One side-effect of a two-person family functioning with one car in this city is the necessity to occasionally eat in the car. Frankly, I don't enjoy eating in the car, but on those days when I have to take my husband to work so I can use the car, I sometimes clock up to four hours (or more) of car time. In addition to getting totally pissed off in traffic, I get hungry.
EOW blogger Joanna O'Leary recently wrote about a chopstick-using driver who was rocking sushi and the Houston traffic at the same time. Safety concerns notwithstanding, I'm barely competent with chopsticks when I'm sitting at a table, so sushi-on-the-go is not my idea of "reality bites" for the car.
Here are my criteria for successful car foods:
- Delicious: Obviously if it tastes bad it's not successful food, period. Being in the car doesn't change that.
- (Relatively) Neat: Minimal crumbling, breaking, falling apart, dripping, shedding, etc. Excess must be removable from fingers by licking or wiping on pant leg. (Or a napkin, if I remember it.)
- Minimal, Unfussy Packaging: If I have to tear it, yank it, or peel it, I can't eat it in the car. Some unfolding is acceptable.
Enter the Revival Market blueberry muffin. Hello, beautiful muffin! In an easy-to-shake-off paper sleeve. I merely need to remove your little muffin skirt and dispose before getting into the car to make you the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack. But how do you hold up against my three-point rating system?
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- Taste: As my friend Jim likes to say, "Diagnosis: Delicious." Start to finish, a great muffin with plenty of fruit and a nice, light texture. I ate the whole muffin, of course, and then it sort of felt like a brick in my stomach. But the muffins are huge, so that's my own fault.
- Neatness: By placing the muffin upside down on top of the white paper bag, on the passenger seat, I was able to pull off pieces of muffin with my right hand, limiting food contamination to one hand only. Sticky muffin residue easily removed with friction and right pant leg.
- Packaging: Problematic if I hadn't thought to remove the muffin skirt before getting in the car. I only had to deal with the remaining white sleeve (which also makes a great receptacle for your napkin ... if you use one), so this worked for me. Of course, I like to save the muffin top for last, making the upside-down placement key; if you don't care about muffin-level consumption order, you could probably leave the skirt on, start at the top and work your way down with similar results.
What do you like to eat in the car? And where can I get one?