Hotel Tips for Plant-Eaters

A lot of my travel finds me in hotel rooms with limited room service menus and even more limited restaurants.  I usually have a list of possibilities from but very often, it’s late and traipsing around unfamiliar territory looking for an obscure address (or a casual dining restaurant that can at least rustle up a baked potato and broccoli) gets very old very fast.

So I always try to travel with some quick fixes that I can eat in the room.  We keep a basket on the kitchen desk to toss in “finds” to pack for the next trip.

The things I am always looking for are easy, lightweight snacks that I can prepare in a hotel room with hot water from the coffee maker (be sure that you swing out the basket other the water will take like coffee – the oils cling to everything). It has to come with its own bowl or work in a hotel cup.

An all-time favorite is Instant Miso Soup – Kikkoman makes several variations that are readily available – usually three to a package.  And they also make a good Wakame Soup as well.

Another good bet are the vegan quick fixes form Thai Kitchen – two with their own bowls are

           Kitchen’s Instant Rice Noodle Soup: Garlic & vegetable and Spring Onion

Rice Noodle Soup Bowls:  Roasted Garlic, Mushroom, Spring Onion, Hot & Sour

Instant oatmeal, is a great standby – but not so necessary any more as most hotel dining rooms will provide real oatmeal. But it’s quick and easy and works in a mug

If the travel distance isn’t too great, I throw in a few extra small container of Hummus – see the earlier post on “Hummus is a Gel” which is a reminder that only small packets will work.

Nuts – almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews – in small packages

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