Monday, April 29, 2013

Convention Food Choices

I've noticed a trend the past few years, and it's a great one. 

There is a yearly convention I attend when I can't get out of going.  Yeah, I know, but after you've been to  over 20 of them, they tend to be tiring.

This year is actually my first one back after an absence of four years, (YEAH!!!, sorry I got excited there), and one thing I noticed is the variety of the food available to the convention attendees.

Away back in the dark ages, the only food available for convention goers to eat were prepackaged burgers, over cooked convenience style hot dogs and prepacked mini pizza's.    I used to bring my own sandwiches back then.   Really, I did.   There was also a restaurant, that offered cafeteria style meals, and it was always overrun, people would literally wait in line for an hour to get something to eat.   Mainly cause it didn't taste of cardboard or overheated nitrates.
Then luckily for us, all of us, the foodie trend started and the food offered went up a notch or five, and you could actually get a sandwich, or a bagel and a cup of decent coffee.  One year I even found a stand selling Dove bars, and I was very happy.  I think I visited that stand every single day at least once during the convention. 

As I said before, I hadn't been to a one of these conventions for a few years, (yeah!!!) and this year was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food offerings.   From really good Pizza, made right there on the spot, I know cause I was able to watch them, and I even enjoyed a slice.

There were pretzel dogs, and twists...
  there was Indian food, and it smelled wonderful, Italian,

Kosher, Deli foods, vegetarian offerings.

There was even a Bistro which was catered by a local hotel and by invitation only,

 There were also some fast food chains who got into the food stand biz, and it was all good.   More variety and such a nice change, especially when I remember the dark ages and the 'crunchy' hot dog I once got. 

Next year, I'll actually get on the stick and take picture of every food stand available, won't that be fun?   Actually I was amazed this year, the convention organizers really are making an effort to cater to the attendees' and their food preferences and needs.

Just thought I'd throw in a slightly different post this time,  gotta say though I missed cooking, so much so, I offered to make my daughter a pot of Chile Verde while staying with her, she very graciously (actually she jumped up and down with joy) allowed me the use of her kitchen, so I did get to cook once.   And I left her with enough Chile Verde so she could eat it every day for a week if she wished, with enough left over to have dinner a couple more times.

Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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