On the Train Again

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Greetings from Penn Station!

I can’t believe I’m already headed back to Boston. What a whirlwind/awesome trip! A big thanks to the California Grape Commission for showing me such a wonderful time in the Big Apple!

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Breakfast

The other day when I grabbed a snack from the café across the street from my hotel, I stumbled upon a delicious-looking breakfast option called “Swiss Oatmeal.” I was really intrigued by it, so I got it for breakfast this morning.

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Not the most appetizing photo, but in the mix: low-fat yogurt, a little bit of granola, tons of chopped walnuts, raisins, and chucks of apples.

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My goodness, it was delicious! Clearly, I need to recreate Swiss Oatmeal at home.

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Also with breakfast, I ordered a soy latte, which was insanely strong. Holy cow! I don’ think the barista put enough milk in it? Or maybe she just threw in an extra shot of espresso? I dunno, but I ended up drinking the whole thing, and now I’m wiiiidde-awake!

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Lunch

After breakfast, I walked to Penn Station to get my train back to Boston. I planned to hit up Zaro’s to buy lunch to take with me on the train, but, sadly, their salad bar wasn’t set up yet for the day. Bummer. I thought about buying one of Zaro’s pre-made salads or sandwiches, but, for some reason, I’d much rather watch someone make my salad (or sandwich) than buy a pre-packaged one.

I wandered around Penn Station looking for a different lunch option and, not even a minute later, found a similar-style salad bar at Chickpea. Yay! The salad bar at Chickpea had all the veggie fixings as well as falafel, chicken, hummus, and guacamole, which I added to my salad. I probably got a little carried away with the ingredients because my salad cost me a fortune, but it looks delicious, and it’s packed with protein, healthy fats, and nutrients. It was worth it!

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Question of the Day

What are your thoughts on pre-packaged salads and sandwiches? Love ”˜em? Hate ”˜em? Do you buy them or avoid them?

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70 Comments

  1. I am definitely not a fan of prepackaged. 1 because you have no idea how old it is and 2. I have food allergies so it’s easier if I can ask them not to put things in the salad in the first place. I once had to pick crouton crumbs out of a pre made salad… Lost a lot of lettuce that way

  2. Re: prepackaged foods…Personally, I’m not a fan, but I wonder if they’re not a necessary evil in airports and train stations. Also. Those foods tend to look tired as if they’ve been sitting out too long and are in desperate need of moisture…much like I do, perhaps, as I step off a plane 😉

  3. Tina, I make Swiss oatmeal and bring it to work. I put 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cups skim milk (you could probably also use yogurt here), a small apple chopped up, 1 Tbsp. slice almonds and 1 Tbsp. honey. Let it sit for 10 minutes or overnight and it’s under 300 calories, delicious and filling!

  4. what a quick, fun trip! that swiss oatmeal sounds fantastic. i also prefer someone (or me) to make my own salad or sandwich rather than get it prepackaged. who knows how long it’s been sitting there and i get more freedom to put what i want on it when it’s made in front of me!

  5. I usually try to avoid them and just pack my own (for a fraction of the cost!) but in desperate times, I’ll buy them. They just don’t taste as good as fresh though!

  6. I like prepacked ones sometimes like in airports, etc when traveling the only reason I dont typically get them is because I am allergic to so many different veggies that it is hard to find premade ones that dont include a lot of those items.

  7. Swiss Oats are amazing! It is Muesli. You basically soak the oats in oj, shredded apples, yogurt and whatever else you want. It’s unreal and I eat it everytime I got to Switzerland!

  8. I avoid ’em. I like seeing what goes into my salad/sandwich. Sometimes I can ask them to put a little more of this or that. Also having the meal be fresh is a huge plus too!

  9. I didn’t know there was a salad bar at Penn Station! I do always go to Chickpea for mine meal on trains though so good choice. I’m going to look for the bar next time.

  10. I am wary of prepackaged salads and sandwiches because you never can be too sure when they were made. I don’t like the idea of eating lettuce and lunch meat that has been sitting in a semi-cool open shelving unit for more than 36 hours. However, I am more than fine eating something I have dropped on the floor haha.

  11. Swiss Oats or Swiss Muesli is so good. I eyeball oats and greek yogurt, a little honey and leave it in the fridge overnight. In the AM, I add some chopped dried apricots/raisins and chopped almonds. So easy and yummy!

  12. Pre-packaged salads and sandwiches are on my avoid list. They never look fresh. Your latte looks delicious. I had my first soy latte the other day and loved it!

  13. I agree with a comment above that Swiss Oats are a lot like overnight oats! I don’t mind pre-made salads so much, but I pretty much never eat pre-made sandwiches. I don’t like when the bread is cold and hard from being refrigerated and when the tomato and lettuce get soggy!

  14. I prefer salad bars, or at least where I watch them make my salad. I am too weird about certain foods and there is never a prepackaged salad for my tastes.

  15. They also call that swiss muesli or bircher muesli, and it’s pretty much oats + dried fruit + nuts + seeds + any spices you like + yogurt mixed together. You can let it sit overnight. My uncle from Australia ate that every day when he stayed with us once. I thought it was pretty tasty.

  16. I am at Penn Station every day during my commute to work – the food in most places is pretty good but yes – VERY pricey! That swiss oatmeal sounds amazing!

  17. That swiss oatmeal sounds like something I had on a cruise awhile ago. It was so good, I ate it every morning!

    Also, I think grab-and-go sandwiches or salads are great for when you’re in a rush but I usually don’t expect them to taste as good as fresh.

  18. I totally agree, I do not enjoy prepackaged salads and sandwiches! There’s just something about the consistency when it isn’t super fresh that I can’t handle. But then again I also don’t like to make my own salads and sandwiches, they always taste better when someone else makes them. I guess I’m just extra picky, lol.

  19. Your swiss oatmeal looks amazing! I typically don’t mind buying prepackaged sandwiches from somewhere reputable, like a Starbucks or Whole Foods. If I have the option to have one fresh made in front of me though, I’d opt for it instead! Salads I really prefer to make myself at a salad bar or watch someone make. I always worry how long it’s been sitting around!

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