Terry Hope Romero, Laura Theodore, Ellen Jaffe Jones, Marisa Miller Wolfson, Brendan Brazier, Dr. Michael Gregor, Rebecca Gilbert, Gena Hamshaw and Matthew Frazier, and Jenny Brown to name more than a handful. Also running around and meeting all the vendors and in a pinch filling in and conducting a Q & A when a scheduling snafu left an empty stage.
I just started my 15 day rotation and in discussing food, (one of a pilot's MAJOR concerns ... I know, you thought it was the safety of flight
This is in response to that statement. I'm going to chronicle my food over the next 15 days. What I ate, how and where I got it. Just to show you that it can be done.
First day was crazy and had a The Simply Bar and a Purefit bar to stave off the hunger as a calm day turned into a scramble to plan a possible recovery flight, (to dash off and save the day when an airplane has a mechanical problem), then go back to plan A, then have a test flight for an airplane that just came out of maintenance thrown into the works, then go back to plan A again and head off to Michigan.
I packed a bag when I left the house. It had an Amy's Breakfast and a Non-Dairy bean burrito, container of Silk coffee creamer, (my lifeblood), 2 half opened packages of Daiya cheese, half a bottle of Maple Farms Fat Free salad dressing, some Primal Strips, vegan jerky, Purefit and The Simply bars, a few small hummus containers and a half pack of Pepperidge Farms Deli Flats, and a bottle of hot sauce. I think. My room didn't have a microwave or fridge and my cooler bag is in the kitchen of the hotel right now.
So last night when I did arrive I heated up one the bean burrito with Daiya in the microwave, had some primal strips, a deli flat with one of the containers of hummus. No eating out.
Today the free breakfast had packets of oatmeal that I wasn't in the mood for, (hoping for some cooked oatmeal), and no fresh fruit. It truly is amazing how crappy we eat. The only thing that wasn't processed or dead was a banana. I had my breakfast burrito with daiya and hot sauce with a few cups of Silk lightened coffee.
There's a Meijer Supermarket across the street so I'm off to see what I can find there. I am scheduled to be back in Teterboro tonight at about 3 in the morning so I'll have access to my car and a Stop and Shop nearby that has a few pretty good options. (No Daiya yet but I asked the dairy manager to see about ordering some. We'll see if that happened).
I went over to the Meijer and it truly is amazing how many vegan options are there. I even found vegan ramen noodles. Here's the pic of my Meijer adventure. Now, how can I fit it all into my cooler bag? One of the tricks I've come across it to ditch the packaging. If something isn't in a soft plastic bag, repackage it.
|This Hawaiian Style tofu from Melissa's looked great but was still on the shelf on 3/7. Expired and they didn't have any more. |
|The first 2 of about 5 freezer sections with mostly veggie/vegan options. Milk and Eggs in Morningstar and Boca. Come on already!|
|The sign says, "Frozen Meatless Options" It's the first one specifically stating "meatless" I've ever seen.|
|For Pontiac, Michigan ... well, for anywhere, this is an impressive display of prepared veggie and vegan options.|
|This whole aisle is international foods. Listen to my walking commentary, not because it's good but because it's my first:|
|Soooo, what happens to all of this?|
|It all smooshes down into this.|
|$24 and I will probably have to throw some of it out...still not bad for 2 days of eating on the road.|
While in Teterboro later in the day, I topped one of the Boca Burgers with Daiya and popped it into the microwave. It was a bit soggy but the Daiya was mmmmm ... Daiya. I realized that the 100 calorie claim on the outside of the package of Arnold pocket thins was deceptive at best. 1/2 of the pocket is 100 calories so I should have stuck with my Pepperidge Farms Deli Thins. Anyway I wolfed this down with a handful of the salad and some of my dressing. I chomped a few carrots and a broc and that was it until we got back from out next trip (at 3am) when I wolfed down an untouched plate of delicious honeydew, a few paltry berries, some cant elope that tasted like potato and sweet and delicious pineapple. That's it for today on the food front.
Day 3 (I think).
We got into the hotel around 4 AM, (now you know why I'm not sure what day this is), and have to be back at the airport at 230pm. I woke up, had 2 cups of coffee with silk, the burrito with Daiya, some hot sauce, (neeeed hotter), and all of the fruit. Total cost for breakfast. Zero.
We're going to make a quick stop at the supermarket as our overnight tonight, (always in theory), is Minneapolis and we may be getting in a bit late to have many restaurant dinner choices.