eat well, travel often, dream big!

This weekend MarocBaba and I are going away for our anniversary and to cover a city that I grew up in love with. It was the closest really big city and my aunt, who lived there, would take me every summer for a week or two to “babysit” her kids. But really, we just did a lot of cool things! I credit those early experiences as one of the reasons the world opened up to me. If you follow me on Twitter you might already know where I’m talking about but I’m keeping it a secret for now. But we have some important decisions to make and I’m counting on you to help me make them!
Last year when I went to the Midwest Mom’s Media conference I took the train. I have used trains in other parts of the world but as a means of domestic transportation I hadn’t really tried it out. Well, after that trip I was hooked! It was so nice not to have to worry about missing an exit, stopping for gas, etc. etc. that I knew for our next closer to home trip we would take the train instead of driving. So we’re doing it on Saturday!
Of course the most important part of any journey is what you eat on the way. Our trip happens to coincide with lunch so I’m planning a really great meal to take along. Yesterday I reached out on my Facebook page to see what thoughts some of my friends had on what to bring – wow! I have some super impressive friends! Now I need even more help to narrow it down. Check out some of these suggestions;

photo from Vegetarian Times

Moroccan Whole Chickpea Hummus - Vegetarian Times from my friend Kelly


from Food Network

Dana’s 5-ingredient Broccoli Salad from my friend Noura


from Wheat Belly

Mocha Walnut Brownies {Gluten-Free} from my friend Laurence


from Olga of Mango & Tomato

 Potato Salad with an Indian Twist From my super talented blogging friend Olga


Then there were EVEN MORE suggestions;

  • Spicy Deviled Eggs
  • Pressed antipasto sandwiches
  • Asian-style coleslaw
  • Jarred Salads
  • Gorgonzola-stuffed Dates
  • Watermelon, Feta, Basil Salad
  • Gluten Free Vegetable Pizza
  • Ceviche
  • Hummus or olive spreads
  • Fruit Salads

How is a girl to decide?
It’s got to be good, easy to transport and gluten-free.  Are you up for the challenge?  Leave me a comment and share your favorite picnic/train food suggestion or vote on some of the suggestions above!



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Amanda Mouttaki

Curious world traveling, mom of two busy boys, foodie at heart, addicted to social media and lover of all things Moroccan.

  • Kelly

    April 20, 2012 #1 Author

    Wow, that entire menu looks great. I guess I’d try to balance things out, like have something starchy, something veggie, etc. Maybe the potato salad, veggies tossed in a homemade vinaigrette (or Asian slaw), and something sweet like fruit or those brownies. Just a thought.

    Also, I love how you articulated that visiting the big city helped open the world to you. I felt the same way as a young girl visiting Minneapolis. Many people in my small hometown were afraid to drive there which made me more determined than ever to do so! I have a small, framed picture of the skyline at night and it makes me happy.


    • marocmama

      April 21, 2012 #2 Author

      It’s really amazing. I would love to collect stories of fellow travelers from small town America and how they found their way into the world or made a decision not to. Sounds interesting doesn’t it?


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