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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