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Feb 15, 2008 07:23 AM

What food related paraphernalia do you carry with you ?

My backpack will contain a can opener,a thermos of soup or drink, water, a bottle opener, a lunch bag with various condiments salt,pepper, soy, hot, and plum sauce, ketchup a pair of disposable chop sticks, Also, a list of the many locations around town where a public microwave could be accessed.
Saving on food costs can become an art if you are prepared.
Have I forgotten anything?

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  1. A corkscrew...everything tastes better with wine :)

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    1. re: kmills9408

      Right you are kmills9408. I think I'll take your advice and add a small portable one to the group. Thanks

      1. re: fruglescot

        Corkscrew, bottle opener, can opener... why carry three when you can carry a swiss army knife?

        That's all I carry, plus usually water, and I think I still have some airline peanuts in there from 6 months ago.

    2. I'm a frequent business traveler so for me it's a computer bag, not a backpack. My indispensables are a corkscrew and hot sauce - the latter nowadays in a quart-sized baggie for getting through airport security.

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      1. re: BobB

        I see I'm not alone BobB. Frugality is a way of life to be embraced
        I would have thought it would be dodgy to bring a corkscrew on board a plane. I lost my nail file on a recent preflight search.

        1. re: fruglescot

          I have a hard plastic one that I got as a trade show giveaway years ago. I don't need to use it too often but it does work in a pinch.

          1. re: BobB

            I always have a bar with me such as a granola bar, and always water. Since I started my 2nd job, where there is a kitchen but no utensils of any kind, just microwaves and napkins, and since I end up eating there a lot, I have plastic silverware in my bag that I wash and re-use. While it's only indirectly food related, I also always have a plastic bag with me because I take public trans to/from work and sometimes it makes me sick so it's my barf bag should I ever need it. Usually my sea bands or applying pressure to the places those hit if I don't have them with me is enough to get me to my destination, or gum, which I also always have with me. I also usually have some nuts or trail mix in my bag. Currently it's roasted pumpkin seeds.

      2. Well, I am not a traveler, but I admit that I have a nice swiss knife that I take with me. It has a corkscrew on it, and a nice blade for cutting. Now, you would think that if I am going to a restaurant, I wouldn't need my own knife, but there have been time when all they offered was a butter knife and that just doesn't always do the job. Especially at salad bars, where they have everything in large chunks, and the butter knifes are dull.

        I also keep a bag of almonds, pumpkin seeds, or whatever else I have on hand, in my purse, just in case. Oh, and a package of cheese & peanut butter crackers.

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        1. re: danhole

          Yes ,I agree sometimes the utensils offered in restaurants just "dont cut it'
          Do they?

        2. We always carry when we go out, a spoon (often, one doesn't come with the service on the table - we use it for transfering ice from our water to our gin on the rocks), a small container of a mixture of cayanne and a hotter pepper, and a tip card in case we transfer too much ice to our gin and can't calculate reliably.

          1. A bottle opener and gum are the only things I have on me at all times. I've been known to carry napkins, hot sauce, and my ramen lapel pin ( of which I have 2 :p

            I'm amazed at how many people carry hot sauce. The one thing I want to get into is carrying my own chopsticks, not because I don't trust restaurants or the manufacturing process, but just for the waste. My hippie-ish friends do it, and they've got me thinking about joining them.