Gadgets for the Foodie Traveller by Erin Lawrence
Often travelling can mean meals out at great restaurants, or grabbing a quick bite on the go. But savvy travellers know that a plan to eat and drink well while on vacation or a business trip can make a long journey feel more comfortable. Packing these gadgets in your carry-on or checked bag can ensure your morning cup of coffee wakes you up right, or it can make sure you have a relaxing cocktail in your room after a long day – without paying hotel markup!
PORLEX MANUAL COFFEE GRINDER
What good is a quality portable espresso maker without fresh ground espresso? This manual ceramic burr grinder from Porlex has a removable handle that straps to the side so it’s compact. Plus, a variety of settings lets you spin out anything from powdery Turkish coffee to a coarser French press-ready grind. Made in Japan, this grinder is durable and easy to stow.
PAPER COFFEE SOLUTION
Sometimes there’s just no room for even the smallest portable coffee maker. When space is at a premium and the weight of your bag needs to be low, slip a few of these Japanese-made Kantan Drip flat paper coffee filters in. They pop up and sit directly over your cup allowing you to make an easy single serving of fresh brewed coffee. When they’re done, toss them in the garbage.
HANDPRESSO ESPRESSO MAKER
If you’re in Paris, L.A, or Toronto, getting a good cup of coffee is easy enough. But camping in the desert in Joshua Tree National Park, visiting tiny Strathroy, Ontario, or waking up early for a flight when nothing is open may mean you have to forgo your favourite morning java. Not if you pack the very handy Handpresso. This banana-sized gadget is small enough to fit in a carry on, but powerful enough to press out a perfect espresso shot, with crema, in about 30 seconds. Load the small coffee basket with your favourite pre-ground espresso, then fill the small tank with boiling water (from a coffee maker, tea tap, microwave, or restaurant). Pump the Handpresso’s bicycle pump-like handle to the proper pressure, then release the trigger. Instantly one perfect shot of espresso drips into your cup. Available at Cappuccino King in Calgary, or from handpresso-canada.myshopify.com
TEA FOR TWO TO GO
If tea is your thing, a nice cuppa is easy to brew on the go. Cold brew tea bottles from Hario allow you to steep tea leaves in the durable bottle, then pour with nary a leaf escaping. They come in two sizes so you can bring as much or as little as you need. Coffee grinder, paper pop up filters, and tea bottles available at Eight Ounce Coffee Supply in Calgary. eightouncecoffee.ca
These glasses weigh nothing at all and are made from durable shatterproof plastic that looks like delicate glass. Stash two in your bag, and stuff them with socks (economizing space in a suitcase is important!) and you’ve got nice glassware to sip from when you pick up a bottle of wine for a picnic or in-room drink. These glasses are available in wine, champagne, beer or rocks sizes. They’re also dishwasher safe. You know, for when you get home. Available at J Webb Wine Merchant in Calgary, or GovinoWine.com
A SHARP KNIFE
If you’ve ever rented an AirBnB or a VRBO home, you know they’re sometimes well stocked. Except for one thing that will drive a home chef nuts; there’s never a good sharp knife when you want to cook at the house. Bringing along your favourite chef’s knife is a great way to guarantee you’ll be able to prep food with ease; just be sure to wrap it in a proper sheath and put it in your checked bag. Check out the gorgeous knives at Calgary's Knifewear, where you can also get slip-on safety covers, or even fine leather or canvas knife bags if you’re really serious about your knives. Knives from knifewear.ca
CITYPALATE.ca MARCH APRIL 2017
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