May 30, 2016 3:34 am at 3:34 am #617771akupermaParticipant
The Amtrak website claims they have kosher food for passengers in sleeping cars on the long distance train (e.g. East Coast to Chicago). Does anyone know how they do this, what they offer, under whose supervision, etc.? Frankly, it seems easier to bring a small electric kettle and some of the “MRE” type meals (such as the self-heating meals from LaBruite)and prepare them myself.May 30, 2016 10:25 am at 10:25 am #1153550
Its probably double wrapped airline food. Thats what cruises offer if you take a regular cruise (as opposed to a Kosherica cruise where its fresh kosher) and what you can get in disney world.
While I forgot the exact hashgacha of the ones I got in Disney world, It was a national Hashghcha (ou, ok etc) and not some local one.May 30, 2016 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm #1153551akupermaParticipant
Has anyone actually gotten a kosher meal on an Amtrak train? Cruise ships and airlines routinely serve meals to all passengers, whereas on a train only a small number of people eat in a dining car, though unlike a plane, passengers have a lot of room to prepare food themselves (especially in a sleeping car).May 30, 2016 8:50 pm at 8:50 pm #1153552
My only experience is with the “Auto Train”, a long distance nonstop Amtrak route between northern Virginia (near DC) and central FL (near Orlando) where you can load your vehicles and bring them too. Kosher food was available for dinner in both the sleeper passengers’ dining car and the coach passengers’ dining car. The meals were frozen double-wrapped chicken and rice airline style meals heated in an oven before serving. Breakfast was also served in the dining cars the next morning, and consisted of Kellogs cereals (served with non-CY milk), fresh whole fruit, and orange juice. There were muffins that were not kosher, and the servers (seeing that we were frum) offered us heated bagels that came from a package bearing an OU, but since they were not in a sealed container (nor double wrapped when heated), we politely declined them. I would certainly recommend packing extra snacks, or even your own meal if you dislike plastic wrapped frozen dinners.
Make sure to let Amtrak know that you need kosher meals for your trip, so they can have them ready for you.
BTW – the train cars I traveled in had outlets, but not sure if they had enough juice to operate a kettle. I’d doubt that would even be allowed. It might be better to bring a small cooler with sandwiches.May 30, 2016 9:26 pm at 9:26 pm #1153553
Do NOT bring MRE’s onto the trains without asking. It might set off smoke alams or scare other passengers especially with the smokeMay 30, 2016 9:35 pm at 9:35 pm #1153554
Do NOT bring MRE’s onto the trains without asking. It might set off smoke alams or scare other passengers especially with the smoke
I agree that it’s a good idea to ask first, but I don’t think that self-heating MREs produce any smoke. They use a chemical reaction that heats the food to not much more than 100 degrees F. The kettle is much more problematic due to the required voltage and temperatures (but they don’t produce smoke either).May 30, 2016 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm #1153555
I was once going to use one on a plane and the flight attendent stopped me from using itMay 31, 2016 2:23 pm at 2:23 pm #1153556
I was once going to use one on a plane and the flight attendent stopped me from using it
A plane is a completely different animal from an Amtrak train. I’m surprised (and a little horrified) that your self-heating bag made it through the TSA security checkpoint with no problems. The trains on the other hand do not have a security checkpoint, and the range of activities permitted on a train is much larger than on a plane. I’d still ask the attendant in the train car first before using the self-heating MRE bag, but I’d be surprised based on my experience if the answer wasn’t “sure, go right ahead.”May 31, 2016 2:40 pm at 2:40 pm #1153557
It was a Labruit meal,May 31, 2016 3:56 pm at 3:56 pm #1153558BMParticipant
Yes I have received a kosher meal on an Amtrak train. You do have to preorder it.May 31, 2016 4:01 pm at 4:01 pm #1153559
It was a Labruit meal,
Ok, so maybe it sailed through because it was a brand-name meal in a sealed container. When we’ve brought through food in Tupperware containers, we’ve been pulled aside and the containers opened and inspected. Still, a cramped airplane cabin at 38,000ft is quite different from an Amtrak sleeper/lounge/dining car.May 31, 2016 5:39 pm at 5:39 pm #1153560MadisonJewMember
While I never ordered the Amtrak kosher meals, I have brought LaBruite Meals aboard. While warming them does not cause smoke, it does cause steam, which can frighten other passengers. I placed the meal in a paper bag to minimize the steam, and warned my neighbors (who were interested to see how it worked). The containers do say clearly not to use on an airplane. When flying I would warm it up before the flight, so while it would not be hot, it would still be warm.
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