Travel Thursday – Eating in Hotel Rooms

Travel Thursday – Eating in Hotel Rooms

I’ve mentioned before that I do a lot of travel for my job.  For the time being, most of that travel is around the state, so I’m able to drive to where I need to go.  The advantage of having a car is that I can track down a local grocery and picnic in my hotel room, thus better controlling what I eat and at least making some efforts to being healthy.  It also gives me a chance to try out various small servings of wine.

I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve picked up as I’ve been doing this over the last few months.

First off, if you can find a Trader Joe’s, so much the better.  They have great salads and a good selection of affordable wine, particularly in smaller sizes.  The Underwood wine is a good wine for being in a can: I liked the Rose but was especially fond of the Pinot Gris, as it had a nice fruity, grapefruit tone.  Here are pics of both:

black sheep and pinot gris black sheep and rose

I also like the Bota Minis – this is pretty standard wine and will do in a pinch:

black sheep and bota box

I wasn’t trying to be particularly classy here with my plastic wine glass – I just didn’t particularly trust the glassware in the hotel I was in.

I usually aim for comfort food for my entree for my hotel meals.  I think it is because I don’t actually like traveling all that much – I miss my nightly routine that involves snuggling with a dog, being walked over by several cats, talking with my husband, and watching TV shows on Netflix and Hulu.  I gravitate toward Amy’s entrees – as you can see in these photos, I especially like the mac and cheese.  The pesto tortellini in the photo below is Trader Joe’s brand and I didn’t like it – the pesto just wasn’t flavorful.  I also like Evol’s Truffle Parmesan Mac and Cheese.

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bend dinner 1 bend dinner 2

I always, always aim for having a salad with dinner.  Most grocery stores will have some sort of basic salad, and I’ve found that health food stores or Trader Joe’s tend to have a better selection.  Top left photo was a mozzarella and tomato salad from Fred Meyer.  Top right was a spinach salad, also from Fred Meyer, that came with bacon, cheese, and dried cranberries. I’d already had a turkey wrap for lunch that day, and decided to keep the spinach and cheese, skip the bacon, cranberries and salad dressing, and add raspberries.  Bottom left was a green salad with beets and apples and the bottom right was a kale salad with edamame, tomatoes, and green onion.

I confess that I also always seek out dessert when I’m having a hotel meal. It’s a comfort thing – since we don’t usually eat dessert at home, it’s a little change that makes traveling a bit better.

As far as hotels go, I usually check first to make sure that the hotel I’ll be in has a mini-fridge and a microwave.  I’ve had good luck with Holiday Inn Express and Suites as well as with Comfort Inn.

So to sum up – good wine, comfort food, a salad and dessert are great ways to make a business hotel stay fun.

Happy travels!



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