I’m beginning to think I just need to have everyone contribute all the time and post every week or so.
But since my internet access is stable now, I thought I’d write a little about what I’ve been up to lately.
The truth is, I’ve been up to A LOT, so I will more posts a little later and after the guest posts run out.
First and foremost, I’m sure some of you are wondering where the hell I’ve been.
I’ve been trying to think of a clever way to recap. I’ll write more about my time in London in the near future, but today I thought I’d write about how I “eat on the cheap” and “ghetto picnic” in hotels when I travel.
Now, don’t assume I have money for fancy shmancy hotels. My uncle works for Hilton so we stay in most Hiltons for the same price as we would for a sketchy motel where you find cigarette burns on your sheets a dead hooker insider the mattress (no offense to you hookers out there). Fun Random Eden Fact: My grandmother ran a hotel and my mom grew up in one. Hotel management is actually something that runs on my “mum’s” side of the family, as you can see.
However, this doesn’t mean we get to eat at the hotel restaurants for free. And I can assure you, hotels will try to milk as much money out of you and they love to do it via overpricing “meh” food.
Although I did eat plenty of meals out (you will read about those in a future post), I ate some meals and lots of snacks in my hotel room. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t short on fabulous! Here’s some tips to making those “in room ghetto meals” tasty and cheap:
1. Make Use of the Free Things: Many hotels offer free coffee and tea and even some biscuits. Make use of these things! I bought a pot of greek yogurt just like the one I have back home for 95p (about $1.30), added some instant coffee, and crumbled delicious biscoff biscuits I got for free. For under a pound, I had a delicious, somewhat healthy, rather filling snack!
Total Cost: 95p ( about $1.30, depending on how shitty the US economy is)
2. Assembly Required: Snacks are easy enough, but when it comes to “meals”, I can understand its harder to put together something decent in your room. But with a little assembly, its totally possible. For example, I bought some greens (£1 a bag which is about $1.50), a prawn and smoked salmon salad from a supermarket deli for £3.50, a little lemon I got for free from the coffee shop, and viola! A fancy looking salad in my room! To supplement, I had a bag of english crumpets which keep very well without refrigeration and that cost my about £1.50 for a pack of six. I ate two and this held me over until afternoon tea (cause when in England, you must do tea!).
Total Cost: about £5.50 (about $ 7.50 once again depending on how weak the US dollar is) but for a fresh, seafood salad, plus crumpets, thats pretty good!
3. Meals in, Snacks Out: Don’t think I had all my meals in a hotel room. That would be sad. When traveling, its not time to shun the local specialties and eat in every day! But I can understand why you might choose to have a few meals in your room to save money. To avoid feeling completely deprived, I suggest on days you have a meal in, have a snack out. My snack if choice? I love my gelato (I know, its England, not Italy). To be honest, I’m betting money this is more authentic than anything I get in the states because Italians can work in Europe legally and the guy I bought my gelato from was Italian. Being the indecisive Libra that I am, I let him chose for me his favorite flavor (always a good idea to do when your abroad). Luckily, his favorite flavor was nutella (well, his second favorite because his first favorite was the lemon sorbet and I refuse getting the sorbet).
Total Cost: £2.50 (about $4 dollars which is VERY tame for a specialty ice cream like gelato)
Ok, more guest posts ahead and more updates from the trip! I’m no longer in England but the food where I am NOW will make your appetite orgasm just from the smell!
What are your tricks for eating cheaply while traveling or while staying in hotels?