Will and I like to go out to eat. Our restaurant budget is limited so we have identified several tasty and inexpensive options around town. One of Will’s favorites is Bajio, a Mexican chain restaurant specializing in burritos. He likes it because he can get a huge burrito dinner for less than $7 while avoiding his arch-nemesis, cilantro.
I like Bajio but I get a little frustrated with their disposable dishes. The meals come in little foil pans and they have plastic lids for anyone who wants to take leftovers home, which we usually do. We now have a collection of, oh, maybe twenty sets of pans and lids as well as fifteen sets of plastic silverware. It’s recyclable but it seems like we can do better than that.
So we put together a “Bajio Leftover Preparedness Kit” which consists of one foil pan, four sets of plastic silverware, and four plastic lids. That way all we need to get at the restaurant is our foil pan of food and then we’re set with our own eating utensils and carry-out lid. I eventually hope to upgrade the kit to include some cloth napkins and reusable cups (they have a self-serve drink fountain so I think they’d be okay with us bringing our own cups). For now, the key will be keeping a kit in the car so we are constantly prepared for impromptu burrito runs. (We have been doing pretty well with the cloth grocery bags so I’m hopeful.)
Eventually I hope to also develop a more generic Leftover Preparedness Kit that contains some tupperware containers suitable for any type of leftover. I really hate the styrofoam containers that most restaurants provide. Number 6 styrofoam is recyclable here now but I still think styrofoam is creepy and eating out of it just sets my teeth on edge. I’ve thought about carrying around some ziplock bags for emergency leftovers but as uncouth as I am, it still seems a bit awkward to pull a ziplock out of my pocket and fill it with leftover pad thai.