New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

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me_little_me

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There have been several improvements to the Offerings during the past 2 years, and now that Anderson has flown off into the Sunset, there are several improvements starting to happen on the LD Trains even as the Pandemic Measures are in effect.
Yeah, but he can only do that 3 times a week and no further east than NOL! Unless he uses his free Delta pass which is more likely since he almost assuredly never took a long distance train during his tenure? (or his life?)
 

OlympianHiawatha

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OK, here's an alternative I saw today in my local kosher supermarket.

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You can, using the magic of chemistry, prepare a hot entree right at your coach seat! There were a couple of other varieties on the shelf, as well. Who knows how they taste? The meatballs are (obviously) all beef, as these are kosher. I ate one of their products during Passover at work a few years ago, and I thought the steam puffing out of the corners of the box during heating was cool, the food quality left something to be desired, but maybe it was because it was the Passover addition, and certain ingredients couldn't be used. Also, the company may have reformulated stuff over the last couple of years.

I don't know whether similar products are available in non-kosher versions (presumably at a lower price).

I might try these on my next rip, but then I might just order the kosher flexible meals in advance, as the varieties on offer look better than the regular stuff.
I noticed on their Web site they also deal meals for the military and correctional facilities; so it makes me wonder just how good these are, especially for the high price.
 
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Not only is it one per trip regardless of how long the trip... they've downsized the plastic wine bottles to 'wine minis.' If you want to maximize your 'only one' slim pickin's try the Corona Beer with a lime wedge... that is... if you still can.
Don’t bother with the wine. They served cheap Barefoot Australian wine on the City of New Orleans when which we took in February. Bring your own bottle which is what we normally do. Now, you can find many great wines with twist off tops so you don’t have to worry about a leaky bottle.
 

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Don’t bother with the wine. They served cheap Barefoot Australian wine on the City of New Orleans when which we took in February. Bring your own bottle which is what we normally do. Now, you can find many great wines with twist off tops so you don’t have to worry about a leaky bottle.
You used to be able to get some pretty good wine on the trains. Especially back in the starlight, builder, & lake shore wine tasting days.

It’s sadly been a while since I rode a full-service diner but the half bottle selections used to be decent.
 

hlcteacher

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OK, here's an alternative I saw today in my local kosher supermarket.

View attachment 17540

You can, using the magic of chemistry, prepare a hot entree right at your coach seat! There were a couple of other varieties on the shelf, as well. Who knows how they taste? The meatballs are (obviously) all beef, as these are kosher. I ate one of their products during Passover at work a few years ago, and I thought the steam puffing out of the corners of the box during heating was cool, the food quality left something to be desired, but maybe it was because it was the Passover addition, and certain ingredients couldn't be used. Also, the company may have reformulated stuff over the last couple of years.

I don't know whether similar products are available in non-kosher versions (presumably at a lower price).

I might try these on my next rip, but then I might just order the kosher flexible meals in advance, as the varieties on offer look better than the regular stuff.
to look for these, have never seen them in my market; did see them years ago when i was working with the red cross
 

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You used to be able to get some pretty good wine on the trains. Especially back in the starlight, builder, & lake shore wine tasting days.

It’s sadly been a while since I rode a full-service diner but the half bottle selections used to be decent.
In January, the Auto Train still had half bottles of wine available and they were decent, but pricey.
 

Dakota 400

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Re: Self-heating meals. How does that work? Could not read the small print on the box in the illustration. I did see the price, however. $9.99 for Spaghetti and Meatballs?
 
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Has anyone taken sleeper car service on the CL or SM during Covid? I'm curious regarding how your meals are served. I'm hoping you can still have them brought to your room. Any information would be most appreciated. Planning trip Nov/Dec. Thanks again.
 

MccfamschoolMom

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to look for these, have never seen them in my market; did see them years ago when i was working with the red cross
I wonder if they're on Amazon? I'll have to check on that.
Edited to add: "Self-heating meals" search results on Amazon. They do have the kosher 5-Minute Meals similar to those described earlier in this thread, and also some Oriental "hot pot" meals and freeze-dried camping meals, for which you have to add water, but do not need a microwave or other external heating source.
 
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Barb Stout

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Re: Self-heating meals. How does that work? Could not read the small print on the box in the illustration. I did see the price, however. $9.99 for Spaghetti and Meatballs?
I wonder if it's like those heating hand and foot warmers where a chemical process is activated by shaking the bag vigorously. The heat ingredients could be kept in a separate compartment within or outside the food compartments. The list of ingredients on the "HotHands" handwarming device I have includes iron powder, salt, water (clearly not very much), activated charcoal, and vermiculite. The package says it can get up to 158 F.
 

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As I was driving past the Station today (5/25)I happened to see the #22 Texas Eagle arrive on time into Austin today.

So I stopped and watched the De-Training and Boarding and talked with the Agent and Conductor.

The consist was the "Temporary" 1 P-42, Revenue Sleeper,Diner/Lounge,Sightseer Lounge and 2 Coaches.( the Bag Car has been gone for over a Year and the Transdorm is eliminated TFN).

The Crew members are all wearing Gloves and Masks, and Passengees must have space coverings to board.

I was surprised to see about 10 People boarding Coach ( no-one got off) and 3 board the Sleeper.Fares are still Mid to High Bucket for Sleepers, but Saver Fares are plentiful in Coach since ridership is down 80-90%!!!

The agent told me that two of the Regular Agents have been placed on the Extra Board ( there are 4 Agents in Austin) and that there is No Overtime @ all.

The Diner is passing out the Boxed Meals to Sleeper Passengers only to eat in their Rooms or the Lounge. The downstairs tables are closed in the Cafe and only 1 person @ a time is allowed into the cafe.

Also we discussed the restaffing of the Stations in Marshall and Texarkana. Amtrak wants Partime Caretakers with No benefits, the Union Regular Full time hires, but since there is a hiring freeze right now, nothing is happening.

Lastly the Conductor told me that UP and BNSFs freight traffic is way down so the Eagles are running pretty much On Time each day.
 
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