1. I wonder if it's really Covid 19 that's keeping the fresh fruit away. Not just on Amtrak, but in a lot of foodservice, I'm seeing Covid-19 as an excuse to downgrade things. For example, at some convenience stores, they make you order the fountain drinks and coffee, whereas at others you can still freely use the self serve. Then some only hand out packets of sugar and cream, whereas others let you take your own, and even pour cream from a pitcher. These are all in different places in the same state, same county, so it's the same health department and sanitation rules. I suspect that a lot of these cutbacks are more to save money rather than protect your health. Given that Amtrak's business has taken such a hit, I wouldn't be surprised if that's the reason.* No fresh fruit (due to Covid-19)
* Prepackaged oatmeal with hot water stirred in
2. All oatmeal is made with "hot water stirred in." As far as I know, there's no nutritional difference between instant oatmeal and the kind you have to cook for a few minutes. I used to always use the instant when I went backpacking. The problem with flex dining instant oatmeal is (a) they don't provide plain oatmeal, and the flavored varieties are sugar bombs. I like sugar in my oatmeal, but one teaspoon in plenty. (b) They are not the regular portion sizes, they are small mini-cups. Same with the yogurt. You really need two of them, which is what one kind LSA on the Cardinal did for me. They really ought to have bagels and cream cheese, like they have in the NEC cafe cars, but I'm not sure that bagels are available on the National cafe car menu.