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Kosher Travelers' Supermarket Challenge

Thanks Adina and Gila!

Dec 04, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

I must not have made myself very clear; I wasn't resistant, just trying to understand. My understanding was that heat transferred the traif status unless double wrapped, and I was wondering if heating in a hotel sink introduced some new element that would make it worth inquiring to a Rabbi about. If I encounter this situation I will indeed ask a rabbi. Thanks for your input!

Dec 03, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

Got it, Avitrek, I will research outside of this forum. I was just hoping to clarify here what other posters were suggesting. Thanks!

Dec 03, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

So you're saying generally speaking according to how you hold one wrapping is sufficient for kashrus reasons when heating up food in a traif keli, or is this particular scenario an exception to the above rule?

Dec 03, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

Thanks for the info! I think ultimately I'm going to go with fresh/raw foods I can just cut up or heat in a microwave. The self heating meals also give me a weird feeling, and if there's a weird smell....well...yuck!

Dec 03, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

Good ideas!! I'd love to show my husband the flagship Whole Foods and and then walk on down to Book People...if that's even still around...that's walking distance, right?

Dec 03, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Travelers' Supermarket Challenge

Haha, I have LITERALLY dusted off dust from items in kosher sections in random places in the US!

Dec 02, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Travelers' Supermarket Challenge

Do you have a good recipe for salmon cerviche, keeping in mind the constraints of a place low on hechshered items?

Dec 02, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Travelers' Supermarket Challenge

Very resourceful!

Dec 02, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Travelers' Supermarket Challenge

This is an amazing idea Gila! For my trip I think I will bring along a can opener, cutting board, knife, and maybe some shredded cheese on the flight. Everything else we can buy in the supermarket. Excellent! I can see myself adding some cilantro and ready-made seitan, and maybe heating it up double wrapped.

Dec 02, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

Cool, the pics look decent! (Although I only see 2 vegetarian options...)
I'll take a look around for them! If anyone else lives in Brooklyn and knows where I can get these then please chime in!

Dec 02, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

Okay, just to clarify, the packaging has two wrappings - otherwise even if it didn't make contact, there still might be an issue with the heat.

And if it has two wrappings and is soaking in warm water...I'm having trouble seeing how that would make the food anything but decidedly, increasingly lukewarm.

Dec 02, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

Thanks for the info, but I grew up in Austin and have lots of family there so I'm pretty aware of the kosher options. I also don't want to ask a Rabbi or their family to provide me with food, especially since four days should be pretty manageable.

Dec 02, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

Hi Sharon, I live in Brooklyn, I'll check that stuff out, thanks! I think I'm going to go with Noah's Ark shipped meals at this point.

Dec 02, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

Good idea! But both of our licenses are expired.

Dec 02, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

So what you're saying is these meals are double wrapped? If not, I would imagine its contact with traif would be the hot water int he sink, which gained the traif status through heat.

Dec 02, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

Yes, but if the food got hot via hot traif water, that seems to pose a problem. Maybe someone baki in this can clarify? :) I'm just paranoid of heat frankly...I'd love to know the exceptions to the rule for this!

Dec 01, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Favorite Menu Items in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Teaneck, and Beyond

And I forgot - carrot milkshake and fish tacos at Cafe K in Manhattan.
Low-fat ginger sesame salad dressing at Circa.
EVERYTHING AT BABYCAKES.

Dec 01, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

Actually, I sort of take this back. According to google maps it would take 12 minutes to get to HEB from the Radisson downtown. Maybe we can enlist someone with a car for a quick 45 minutes diversion here and there.

Dec 01, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

But what if the hotel sink was traif? Wouldn't that be a kashrus problem?

Dec 01, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

We live in Brooklyn without a car and without a Costco membership, so if you know of another place or another type of bar, I'd love to hear a recommendation! I find the cholov yisrael granola bars generally to be chock-full of sugar and kind of grainy and strange.

Yes, Madras - I would eat Pareve things there and hope I get to hit it up with my husband during my stay! Unfortunately we run into the same problem of taking away from family time and no car to get around, so that may not happen.

