The Tiffin Tin

What\’s in your lunchbox?

Buying a Tin Online

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There are few things more frustrating than knowing what you want and being unable to find it. A tiffin tin — that wonderful Indian lunchbox, cunningly constructed out of layers of stainless steel to nicely keep your lunch hot — can be hard to find. Here are a few American sites to help you in the search for this lunching holy grail:

Reusable bags is a great site for all things related to packing an earth-friendly lunch. And, naturally, there’s a tiffin tin.

This one surprised me. It’s from a classic hardware store. Of course a tiffin tin can be used to store your nails. Still, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t put it to its intended use.

Here’s another earth friendly site. Tiffin tins to be had here.

JBoxstocks a wonderful array of containers. They’re bento box people, but I’m including them because this is a wonderful site and some of these small containers are quite good for storing things like dipping sauces and salad dressings.

Now here’s one that’s giving me trouble. Long before I learned they’d featured these colorful melamine tiffin tins on Real Simple, I’d spotted them at a great store in the Ferry Building in San Francisco. A week later, they were out, probably because of Real Simple. The guy at the store told me they would be ordering more. They’re made by a mysterious entity called Vivo that doesn’t seem to want to answer its phone.  Look here for something similar. 

That’s it for today tiffin fans. Tomorrow, Sunday, a note about shopping for a middle schooler’s lunch. (Middle school starts next week, and the Tiffin Twins are gearing up for it.)


Written by bloglily

September 2, 2006 at 9:19 am

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  1. […] I’ve returned from the quest for that colorful melamine tiffin tin I talked about in yesterday’s post, and am here today to sing the praises of the Village Market in San Francisco’s Ferry Building which does indeed sell that tin. They’re out, but they get shipments of them several times a week, so you can call them and ask for one. […]

  2. Hello! The Vivo Tiffin boxes can be purchased at or to view the entire line check out and go under totes then click on placemats and boxes on the bottom navigation bar. The line consists of 3 colorways and three shapes. Happy Shopping!

    ellis hepburn

    October 10, 2006 at 10:50 am

  3. Hi Ellis, Many thanks for the links. Best, BL


    October 10, 2006 at 11:24 am

  4. Pearl river has WONDERFUL colorful tiffin tins…

    pam venn

    September 13, 2008 at 3:46 am

  5. Hi, I am a lunch tin fanatic and was really excited by your website with all it’s posts. I was even more excited to find a poto of the exact tin that I need to partially replace. I lost the top tier of my roomate’s tin – it’s the same one you have pictured on this website

    Anyone know where I can find a replacement (particularly just a bowl).



    November 6, 2008 at 10:52 pm

  6. Hey there, love your blog. I have been taking my lunch to work ever since I got my tiffin. Check out:
    I have shopped around and they have great prices and a pyramid tiffin you can’t beat for picnics!!


    January 14, 2009 at 5:31 pm

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