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texasmensch May 13, 2004 02:54 PM

Hello Everyone. Maybe you can offer a little help.

I'm going on a business trip in a few weeks. It will be far from any kosher establishments (its in the Philippines). When I go, I'll have a refrigerator and won't have an oven or microwave. Also, I won't have a good way to keep things cool on the way over.

My question is, what kosher items should I take with me to eat in the hotel room?

I was planning to take tuna/salmon and mayo, matzoh, and some La Bruit meals. What else can I take? Any other ideas?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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    DeisCane May 13, 2004 03:50 PM

    Dry bread (the kind that doesn't go stale, but is better than matzoh:-)
    Nutella is good for trips
    Peanut Butter, also

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      Tina May 14, 2004 11:10 AM

      When I went to Japan last year I froze some vaccuum sealed pastrami and cornbeef and it was still cold when I arrived. I wrapped them in paper towels and then in ziplocks-- you have to remember that different countries have different regulations regarding the importing of meat.

      If you like snacks- granola bars, cookies, etc. I brought along store bought rye breads, pitas...crackers may be good too. Chocolate spread is a good idea. Breakfast cereals, if you eat them.

      I was thinking about instant soups, but you said you'd have no way to heat items.

      There's an Orthodox Sefardi shul if that helps-- located in Salcedo Village, Makati City, Metro Manilla.

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        Alyssa May 17, 2004 02:22 PM

        I've found that Pita Bread travels better than matzo- it freezes, it can be toasted- it's more versatile. Matzo or crackers usually crumble or get crushed!

        If I were you - when I get to where I'm staying, I'd buy a small toaster oven (the broiling kind if possible)- or a hot plate - to help with the heating process. Then you can toast the bread, or heat the pastrami, or heat up soup in a pan. Since you'll not be eating out, it'll not cost too much and I'm sure the housekeeping dept will find a home for it once you leave the hotel.
        Once I check in, I head to the supermarket for disposable plates, cups, etc. You'll need to bring a small pan so you don't need to find a natural "mikveh" to toivel it.

        I travel at all times with power bars(again, not cruncy so they don't break), there are individual creamers that require no refridgeration (I think it's Land- O-lakes- the W hotels usually have them if you want to call and find out where to order)- I NEED my coffee- so instant coffee plus the creamer is it.

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          Joseph Alan May 17, 2004 09:35 PM

          They now sell in most large kosher supermarkets these
          compleat meals that heat themselfs with some stuff that you add to water,
          Somewhat like GI meals with a good supervision,
          great selection of options,
          and they taste good to.

          I forget the name of the product you can find them all over,

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            texasmensch May 18, 2004 10:49 AM

            I think they are called Labruit. They are fairly tasty.

            Thank you and thank everyone for your input.

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            marshall breger May 30, 2004 09:20 PM

            there is a kosher restaurant in manila. check with the orthodox rabbi there. it is under his hashgacha
            by the way the food is great
            marshall breger

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