Welcometothefeed your familytonight,podcast,doyoudreadhearingthequestion,whatsfordinner?Whetheryouspendyourdays,keepingupwithtoddlers,runningkidstoafter-school,activitiesarejuggling,acareerandfamilygettingdinneronthetable.Canbeastruggleforusallentryfeebox,abusinessownerwife,andmomoffour.Imonamissiontobuildstrongerfamilies.Onedinneratatime.AndImherewithtips,tricksandinspiration.Youneedtofeedyourfamilytonight.Hello,friends,welcometotheFuture,familytonight,podcastepisode235.Imyourhosttodayisareplayofanepisode.Irecordedacoupleyearsbackaboutvacationfoodplanning,itwasrecordedpre-pandemic,butIknowthattheworldisstartingtoopenupandmanyofusaretryingtogetoutofDodgeandgetoutintotheworldasmuchaswecanassafelyaswecan.Thisisthefirstoftwopartsofvacationfoodplanning.Atthesecondpartisgoingtoairnextweek.Thisepisodefocusesonvacationfoodplanningwhenyouareflyingormaybeevendrivingbutyouarestayinginhotels.Nextweeksepisodeisgoingtofocusonwhenyouarestayinginrentalsorcabinsandtalkedalittlebitaboutfamilyreunionsplanningwhichagainprobablyisnthappeningquitethisyearbutyoumightwanttolistenjusttobereadywhenyouscheduled.Familyreunionsfornextyear.Sofriends,ifyouareitchingtogetbackintotheworldandknowthatyouregoingtohavetofeedyourfamilywhileyoureonvacation,listentothisepisodeandnextweeksepisodetogetsomegreatideasandinspiration.Thisweekspodcastisgoingtofocusonvacationswhereyouaremainlystayinginahotelandcabinsandalsolargeisverysimilar.Forthosetwosituationsjustatadifferentscale.ThefirstthingIwantyoutothinkaboutwhenyouareplanningfoodforyourfamily,vacationistogiveoutwhatkindofvacationareyouactuallygoingon?Andtoday,thefocusisinhotel.Itsimportantbecauseyouwanttothinkaboutwhatkindofhotelareyoustayinginthishotel?Haveabreakfastonsiteisthepriceincludedinthecostofthehotelroom.AndIalwaysrecommendabreakfasttoleavethepremisesforbreakfast.Andifyoucangetthatincludedalittlebitmorefortheroom,butintheend,sheprobablygoingtocomeoutahead.Illneverforgetafewyearsago.OurfamilyjusttookaquicklittleovernighttriptoOklahomaandIwantedtostayinanEmbassySuitesbecausetheyalwayshavebreakfast.IncludedandIhavealargefamilyandwewereatthepointwherewecanstillstayinonelargehotelroomnoworfamily.Wealmostneedtworoomsbutthebreakfastwasincludedinthecostoftheirbreakfastislike$17apersonandyoumultiplythatby6anditreallyfastandwewouldhavebeenbetteroffinahotelandhavingbreakfastincluded.Thatsthefirstthingyouwanttothinkabout.Whenyoureplanningavacationwhereyourestayinginhotels,youwanttothinkabout,youknow,thelocationofthehotelsandhowclosetheyaretoalloftheactivitiesthatyouplanondoingthatfactorsintoyourfoodaswell.Areyougoingtobetryingtogotorestaurantsintheevening?Orareyouhavingluncheswhileyoureoutdoingyouractivities?Andifyouhavetraveledbyairplanetoyourdestinationanddontnecessarilyhavearentalcarthenthatissomethingelsethatyouwanttoconsider.arethererestaurantsclosebytothehotelwhereyouarestayingLastyear,wehadtheopportunitytotakeourfamilyonavacationthatwewerestaying,mainlyinhotelsforandIhaveadearfriend,hernameisa.m.,andsheisaworldtravelerlivetotravelandgavemesomuch.Goodadvice.WhenIwasplanning,hisparticulartripthatweweretakingandmakesurethatyouhavelookedattherestaurantnearwhereyouare,stayingatyourrestaurantforthefirstnightaheadoftime.AndIhadlookatsomerestaurantsatourdestinationandhadpickedtherestaurantthatIhadMarketinmyphone.MarketonmymapsothatIknewexactlywhereitwas.Andwewerewalkingtovisitourchurch,ourfamilywasfromthehotel,wewerestayinginthechurchandwewalkedtherestaurant.Thatswhereweplantohavedinnerandthenwekindofgotturnedaroundandwewerereally,reallyhungrybythetimeweweredoneexploringforabitandwewalkedaroundourtryingtofindthisrestaurantStreetandItoldmetomakesurethatIknewwherethisrestaurantwasthefirstnightbecausethatfirstdayoftravelyourealwayssupertiredandweendedupfindinganotherrestaurant.Thatwasterriblerestaurant.Itwasnotgreat,butIgotmyfamilyfedandwegotbacktothehotelandwenttobedanditwasfine.ButIreallywishIwouldhaveheeded,heradviceMoreclosely.Itmakessomuchsense,nomatterwhereyouaregoing.Ifyouarenotgoingtobestayinginaplacethathasakitchen,Icannotrecommendtoyouenough.Gettingtherestaurantthatyouplantoeatat,takeoutaheadoftimepastweekend.WeweretakingashorttriptoKansasCitywiththreehourdrive.Itsnotfarandwearemeetingupwithalargegroupofpeopleandexpectationswerentclear.Andweendedupspendinglikeanhourandahalfdecidingwhereweweregoingtoeat.Andifwehaddoneaheadoftime,becausethehour-and-a-halfoflookingatrestaurantsin,willthisperson?Anditwouldhavebeensomucheasieraheadoftimeifyoucanplanoutthereference,ifyouwanttoeatatinthenightthatyouplantoeatatthisrestaurant,saveyourselfsomuchgrief.Thatis,well,ifyouhavesomethingalreadyplanned,ifyoudontstumbleontosomethingandyouhaveaplantofallbackon,Iusevisor.Alotofplanningmybigtriplastyearandlookingatthepicturesandtherestaurantreviewsandwhatpeoplesaidabouttherestaurant,Iremembertherewasonerestaurantthatlooksreallygoodrestaurant,butwhenIgottothereviews,theysaid,thisisnotaplacetobringkids,welltoldmerightawaythatthatwastheplaceweweregoingtolookatplaceslikeTripAdvisorandYelpgetsomeideasfor.Restaurantsthatareclosetoyourlocation.Andgetyourrestaurantplannedaheadoftime.ItsoundsalittlebittediousandIknowsomanyofyouarelikemyselfandyouwanttobespontaneousandfindsomethingfunandvocalandcancel,butmakesurethatyouthinkaheadoftimedependinguponwhattypeofHotelyourestayingatThereisadeafpersonthatcanhelpyouwithreservation.Speciallyimportant,ifyouhappentobeinaforeigncountry,ifyoureinaforeigncountryusedtohaveatyourhotelandaskthefrontdeskpeopletocallandmakeareservationforyouandtherecommendationsandthisisanotherplacewhereyoucangetpickedup.ThishappensintheUnitedStateshasrestaurantsandhotels.Haveagrievancethatgobackandforthandstillsendpeopletoeachotherandtheyresick.Iftheyrefollowingdouble-checktherecommendationsfromthehotelonaplacelikeYelporTripAdvisorbecausesometimestherestaurantisntthatgood.Butthehotelsgettingakickbacktosend.SoButifyourewatchingthatandlookingatafewreviewsontheinternet,youshouldbeokay.Sometimetherecommendationfromthepeopleatthefrontdeskarethebest.Theotherhouse.Soyouwanttouseyouradvice.Whenourfamilygoesonvacation,wereallyprefertofindlocalplacestoeatratherthanmajorinrestaurant.Ifeellikethatspartoftheexperienceoftravelformychildren.Iwantthemtoknowwhatdifferentpowderlikeandsowecantotryandfindlocalplacesasmuchaspossible.Fingersmith,havetheirplacestoeatattheendofalongtrip.Whenyourfamilyiskindofgettingtiredofeatingoutandtiredoflying,sometimessomethingthatisjustreallysimpleandreallystableandyouknowexactlywhatyouregoingtoget.BeareallynicethatItryanddoistryandplanwhereweeatlunchfromthegrocerystoreanddifferenteverytime.Butingeneralespeciallyourfamilyistiredofalotofheavyrestaurantandhorsesreadyforsomethinglighter.Alsohalfwaythroughtrip,Ialwaystryandscheduleanafternoonofdowntime.Whereisthere?Somethingextrawewanttodo.Wecanthrowitintherebutitsalwaysnicetohaveaquietafternoonwhereeverybodycandecompress.Whendidgo,gogoonvacation.AndthisisthedaythatIusuallytryandscheduleagrocerystorelunchanytimeweretraveling.Wetryandlookonthemapandseeifthereisagrocerystoresomewhatnearbytoalocationthatweareatandgrocerystorelunches,lookdifferentindifferentlocales.SometimesIdontevensometimesIanticipatedandIbringpaperplates,inmyluggage,wehavebeenknowntowalkintoagrocerystoreandbuyafewboxesofcrackers.Andacoupleofpackagesoflifeorsalamipackswithcheeseandsometypeofafruit.Ihaveevenbeenknowntojustbuy.Mykidswillliketograbhandfulsofthelettuceoutofthebag.Imnotsayingitspretty,butImsayingthatforourfamilies.Elopeinourhotelroomandkindofsnackonforanhourortwo.Justhaveasit-downmeal.Lastyearwhenweweretravelinginthesummer,wefoundthatSherryBrittonseason.Andso,IwenttothegrocerystoreforlunchandweJerrys,andmeats,andcheeses,andcrackers,andcheese,andsuchanicebreakfromtheheavyrestaurantthatwehavebeenhavingsomuch.Imnotheavyrestauranttosomethingelse.IsthatItryandencouragemykidstogetsaladandalotoftimesthatmeansthatmykidsareorderingoff,themenuwillcomewithasaladincludedintheprice,andIjustfoundthatmykidsarehappier,ifitsgettingalittlebitofeverynight.Andiftheyrenotgettingthesaladsonvacations,theirbodycankindofstartfeelingalittlebitandmykidstoorderofftheadultmenyouratherthanthekidsmenuifitcomeswithalittlebitmore.SothatskindofanotherwaytomanageHotelvacation.Imgoingtotrytochangegearshereandtalkalittlebitaboutsnacksonvacationingeneral.Snacks,whatkindofabigdealanditreallydependsonthetypeofvacationthatyouretakingsnackstomakethedifferencebetweenhavingkidsthatarehavingagreattimeandhavingkidsthatarecrankyandaboutameltdown.SoIreallyencourageyoutothinkaheadandbringyoursnackswithyouratherthantryandpurchaseandareThinkofthingsthatyourfamilylikestoeatandbuythem,thisisthetimewhereagainIliketospendalittleextramoneyandbuythingsthatarepackagedandbringthemalongwithmeorsomewhereinthemountains,inyourhikingandyouregoingtobeawayfromModerncivilization,forextendedperiodsoftimethatyouwanttomakesurethatyouarepackingandbringingsnacks,somucheasiertohavethosesnacksthoughtofaheadoftime.Someofmyfavoritesnackstobringourkindbarsarentchocolatebecausethechocolateoutsideandgranolabarsthatdonthavechocolateinthem.Evenjustlikecerealorthathavenutsandraisinsandchocolateinthere,throwingupmymotherwouldnevereverallowoutofthechocolate.Melting,akindofrolledmyeyesandLetItGobutmymotherwouldneverletushavechocolateonvacationeverbecauseshewasalwaysonthecarseatsandeverythingelse.soifyoureworriedaboutmessageinyourcarandavoidallthings,chocolateonvacationingeneral,mykidsdontgetveryoftenandIusuallytryandthosetoobutyouwanttothinkaboutyourstayingathotel.Youwanttomakesurethatyouhavewithyoutogoalong.Mylastpieceofadviceisonethatyoureprobablynotgoingtobesurprisedtohearfromme,butitissomethingthatIwillsayoverandoveragain.Isanytimeyouretravelinganywhere,Idontevencare.Ifitsjusttothegrocerystore,alwayshaveyourkidsandyourselfhaveawaterbottlewithyou.Ilikedreusablewaterbottleandwhenwearetravelingtoplaces,Ialwaysbringthosewithus.Ifyouretravelingbyplane,youcantakethemyesterdayandthenrefillontheotherside.Ifyourereallyconcernedaboutthefiltrationofyourwaterisstillwaycheapertobuylarge.Doyougettoyourdestinationthatthenitistobuyabunchofwaterbottles?AlthoughhonestlyIvebeenknowntogettodestinationandbuyacaseofwaterbottles.RegularDasaniorWalmartbrandwaterbottleandhavetheminthehotelinsidethere.Andsokeepthemhydrated.Theywontandthewaterbottlesaresomethingthatshewantedtogetinthehabitofhavingwithyou.Mykidsarelearningthatthewaterbottleisalwaysattheirside.Nomatterwhatkindofpart,1vacationfoodplanning,wherewekindoffocusonwhathappenswhenyourestayingjustinahotel.Thewholetime.NextweekweregoingtogetintoGreatvacationplanningwhenyoureactuallybringfoodwithyouorpreparingfood.SoImgoingtotalkaboutroadtripsandalsoplanningforlargefamilygathering,withallofthosethings,takeadifferentkindofthantheydo.Whenyoureatahotelkindofrecaptodaywhenyourestayinginahotel,firstofall,everybodyneedsawaterbottlesecond,youwanttosneakabout,doestheplace,yourestayingathavebreakfastandIalwaysrecommendtryingtofindaplacewithbreakfastonsite.Ifatallpossibleandifyoucangetthatincludedintheprice,evenbetter.ThinkaboutwhatrestaurantsaregoingtostayatandplanthemaheadoftimedonotmakethesamemistakeIdidMarketonthemapsothat,youknowexactlywhereitissoyoudontgetlost.EvenifyoureplanningtobespontaneouswhichIcanrecommendhaveabackupreadytogo,haveyourrestaurantsreadytogo.Itwillmakeyourlifesomuchespeciallyduringthedayreadyandhaveyourkidsgetinthehabitofbringingthemalongwiththemwiththeirwaterbottles.Sofornowfriends,thankssomuchforlistening.Icantwaittotalkwithyounextweekabouttherestofvacationplanning.Youhavegotthis.Takecare.

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