Really not expecting much with the kosher meals... but after experiencing the blandness of the flex stuff I'll take what I can get and not expect too much. I will bring with me some fruit, seasonings, crackers, peanuts, PB and J, and maybe a tin of sardines to supplement things - especially on the 3 night 4 day sojourn on the Texas Eagle.The picture of the Boorenstein Amtrak kosher meal provided earlier sure looks a lot like a Flex Dining meal. Same concept - frozen and heated in a microwave. And that's about what you get on any airline (except El Al) when you order a kosher meal. Because El Al is all kosher, the meals are prepared however conventional in-flight meals are prepared. At the very least, the're heated in a convection oven, which might make a difference in the final meal quality and presentation.
Amtrak already serves a half-decent bagel and cream cheese on the NEC cafe cars, they could include the lox, but they'd probably need to find a manufacturer who would package it as individual sealed servings to minimize spoilage and wastage. The Flex dining should include the option of bagels, too.
BTW, several Amtrak employees have told me they must bring their own food when I asked how they felt about those flex meals. They told me if they wanted one and there was an extra, they must pay $25. Anyone can order a kosher meal for $40... hmmm... I wonder if they priced it at that amount because 40 is a biblical number!!!
The other thing I am concerned about next January is the lack of opportunities to make friends with other travelers. The masks get really uncomfortable after a while as we all know... and the sanctity of your room allows one to be more comfortable.