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Friday, August 7, 2020

Food Trucks Are Perfect Pandemic Dining

I don't know about anyone else, but some things are harder than others during this pandemic. Before this hit, we used to spend our weekends eating out and going to movies. I have found that the longer this goes on, the less I miss sitting in a restaurant, but that doesn't mean I want to make every single meal. Food trucks to the rescue!

For the last 4-5 months, we've basically been making all our own meals, with the exception of Friday nights. Previously, this was our takeout night, so we decided that we would continue that, with the exception of getting our food delivered instead of picking it up on the way home from work, since Eric now works from home full-time. UberEats and their Eats Pass have been a staple for our week's end. But we have to get out some time. 

Going out and getting some sun and exercise is always nice, so I made us go out to the food trucks for lunch this week. It seems like a lot of people had this idea as well, as the food cart pod near us was packed. I was pleased to see that nearly everyone was wearing masks this time, unlike last time I was there. People were taking this seriously, as we are asked to wear masks in outside areas where social distancing  isn't always possible or a lot of people are gathered. 

Right now, food trucks are a great option for dining out, because:

  • You're actually dining out.
  • You don't have to be in contact with more than one person.
  • Very few people handle your food.
  • Covid hasn't been known to spread via food, just in case someone does breathe on your meal.
  • Everything is to-go.
  • You don't have to be near others if you don't want, so there is minimal exposure.

I love food trucks for a multitude of reasons, even when not in a pandemic, too. Here are just a few of them:
You can experience some of the best food in the city for less, because you aren't paying for all the overhead (wait staff, tables, rental space). Unless there's a tip jar, you don't even have to think about adding extra to your bill. The truth is that even some of the spendiest items on a food cart menu are still less than plates at a normal restaurant. 

You have more choices!
How can this be when food carts are so small? Where there’s one food cart/truck, there are usually others. It’s unlikely for several of the same cuisine carts to gather in the same place, which means you have a choice of different kinds of food. This is great for those traveling with kids who are picky and never seem to want the same thing you are eating. Don’t like the dessert one cart is serving? Go check out what the others have to offer!

Mobile dining 

Not only is your restaurant mobile, but you can also take your food with you. Either eat nearby or enjoy your meal on your way through the city. It’s a great way to burn calories and save time when you want to get more sightseeing done. 

Today there were so many people around, we took our food with us and went home to eat outside in our backyard. We got the outing we needed, food we didn't have to make, and still got to sit in the sun for a bit and chat before going back to work. If you're traveling, you can eat on-site, take your food to a nearby park, or go back to your room or rental and eat there. 

Make sure to bring along wipes and hand sanitizer for when you use a public table and after you've touched things others have, like the credit card screen. 

Bring your own utensils

With the same idea about straws, I generally travel with a set of bamboo utensils. Why? Because I love eating at food trucks, but I hate plastic utensils...and there's never anyplace to recycle them (if they even are recyclable). There's also the fact that sometimes those plastic forks and knives are just not sturdy enough for the food you're eating. Have you ever had a fork just snap in half while trying to eat something heartier? Well, bamboo forks will never do that, plus, you can wash them and reuse them without worrying about BPA and degradation. 

If you don't care if you have a whole range of utensils, then check out these awesome travel utensils from Humangear.

How are you dining out during this turbulent time?

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