food for traveling
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
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.
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 -
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.
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.
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.
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.