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#41 desertflyer

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 09:23 PM

Hopefully you will have a trip report with pictures coming :)

 

 

Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures this last trip. I'm sure someone else will deliver.



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 06:38 AM

A seatmate had the mussels and said they were really good. I think it needs another side or something since it's just a big bowl of mussels with sauce.


Was there NOT warm bread?! Amtrak food facts mentioned warm bread in the description, and I was already imagining my glorious satiation as I sopped up ounce upon ounce of golden, garlicky broth with piles of warm crusty bread.

Well maybe not piles, because it's Amtrak, but maybe a couple of pieces.

I'll be heartbroken if there was no bread.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 09:44 AM

 

A seatmate had the mussels and said they were really good. I think it needs another side or something since it's just a big bowl of mussels with sauce.


Was there NOT warm bread?! Amtrak food facts mentioned warm bread in the description, and I was already imagining my glorious satiation as I sopped up ounce upon ounce of golden, garlicky broth with piles of warm crusty bread.

Well maybe not piles, because it's Amtrak, but maybe a couple of pieces.

I'll be heartbroken if there was no bread.

 

Most likely just the standard dinner rolls they serve on the train.



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 09:46 AM

 

A seatmate had the mussels and said they were really good. I think it needs another side or something since it's just a big bowl of mussels with sauce.


Was there NOT warm bread?! Amtrak food facts mentioned warm bread in the description, and I was already imagining my glorious satiation as I sopped up ounce upon ounce of golden, garlicky broth with piles of warm crusty bread.

Well maybe not piles, because it's Amtrak, but maybe a couple of pieces.

I'll be heartbroken if there was no bread.

 

 

I like the cut of your jib.  :lol:


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 09:48 AM

Some items don't cook properly without some salt, adding it later doesn't cut it, it isn't just about saltier taste. Cooking without any added salt will not work.

 

I did not know that. Thanks for the education.

 

With no evidence to support my conclusion, I still believe there is way more salt than necessary in most foods.



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 09:53 AM

Was there NOT warm bread?!


On some trains, there is warm bread with supper, but it has been years since I've had a warm dinner roll on the Empire Builder. It always surprises me that the dining car staff does not warm the bread before bringing it to the table.



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 09:54 AM

There is plenty of evidence to support the notion that there is too much salt in many prepared foods. When companies have put there minds to it, major reductions in sodium have been achieved without killing taste. Not always possible, but certainly achievable in many cases. People who need to avoid sodium content absolutely need to read labels, lots of foods don't taste salty at all, but are loaded with it.


Edited by PVD, 06 October 2017 - 09:57 AM.


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 03:58 PM

I guess it's time for me to send that certified letter to Mr. Anderson about Amtrak's lack of ingredients lists.  All this "new food", still no idea whether I can eat any of it.


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 02:03 PM

As promised, photos of all sections of the menu on amtrak 6 Emy-chi departing 10/7. Attached File  IMG_2043.jpg   1.59MB   31 downloadsAttached File  IMG_2044.jpg   1.67MB   36 downloadsAttached File  IMG_2045.jpg   1.51MB   28 downloadsAttached File  IMG_2046.jpg   1.52MB   28 downloads


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 02:20 PM

Anyone have the new Parlor Car lunch menu? Or is it somewhere here and I missed it? Thanks :).



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 06:36 PM

Just a one riders insight into new menu experience, I rode 421 the other day with the new menu on both Eagle and Sunset.

The Romaine Salad was refreshing and good in my experience, only problem was our chef didn't thaw the "little pucks" of goat cheese!  When talking to him about this, he explained they would get mushy if thawed.  Then on Sunset it looked like the chef had thawed and cut up the cheese into small slices.

One followed the rules and it didn't work, one bent the rules and it looked to work, he'll probably get written up for doing it right.

The Breakfast Special #1 scrambled eggs on a quesadillas was decedent for Amtrak, par for the real world.

The Dinner special #2 Shrimp Biryani was a reasonable quality and taste frozen dinner with a good kick to it, which is better than a bland low quality frozen dinner but is still a frozen dinner at heart. I'm not sure based on the demographic of the dinning car it will work but I give them credit for trying this.

