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Don't Leave The Kitchen Without It
FOODIE SURVIVAL KIT

For foodies, nothing is more scary than being in a strange place and having to experience sub-par food. Oh the horror! With this handy Mobile Foodie Survival Kit, you can doctor up even the most repulsive meal. Stocked with organic herbs and spices, plus indispensable extras like soy sauce and wasabi.

Kit includes: Dill, mustard, clove, garlic, nutmeg, paprika, wasabi, basil, onion, ginger, thyme, cinnamon, curry, oregano, cayenne, salt, pepper, soy sauce and Tobasco sauce. Made in the USA and China.

http://www.uncommongoods.com/item/ite...

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  1. That's adorable! I wouldn't mind having one of them for travel...

    1. That's actually a really neat idea. Mr. Q travels extensively for work, so perhaps I'll put one together for him for Valentine's Day!

      1. I have a dear friend at work who will not travel -- actually she will not go anywhere -- without her small personal pepper mill. I'm a sewer, so I made her a nice little ultra-suede draw-string bag so that the pepper crumbs wouldn't get all over her purse.

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        1. re: PattiCakes

          That was very sweet Patti!

          I wonder if I could figure out a way to carry srirachi with me everywhere? I think I'm addicted to that stuff.

          1. re: Suzy Q

            You need a Sriracha holster, kinda like water bottle holder.

            1. re: PattiCakes

              I also carry a little pepper mill in my purse! I guess I am not alone.

              1. re: polish_girl

                I never in a million years would have guessed that this woman was a closet pepper mill person. She's Italian, for heavens sake. Maybe a container of parmesan reggiano or some hot pepper flakes, but a pepper mill? And she's not very adventurous in her food tastes at all. When I found that out, my esteem for her went 'way up.

                Maybe I can make some money on the side selling little ultra suede bags for personal pepper mills. : )

                1. re: PattiCakes

                  I don't carry one, but fresh ground pepper is a HUGE difference and I am now amazed when I go to people's houses and they don't use it.

                  I love the linked site BTW, they have fun stuff.

                  1. re: Whosyerkitty

                    My husband has a friend that carries a little pepper mill. It always makes me laugh to think of the group of guys getting together for lunch (they do this a few times a month) and this one guy pulling out his little pepper mill.

                    I don't carry one with me, but I do keep one in my desk at work. And forgetting about people's houses, but what about when you are in a restaurant and they only have pepper in the shakers? Can't stand it.. It's about as tasty as sawdust (not that I eat much sawdust)!

                    Oh, and I love that store too (and the website). They have great gifts.

                    1. re: Whosyerkitty

                      I was an adult before I figured out that pepper really does have a taste! ! I grew up in a home where no one cooked with pepper and we rarely used it on anything. We had the obligatory salt and pepper shakers in the cupboard. The pepper shaker had probably been filled when my parents first received them and had never been refilled because it never got low. I'm sure the pepper in there was at least 15 years old. I honestly thought that pepper was more decorative than anything else. I also didn't understand why people would say that pepper could make you sneeze. We rarely went out to eat (5 kids!) so I never tried pepper in a restaurant either. It wasn't until I started dating my husband and he took me out to all these wonderful restaurants and I actually had freshly ground pepper that I realized what all the fuss was about!! :o)

                      1. re: schmoopy

                        Same here. My mother would put out salt & pepper shakers on holidays when we had company. In retrospect, I think it was the same salt & pepper in there for I don't know how many years. Wait, I'm 40 and I think they still have the same salt & pepper in there!

              2. re: Suzy Q

                apparently it is made in squeeze pack portions (as posted by Ipsedixit and S. Fujisaka)

                http://www.condimentpacket.com/

                but I couldn't find corroboration on the Huy Fong website, so maybe it's counterfeit. still Suzy, it is shelf stable and could be reapportioned into a small sample size shampoo type bottle...

            2. ah, I don't know about all the spices but I love these ideas, especially the flip ones ..makes me want to trade in the ones i have now, which i have to screw on and off.
              http://www.notcot.com/archives/2007/0...

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              1. re: HLing

                REI, the outdoor store, had a small jar divided into compartments with their own flip tops. I bought one for my husband to take to work. He filled it with his prefernces for spices and herbs. I think it was under $5.

                1. re: three of us

                  I got mine at Lee Valley and they look just like the ones in this kit (little screw top jars).

              2. I looked at this post several days ago and that small kit made me feel sad. It was like a symbol of what we live for all condensed into a little kit that fits in one hand. The more I thought about it I realized that ambiance and service are a part of what we live for as well..So I guess that the small kt does not replaces everything but does help to spice up life when needed.

                1. We created one of these kits for my daughter when she went to college buy purchasing the plastic cosmetic cases (clear) which contain several plastic jars with screw lids inside it for a few dollars at the beauty supply house and then bought dried herbs locally and filled the jars, labeled them and shipped them to her. She still uses a modern version of it. So simple really and way less than $35.00.

                  1. I've seen similar kits in self-proclaimed gourmet stores, each thematic assortment offering little boxes of spices and herbs associated with a cuisine or blend, (the Indian assortment, the Ras-al-Hanout assortment, the Mexican...). I find them a tad overpriced but cutely packaged.

                    I myself keep a pepper mill and a bottle of hot sauce at my desk, along with a place mat and a cloth napkin. I may not leave my desk but at least I eat warm, well spiced meals LOL