No more brown bags or your son's used Spider-Man cooler. You can bring your lunch to work in style. Options for fashionable containers and kits are increasing as more workers bring their own lunch to work instead of eating out to save money. (They're great for school, too.) Here are a few we like. Lyra Solochek, BayLink editor
BUILT lunch bags
These bags add pizzazz to the breakroom table. Made of neoprene (wetsuit material) in fashionable colors, the bags are stain-resistant, machine-washable and they keep food and drinks cold for up to four hours. The Fugu ($23) has a separate drink compartment and the bottom expands to store containers easily with a sturdy zipper to keep it closed. The Tortuga ($22), folds flat when not in use and has a wide opening for easy access. Both are available at www.builtny.com.
Fit & Fresh Salad Shaker
This 4-cup container has a removable ice pack that snaps into the lid. Twist the knob to dispense the dressing with a quick toss. Container, excluding the ice pack, is dishwasher-safe. $8.99 at Target, or go to www.fit-fresh.com for this and other related products.
Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless Lunch Jar
The Cadillac of lunch boxes, this kit has vacuum insulation to keep food hot or cold for up to six hours. Four bowls inside are microwaveable. The kit comes with a stylish black carrying case and a forked spoon. $45 at First Oriental Market, 4205 W Waters Ave., Tampa. (813) 882-4668, or other online merchants, including amazon.com.
Obentec Laptop Bento Box Lunch System
The bento box comes with dishwasher-safe inner containers, utensils, a reusable water bottle, an insulated carrying case and a user's guide with ideas on how to pack your lunch. $34.99 at laptoplunches.com or at Crunchy Mama Produce and Natural Market at 12788 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. (727) 593-1800.