Yeah, the HEB is great and the Randalls has kosher baked goods. I'm close with Chabad there, but I don't want to ask them to deliver home cooked meals to us, that seems a bit brazen. And last I checked, Hillel's kosher cafe for students was defunct :(

Dec 01, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

Good points Gila. Yes, I am used to cooking vegetarian, obviously, and will be more than well-stocked with the local grocery stores' selection.

Dec 01, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

Thanks for the info! Now that I think of it, this is exactly where I saw this sort of thing advertised! Spot on Val, thanks.

Dec 01, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

I grew up in Austin, and know that it is super duper spread out and that traffic is normally awful. The problem with going there also is that we would be relying on a family member to take us in their car and things will be very hectic with the wedding and we'd prefer not to take away from family time. Yes, it's a great resource, but things will be too hectic to make regular trips probably.

Dec 01, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

Hi Gila,
Yes, indeed, we plan on stocking up at a regular supermarket and not buying things available in Austin in New York.

Thanks for that thread, I'll check it out!
Great ideas about bringing appliances instead of food. I think that may be our best bet. I really do need well rounded meals, I'd like a salad for lunch rather than a sandwich!

I've had the bumblebee fish before, it's pretty decent! Might buy that in Austin, thanks!

Dec 01, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

Adina, I'm looking at the website for My Own meals and it doesn't look like they sell the vegetarian ones in packs less than 20. And how would we boil water in the sink, or make it hot enough so that there's no kashrus issues? Have you done this before, and has it worked?

The problem with the dairy stuff is that we keep chalav yisrael. So we plan on taking some hard cheeses, but unfortunately for yogurt or cream cheese we'd have to go to the HEB on Far West and that would be quite a trip. We're arriving on a Sunday night, sightseeing with family in one car all day on Monday, and Wednesday and Thursday is wedding stuff. Maybe one of those meals we'll go to the kosher store with family and stock up on SOME stuff, but I'm not sure what day that's going to be.

Dec 01, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

I can see a sandwich being a meal for lunch here or there, but for lunch and dinner for four days?
Good idea for the eggs! I'll have to see if the hotel has microwaves.
Thanks for the info about the peanut butter! However, I hadn't planned on taking anything with me that I could theoretically buy at a regular grocery store in Austin, so I don't think there is a reason for concern there.

Dec 01, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Kosher Shipping, or Foods to Travel Well

Heya Chowhounds, my husband and I are traveling to Austin for a wedding next month and staying for about four days. I know about the kosher deli there but we won't really have access to our own car and don't want to inconvenience people too much. We are vegetarians and keep cholov yisrael and eat fish.

Maybe this is a stretch, but would anyone deliver ready made meals to our hotel in Austin? I seem to remember hearing about a place that would be willing to do this...is that wishful thinking or does that exist?

Alternatively or in supplement, what are some foods we can take that travel well? Besides the obvious granola bars, trail mix, cans of peanut butter etc. We can buy that near the hotel where we're staying, but I'm really something that might be a satisfying meal substitute. I'm thinking cheese sticks or something - we're on a 4 hour flight from Newark to Austin and I'm sure they would keep, I've kept them in my purse for longer.

Thanks!

Dec 01, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Favorite Menu Items in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Teaneck, and Beyond

Seitan Tacquitos at Caravan of Dreams
Biscuits and Gravy at Sacred Chow
Pumpkin Soup, samosas, pad thai, and come to think of it - EVERYTHING at Wild Ginger
Fish and desserts at Olga's (but everything is great!)
Everything decadent, dairy, and delicious at Va Bene
Marghareta pizza, cannelini, spiced wine, or coffee at Basil
Desserts at Pardes (not a big fan of their regular food, service, or ambience)
Nachos at Cafe Hadar in Flatbush
Ginormous salads and fruity drinks at Amazon or Sunflower Cafe in Flatbush
Spicy salmon something or other (forgot the name, but should be obvious from the menu) at Dakshin

Dec 01, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher

Favorite Menu Items in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Teaneck, and Beyond

YES yes yes to the pumpkin soup at Wild Ginger. It is so so good. Their samosas and pad thai are also excellent, and they have decent drinks too and wonderful service!

Dec 01, 2011
ilanaR in Kosher