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shoelace Mar 13, 2008 10:51 PM

has anyone had any luck purchasing frozen meals from restaurants to take when going on a trip?

if yes, where did you get them from

im in ny, so im talking restaurants in ny

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    zsero RE: shoelace Mar 14, 2008 01:31 AM

    Dunno about frozen, but if you will have access to a microwave or other means of heating food, those MealMart shelf-stable boxed meals are great. They don't need any kind of refrigeration, let alone freezing; just pack them in your luggage, pop them in the microwave for a minute or two, and eat. And for the kind of thing they are, they're tasty; not blah like the Labriute self-heating meals.

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      momrn RE: zsero Mar 14, 2008 05:29 AM

      I've had the meal mart boxed salmon. It's really not too good,barely edible. Noah's Ark on the Lower East Side freezes meals. Their food is really pretty good.

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        shoelace RE: momrn Mar 14, 2008 08:07 AM

        have you had it frozen and packed for traveling?

    2. weinstein5 RE: shoelace Mar 14, 2008 05:44 AM

      I travel quite a bit and one site I check before travelling is http://www.shamash.org/kosher/ - site that has lists kosher establishments around the country and world -

      But if you do want to take food with you- like zsero said there are some shelf stable tv dinners, so you do not have to worry about keeping them cold that are not bad - another manufacturer is My Own Meals - I actually enjoyed the La Briute meals I have eaten - and the plus to La Briute is they heat themselves - here are some links -

      La Briute - http://labriutemeals.com/main.htm
      My Own Meals - http://www.myownmeals.com/
      Meal Mart - http://www.kosher.com/store/kosher-tr...

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        GilaB RE: weinstein5 Mar 14, 2008 07:34 AM

        Even my husband, who eats almost anything, won't eat the La Briute meals. They smell strange and taste horrible.

        When traveling, we tend to rely on the precooked packaged salmon and albacore fillets that Bumblebee makes, plus a plug-in hot water boiler and anything that can be cooked in it (cous cous, vegetables, noodles, etc.) The advantage to this is that you don't have to carry around quite as much with you if you move around a lot, as we usually do, since you only carry the dry weight, and cook in the water when you're ready to eat it. If you're staying in one place, you might be better off with the frozen food.

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          Kosher Critic RE: GilaB Mar 16, 2008 07:46 PM

          I have to agree w/ your husband. Plus, the La Briute boxes are bulky for packing. My Own Meals are much better and are smaller and lighter.

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        LI Guy RE: shoelace Mar 14, 2008 06:41 AM

        I've done it several times from several restaurants in the 5 Towns (Chosen Island, Off the Grill, Pescado, etc) and almost everything I've tried has travelled well and reheated well, with the exception of Mauzone's prepackaged frozen meals, which come out rubbery and bland and resembling airline food. The food from Wok Tov didn't reheat quite as well as the others, but it's not as good as the other places when it's fresh either.

        I usually just order takeout from the restaurants and ask them to double wrap everything. Then I freeze it myself. Depending on where I'm staying, I've heated them up on hot plates, in hotel kitchenette ovens, and had the hotel restaurant heat them up for me, and everything normally comes out fine, though of course it's never quite as good as eating it fresh. In general I'd stay away from pasta dishes, which don't freeze well (though lasagna tends to do fine). And if you get rice, remember to add a bit of water to it before reheating or it'll be dry and hard.

        If you're not near the 5T, then based on my own experiences I'd think you'll be OK ordering from any of your favorite restaurants as long as you order dishes that tend to freeze well. And the better quality the restaurant, the better results you'll likely have.

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          tomby RE: shoelace Mar 14, 2008 08:08 AM

          I highly recommend those from Park East Butcher. And if you're traveling in the US (not sure about out of US), they can send everything ahead of time, packed in dry ice.

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            bfarkas RE: shoelace Mar 14, 2008 11:03 AM

            We've taken Noah's Ark (Teaneck) frozen meals with us on a few vacations, and have always been pleased. And they come double wrapped, so if you're using a general hotel kitchen, they can just throw it in the oven as is.

            We also take with us the Israeli cup-style containers of soup, couscous, rice, etc, available in most kosher food markets. They are easy to transport and just need hot water.

            Dried salami is also a favorite. Hang up a fresh salami 2 weeks before you leave (take the plastic off, but not the red wrapper), and you'll have an easy to carry, great snack. Although the security dogs may take special notice of your suitcase.

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              cappucino RE: shoelace Mar 16, 2008 04:35 PM

              Mauzone in Kew Garden Hills (better than 5 Towns--sorry) and Schicks in Brooklyn. We think Schicks was the best.

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                shoelace RE: cappucino Mar 17, 2008 06:18 AM

                you got mauzone meals frozen to take with you?

                any chance you remember approximately what it cost per meal?

                has anyone had any luck traveling with meals like these out of the country?

                i used to just hide stuff in my luggage. but rumor has it theyre checking more carefully now, anyone have any ideas as to how to get it past the checks?

                is there specific stuff that you're allowed to pack?

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                  GilaB RE: shoelace Mar 17, 2008 08:17 AM

                  It varies by country. Some countries are very particular about what you can bring in. We just took a trip to Fiji and New Zealand, and narrowly escaped having all of our food confiscated in Fiji, but my husband talked our way back to most of the food, probably against regulations. In NZ, there was a very thorough inspection, but none of our food products was actually a problem (no dried fruit, no chicken, etc.), and we kept all of it. Every country will have a different list of what is and is not OK, and some care much more than others - check before you go. Generally, produce and meats are the biggest problems.

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                    shoelace RE: GilaB Mar 17, 2008 08:18 PM

                    any clue where i would find that list for mexico?

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                      zsero RE: shoelace Mar 17, 2008 08:56 PM

                      Call a Mexican consulate and ask.

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                    tomby RE: shoelace Mar 17, 2008 08:27 AM

                    You have to check each country; Mexico, eg you can bring beef but not chicken (or vice versa, I forget!)

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                      JS69 RE: tomby Mar 17, 2008 11:30 AM

                      The meals average about 12-14 bucks if I recall. It was a main and 2 sides. I agree with GilaB as it depends on where you are travelling to. In Fiji, we begged and were able to keep some of the food but not others, New Zealand let us keep all, and Australia took the rest away. Most places that X-ray your bag(mostly south pacific) to check for food will usually take it away from you. The carrieban is usually a safe bet. Mexico is hit or miss as they use the Green light/ red light system. As long as you get a green you will be keeping your food.

                      When travelling to some of these places I would read up and contact the agriculture dpeartments beforehand.

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