Now, I hate eating out and like to cook my own food because I'm a health nut. That means every meal at a local restaurants is out of the question -- besides, it's not economical.
I bring a small MSR Microrocket stove and the MSR Trail Lite Duo cookware set when I travel and when I go camping. I like this setup a lot. It packs nicely and doesn't require a big footprint. The reviews I read were great, too. I found user reviews at backcountry.com, amazon.com, and cookwarenation.com.
The MSR is minimalist but has a big 2 liter pot. It is PFOA- and PTFE-free nonstick cookware that is ceramic. It is big enough to hold food for two and fit utensils when not being used.
It, also, has 2 insulated mugs. The extra mug is great if you don't travel solo but it is great even if you do travel solo. Here's why: The Micorocket stove, igniter, and a lighter will fit in one of the mugs. That means I keep one for storage of my stove and one to slurp out of.
The coffee strainer works perfect. The only thing I'm not a big fan of is the coffee lids being kinda tight but mine are still fairly new. Maybe in time they will loosen up with usage.
That's the gist of it. I like it. I also like that I made a nice dinner, including deep fried squid in my hotel room. Yeah, that probably wasn't the best for me (so much for the health nut in me). But it was worth it. I was at Pikes Peak Market and just had to buy some fresh fish there.
|I wished mine looked this pretty. |
After chopping the squid up into pieces and frying it, it turned out better than expected. (I had to buy extra supplies to cook this and it would have been cheaper to go to a local restaurant.
But I like these kind of experiments. They are fun. I did get out and visit a few local establishments and met some cool people there. I'm looking forward to going back.