The Brass Makers of India

After spending time in India – i can only say that i left there want to learn more about their culture, people and spirituality; i was completely fascinated with the artisans, spiritualists, vendors, technology, history – a vast world so unlike the day-to-day of western culture.  Sign me up! I could easily live there and adjust to the heat, humidity and way of life; it just what one does.

At the end of my journey on the way back to Mumbai to catch my final flight home to the west coast, we scheduled a stop to these uruli brass makers. They make the traditional bowls using a lost wax process. That means creating a was mold, building a harder cement mold around that and then firing the piece over a real fire overnight and collecting the lost wax for other pieces. Then it moves from person to person to complete the finishing process – remove and smooth down areas, add detail work, and finally to polish and shine the piece. This one company made everything from huge 500 lb bells to large life size statues of gods, to smaller hand held pieces of the same.

One of my favorite lunch boxes

cucumber-egg-happytiffin

It’s true – i use my own tiffin products every single day. I vacillate between the Road Hog or the Happy Home food containers for my daily lunch. Yesterdays’s fabulous lunch was a simple cucumber and hard boiled egg.  I also keep a mixture of Spike spice, red pepper flakes, salt and curry to season as needed; a crazy mixture of dry seasonings but is FABULOUS to spice up that next meal. Yum!

I put carrots, sandwiches, sliced apples w/a spritz of lemon. A single square of cake or truffle chocolate rounds it out.

I just wanted you all to know that – YES. I use these. Yes – they are my favorite items. Yes – they are festive.

But most of all?! They rock and take me right back to my Wonder Woman lunch box roots!

How to make your own tiffin lunch box

For all of those customers who don’t want to buy a tiffin, there is a great tutorial on how to make your own tiffin out of tuna cans from instructables.com.

For those of you with two left thumbs when it comes to constructing something – we’ll be right here – ready to send you a (pre-made!) tiffin.

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The Dangers of Plastic Food Containers

garbage pickup day in Chelsea

Another great article on the downside of using plastic. It’s not good for us, our bodies or the planet.
Here’s a snippit:

According to Scientific American, studies have shown that these chemicals can promote human breast cancer cell growth and lower sperm counts. Pregnant women, infants and children are especially at risk.

What’s more is that all of us have BPA in our systems. The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) found traces of BPA in 93% of urine samples they took for a 2004 study.

http://www.moneycrashers.com/dangers-plastic-food-containers-bottles-bisphenol-a/

Will Happy Tiffin come out with a plastic tiffin?

Indian cow eating rubbish
Why we won't make a plastic tiffin.

No. We do not promote the use of plastic products. Our focus will be on the lower impact creation of stainless steel. Please read the latest info from the National Resources Defense Councils‘ Simple Steps – Advice for Going Green website, they outline both the good and bad of food storage containers. Stainless steel ranks at the very top. All plastic has an impact on the environmental and production of impacts of manufacturing plastic based containers.

Tiffins are the latest craze in Canada

Delivery services are now using tiffins – the best sustainable solution – to deliver and expand their food service. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/tiffins-deliver-a-lunch-that-really-stacks-up/article1866276/

It’s a long time in coming to North America and terrific to see the eco-green organic community innovate away from plastic and return to the original, reusable solution!

Our main focus has and will always be supplying the largest selection of stainless steel tiffin food containers.

10% off coupon code: westways.

–Andrea
President, Happy Tiffin

An Eco-Friendly New Year

With the new year right around the corner it is once again that time of year where we start thinking about our New Year’s Resolutions. Well, this year I decide to switch it up a bit. Instead of my typical – lose weight, quit drinking, spend less and exercise more, I have decided to approach this from a different angle! Continue reading “An Eco-Friendly New Year”

Takraw in Thailand and Spicy Fun

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Traveling is a few-and-far between treat now that I am an adult, but as a child – by the time I was 12 – we had crisscrossed the world a few times over. Some of the more exotic places were the hardest to live in.  I remember being in Bangkok and having the local kids tease me on the transit bus yet also play Takraw (small woven wicker ball) with us for hours behind the hotel. Fun for my brother and I but my parents were frantic; we weren’t in the hotel and the staff was madly looking for us. I still marvel that  communicate with our new friends didn’t mean sharing a language as that simply did not matter. The universal bond being our age and enthusiasm. Continue reading “Takraw in Thailand and Spicy Fun”

Happy Tiffin Recipe section launches with tasty “Hummus”

Hummus in a tiffin
Hummus in a tiffin

I love hummus and would often make a batch of this and tabbouleh at the same time when i was living overseas – they go together like peanut butter and chocolate or pretzels and beer or wine and cheese…. at any rate, always a quick and easy recipe which takes almost no time to whip up.

Happy Tiffin Hummus

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups canned chickpeas, drained, reserve liquid
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup tahini aka sesame paste
  • Juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons water or liquid from the chickpeas
  • Nice dash of cayenne pepper

Mix all of the above in a blender… taste for seasoning and serve with cut up veggies, marcona almonds, grapes and your favorite wine.

We used a medium pyramid tiffin, 100% compostable square salad plates

NRDC’s post on the benefits of stainless steel and the impact of plastic production

This past week, on the National Resources Defense Councils’ Simple Steps – Advice for Going Green website, they outline both the good and bad of food storage containers. Stainless steel ranks at the very top. All plastic has an impact on the environmental and production of impacts of manufacturing plastic based containers.

I’m sure it goes with out saying where i stand on this issue. Tiffins have been around for 50+ years. They are functional, useful, reusable, and environmentally-friendly to manufacture. They design has stood the test of time and it’s time to go back to the original “green” solution.

—- Here’s a quick blurb from the report. —-

“…. knowing more about different types of containers (including the type of resin for plastic containers) can help you make better choices.”
A few suggestions you can follow to reduce plastics and toxic exposure in your home:
* Avoid single-use, disposable packaging
* Buy food in glass or metal containers
* Avoid heating food in plastic containers
* Bring your own containers to stores where you’ll be served in plastic
* Avoid plastic cutlery and dinnerware
* Use wood instead of plastic cutting boards

Demetria Estate Wine and Cheese Tiffin Picnic

A great way to spend time with friends. We always have fun at Demetria Estate in Los Olivos, CA. Wonderful people, terrific wine, and an absolutely gorgeous tasting “garden” is what truly sets this place apart from the traditional tasting room experience. Bring a group, some food, and enjoy the beautiful view. Highly recommended!

Square tiffin, latch tiffin wine and cheese picnic
Square tiffin, latch tiffin wine and cheese picnic!
Pyramid tiffin, areca leaf plates, wine picnic
Pyramid tiffin and wine

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