The title of this entry suggests that I eat at the restaurant in the Hilton quite often. Actually, I don’t.
I was at the East Brunswick Hilton for four nights, but only ate at the restaurant twice. That’s how I survived it.
The Problem with the Restaurant
I was in East Brunswick attending an intensive course to help me with the direction of my life and my business. Given that there would be no time to look for food outside the hotel, and expecting challenges in finding food to suit my allergy requirements, I mostly brought my own food. I ate at the restaurant twice, and this was not a happy experience.
Because the course I was attending involved a lot of people, they had a buffet arranged for us. Before buying tickets for the buffet, I told the hotel staff what my allergies are, and asked if I could be accommodated. I was told this was possible.
Luckily, I only bought the dinners. When I showed up at the buffet, it turned out that I could really only eat the salad! The first night, Cindy, a really service super-star, was able to arrange an alternate meal for me. The second night she was not there, and the dozy staff came up with something that technically I could eat, but really was pretty unsatisfactory.
Now this is not meant to be a rant against the hotel, although really they need to learn how to cater to people with allergies a whole lot better.
Bringing My Own Wheat-Free Food
Breakfasts and lunches did work really well because I brought my own food.
I do not eat wheat, but I can eat oatmeal. I brought a one-cup immersion heater to boil water, and added that to a bowl of instant oatmeal. Adding walnuts and almonds made it a pretty good and complete breakfast.
For lunch, I brought rice cakes, and canned meat (which I found at an Italian store in my home town). The cans have pull-tabs, so they are easy to open, and don’t stink like fish, so that worked very well.
Planning for Next Time
I have another similar trip coming up in March. This time I will bring dinner as well as breakfast and lunch.
I have not planed my meals yet, but I have purchased a single-burner stove which I can fit in my suit-case. Some camping pots and implements will complete my kitchen. I will probably have rice with something out of a can – not exciting but better than restaurant food. If I can, I will try to come up with something interesting, but it will all have to work as airplane luggage, so there will be challenges. I’ll add more when I have worked out the details.
More About Immersion Heaters
A few people have been asking what an immersion heater is. The photo to the left is one example of one common design.
You put it in to a cup or mug of cold water, plug it in, and it heats up. After a time, the water will boil.