Diane B. packed the best lunch

Long ago when I worked in an office, lunch was the best part of the day.

The office, in downtown Washington D.C., was surrounded by great lunch spots.  Greek deli could feed you for a week with leftovers from the small veggie plate.  Le Cafe des Amis du Cafe featured secret Ethiopian lunch specials home-cooked by the owners each day.  A joint down the street wrapped tandoori-grilled meat inside fresh naan every day for about $6.00.  My coworkers were young, smart, and very social, and lunch was always a great break from the long workday.

One coworker packed her lunch every day, and ate it with a small group in a conference room.  She was a great cook, and she lived with a Dutch boyfriend who believed in cheese, chocolate, and really good bread.  Her lunches were the envy of everyone.  They were three or four courses – a cup of homemade soup, with a small garden salad, and some fruit and nuts, and a piece of cheese or chocolate.  A small sandwich on crusty bread, maybe with proscuitto and sliced figs, with a green salad and a leftover piece of spice cake. Each thing was lovingly packed and carefully unwrapped and consumed with relish.   I haven’t spoken with her in a long time, but I’ll never forget Diane B.’s beautiful lunches.  Makes me want to get a Mr. Bento and start packing beautiful lunches of my own.

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4 responses to “Diane B. packed the best lunch

  1. i’m very careful of my plastics, so i tracked down one that doesn’t leech. combine it with the lunch one, and a thermos? extra fantastic.

    http://www.fit-fresh.com/products/transportation/lunchonthego.php

    to go ware has some awesome tiffins

    http://www.to-goware.com/store/cart.php?m=product_list&c=4

    we’ve had laptop lunch boxes for about three years now, and they work perfectly for the kids (we just tossed the water bottles because i’m hesitant about the #2 plastic)

    http://secure.laptoplunches.com/AMAZING/index.asp?url=IND

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    i have a friend from japan who is going to hook me up with some new and exciting bento options, i can’t wait!

  2. and you used to give me hell about the crap I brought in my lunch…..dried noodles with a chemical packet, dried rice/soup with a side of extra sodium…..sigh…I don’t remember DianeB, but her lunches sound much better.

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