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Aug 25, 2011 09:33 PM

Dining in your vehicle

Yeah, it's not safe. Moving at 2mph during the morning commute I will have coffee and toast or start eating my bag lunch. Your favorites in your car ?

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  1. somehow I always end up eating In&out burgers while driving. Clif bars on the way to the gym but that's really easy. coffee, obviously, various pastries, egg mc muffins.

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    1. re: soniabegonia

      Yes! I never eat egg Mcmuffins except when I take a long road trip that sees me leaving my house at 6am or earlier. Then it's a treat.

    2. I was once late for a meeting and had cooked fried eggs, toast and beans (yes I know very English) for the kids and myself for dinner. I realised I wasn't going to make the meeting unless I left now so I took my plate and silverware into the car knowing I would be stuck in traffic 5 minutes from my house. In dead stopped traffic I ate my dinner getting lots of chuckles and finger pointing from the pedestrian commuters.

      1. I never eat in my car, and I never let our kids in the car. The kids are now 46 and 51 years old. The car never had food spots anywhere because of that rule. I was once asked to get into a car as a rider among others in which kids were allowed to eat, and I was afraid to sit down.

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          1. re: ChiliDude

            Same here. My kids are still kids and have never starved to death despite my draconian stance.

            I am allowed to drink coffee in the car, however. Water only for minors.

            1. re: ChiliDude

              I am very much the same way. Just the adults in this house, but I will only allow tiny, bite sized, non-crumbly things like skittles or hard candies in my car. Water or unsweetened iced tea is fine, they won't get sticky. And all the trash in the little trash bag. My last car was recently replaced and it was 7 years old and spotless inside.
              For a very akward year a while back, the man and I lived and he worked for the same company in both Atlanta and Charleston, 4.5-5 hours from each other. That trip was made so many times, I could not even begin to count. No food entered the car, even then.

            2. High fibre tortilla spread with peanut butter wrapped around a banana. Quick, healthy, easy to eat, filling.

              Coffee is a given :)

              1. I never eat in my car. I don't know why, but I just don't like to do it. When on a road trip and stopping at a fast food joint, I will always park the car and eat inside. This has caused some aggravation for my travelling companion(s) who want to keep driving.

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                1. re: Reston

                  I'm with you. I just don't like the feeling I get when I eat in the car. I grew up eating in the car on the way to and from sporting events, but now, I stick to coffee and that's pretty much it. I have a very, very long commute (3 hours each way, though I don't do it every day - about 8-10x/month for 7 months of the year), and I'd rather drive hungry than eat in the car. In fact, I find that the hunger keeps me alert to an extent. I eat when I get to the office or when I get home.

                  1. re: Reston

                    We don't eat in the car, either. We don't eat fast food, though. Even on road trips.

                    However, a few weeks ago, we took dd for the first time to a childhood favorite of mine in the city that is an authentic, old-fashioned (been there since the 40's) drive-in restaurant with curb-side service and homemade frosty mug root beers. When our food came, (burgers, fries, and a milkshake for her), dd exclaimed, "Whoa... we're going to eat in the car? That is so cool!!" We weren't driving around of course, but it dawned on me that she was probably a rare 9 year old that had never had drive-thru fast food that had eaten their dinner in the car. It was a first for her to eat a meal in the car. (She has had snacks, though, because school is an hour drive away.)

                    Driving and eating at the same time would give me indigestion.

                    1. re: velochic

                      Too funny. Reminds me of the A & W Rootbeer stands in Indiana that I miss so much living in Georgia!