Black+Blum Sandwich on Board Review

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Black+Blum graciously sent me their awesome new lunch product, the Sandwich on Board, if you read my blog often you’ll know that Black+Blum are one of my favourite bento brands (and their other non-lunch items aren’t too shabby either!!)

On to the review!!

Cost: 4/5
At £19.95 this box may sound a little pricey at first but when you think about it, it isn’t just a lunchbox. It’s a lunchbox with an antibacterial cutting board and it’s made of beautiful aluminium and bamboo.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from my other Black+Blum products, they’re worth every penny and probably a little bit more too!

Size: 5/5

At 1.7 litres this box is huge!! But as it’s intended for sandwiches the size is perfect. Many bento boxes are far too small for sandwiches unless you cut them into tiny pieces. This gorgeous box has no issue carrying a sandwich or two.

But don’t worry about packing more traditional bento, it handles those with ease too!

Ease Of Use: 5/5

It’s simple shape and shallow depth make this box a dream to pack with. Too many times with deeper boxes do you put in some items which get lost below others. In this box all of your items can stand at equal height so you can take your pick from a glance.

Style: 5/5

Would it ever be fair to give a Black+Blum product anything less than a five for style? I don’t think so.

This box comes in aluminium and bamboo, two beautiful materials that compliment each other perfectly. Available in striking pink or green you can instantly catch people’s eyes or for a more subdued look why not choose the sleek silver.

Pros:
• Stunning, unique design.
• Antibacterial bamboo lid/ cutting board keeps for fresher for longer.
• Large size allows for bigger meals or bigger sandwiches.

Cons:
• Can provide a nasty “Nails on a chalkboard” sound when using metal cutlery.

And incase you didn’t catch my earlier post here is today’s lunch in this great box!

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Disclaimer
I received the product to review but no cash was exchanged, my review is my honest opinion and has not been swayed by the company or anyone else.

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Bento Diet – Day 3

Today was a stressful day 😦

I had an early appointment at the doctors which meant I didn’t get any breakfast before the appointment then because I had my blood taken I felt queasy and didn’t want to eat after.

When it got to dinner time I had a chicken sandwich. I’m sure everyone knows what a sandwich looks like so no picture.

Tea

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For tea I had chicken nuggets, hula hoop potato rings and beans in my Black+Blum Box Appetit.

Yes I know not über healthy but at least the portion size is smaller 🙂

Snack
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For a snack I had some dried fruit. The portion was too big and it took me three attempts to finish it. But at least it was grazing instead of just stuffing my face 🙂

As for my exercise:

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I’m glad that I’m nearly reaching double my target each day 🙂

Bento Diet – Day 2

Today was a very busy day! I had to go to the hospital for a quick check up (wasn’t so quick but hey) and then had to go to the doctors with my partner. Yes, we’re both falling apart!

Anyway away from the doom and gloom, here’s how my day went food-wise.

Breakfast

An apple. Again I was out early and had to rush so no proper breakfast for me 😦

Dinner

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Mushroom and vegetable stir fry.

Snack

I was a little naughty but I did say I’d only eat stuff if it’d fit in a bento, a chocolate bar would technically fit in a bento 😉
So I had a white chocolate and cookie Hershey’s bar. It was delicious and I’ve been eating healthy so I’m not feeling too guilty 🙂

Tea

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Pasta with cauliflower cheese and spicy chicken steak in my Black+Blum Sandwich on board .

As for exercise:

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Yay! I can’t believe how easily I rack up the steps!

Soup Bento

To illustrate how easy it is to pack an easy, healthy meal I wanted to show you potentially the easiest lunch ever.

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This lunch is packed in the awesome, versatile Black+Blum Lunch Pot .

It contains chicken and sweet corn soup in the larger container with bread and chilli croutons in the smaller container.
Obviously if you like more soup you could fill both containers with soup, if you like less soup you could fill the smaller container.

While this lunch was made with store bought products it would be healthier and cheaper to make your own, this is an illustration of just how easy packing lunch can be.

