The Tiffin Tin

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The Village Market

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I’ve returned from the quest for that colorful melamine tiffin tin made by Vivo 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.

And you don’t have to live in San Francisco to order from the Village Market. They have a website. Although this tin isn’t up on their site, their contact information is and I have the feeling they might ship it to you if you ask.

Tomorrow, a piece about the Berkeley School Lunch Initiative, which Tiffin Tiniest’s school participates in.

Update: Thanks to reader Kate, here’s another source for a colorful melamine tiffin tin.

Written by bloglily

September 3, 2006 at 5:08 pm

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  1. […] 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 Tivo. I’ll track them down over the next few days and let you know where you can order these. Give me until the beginning of next week. (The link Real Simple provides goes to a company called Ellis that’s clearly been so overwhelmed with requests that they’ve simply stopped answering their phones.) (9/3/06– Ah — I’ve found it.  Look here.) And the tiffin above? It’s for sale on ebay. The seller’s in England. The auction ends September 6, 2006, after which time the link will die. […]

  2. I’m interested in reading your thoughts about the changes in the Berkeley school lunches. Did you read the article in this week’s New Yorker about Chef Ann Cooper?


    September 4, 2006 at 9:49 am

  3. I’ve just posted something today, as a matter of fact. What interests me the most is seeing how this all plays out in the real world of my son’s cafeteria. Best, Lily


    September 4, 2006 at 5:35 pm

  4. I am so happy to find your blog today! I was doing a search on buying a tiffin on google and your blog popped up! lol. I sooooo want to get my hands on this tiffen from vivo (or is it ellis and company?) I called The market you mentioned and also emailed them…no answer and also called ellis and co…no answer. So i really hope i can get one of these. Please let us know if you find any other places that sell these. I dont check blogs often but would love a personal email incase i miss the info here on these


    September 8, 2006 at 9:07 am

  5. Hi Lindsey — Welcome. I think the tin is made by Vivo. Give the Market some time. They’re in San Francisco, and it’s still pretty early in the day here. Best, Lily


    September 8, 2006 at 9:24 am

  6. / and then / category: Accessories.

    You may enjoy the referenced melamine Tiffin Set as well — in pastel colors. I find it very useful for breakfast and lunch for my long day at a law office. — Kate in Sacramento


    September 14, 2006 at 12:24 am

  7. Kate — That’s fabulous. Thank you! And welcome. (Sorry about the long day at the law office, but at least you get to bring a styling lunchbox every day.)
    Best, Lily


    September 14, 2006 at 9:33 am

  8. Bloglily: Pearl River in New York City also sells the colorful melamine tiffins, in square and round varieties. (Along with the more prosaic — but still functional — stainless-steel versions.) Here’s a link.

    Adam Kuban

    May 29, 2007 at 2:30 pm

  9. […] found my tiffin tins by first bumping into Blog Lily at Tiffin Tin…and then ultimately, purchasing mine at AngelinHome. I bought the mini tiffin tins–and […]

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