As with any occasion in my family, food is a fundamental part of our vacations. While the days always include plenty of sunbathing, card playing, and coastal strolling, the evenings hold an equal amount of dining.
Being that our dinners out are anything but a practice in moderation, meals in the early part of the day don’t receive much emphasis, aside from the requisite Maine blueberry pancakes. My dad, in spite of years of nagging, doesn’t eat breakfast and is satisfied by a small lunch.
But, barely eating all day doesn’t work for this girl. I need breakfast, I need lunch, I need snacks. I become rather irritable otherwise, and well, no one wants to be cranky on the beach.
So, while managing to fit too many clothes and shoes into a suitcase, I’ve also packed some food essentials.
Breakfasts for the week: homemade muesli mixes, consisting of various combinations of oats, dried fruit, nuts, and cinnamon. Mixed overnight with almond milk and yogurt, then rehydrated with more milk and a banana in the morning, it’s the perfect warm-weather breakfast – and the lack of AM prep makes it friendly for sharing a room with my sister, who is far less of a morning person than I.
Snack food, including new Larabars, spotted finally at the Union Square Whole Foods.
A few of the many sandwich and salad fixings, courtesy of my mother’s grocery shopping.
One of my mom’s grocery purchases that I’d have to be paid copious amounts to touch: it may appear to be a Florida avocado, but it is in fact a dreaded “slimcado” – the low fat avocado. Last time I checked, I wanted all the fat those green guys could give me. Remember the healthy hair?
Perhaps not a crucial part of packing, but wine is still an essential, particularly on vacation.
We can always visit the local grocery shop should this stash deplete too quickly, but I find coming prepared to always be a good idea.
Do you bring along food on vacation?