I went out for lunch with my dad to Suika, a really good Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. They had some vegan options so I went for their avocado battera and the mushroom set which consists of sweet balsamic sautéed portabella mushroom. Little did I know I had ordered two full meals, complete with miso soup and rice. It was all delicious, and also left me very satisfied only about half through it all. I'm usually pretty good about carrying around my own containers for when I want food to go but it slipped my mind to bring one this time. Talk about upcycling! The chandelier is made of old sake bottles.
I didn't want the food to go in the garbage, but I'm also doing this zero-waste challenge. How am I going to get this food out of the restaurant and into my fridge?
There was a slight language barrier at first when I said I want to take this to go, but didn't want a plastic/styrofoam container. My dad happily jumped in, since he just got back from a two month cycling trip in Japan he felt right at home communicating with everyone. He explained to them that I'm not making any garbage for 30-days. To my surprise, they all smiled and found it very interesting. The chef even came up to me and said "I hope you do it" and asked for the address of my blog. I'm thankful my dad had the nerve to inform the server about my decision to be waste-free. I'm always worried about people rolling their eyes at me when I tell them about my lifestyle. I'm starting to learn that people are often receptive to things that are good for the planet, and curious too. They packed up my leftovers in one of the reusable kitchen containers, took my phone number and I promised them I would bring it back. I also thanked them profusely.
After about a 20 minute bike ride to my place and back, I returned the container. Everyone was smiling and joking with me, they all thanked me for returning the tupperware and let me snap a few photos while they were prepping for dinner. I feel like I may just become a regular at this place...and remember to bring my own to go jar from now on.
If you are ever in need of a bowl to take home from a restaurant, just explain things to them. More often than not I think people want to become aware of eco-conscious ways of living and help out any way they can. Just remember to thank them a lot for going out of their way. It's also a really good platform to spread the message of green living in a non lecturing way, I'm starting to have a lot of fun with this zero-waste thing!