And at around £1.15 for the soup, croutons and bread in this box it can be cheap too! (Cheaper if you use those last bits of vegetables that would go bad in the next few days to make your own soup!)

Black+Blum Lunchpot meal

I received a Tefal Fresh Express for Christmas and tonight I wanted to test what it can do. I already tried its slicing accessory and it will make the process of making my instant pickles a lot easier. It also has another accessory that I wasn’t sure what it was for but it looked like it could mince. That would help me eat soboro as ground chicken is something I’ve never seen in the UK.
I love soboro so I decided on a soboro bento.

I minced some quorn “chicken” bites in about 1-3 seconds. A lot quicker than I imagined!
I also cooked some rice in my tefal rice cooker, another trusty gadget! I mixed in some vegetables so cook with the rice and using the included steaming basket I steamed an egg, which is exactly like a boiled egg but easier 🙂

As I was cooking… Or rather waiting for my gadgets to cook for me I picked out my Black+Blum Lunch Pot bought for me as a birthday gift by a close friend.

Here is the lunch :

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I only needed the top section of the pot and I was extremely full so the full set would be great for a full days food!

Birthday Black+Blum Bento!

So today is my birthday, YAY!!!!

My good friend, Kayleigh, got me an awesome lunch pot from Black+Blum, now if you’ve read some of my previous posts you’ll know I love Black+Blum

Here is the lunch pot:

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It’s made of the same plastic as the other lunch boxes in the Black+Blum lunch range which gives it a strong and modern look.

Both jars are watertight ( I tested this by filling with water and holding upside down while shaking. Not a drop was spilt!! ) and they fit together in a cool strap/ holder with a handle and a pocket for the included spork.

You’ve got to love the designs Black+Blum think up!

Black+Blum Review and First Christmas Bento

So today I finally got round to making a bento in my Black+Blum Bento Box and here it is:

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It is my first Christmas bento and it is made up of rice with a cheese and ham shooting star, mixed vegetables and minced beef with onions in a Christmas tree divider.

NOW FOR THE REVIEW

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Having used both the Bento Box and the Box Appetit I will be using this review to highlight both items.

Cost

The Bento Box is £13.95 and the Box Appetit is £15.95, I think for how well these are made along with all the unique features that is a small price to pay! Especially when compared with other boxes that can cost more for less.

Size

The Bento Box is 500 ml making it a great size for both children and adults. The Box Appetit is 880ml making it a great size for adults with larger appetites as well as being great for picnics by filling with multiple small dishes.

Style

Both boxes are extremely stylised and it really makes them stand out from the crowd. With their smooth curves giving the box a futuristic look and the specially made plastic a dream to touch these boxes are more gadget than just a lunch box.

Both boxes are available in black or white with a different, subtle coloured seal on the beautiful see-through lid available.

Each comes with its own fork / knife that attaches to the lid through a loop keeping everything neat and together and their own stylised sauce pots with a hinged lid meaning you won’t lose the lid. The Bento Box comes with a divider and the Box Appetit has a large lidded, removable compartment.

The lids on both items have a little recess that when laid on a table becomes a small sauce well for all your dipping needs.

Ease of Packing

Due to the shape of these boxes and the sauce pots / compartments make these lunch boxes extremely easy to pack. The Bento Box is great for a tightly packed, varied lunch and the Box Appetit is great for large helpings of pasta and other “chunky” dishes.

Pros

• Great value for money.
• Stand out from the crowd.
• Great sizes.
• Easy to wash and maintain.
• Spill-proof and watertight.
• Unique selling points : fork holder, lidded sauce containers, recess in lid.
• Easy to pack.

Cons
• While being sleek, a few more colour choices couldn’t hurt. ( I personally love the colours but I know some people want cuter boxes.

Don’t forget about the bento magazine!

Disclaimer
I received the product to review but no cash was exchanged, my review is my honest opinion and has not been swayed by the company or anyone else.