EAT: On The Road

RestaurantI just got back from a whirlwind tour.  NYC for my sister’s wedding, Texas to visit the in-laws, and Honolulu to check out the beach.

Picture by Rick Dikeman

Like all trips there were ups and downs.  Some things were easier than others.  When traveling, eating healthy food can be one of the hard things.

But, I have found a way to eat at least one healthy meal a day usually at a reasonable price, while immersing yourself in the local culture.  Every American town has its local joint, usually a diner or a coffee shop (not Starbucks).  If you look past the always tempting stack o’ pancakes, you can find some healthy treats on the menu.

In New York and New Jersey, Greek diners are a long standing tradition.  The Manhattan Diner on the upper West Side (2180 Broadway-Broadway and 77th) does this tradition proud.  For breakfast, I had fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and homemade Greek yogurt with walnuts and honey.

In Texas I did not have to go out for breakfast, as Eileen’s Mom spoiled us with her fantastic breakfast tacos.

Waikiki has the Wailana Coffee House.  This is a popular spot for locals and tourists.  One morning, we sat next to a guy that had just finished his shift at an IHOP.  Local joint trumps chain restaurant.  We ate at the Wailana more than once. One morning, I got a bowl of cottage cheese with lots of fresh pineapple.  Another, I cracked and got the coconut pancakes with coconut syrup.  Yummy!

Q: What is the name of your town’s joint and what is the healthy treat on their menu?

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2 responses to “EAT: On The Road

  1. Alaskan Ninja

    The joy of living in Alaska is the unimaginable abundance of fresh, wild salmon and halibut. Unless you’re foolish enought to go to a chain restaurant (there are a few in Anchorage, but local cuisine still rules the land of the midnight sun), you will always be able to ask “what’s fresh” and get something that was swimming less than 24 hours ago. In Anchorage, you can hit Humpy’s, the Snow Goose, Simon & Seafort’s, or Orso and get fresh seafood. For example, Simon & Seafort’s has an amazing smoked salmon wrap with a mango salsa! My boys like the Snow Goose the best (since it’s porch overlooks Cook Inlet and you can see the “Sleeping Lady” (Mt. Susitna) and Denali) and typically indulge in fresh halibut with the home brewed root beer. I tend to order anything new with salmon — always favoring smoked over other preparation.

    Caribou is also used widely in local fare and is lower in fat that chicken, turkey, or domestic beef, so I have indluged in that as well. But if in Alaska, ask whether you’re getting caribou or reindeer — the difference being that caribou typically means wild game, while reindeer are farm-raised caribou.

    Lastly, if you get out to Kodiak in late May, they have a crab festival — KING crab! You will never pay so little for so much of this delicacy. I for one can confess that fresh king crab is highly addictive (and low in fat and calories but high in protein).

    Adam, I know that you are not big into meat, but hey — this is Alaska!

    • stoffainkorea

      *Great Tips!

      *I will make sure that anybody traveling to Alaska checks with you first for info on where the locals eat.

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