The Raspberry Tart with real whip cream, was the goods, had it both nights with dinner, best dessert I've had on Amtrak in a long time.

I have always thought the menu was too bland, so it was refreshing to see some new items with some kick. With the more recent cuts the menu had just become bad, this is a small but good step in the right direction.


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 06:40 PM

There is plenty of evidence to support the notion that there is too much salt in many prepared foods. When companies have put there minds to it, major reductions in sodium have been achieved without killing taste. Not always possible, but certainly achievable in many cases. People who need to avoid sodium content absolutely need to read labels, lots of foods don't taste salty at all, but are loaded with it.

I am a survivor of 2 heart attacks, death and a heart transplant. The first thing they teach one in heart healthy nutrition school, is not to eat prepared frozen meals. Loaded with salt. TV dinners, frozen chicken, Hungry Man, Amtrak Dinners, heavy with salt. Salisbury steak was mentioned too. My freezer is all but empty as I only do fresh and free range and very little red meat. More work, but hey, I am alive. I cut out the carbs too and lost 110 pounds. I do know that few Amtrak entrees are not made on board.


Edited by zepherdude, 07 October 2017 - 07:33 PM.

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 06:47 PM

Although a bit of topic, I was on the LSL a few weeks ago. I was surprised that the side garden salad was discontinued and plastic utensils are now used for the meals.  How long has this been going on?


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 06:49 PM

Although a bit of topic, I was on the LSL a few weeks ago. I was surprised that the side garden salad was discontinued and plastic utensils are now used for the meals.  How long has this been going on?

Maybe because the LSL has the diner lite?  The side salad was on at least one of the 3 trains I was on the past 1-1/2 weeks (though I declined it).  And we had metal utensils for at least some of the meals.  



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 07:18 PM

 

Although a bit of topic, I was on the LSL a few weeks ago. I was surprised that the side garden salad was discontinued and plastic utensils are now used for the meals.  How long has this been going on?

Maybe because the LSL has the diner lite?  The side salad was on at least one of the 3 trains I was on the past 1-1/2 weeks (though I declined it).  And we had metal utensils for at least some of the meals.  

 

I was on the LSL a couple of weeks ago and there was no side salad and plastic utensils.  As Betty mentioned, I believe the lack of salad and use of plastic utensils is due to the fact that the LSL does not currently have a full diner.  I have been on 5 other LD trains (with full diners) in the last couple of weeks and side salads were always offered and plastic utensils were not.


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 04:49 AM

The new Land & Sea item does not do anything for me.  The "straight" steak and shrimp item was good, but the idea of a "miscellaneous seafood cake" doesn't do anything for me (whereas I'd have happily gone for a straight crabcake).

With that being said, the Shrimp Briyani (sp?), salmon, and risotto all look like they're worth a look...but with respect to whomever pulled this together?  As a regular sleeper passenger, you've just downsold me by $20/trip.


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 07:12 AM

I gave the mussels an A for creativity, but they have to be handled very carefully, and this case the instructions are pretty clear that the pre-cooked, package has be

"cooked" from frozen, I would assume that "cooking" means a water bath.

 

I like the note about this lunch entree becoming a passenger and crew favorite.  Does the dining car staff have a "family meal" before the start of service ??

 

http://www.amtrakfoo...ALL-2017-17.pdf

 

 

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 02:59 PM

As for the food choices, we were on four Amtrak LD trips last year and not one had the "ACAT Inspired Special" . We always took the first dinner seating and still no specials. Has anyone here ever been served one of these dishes or is the addition of it to the menu just taking up space?  It says "limited availability" but is was so limited it wasn't available.



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Posted 10 October 2017 - 03:50 PM

As for the food choices, we were on four Amtrak LD trips last year and not one had the "ACAT Inspired Special" . We always took the first dinner seating and still no specials. Has anyone here ever been served one of these dishes or is the addition of it to the menu just taking up space?  It says "limited availability" but is was so limited it wasn't available.

I had the same expierence, they were always "out" of the specials or they had been "discontinued" according to the LSA.
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Posted 10 October 2017 - 06:43 PM

I wonder what the staff has for dinner?
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