Eating Out Zero Waste Style

Moving is stressful. I can’t wait until a month from now. Everything will be in place and we will be rejoicing! Three months from now we will hopefully have completed the studio renovation. And, maybe by the time Christmas rolls around we’ll have built my green house. It’s all about patience, which I have never been good at practicing. But, we’re planning on using as many second hand and salvaged items as possible. Hopefully we’ll find things package free, save it from the landfill, and as a bonus it’ll probably be cheaper. I’ll be keeping you updated on the renovation as we roll along. 

In the meantime, as we bite our fingernails in anticipation, I’ve realized distractions are good. As you know, my mom’s in town! She just left, but it was so nice to spend some time relaxing. We cooked a lot, but we also went out a lot. Eating new and local cuisine are our favorite things to do on vacation. I had to take her to all my favorite spots, and we tried some new ones too. But, it can generate a lot of waste with plastic utensils, straws, paper napkins, and to-go boxes. 

The only place we visited that had plastic utensils was the Hawaiian BBQ food truck. We came prepared and brought our own. I need to get some stainless steel boxes for the takeout that won’t fit in jars. Sometimes I use the plastic tupperware that I have or bring plates. 

The most common offender is the straw. I don’t usually use one, but if we we’re having fruity drinks by the water or iced coffee to go, the stainless steel straw was our friend! Stainless steel straws also take drinking to the next level. 

This drink didn't need a straw. Mom says straws give you pucker wrinkles. Saving the environment and wrinkle prevention - that's a win, win. Please note, that I still have an umbrella coming out of my drink. 

This drink didn't need a straw. Mom says straws give you pucker wrinkles. Saving the environment and wrinkle prevention - that's a win, win. Please note, that I still have an umbrella coming out of my drink. 

Paper napkins are everywhere. They’re almost unavoidable. I keep a hanky and a napkin in my bag at all times. We used the cloth napkins I brought most places we went, and it inspired a lot of good zero-waste conversation.

From top left clockwise we have calamari, new potatoes, fresh bread, (had no idea it came with butter packets, I'll make note of it to refuse next time) caramelized plantains in black beans, and jerk chicken and rice. Those plantains are out of this world - plus it's vegan! 

From top left clockwise we have calamari, new potatoes, fresh bread, (had no idea it came with butter packets, I'll make note of it to refuse next time) caramelized plantains in black beans, and jerk chicken and rice. Those plantains are out of this world - plus it's vegan! 

The very fist spot we hit up was Cha, Cha, Cha. Justin and I love this place. In fact, it was the first date he took me on once we reached the bay. I knew we'd have lots of leftovers. I came prepared with two mason jars. We packed away fried new potatoes, calamari, and a quesadilla. 

We also planned a wine tour. It was our glamour day. We had a limo bus. It was completely decked out with plastic water bottles and paper napkins. I brought my klean kanteen; because, hydration's important and I had my napkin ready. However, they did have champagne with real glasses. They also served a delicious picnic with reusable plates and silverware. Plus, they made me a vegan sandwich! Roasted bell pepper and mushroom with vegan cheese. It was amazing! Mom even brought her own reusable bag for souvenirs. I'm so proud! 

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Hopefully next time she comes to visit, we'll be cozy in our new house. 

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