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It’s cliche but true that the little things — and often, the little purchases — can make a significant difference in your day. I recently got two sets of the Mepal microwavable nested storage bowls, one set in light blue and another in a rosy pink shade, which are already pulling their weight in multiple ways. The littlest bowls are great for dips and sauces and the leftover scraps I just can’t bring myself to toss; the big bowls are ideal for transporting food — say, to a dinner where someone’s asked you to prepare a dish.
Most importantly, the two middle sizes are prime lunch containers, not only because of their proportions but because of how pretty they look, making reheated leftovers feel like a purposeful, civilized meal. And because the bowls are made from a thick opaque material rather than glass or clear plastic, my coworkers can’t actually see whatever sloppy detritus I’m wolfing down. Making a Sad Desk Lunch not so sad can’t turn your whole day around, but it doesn’t hurt.
Things to buy
- Colorful oilcloth tablecloths are not for the faint of home-design heart — but they are having a moment. This peach-print yellow tablecloth will brighten up any home upon impact.
- In the market for a corn candle? Or rather: Didn’t realize you needed a corn candle until seeing this elote baby? Happy to help.
- Wear your bubble tea love on your feet (because why not?) with these boba Toms.
- I highly recommend the delightfully smooth ceramics from Philadelphia-based studio Felt + Fat, including these lovely pink dinner plates.
Things to know
- If you wanted to succumb to McDonald’s trolling and get yourself a Quarter Pounder-scented candle set, I’m sorry to say they are sold out.
- Ever wonder why the KitchenAid stand mixer is pretty much the only stand mixer you’ve ever encountered? This week, Eater did a deep dive on the iconic appliance, our second of such reports on famous kitchen gadgets.
- Our friends at GrubStreet have a nice, concise explainer of what went wrong at Blue Apron.
- Holy crap: Apparently Staub, the high-end cookware brand and purveyor of gorgeous Dutch ovens, is pronounced like “robe.” I’m physically shaken.
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