Tasty Travel Food: Top 12 Meals
That’s what I thought until I read that I have to carry my own food. Wha?! On my adventure travels, I expect sherpas to carry and cook my food. But apparently not this time. I’m on my own.
So I was going to do a taste comparison of the pre-packaged camping food on sale at REI. Tempting items like Kung-Pao Chicken and Beef Stroganoff. I couldn’t bring myself to buy the stuff though. Completely unappetizing.
When I travel rough, I like to have “real” food. (I use that term lightly.) Here’re my top 12 picks:
1) Let’s not over-think things here: Instant oatmeal. Done. You can throw in some of the dried cranberries from your trail mix if you want.
Served with a cup of instant a) General Foods International Coffee, b) Trader Joe’s Chai, or c) Hot Chocolate packets.
2) Salami, apples, cheese, and loaf of French bread (or crackers). Swank.
3) I also think those pre-seasoned packets of tuna are a pretty good option. Simple.
4) Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches rock in the fresh air. Classic.
5) Chunky soup in a can. I like the kind with meat patties. Also the chicken and rice. If you’re worried about the weight of the can, you can always transfer to a (very secure) zip-lock baggie. Hot option.
6) Trader Joe’s Tasty Bites. Pre-packaged Indian food that is pretty yummy. I was turned on to Tasty Bites eons ago by my friend Natasha while camping in Washington State’s Cascade Mountains. Favs include Kashmir Spinach, Channa Masala , Bengal Lentils.
7) Minute rice. Lives up to its name. Can then slop lots of stuff on it like canned chili, some fried Spam (yes, I grew up in Hawaii where we love our Spam), Tasty Bites, etc.
8) Boxed mac and cheese. Best with some butter and milk (even the powdered kind), but certainly do-able with water.
9) Spaghetti. Just transfer the contents of the glass jar into a baggie (see above), and garb some noodles. No need to heat the sauce separately, it’ll gain enough heat from the hot noodles if you mix it right away. Pre-grated parm on top is a bonus.
10) Veggies like an onion, zucchini, peppers, squash – travel well and are easy to kabob and place over a flame. If you have a drizzle of oil and sea salt – even better.
11) Chance of fresh fish? Be prepared. Just kill and gut the fish (yes, I can do this), wrap the fillet in some tin foil with a little onion, lemon, salt and pepper – a drizzle of olive oil wouldn’t hurt – a sprig of rosemary or thyme would be divine. Voila! A fabulous meal (served over the Minute Rice, of course).
12) Whiskey – Not a food group, you say? In my Irish eyes it is.
I don’t care how hungry and cold you are, the best “meal” around a campfire is passing a flask. Also a few swigs taste pretty good while snuggled in your sleeping bag. Just saying.
What’s your favorite travel rough meal?
This entry was posted on Saturday, October 9th, 2010 and is filed under Food & Drink.