One of the biggest changes in my eating habits over the last few months has been the switch to cooking almost all of my meals at home – including the breakfast and lunch that I take to work every day. And of course, I have to make it even more complicated because I don’t eat grains or dairy, so I can’t just throw a sandwich in my bag and go. Oh, and did I mention that I do this for all three of us – me, my husband, and Charlie? Yeah…every day. So my nightly routine looks more like a cross between an assembly line and an episode of Iron Chef. I make double or triple recipes for dinners and then repurpose the protein over the next couple days. As a result, our fridge and frezzer are always stocked full of storage containers of different sizes. I’m constantly on the hunt for food holders that hold an actual meal, but are also portable enough that I don’t feel like I need to carry a roller bag to bring two meals to work every day. I have found the balance in Pret a Paquet.
About Pret a Paquet
Pret a Paquet was founded by our family company – the Bram Group – a homeware manufacturer, renowned for its functional, affordable and trend setting designs. Our company’s creative spirit was inspired by our own family food traditions. Often family dinners were packed into food-to-go containers laden with healthy home cooked dishes. Sooner or later it became clear to us that toting a meal or snack in a shopping bag or insulated nylon pack was not the answer. It took our creative task force to team up and dream up a stylish series of innovative food-to-go kits.We focused on how to make food travel well in an eco-friendly way while staying true to our style-conscious standards. We wanted to help working moms pack healthy,inexpensive meals while styling-up the whole food-to-go experience.
Pret a Paquet was kind enough to provide me with one salad kit and one lunch kit, so that I could experience all the ways this line can be used to carry hot and cold meals. When they arrived, the first thing that struck me was the cool and modern patterns on the neoprene covers. Very chic! The sturdy containers (with tops that are color coordinated to the neoprene patterns, by the way) have multiple snap closures so that even the juiciest meal is not going to leak. A favorite feature of the salad kit was the little container for salad dressing that fits right into the lid. I used it one day for a salad, but the next day it held my breakfast sandwich and the dressing cylinder held the coconut creamer that I put into my Starbucks dark roast every morning. The lunch kit is great because it has three compartments – my meals usually consist of a protein and two vegetables, so this piece was obviously just made for me. Perhaps what was most remarkable about both kits was that the neoprene sleeves kept them cold from the time I left home in the morning until I opened the lunch kit to eat my second meal of the day. It was great to be able to leave my big lunch cooler tote at home for a day.
To Buy or Not to Buy
To Buy… If you are committed to bringing healthy homemade food with you wherever you go, these pieces are a great investment for your food container collection, especially if you also like to make a bit of a style statement along with your home cooking.
Not to Buy… My only complaint is that the dressing container does not snap into the salad kit lid, so it will fall out very easily. But that’s certainly not a reason to shy away from these beauties!
Shop! Pret a Paquet exclusive patterns (like those pictured in this post) are available now at Target stores nationwide and online at Target.com.
Thanks to Pret a Paquet for providing samples.