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#1 kiwionatrain

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 06:29 AM

Hi Guys

It doesn't look like we have a thread for favorite snacks to take on the train (search didn't come up with anything recent anyway) thought I might get the ball rolling

When I was using the european night trains I found Salami & cheese sandwitchs with a small bottle of coke/fanta were great and for any journey I made sure I had a bag of (what I think was) pumpkin seeds

Anyone else want to chip in ?

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 06:39 AM

I like those small packets of ice tea that you can put in water. They are light weight and you can purchase bottles of cold water on the train to make them with.
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Posted 18 March 2010 - 07:41 AM

Fruit snacks Sunkist or Welch

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 07:57 AM

I love the hummus and crackers.
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Posted 18 March 2010 - 08:14 AM

Doughnut holes

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 08:59 AM

I love the hummus and crackers.


I wish we could get that on the Heartland Flyer but I always enjoy the big Cheeseburger they offer. Even for a microwave it is pretty good and for sure filling, especially if you kick it down with a beer :)

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 09:03 AM

Since I like Diet Coke instead of Pepsi :angry: , I take a 8 pack of small bottles, also peanuts or almonds and the 100 calorie packs of cookies along with the small dark chocolate bars from Hersey. This is a compromise with my so called diet :lol: and the high prices charged in the cafe cars! :angry:

Edited by jimhudson, 18 March 2010 - 09:04 AM.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 09:17 AM

Cakebread Cellars, Cabernet 2006..... :lol:

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 09:22 AM

I usually do not bring anything of my own. If somebody has to get my money I would rather it be Amtrak(expensive or not) than somebody else.

Often I am in sleeper,meals included anyway. I try to avoid between meal snacking. Similarly I try to avoid snacking at hotels aside from a diet soda.

Besides which I grew up in an era when lounge cars often did not have much solid food anyway. It was sort of the diner or bring your own. Yes, in the pre Amtrak era there were sometimes coffee shop lounges, various models of cafe lounges etc but these were more of a sit-down diner substitute........not a place you casually strolled into between meal times and got a sandwich or hot dog or something to go.

Edited by Bill Haithcoat, 18 March 2010 - 09:32 AM.


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Posted 18 March 2010 - 10:42 AM

We are usually in the sleepers, so we bring
Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss, Crackers
White Wine
Cookies-Pecan Sandies & Striped Shortbread
Hershey's Kisses




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Posted 18 March 2010 - 11:56 AM

I like to bring some fruit if I can because the 510 doesn't stock it normally, because of the border issues. You can carry some oranges on northbound and eat them before you disembark, but southbound they won't let you bring any fruit onto the train.

I always carry some kind of trail mix that I make myself, maybe just raw almonds and dried cranberries. I usually bring some candied ginger too.

I bring my own food to save money, but also because I have a lot of dietary complications that aren't well served with the bistro car menu. Also I have been stuck on the train for hours, or in the station waiting, and it just seems wise to have a little something along just in case.

We're going to Portland on Sunday, I think I'll bring some grapes and some almonds and maybe some rice crackers and some cheese.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 01:33 PM

I pack various types of snacks when I travel on Amtrak, even though I have a roomette and get meals in the dining car.
I often want a late night snack, and the lounge cars on the trains have very erratic hours, to say the least.
The last couple of times I was aboard the Lakeshore Ltd going into NY City, they got rid of the lounge and dining cars
in Albany, so for the last few hours of the trip there was no food or drink available.
So, I always take a few little snack items just in case I need them.
I usually some type of crackers, or cheese cracker snacks, maybe some canned tuna salad, some type of cheese, etc.
Always a good idea to be prepared when aboard Amtrak......



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Posted 18 March 2010 - 03:51 PM

I have type 2 diabetes and need to eat at regular intervals. Amtrak dining car food isn't great for diabetics but it's not completely bad either. And so far I've been able to maintain excellent blood sugar levels. I bring dried fruit such as raisins along with unsalted peanuts or almonds. I also bring packages of turkey pepperoni bites as well. If the SCA isn't very generous with bottled water I will buy diet Pepsi from the lounge though I prefer Coke products.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 04:19 PM

I always travel with Little Debbie brownies. That is my "emergency" food. Getting smooshed in the luggage doesn't hurt 'em - except to squeeze out the calories :lol:

For real snacking, I usually make up some kind of trail mix. Plus I always bring Dr Pepper.
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Posted 18 March 2010 - 04:22 PM

Coke. I hate Pepsi.
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Posted 18 March 2010 - 04:59 PM

For european night trains: Jack Daniels (or any other decent booze) and coke.
For day trains: 2 apples, 2 bananas, 1 chocolate bar, 1 sandwich and at least half a gallon of water per 8 hrs of train ride.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 06:29 PM

I miss fresh fruit when on a train, so like to take a few apples. In your case might I suggest .. Chinese Gooseberries..

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 08:00 PM

A thermos of Manhattans has served me well. And some good fruit. I get a kick out of taking out my pocketknife and peeling it in my seat.

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 10:01 PM

I miss fresh fruit when on a train, so like to take a few apples. In your case might I suggest .. Chinese Gooseberries..

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MMM! Chinese Gooseberries! Yum! They are so tasty!




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Posted 19 March 2010 - 04:16 AM

I take a couple of cans of Dr Pepper and cashew nuts.
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