New National Menu February, 2020

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  1. Feb 13, 2020 at 7:14 PM #51

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    I'm all for Pork (Bacon/Sausage/Chops) YUMM!
    I don't like many green vegetables, but it doesn't bother nor offend me if they are also on the menu:D
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  2. Feb 13, 2020 at 8:03 PM #52

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    It seems to me that pork prices have fallen in recent years and it is considered a low cost source of protein.
     
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  3. Feb 13, 2020 at 8:32 PM #53

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    I have homes in 2 very different - both religiously and politically - parts of the country (Northeast/NY City area versus deep south/Gulf Coast area), one child living in the mid-west and another living at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

    I've never encountered pork or pork products NOT being available at any restaurant, hotel or supermarket to which I've ever been. Other than those that provide service to particular religious groups or vegetarians, I can't imagine this being a widespread policy. And I definitely don't see Amtrak's clientele being one for which this would cause an issue.
     
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  4. Feb 13, 2020 at 9:17 PM #54

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    Yeah, I also haven't seen any mass-market grocery store or restaurant not offering pork products specifically. Even the local co-ops offer it here in the Twin Cities. Certain ethnic stores and restaurants may not offer it, but even there I've never found it to be very in-your-face about it.
     
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    Spent some time in Saudi Arabia where pork was. . .uh. . . scarce. So scare, the Brits I chummed with told of a comrade who successfully smuggled a caged small pig into the country for a traditional English Christmas ham dinner by telling the inquisitive customs agent (who'd apparently never seen one) it was a Mexican hunting dog!
     
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  6. Feb 13, 2020 at 9:51 PM #56

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    I've bitten into doughnuts, cookies, muffins, and apple pie only to discover they had been tainted by someone's desire to add bacon to almost everything. I didn't find it offensive so much as clumsy and unwarranted. Fresh bacon is an excellent match alongside eggs and toast or scrambled into an omelette with cheese and salsa, but stale bacon chips don't do much to enhance baked goods or sweet treats in my view.
     
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  7. Feb 14, 2020 at 2:42 AM #57

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    That sounds like a Brit with a great sense of humor & adventure!
    I'm guessing Saudis had no objection to having Mexican Hunting Dog on the Christmas Dinner menu. I'm also guessing the Brits didn't make a big deal about it being Christmas, either.??
     
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    Not sure what part of Florida you are living in ... the part I live in has absolutely NO PROBLEM with pork! I haven't seen any traditional restaurants, hotels or grocery stores quit selling it.

    If we are going to eliminate pork off of Amtrak because of political and/or religious reasons - we would also need to eliminate coffee, soda and alcohol from the menu.
     
  9. Feb 14, 2020 at 3:31 AM #59

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    The foreign nationals seemed to be congregated in our own enclaves where I was. Most Americans lived in Aramco. The Brits working for Northrop International had the own, smaller gated community. When not at work with the Saudis we were free to celebrate our own holidays as long as we kept it quiet and otherwise invisible.

    But that was more than 40 years ago. And this is straying far off the subject.
     
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    Was this the same poster that said nobody can sing Chattanooga choo choo anymore?

    I’ll have my HAM and eggs in Carolina, thank you!
     
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    "When you hear the whistle blowing eight-to-the-bar,
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    And, if it isn't, then you must be on the City of New Orleans....:p
     
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    I think we left the subject a long time ago. Heck of a rare mileage conversational excursion...
     
  13. Feb 14, 2020 at 3:25 PM #63

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    Agreed - but thanks for the story!
    Has anyone benefited from the new menu yet?
    Can anyone confirm if the new menu is available on the Auto Train yet?
    ET:)
     
  14. Feb 14, 2020 at 10:39 PM #64

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    Be sure not to stay at that place again. There's no shortage of pork products here in the Chicago area, either in grocery stores or restaurants. Most breakfast menus are loaded with sausage, bacon and ham -- from pigs, not chickens. And barbecue places are also extremely popular.
     
  15. Feb 14, 2020 at 10:59 PM #65

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    Auto train has a simpler menu of 4 or 5 choices. Many of the choices are very similar. One plus though is that they do offer the first glass of wine complimentary.
     
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  16. Feb 14, 2020 at 11:41 PM #66

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    That's only a plus to those who drink wine/alcohol - doesn't help the rest of us
     
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    The menu is appealing and my steak was well prepared and served by staff who were doing their job appropriately.
     
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