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!