If you worry about an establishment's hygiene, make sure to carry Object Solutions' Magnifying Spoon that lets you inspect your meal up-close beforehand.
Designed by Ernesto D. Morales, Carlos Maldonado, and Juan Pablo Viedma, there's a good chance you'll offend the proprietor of wherever you're dining when you pull out the Magnifying Spoon, but that's a small price to pay if it means you don't end up with a disgusting spoonful of bugs, cigarette ash, or coriander.
A limited edition run of the Magnifying Spoons is being made available this autumn. Or you can simply take your chances with a minimum wage cook who's more interested in their shift ending than what exactly ends up in your food. [Object Solutions via Nag on the Lake]