Back to School

The Award-Winning Lunch

October 23, 2014

Every week we take a peek inside the lunches of the luckiest kids in Brooklyn. Read on, suppress your jealousy, and get a little brown bag inspiration.

I usually write about the lunches I make early in the week, right after I've had the weekend to build up our fridge supplies, and when I'm waking up with enough time to get everyone ready and take a photo of the lunch.

Shop the Story

I'm probably not alone in this, but things tend to degrade as the week goes on. Food supplies grow spindly. An evening event causes me to hit the snooze button and the morning schedule gets frayed. Lunch gets shaky. So I thought I'd share a recent Friday lunch. I ran out of brioche buns so one kid got the bun, another got whole wheat bread (I'll let them work this out in therapy later). There was no lunch meat or sandwich makings, just cream cheese. So I spread the bread/bun with cream cheese and topped it with the last of the summer's heirloom cherry tomatoes (they look pretty but truthfully, they tasted pretty wan -- which I figured the cream cheese would help mask). The brown lumps in the photo are fairly stale chocolate macaroons from Whole Foods Market. But lunch was packed on time, and my kids made it through the day. #perfectparent

What's in your lunch today? See some of the twins' past lunches

Listen Now

Join The Sandwich Universe co-hosts (and longtime BFFs) Molly Baz and Declan Bond as they dive deep into beloved, iconic sandwiches.

Listen Now

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • Shalini
  • witloof
  • Krissy Cipolla
    Krissy Cipolla
  • HalfPint
  • Amanda Hesser
    Amanda Hesser
Amanda Hesser

Written by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.


Shalini November 21, 2014
Thank you, what a perfect end to the week.
witloof October 23, 2014
Berried Treasure's Sungold tomatoes are the best that they have been all season! She's at the Union Square tomorrow. If we're lucky she'll still have golden raspberries.
Amanda H. October 24, 2014
good to know -- mine were from a Brooklyn greenmarket.
Krissy C. October 23, 2014
Someday, years from now, when they are throwing together lunch for themselves they probably will make the exact same sandwich, because to them it is comfort food. I still make miracle whip and cucumber sandwiches on whole wheat bread when I am missing my mom. Oh and stale cookies beat no cookies any day of the week!
Amanda H. October 24, 2014
I'm hopeful!
HalfPint October 23, 2014
My go-to breakfast these days is a toasted bagel with cream cheese, tomatoes, and capers. Just finished this about 10 minutes ago. Have agree about the tomatoes, so bland. Thank goodness for the cream cheese and capers.
Amanda H. October 24, 2014
Now I kind of want your breakfast for lunch.