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What To Do While Traveling?


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#1 123glldd

 
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 04:55 PM

Okay...so around mid month we're driving up from the tri state region to montreal..then taking a flight to see my family in Newfoundland, Canada.

How should we cope with the food issue? We know there are snacks but..sometimes you need at least one meal. The drive is about 6 hours for us. Then there is the predicament the night we're in montreal (we fly out in the morning). And then trapped at halifax airport for about 3 hours. I know there is a Tim Horton's there. I love their chili and it's supposedly gluten free...so is their potato bacon soup etc...

Still I'm iffy on what to do...

Also when we come back to montreal we're going to drive to ottawa for a day to see a war memorial that has my great grandfathers name on it...he fought in the battle of hong kong. We just...really dunno what to do about food. We'd just buy something at a grocery store but typically meals need to be frozen..and typically all you get is a fridge and microwave...possibly.
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Posted 03 June 2012 - 04:50 AM

What I've done while traveling is freeze food in individual portion containers and then let it thaw out during the car ride or plane ride. I also take hard boiled eggs and some cheese figuring those will be the first things I will eat on the trip!

I always take a good selection of 'snacks' with me that can sustain me for an extended period of time...beef jerky, tuna in pouches, nuts, fruit, veg (carrot sticks and celery sticks travel well), rice cakes w/ cashew butter or p.b., Kind bars, etc. Now most of my carry-on is taken up with food...thank God I have a Kindle or I'd be in huge trouble!

If you are driving and can stock a cooler for parts of the trip that will help you out. You might just have to plan on stopping at grocery stores at least once a day for things that you can keep in the cooler and eat up -- deli meat, cheese, fruit, etc.

It takes more planning but it is very doable.
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Posted 03 June 2012 - 09:13 AM

I guess my big concern is going cross border. Typically they don't like you to bring food across. Also...am I allowed to bring snacks in flight? For some reason I thought I couldn't heh. I don't trust them to have gluten free available. They had some tastey veggie chips the last time but that was before i knew i had to go gluten free so i'm unsure if it was.
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Posted 03 June 2012 - 02:58 PM

WendyBird,

Let me tell you where you'll be having lunch on the way up (and probably on the way down too!) As someone who travels about half that trip almost weekly during the summer, I am very familiar with your gluten-free options towards the north. Sherry Lynn's Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe is located just off exit 6 of the Adirondack Northway (I 87) that's a few minutes north of Albany. It may well be the only 100% gluten-free restaurant in the USA. It is a very laid back, kid friendly place. It has a full bakery: breads, rolls, cookies, DONUTS!, etc. It is a cafe: sandwiches, salads, soups, entrees. It also has a small grocery section with a great selection.

Trust me, if you are passing by you MUST stop there. It is my favorite place on the drive.

http://www.sherrylynnsglutenfree.net/
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 03:34 AM

I guess my big concern is going cross border. Typically they don't like you to bring food across. Also...am I allowed to bring snacks in flight? For some reason I thought I couldn't heh. I don't trust them to have gluten free available. They had some tastey veggie chips the last time but that was before i knew i had to go gluten free so i'm unsure if it was.


For gluten-free snack info on your flight you'd have to check with the airline -- but I doubt it. I'm currently in Europe and have had no trouble with having food in my carry-on in Germany, Poland, Italy, and Greece. I pack all things in small containers or ziploc bags and don't have any liquids. I haven't even been questioned about it.

As for the Canadian border crossing I found the following:

Q. What food am I allowed to bring into Canada?

A. Visitors to Canada may bring certain goods as “personal baggage”, duty and tax free, provided all such items are declared to Customs upon arrival, and are not subject to restriction.
*A reasonable amount of personal items, supply of food (for personal use) and a full tank of gas.
*Gifts not exceeding $60 Cdn for a friend/relative in Canada. This does not include tobacco products, alcohol or advertising material. Gifts valued at more that $60 Cdn are subject to duty or applicable taxes on the amount the gift exceeds the $60 value.
*Live earthworms are permitted, but only when packed in artificial bedding (no earth or soil). Frozen or salted minnows are allowed.

Also found:

US Food Restrictions

When entering the United States from Mexico or Canada, travelers may bring bakery items and some types of cheese across the border without worrying about being inspected. Other items that are generally accepted include packaged coffee, tea, condiments and spices, among others. Refrain from bringing rice across the border; according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's border patrol website, rice can harbor unwanted insects. Other banned items include meat products; some exceptions do apply. In many cases, you cannot bring foreign fruits and vegetables.

Canada Food Restrictions

When crossing into Canada over the U.S. border, you are not permitted to bring any potatoes or temperate fruit. As far as meat goes, you are allowed to cross with any type of seafood -- aside from putterfish and Chinese mitten crabs -- as well as 44 lbs. of meat per person; of those 44 lbs., only 24 lbs. can be beef. Tea, coffee and condiments are no problem; any vegetarian pastries and bakery items are not prohibited.
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 04:06 AM

Damn it! I alway pack a supply of gluten-free putterfish and Chinese mitten crabs when I take a long car ride. What am I going to do now?
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 07:33 AM

Damn it! I alway pack a supply of gluten-free putterfish and Chinese mitten crabs when I take a long car ride. What am I going to do now?


*snortle* Aren't they naturally gluten-free? Hehehehe.

I'm trying to figure out the 44 lbs of meat restriction...is it for hunters maybe who have an entire animal to bring back?!?! I am not knowing...but I do know I have never taken a car trip with that much meat!
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 10:20 PM

hahaha well I won't be taking meat that's for sure! Thanks for the info lol

pshifrin I will definitely have to check out this gluten free place thanks! :)
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