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  1. Dean Pomerleau

    Eating While Traveling

    All, I've just got back from a 4-day (3-night) trip to Niagara Falls with my wife and daughter. TomB over on the cold exposure thread asked about what I do about food when traveling. I used to be a lot more obsessive than I'm trying to be these days, largely because of the hassle involved with bringing your own food (which I used to do) and how annoyed my wife gets with the practice. This trip I didn't bring any food, and it worked out reasonably well. Obviously I don't eat nearly as well at restaurants as when eating at home, but it was certainly enjoyable and I didn't have to resort to eating anything I'd consider terribly bad for me, or non-vegan. Here are snapshots I took of most of my meals, realizing that folks might like to get a feel for what I eat on the road. Overall, what I did was eat a big breakfast from the breakfast buffet at the two hotels we stayed at (two or three of the plates shown below), skipped lunch, and did a vegan gourmet dinner. Here are what the breakfasts and two of the three dinners looked like: Buffet Breakfast (First two days) - At Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Oatmeal with raisins and dried cranberries, All-Bran Cereal, Peanut butter, Apple, Pineapple, Potatoes, mushrooms, peppers & onions (from omelette station - not shown) Marilyn's Restaurant - Tower Hotel Overlooking Niagara Falls (Yes - it looks just like picture you see below overlooking the falls) Spinach Mint Quinoa 20 (Right in picture) A VEGETARIAN DELIGHT. CRANBERRIES, APRICOTS AND APPLES SERVED WITH GRILLED VEGETABLES [Peppers, Zucchini, Eggplant, Onions, Mushrooms] & DRIZZLED WITH BALSAMIC GLAZE Bean Salad Side (left in picture above) EDAMAME BEANS, WHITE BEANS, YELLOW CHERRY TOMATOES, GRILLED CORN, FENNEL & PEA SHOOTS IN A FRESH LEMON HERB SAUCE Continental Breakfast at Oban Inn - Niagara on the Lake (Last Day) Muesli (oats, various other whole grains, almonds, raisins, dried apricots, dried cranberries), All-Bran cereal, Peanut butter, honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries Oban Restaurant - Niagara on the Lake Soba Noodle & Miso Pasta – Vegan / Vegetarian – 24 Bok Choy, Sautéed Mushrooms, Roasted Asparagus, Roasted Cauliflower, Edamame, House Made Miso, Sweet Chili Sauce, Pickled Ginger, Toasted Cashews & Hazelnuts, Shaved Cucumber, Daikon & Cilantro Slaw The dishes and sauces were all vegan, and while they were more salted than I'm used to, they were very tasty. It was a very active trip - we did a lot of walking, hiking, biking, boating. In fact, including getting up at 3am each morning to work out for a few hours before breakfast, I averaged above 35k steps per day, or about 17 miles of walking-equivalent (some of it was pedalling in the exercise rooms). Less than my normal 45K, but pretty good, and enough to walk off the meals. It was a great time. I highly recommend vacationing in the Niagara Falls region for anyone who gets a chance. I can give you the play-by-play of what we did if anyone is interested in getting travel tips. --Dean
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