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Old 02-27-07, 01:53 PM
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Traveling to races, staying overnight, what food?

A lot of my races are way out of town and span two days, which means the team will be road-tripping it out there. Unable to accurately predict the culinary offerings of our destinations, we have been advised to hump our own food. that means I need to bring:
- 2 dinners (or dinner supplements)
- 2 breakfasts
- race food
- Drinks.

What do y'all recommend? I was thinking about getting some MRE's, but realized the nutritional content of those crap-packs isn't ideal for race food. Oatmeal? Granola? Help me out!
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Booze.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung
A lot of my races are way out of town and span two days, which means the team will be road-tripping it out there. Unable to accurately predict the culinary offerings of our destinations, we have been advised to hump our own food. that means I need to bring:
- 2 dinners (or dinner supplements)
- 2 breakfasts
- race food
- Drinks.

What do y'all recommend? I was thinking about getting some MRE's, but realized the nutritional content of those crap-packs isn't ideal for race food. Oatmeal? Granola? Help me out!
when on the road, subway is an OK place for lunch. McD's chicken fajitas do the trick, as well as their shakes (very low fat). hmmmm... it's not that tough to find a place that serves grilled chicken, with rice or pasta.

as far as breakfast, how tough is it to bring some granola and milk, or instant oatmeal?
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Packing your own dinner seems silly...You're going to want to eat a lot.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung
A lot of my races are way out of town and span two days, which means the team will be road-tripping it out there. Unable to accurately predict the culinary offerings of our destinations, we have been advised to hump our own food. that means I need to bring:
- 2 dinners (or dinner supplements)
- 2 breakfasts
- race food
- Drinks.

What do y'all recommend? I was thinking about getting some MRE's, but realized the nutritional content of those crap-packs isn't ideal for race food. Oatmeal? Granola? Help me out!

you can get three pancakes for a couple of bucks at mc donalds .

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i need those dollar bills to pay off the officials so they won't pull me when I get lapped
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If you're heading to C-ville for the Jeff Cup, just head to east of "Central Grounds" to the corner and belly up to the closest watering hole. It's been 20 years since I've been to the "Grounds" but I'm sure it hasn't changed much. Oh, to be 20ish again.

Seriously, have you eaten a MRE? Not really pre-race food. I'd pack the usual snacks that you normally consume (granola/energy bars, oatmeal bars, nuts, etc) and maybe some pb&j fixings for emergencies. Other than that, you'll be fine in finding a cheap italian place (think Olive Garden) where ever you travel. And there's always a Cracker Barrel on every highway exit in the south.
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Originally Posted by ***Butch***
Booze.
That is the real secret there. Over 100 calories per shot of alcohol cant beat that.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung
i need those dollar bills to pay off the officials so they won't pull me when I get lapped

Okay, Ramen noodles it is...
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Those Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Brown Rice packets are nice in a pinch. They keep well, and you've got ~440 cals of rice per packet. I like to eat one of those with some fruit after a race sometimes.
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When out of town I generally find some place for spaghetti or pizza for dinner. Pizza seems like the perfect dinner the night before a race, all the food groups. For breakfast I typically have oatmeal. Nice and easy to make no matter where I am. I have had to use a coffee maker to warm up the water before though.
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Originally Posted by Namenda
Okay, Ramen noodles it is...
or a can or two of generic tuna.
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Wendy's is not a bad option either. The Frescata sandwiches are tasty and low fat in the same manner as Subway and you can get a baked potatoe instead of fries.
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Originally Posted by sverrefehn
Wendy's is not a bad option either. The Frescata sandwiches are tasty and low fat in the same manner as Subway and you can get a baked potatoe instead of fries.
Almost as good as having some skyline chili i'll bet.
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I bring breakfast, soy milk and some cereal and bagels. Lunch and dinner I go to a restaurant and ask them to make me some pasta without any sauce and a grilled chicken breast. Pretty simple and low fat.
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
I bring breakfast, soy milk and some cereal and bagels. Lunch and dinner I go to a restaurant and ask them to make me some pasta without any sauce and a grilled chicken breast. Pretty simple and low fat.
Texan Bagels? Is that code for Hard Roll?

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Originally Posted by botto
Texan Bagels? Is that code for Hard Roll?

