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See what’s baggin’ for attention inside the HONOLULU Magazine Food and Dining Editor’s carryall

That’s All She Tote


Martha Cheng isn’t your typical dining editor. First off, she’s slim enough to rock the fashion week runway samples we receive and only puts up a tiny fight when we coerce her into being our fit model. Secondly, and surprisingly, her everyday tote isn’t packed with foodie bites or a stash of menus. The only indicator that it belongs to a culinary critic is a set of worn-down wooden flatware—and a spork!

We’re guessing that’s all you need to have excellent taste. But if you don’t believe us, take a look.

“I have A LOT of requirements for my bag, and this tote is the only one that can fit a laptop, camera and water bottle and doesn’t look like a computer bag. It has a ton of pockets to keep me organized and a cross-body strap for when I bike. It doesn't quite go seamlessly from the office to a night event, but at least its fun, bright color keeps it from looking all business and serious! Plus, since it's waterproof, it's easy to wash out exploding jams and leaky hot sauces.”
Moop The Carrier wax-coated tote, $179, moopshop.com.

A food editor’s mouth is her paycheck, so Martha insures her lips (and warm smile) with Sugar lip treatments.
Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment, $25, Sephora, Ala Moana Center, 944-9797.

When she’s not digging into fresh catches, Martha’s catching waves. A polarized pair of Maui Jim tortoise-shell pink punchbowl sunglasses helps her see Marinelands’ (her fave spot) surf conditions clearly.
$199, West Marine Honolulu, 420 N. Nimitz Highway, 526-4420. 

An admirer of local talent, Martha keeps Everything is Jake postcards on her inspiration wall at work.
Na Pali postcard, $3, South Shore Paperie, Kilohana Square, 744-8746.

“Since my Canon 5D camera is attached to me more than my husband, I’m looking to swap it out (the camera that is) for a smaller one that’s more discreet.”

This Klean Canteen stainless steel wide-mouth water bottle keeps Martha super cool and hydrated, especially when biking from one foodie event to the next.
$19.95, Roberta Oaks, 19 N. Pauahi St., 428-1214.

“The main reason I carry this To-Go Ware reusable bamboo utensil set is to avoid disposables. I'm always eating, and I don't like throwing away something I've used for just two seconds. I'm Chinese and I hate waste.”
$15, Super Citizen, Kahala Mall, 599-4333.

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