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Bzdhkap Mar 8, 2007 06:28 AM

For those of you have traveled to places where kosher food is not easily available, and have brought sealed frozen meals packaged by a restaurant or take-out place:

What is the best way to handle the arrangements with the hotel for storing, heating, and serving you your meals? Do you contact someone on the hotel staff in advance of your trip to make sure that they will accomodate your needs?

More specificly, can you tell me of any hotels, in the U.S. or worldwide who have been amenable to such requests, and handled them well without too many glitches.

Thanks!

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    MartyB Mar 8, 2007 09:18 AM

    I usually make sure that the hotel/motel that I go to has a microwave in room and either has or has an option to have a frig. I also usually try to go to an all suite hotel/motel. Last time I went to Orlando I went to an all suite motel - full kitchen, bedroom and living room. It had a large frig with a decent size freezer. I brought a mess load of frozen dinners and had a ball.

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      Bzdhkap Mar 8, 2007 06:10 PM

      Thanks! I know that the suite option, with a kitchen is the ideal, but there are some locations where only hotel rooms are available, and at most they can provide a mini fridge with very little room for storing frozen meals.

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        MartyB Mar 8, 2007 06:21 PM

        I did a web search and found the following site, may prove usefull. I cannot vouch for them since I never used them, Google found them.

        "Kosher Meals To Go" http://www.koshermealstogo.com/

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          typo lad Mar 9, 2007 08:50 AM

          I've been using LaBiute Meals. Hardly haut cuisine, but they save me the trouble of finding a microwave.

          1. KosherNY Mar 9, 2007 10:27 AM

            Tastybite is also very good...

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              maxy Mar 9, 2007 11:31 AM

              I've been using Noah's Ark Travel Meals for years. I order them online at www.noahsark.net, and they take care of the rest. Usually, I have the meals shipped to my hotel, and the best part is that I don't have to put them in my luggage...it's there waiting for me. They ship all over the states, fedex overnight. The hotel knows exactly how to prepare the double wrapped meals...and I think that they are delicious. Most of the hotels that I've stayed at get these meals frequently, and know how to prepare them.

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                Bzdhkap Mar 9, 2007 01:41 PM

                Thanks! I imagine that many hotels know how to handle the meals, but I'd feel more secure if I knew how to make the arrangements myself directly with the hotel, so that they can confirm to me how they will handle the details (just in case the hotel that I choose is one that isn't familiar with the routine). I just want to know what department or employee in the hotel deals with this. I know about Noah's Ark and several other sources for the kosher meals.
                More specificly, can you tell me names and locations of any hotels, in the U.S. or worldwide who have been amenable to such requests in the past, and handled them well without too many glitches.
                That might be one criteria around which I could consider my vacation choices.
                Thanks!

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                  tomby Mar 12, 2007 10:43 AM

                  Just call the hotel and tell them--virtually any hotel in the US can do it.

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                    chazzer Mar 12, 2007 11:06 AM

                    You may want to try My own meals www.myownmeals.com. They are refrigeration-free and made by the same company that supplies the Army with Kosher MRE's. While they are better microwived they can be eaten without.

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                      sharonlebewohl Mar 14, 2007 12:31 PM

                      I've traveled all over and I've never had a problem. I just call the hotel in advance, and make sure that the kitchen is aware of my needs. I've done it on cruises as well. When I have frozen meals, I usually ship them directly to the hotel and I call before the trip to cinfirm that they have it. I usually only bring frozen food for Shabbat because part of the experience of traveling for me is to go to local markets and see what the natives eat. I check out the local hechshers before the trip to see what the reliable ones are. But I would prefer to go to the supermarket and buy tuna and bread than have a frozen meal. I can usually find dairy wherever I am, but that would be more problematic for people who only eat chalav Yisroel. There have been times that I've traveled with a suitcase filled with canned tuna, salmon, matzah and peanut butter. Since I ship anything frozen to the hotel, a small refrigerator is usually sufficient. For me, part of the excitement of a trip is planning how I will eat and learning about the cultural foods that are inigenous to the area that I am visiting. I'm often surprised at how many options are available to me.

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                        mickster Mar 14, 2007 09:47 PM

                        I will check next time I am at Everfresh in Great Neck, NY. I recall them having a large selection of kosher travel meals that did not seem to require refrigeration nor cooking. Seemed they offered a variety of meals.

                        Michael

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                          mickster Mar 14, 2007 09:48 PM

                          I would definitely check to see if there is a Chabad where you are going. They are popping up in more and more obscure places and can usually help you navigate the waters if not provide Kosher meals for a fee.

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                            ShlomoDovid Mar 18, 2007 04:30 PM

                            I used to use Silver Palate out of the LA area and they were fantastic. But since LaBriute came out, I won't starve and I don't need microwaves either. A trip to the local supermarket is decent too, since there is much which is kosher.

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