the price of this box is quite high. I bought a similar box in Italy for 7,50€, that is less then $10.
    However, very nice bento!

  • Congratulations on your numbers and your weight loss. I want to thank you for your blog, which has been especially inspiring since you started posting your low-point lunches. I am pretty new to bento so it helps a lot! I know it takes time to both design, figure, and post recipes so I appreciate it.

  • Suzanne

    PS I promise I didn’t choose that ugly, scary face icon to go with my comment! LOL

  • Hi Pikko, this pricing range indicates a quantity discount. The pricing tab is on every product page for customer so they can receive a discount when they buy in quantity.
    Andrea, Happy Tiffin

  • Thank you Ivonne! Please let me know if you do join! 🙂

  • Thank you Suzanne! I’m glad to hear that I’ve been inspiring you! 😀

  • Hi Andrea,

    I had thought that, but how much do you need to buy before a discount goes into play? I added 4 to my cart and it did not change the price per unit.

  • Rexy

    Congratulations! Yummy looking bento!
    Just wondering but do your points change if you use a different rice (like brown rice or sushi rice)? Or is it the amount that matters?

  • It used to make a difference on the old WW program, but as it is now, both brown and white count for the same amount of points.

  • Hi Picko – super simple! You click on the “Price Chart” tab on any product on the site and then you will see the grid displaying the quantity price chart. Thanks to your feedback – the price is discounted now to $27 rather than $35 for the base price.

  • Pikko, Awesome job on the weight loss!!!!!!! 🙂
    And congrats on the 1.5 MILLION hits!!!!

  • RCFoodie

    Hi Pikko, Congratulations! I am having a hard time on the new points. Yes, it’s been my first “Official” weigh in last Friday, and I ‘only’ lost 1.0 but I had kept under the 29 that i’m given AND actually did yoga and pilates. Thought i’d have a larger loss, oh well. I’ll stick with it. But not to be a downer! :)…. I don’t know if you have a Cost Plus by you, but they also have cute (I guess you call them tiffen) boxes from India- I just bought one for less than $10.00. Seals GREAT! Oh so cute. I have a challenge though, maybe you can address it– how do you deal with reheating? Or do you just use these for cold dishes and then transport to microwave in different containers? Thanks for the answers too. Congrats on the 1.5 MILLION!!! hits too! Cheryl