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#21 FrensicPic

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:26 PM

Also,depending on the Server/LSA, you can sometimes order from the "Kiddie Menu", which can be a Hot Dog( they used to be better with the Pretzel Bun) or Mac and Cheese!

One time, my wife tried ordering BOTH mac and cheese and the hot dog from the children's menu. NOPE, one or the other but not both!


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:27 PM

How do you explain the perfectly even color, unchanging texture, and inability to change virtually anything about the egg entrees if theyre stocked and cooked from whole eggs?

Sometimes, people's perceptions are biased by their expectations?

That's something scientists have to be wary of when they do experiments to test a hypothesis.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:37 PM

Is "..not too bad,which is better than expected.."" really a positive when it comes to Amchow?
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:07 PM

The Food Fact site I also a good way to know what is created off train, and re-heated on board.

 

When you click the link for the actual offerings, you will get a pop up with nutritional data (if your like me and have to watch sodium ready carefully), 

some have ingredient lists, and you'll see notes such as it is a meal kit, or it will state what company made it (like Amy's), and/or how the dining car 

staff has to prepare it.  

 

From what posters have commented,  the Chef Inspired entrees are often in short supply.

 

http://www.amtrakfoodfacts.com

 

 

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Thank you so much for this! Very helpful for getting the carbs for my diabetes =)



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Posted 14 January 2018 - 09:45 AM

Is "..not too bad,which is better than expected.."" really a positive when it comes to Amchow?


Actually I think it is. It's much better now than it was just a year or two ago, I used to actively avoid the dining car most of the time. Even free/included, was overpriced if it's not good. This trip however unnoticed a marked improvement, both on the Creacent, and the Capitol Limited. Other than not having any choices except the burger for lunch yesterday (really wanted to try the mussels) , it's been good. I passed on the burger and ate in DC....

So from my past experience, over decades of travel, better than expected is a positive.


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Posted Yesterday, 02:54 PM

I am no expert, but I am pretty sure they crack the eggs on board, both on Western and Eastern trains-I've noticed some are more scrambled than others, with some white still around, which is how I like them. My eggs this morning were great, light and fluffy, and clearly hand scrambled, not from a box. Served over the quesadilla, with tomatillo salsa and sausage, was actually very good, much better than I expected it to be!


I must admit that looks like real whole eggs from here. You can see the variations in color and texture plain as day. Commercial egg mix generally gives itself away with a lighter shade of yellow with extremely even color and texture. I've been told that sometimes the mix is used when the whole eggs run out, either due to heavy ordering or insufficient stock before departure. I've also been told that eggs vs. mix sometimes changes depending on other factors, such as changes in the price or availability of eggs and how the F&B budget is holding up relative to the number of recorded diners. No idea how much (if any) of that is true or not.

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Posted Yesterday, 06:33 PM

Me either. All three trains I've been on this week used real eggs. The Crescent, Capitol Limited, and the SW Chief. Breakfast (and really all) meals seem to be much better. The chilaquillea, steamed mussels, quesadilla, and even the Biryani are all nice changes from the regular endless scrambled eggs, burger, steak rotation. And just from observation, it looked like they were selling more of those new meals, than the old standbys. That's promising.

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Posted Yesterday, 10:52 PM

On the current menu, I think the Salmon is also grilled to order. 

 

On the single level trains you can see and hear the whole eggs being cracked and scrambled if you have a seat close to the kitchen.


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