Bento Box supplies in Vancouver?
I am looking to start making Bento boxes for my children for school lunches and was wondering if anyone knows where I can buy the boxes as well as the cute picks and shape cutters?
Daiso in Richmond is the best place to look, that I know of, but I'll be interested to see what other responses you get. They have a good selection of goofy and/or practical boxes, chopsticks, napkins and those things that look like muffin cup liners. A warning though, a lot of the boxes don't stand up well to the dishwasher.
Have you seen some of the crazy bento websites? Wow, beyond me for lunches, but super fun.
I went to Daiso in Richmond recently trying to find Bento supplies and I just found there selection to be too cheap and they were all fairly small. I like bentos to fit together and would rather not get lots of individual boxes etc. While a bit on the pricy side my favorite are still the Laptop Lunch boxes which you have to order online http://www.laptoplunches.com/.
Crystal Mall in Metrotown has a few Chinese/Asian houseware stores (ground level, in the circular corridor .... you'll have to walk a lap or two to find them) has bento kits, thermoses, portable tableware for kids.
Aberdeen Centre Mall in Richmond has similar stores too. I'd skip Daiso .... cheap items, low quality, dubious materials.
Lastly, my friend owns and operates Wee Ones Reruns on Kingsway, across from Matchstick Coffee, who sells a variety of lunch kits and wares. So here's my shameless plug for her :-)
Maybe Yokoyaya in the International Village right before Chinatown on Pender Street? It is in the mall that has the movie theatre near T&T Supermarket. They have some Daiso items but some other products as well.
edited to add - I just saw that someone else mentioned it below (el lobo solo)
I also make a lot of my own stuff just using silcon muffin liners and snap sandwich boxes..shape cutters you can get a lot cheaper just using mini cookie cutters ... andlook around with what you already have that can work. tupperware with some fun stickers...
also dont over look bento for your own lunch!
We bought some kids sandwich containers here (W. 10th):
Made by Sistema:
It's the To Go Series I got. Two-tiered containers, top tier is divided for snacks (or salad components) with a cute round space in the middle holding a screw-tight salad dressing container, plus a pair of fork and spoon:
Winners has these for $2 or so cheaper than at Boxd. So does "HomeWare" on South Fraser btwn E.45th and E.46th.