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Zero-Waste Fast Food?

Zero-Waste Fast Food? Kabuki Sushi

Kabuki Sushi is a great restaurant that I have eaten at many times. They filmed a few scenes of the movie 7 Things to Do Before I’m 30 there. I remember when they were filming. By the time I saw the made-for-tv movie a year or so later I had forgotten. It was fun seeing what they did with such a small space. There is no way there is room for a Karaoke stage, but there it was. Great camera trickery!

It made sense to try them out for zero-waste. I love their food and if they could delivery what I wanted then I would have more options for Japanese food in the future.

Often Japanese restaurants offer box lunches or dinners. The boxes pose a few problems when it comes to zero-waste. The first is, unless you bring a few little containers for sauces, you will have to forgo gyoza sauce, tempura sauce and soya sauce. If you do bring little containers you can fill up the soya sauce yourself with the jar left on the restaurant tables. Then ask them to fill your small containers directly with whatever other sauces you will need. Second, most boxes have 4-6 items so either bring that many containers or convince them that you don’t mind if some of the items layer over top of each other. My meal had Beef Teriyaki, Assorted Tempura, Chicken Karaage, and a California Roll. And finally, don’t underestimate the lure of Miso Soup. You will need a spill proof container that can keep the soup hot until you eat it. I would probably just use a Wide Mouth Mason but I wouldn’t recommend it to all of you. If you burnt yourself you would blame me. So I suggest a small stainless steel thermos of some kind.

This zero-waste meal turned out perfectly but the chef didn’t seem happy to layer his creations. We had agreed upon putting the Teriyaki in one dish and the rest in the second. He jokingly told me it was too difficult. He wanted to separate the food with some tinfoil. But no. I say “go big or go home!”. I know they were not the ideal shape and size for this adventure but it was what I had with me. This meal was spontaneous. Normally I would suggest shallow containers that would be just tall enough for each part of the meal. The best container of course is one you already own. Remember to tell them no plastic, no plastic grass, no plastic bag and no disposable chopsticks. There are some cool ones. The pair below is light saber chopsticks. The mantra is – food only please! Either eat the food with one of your own forks, reusable chopsticks or your fingers.

I hope that this inspires you to try some zero-waste fast food or at least to bring your own containers for leftovers next time you go out for a meal. If you do, please tweet me the pictures! If you like this post please pass it on. Maybe you know some other people who would like to read my crap 😉


p.s. thank you Jaime for you excellent photography skills and for humoring me!

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” – Art Linkletter

The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go. ~Steve Maraboli


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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