Customers can look forward to something new in Taco Bell restaurants, and it’s not the latest

Customers can look forward to something new in Taco Bell restaurants, and it’s not the latest version of Nacho Fries. The Irvine-based chain will have recycling bins, composting bins, and packaging without certain harmful industrial chemicals. A pledge to be more eco-friendly is at the top of Taco Bell’s initiatives for 2020, and it’s not surprising. Eco-friendly packaging is one of the trends the National Restaurant Association and industry watchers such as data firm Technomic, Forbes, and QSR Magazine have pegged to be big in 2020. The National Restaurant Association’s  “What’s Hot 2020 Culinary Survey” and other reports pull together some of the bright ideas restaurants are exploring in the coming year, including environmentally friendly packaging, meatless proteins, a focus on mobile ordering and delivery, ghost kitchens and bowls filled with mostly healthy ingredients.”] Look for chains like Taco Bell to use less plastic and more compostable containers. Not only does it keep them in line with what consumers want, it keeps them ahead of regulators. Diners are becoming more aware of what foods they are consuming and how they are consuming them, according to industry experts l...

Yeti Daytrip lunch bag & soft cooler review — I took it fishing

We all know Yeti for the brand’s signature grizzly-bear-proof coolers, if not the decal stickers adorning nearly every pickup truck from the Redwood Forests to the Gulf Stream waters. Now, they’re making an almost indestructible lunch bag. Though, in all fairness, I don’t think it’d hold up all that well to a grizzly. Remember those coolers from back in the school days with packing foam for insulation and cheap liners that began de-laminating after the first spill of something sticky? The Daytrip is not that lunch bag. If you own, or have ever held any of the brand’s soft bags like the Camino, you’ll have an idea of the construction of the Daytrip. To be blunt, even at the cost of sounding trite (and morbid): It’ll outlive you.  This is a lunch bag and there’s nothing truly technical about it. Apart from the magnetic “Thermo Snap” seal, it’s just some very high-quality materials designed and put together smartly. A waterproof outer lining and heavy-duty nylon straps, together with a food-safe inner lining and foam insulation, make this a rugged bag for things both hot and cold. If you really want to keep it cold, ...