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    Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:28 pm Groupie
    Hello Everybody.
    I am leaving on Friday for 10 days for my kids to play water polo in the Junior Olympics. I will be staying in a hotel for 10 days. We are making an attempt to keep our expenses down, so I'm looking for ideas for things we can do in the hotel room so we don't have to eat out every meal. Sadly, there is no microwave or small fridge in the room. Do you suppose the organization is trying to stimulate the economy in the area??? icon_rolleyes.gif

    I am planning to take bagels and cream cheese (that I will keep in an ice chest), and fruit. Also I have a little hotpot that boils water in a minute, so I'm taking instant oatmeal and cup of noodles. I am worried it may be too warm for the kids to want those hot foods though, but I am going to take some just the same. I will also take some cold cereal and will get some milk once I arrive, and paper bowls and plastic utensils. I guess I could do bread and lunchmeat too, but then we're looking at condiments, etc. for sandwiches and things can get carried away.

    Do any of you have any other ideas? I thought about taking my electric griddle for pancakes, grilled cheese, etc., but I doubt the hotel allows true "cooking" in the room. I wish we could get to a microwave and fridge but no such luck.

    Can anyone help?
    TIA, Stephanie
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:44 pm
    Forum Host
    I was thinking of summer sausage and crackers and maybe some jars of cheese spread, none of which needs refrigeration, with fruit...a nice meal!
    Wed Jul 27, 2005 11:17 pm Groupie
    I think a cooler is a great idea - you can have cold cuts, cheese, etc and bread. Keep cans of tuna, peanut butter, jelly, fruit, crakers etc. As far as condiments go, a small squeeze mayo and mustard and your good to go. (By the way- Wasabi/Horseradish Mayo is the bomb!)

    For dinners (we learned this at Disney last year), consider splitting meals (2 people per meal). Many restaurants give you portions that are huge and really 2 people could eat it! Why order something that you can't save the leftovers anyways? If you aren't comfortable doing it in the restaurant, than order it to go. (although, on 2nd thought, teens can eat a ton!)
    Thu Jul 28, 2005 1:21 am Groupie
    can you find an 'Extended StayAmerica?" Not that expensive and it has a full kitchen!

    Thu Jul 28, 2005 7:37 am Groupie
    The supermarket delis have inexpensive ready-cooked meals to go. I often make a meal of rotisserie chicken, bag salad, and french bread. Perfect for a family of four, with no leftovers. Total cost in my area about $8 - $10. You can also buy very reasonable containers (by your choice of weight) of a variety of salads - potato salad, chicken salad, etc.

    My kids always liked a pizza delivery for one meal when we stayed in a hotel. We sat on the bed in our pajamas, ate pizza, played games, and pretended it was a family slumber party.
    Kathy in Fla
    Thu Jul 28, 2005 8:42 am Groupie
    Hi... when we went on vacation 2 yrs ago for 9 days here is what we did. If the hotel we were staying at offered the continential breakfast we would eat that and all grab a piece of fresh fruit for snack later. We would then eat dinner around 3 or 4 in the afternoon and in the tourist towns it was nice to beat the rush. This also allowed us to sight-see more before dark and have time for dessert later if we wanted it. I also carried a tote of quick breakfast foods and snacks so that if the days plans changed we were covered. We even ordered pizza once.

    I dont know if this will work with teenagers but hopefully it gave you some ideas. Others have suggested lots really good ideas too! Have fun and good luck with the kids.
    Soup Lady
    Thu Jul 28, 2005 9:37 am Groupie
    It seems you will probably have to get food out quite a bit. I would suggest getting food to go as much as possible instead of dining in the restaurant. That way you can keep drinks in your room and cut costs that way and also possibly cut out the tip. Also check for booklets in the hotel and restaurants for local coupons and check for specials, for example a lot of pizza places offer cheaper prices on certain nights of the week. Good luck and I hope you have fun!
    Thu Jul 28, 2005 9:44 am Groupie
    Canned tuna for sandwiches work well.
    We always cut up a bag of veggies and take a tub of dip.
    No way to take a crock pot? That would open up a ton more possiblities if you could.
    Donna H
    Thu Jul 28, 2005 11:19 am Groupie
    Grill chicken breasts, hamburger patties and maybe a brisket ahead of time, slice and seal for sandwhiches. Soak in a sink full of really hot water so it's not ice cold when you eat it. Since you'll have an ice chest you could take coleslaw and potato salad too, acutally, anything that you might find on a salad bar in a restaurant would work.
    Thu Jul 28, 2005 1:12 pm Groupie
    When I go camping (without a car or caravan) I always get some sachets of condiments from a big chain supermarket cafe, to make sandwiches and stuff. They usuallt do at least mayo, ketchup, horseradish and mustard, plus you can get salt and pepper in little packets too. I know it's a little cheeky, but it's only once a year and I spend my money in those stores all year long.
    Thu Jul 28, 2005 1:25 pm Groupie
    Amberngriffinco wrote:
    can you find an 'Extended StayAmerica?" Not that expensive and it has a full kitchen!


    Or Amerisuites. Great hotel. You'd have a kitchen, living room, bedroom. They serve an incredible breakfast, even a waffle maker.
    Thu Jul 28, 2005 2:17 pm Groupie
    Breakfast bars, granola bars, PB&J, of couse fruit like bananas apples ext, and carrot sticks w/ ranch dressing. I've brought an electris skillet before...just be carefull not to set off any fire alarms icon_eek.gif ...we staed at a hotel where a man burned a piece of toast in the breakfast room and the whole hotel had to evacuate icon_confused.gif ....hope some of this helps a little
    Thu Jul 28, 2005 2:58 pm
    Forum Host
    I understand your dilemma...we stayed for 9 days in a hotel last Christmas for my son's baseball tournament...luckily we did have a very small microwave.
    We did stock up on the breakfast buffet. But peanut butter is a good choice.
    Do you think you could bring a small microwave from home?
    Thu Jul 28, 2005 5:13 pm Groupie
    If you like tuna, the tuna that comes in the pouches doesn't have to be drained (less mess) icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Thu Jul 28, 2005 6:37 pm
    Forum Host
    Here are some recent topics from the TO GO Forum that might be helpful. icon_biggrin.gif

    Hotel Room Cooking:

    No hot or cold

    Going on vacation! Need snacks that travel!

    Also you might look at the stickied Sandwiches That Travel Well -Photos thread at the top of the forum. It has terrific ideas for cold sandwiches that no one would mind eating. icon_biggrin.gif
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