Hey we have a couple of Jews here ya know..one ran for governor this last year Botto I bet you'd love Austin...not so much Texas but you'd love Austin.
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Originally Posted by SaddleBags
If you're heading to C-ville for the Jeff Cup, just head to east of "Central Grounds" to the corner and belly up to the closest watering hole. It's been 20 years since I've been to the "Grounds" but I'm sure it hasn't changed much. Oh, to be 20ish again.

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Wouldn't a trip to Bodo's on the Corner be a better Cville race excursion? Though I hear Guinness is good for recovery.

The team pood-pooh'd my Cracker Barrel suggestion this weekend. We wound up finding some decent Italian.

BD, we brought massive amounts of PB and all sorts of bread goods last weekend. I made PB&honey sandwiches and ate rice crackers. Loads of Clif bars, gels, blocks. Some brought veggies, rice, pasta, potatoes, etc. since we had access to a fridge (though not everyone used it--yuck!). I think someone always brings a big bag of rice if we can find a place to cook it. Granola and oatmeal. Apples and bananas, dried fruit, candied ginger. The hardest thing in the middle of nowhere was finding drinkable coffee first thing in the morning.
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If you have access to a microwave, would recommend bringing the following in a cooler:

- a loaf of bread, croissants, rolls, and/or bagels
- peanut butter, jelly, mustard, cream cheese, etc in small containers
- deli meat and cheese
- fruit, pudding, yogurt
- precooked pasta or rice, parmesan cheese
- juices, soda, adult beverages

As far as dry/canned goods go:

- ramen
- canned tuna/chicken
- cereal
- granola bars
- almonds, cashews
- beef jerky
- microwave popcorn
- candy (yeah, I said it)

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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
Hey we have a couple of Jews here ya know..one ran for governor this last year Botto I bet you'd love Austin...not so much Texas but you'd love Austin.
maybe. then again, i'll share what a friend from NYC who's just moved there wrote me:

Haven't explored too much beyond my nabe and campus bc of the weather. Seems like alot of exploring to do. Going to take awhile to wrap my head around Texan culture and Austin's independent spin on it. Verrrry different from the east coast. So far I feel very much the foreigner.
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
ask them to make me some pasta without any sauce
That is wrong on sooooo many levels....
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Originally Posted by botto
Almost as good as having some skyline chili i'll bet.
Nicely done with the local culinary knowledge!
It's not everyone's cup of tea, but it sure is an institution here. I would NOT recommend this for race day food.
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Originally Posted by sverrefehn
Nicely done with the local culinary knowledge!
It's not everyone's cup of tea, but it sure is an institution here. I would NOT recommend this for race day food.
my best friend of 20 years is from Porkopolis. been hearing about it for years, have only just realized that it's Bolognese saus by another name.
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If you are staying at a place where you can't make anything and are just cheap to go buy something... make these... basically a solidified bowl of oatmeal with a crap load of carbs!

Hudson Bay Bread Recipe
Ingredients: 3/4 lb. softened butter
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup light Karo syrup
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp maple flavoring
3/4 cup ground nuts (walnuts)
9 cups Quaker 1-minute oats
Notes: This is the recipe from Northern Tier but you can modify the ingredients to include raisins, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, or what sounds good.
Instructions: You may want to grind up the oats in a blender or food processor.

Cream together all the ingredients except the nuts and oats, in a large mixing bowl.
Once it is all blended, stir in the oats and nuts. Make sure it is well mixed.

Spread the mixture onto a cookie sheet with at least a 1/2 inch high lip. Press the mixture down and pack it in until it fills the pan and is a smidge less than 1/2 inch thick. You'll probably need a second sheet.

Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove and press down with a spatula to prevent crumbling when it cools. (If you bake it too long, it gets hard and crunchy like a granola bar.)
While it is still warm, cut into 3 inch squares.
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Originally Posted by botto
maybe. then again, i'll share what a friend from NYC who's just moved there wrote me:

Haven't explored too much beyond my nabe and campus bc of the weather. Seems like alot of exploring to do. Going to take awhile to wrap my head around Texan culture and Austin's independent spin on it. Verrrry different from the east coast. So far I feel very much the foreigner.
Hey I'm not saying Austin is NYC or L.A. but then again it's just that that brought us here. Austin lacks in a couple of areas. First the food (except for BBQ) just sucks. TexMex is about the worst Mexican food there is. The very best sushi here can found at any local strip mall in L.A. The drivers here could be some of the worst in the US. Boston would be a close rival.

But you can't judge Austin by the moron in the White House. That would be like judging NYC by Patancad or Canada by DocRay or Asians by 600DA.
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