Figuring Out Takeout

On last month’s date night my hubby and I wanted to keep it simple, so we picked up burritos from our favorite taqueria and took them to the cliffs to catch the sunset. Of course I had some Near-O Waste requests. This was my dinner (+ a Mexican Coke):


As we were walking into the taqueria, my hubby asked if he could stand behind me in line and pretend we weren’t together (but he didn’t). This was his dinner:


At least he passed on the napkins, and I was impressed with the recycled paper bag.


After dinner, and a stunning sunset, this was my only trash…


…but of course I didn’t throw it away! I was actually just reading about how to recycle metal bottle caps, so now I’m extra glad I’ve been stashing them.

A week later (on St. Patrick’s Day and shortly after a friend had asked me how much glass I’ve broken) I was heading into the store with my mom, admittedly after a green IPA, when I dropped a large glass container that was meant to hold my deli sandwiches. The owner of the vehicle it broke under came out 30 seconds later, followed by Mike (the produce guy) with a rolling garbage can and a dust pan, saying, “Andrea, I should have known it was you!” The owner graciously helped me reach under his tires for the remaining shards of glass as Mike asked my mom if we were related. “Yes,” she said, “I’m her mom; double trouble.”

I still love my Glasslock for meat, but now I use my mom’s homemade wraps when I’m taking burritos or sandwiches to go. They’re lighter, less voluminous, less embarrassing, and indestructible! And I wish you could have seen the guys at the taqueria giggling at the poor soul who had to figure out how to swaddle my little burrito.

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