Eating When Traveling

Some people say their eating changes when they go on vacation.

Mine?  Not so much.

Those prices are in Aruban Florins, not dollars.  There is 1.77 AFL to the dollar.  So basically, the broccoli and the snow peas were about $1.25 each.  Food is cheap here compared to California grocery stores.

Unfortunately, you never know what they’re going to have since many, or most, produce is flown in.  It’s pot luck.  Or veggie luck, so to speak.

We were in luck with cucumber and edamame, though.


And cheap cantaloupe and grapes were in stock.

And I was in luck with cheap dishes!  The last dishes I bought were from Target a few weeks ago.  I was overdue, right?

Basic but will make for a good photography plate for some kind of dessert I plan to create.  Not sure what dessert yet, though.

I love this plate and check out the price…

…2.45 AFL so about $1.25, not even.

Not even a buck!  You can’t buy anything for a buck anymore.

I’m thinking that Chocolate Covered Oreo Balls would look great on that plate.

I made these over our last trip to Aruba in December.

I’m glad you liked the photos of Skylar and I in my last post, Sliding Down.  It was fun to hear if you liked slides as a kid.  And what food has been sliding down your hatchet lately.


1. When you travel, do your eating habits change?

Some people say yes, dramatically.

Mine, no, do not really change much at all.

I still eat plenty of fresh and raw food.  Simply prepared food that doesn’t deviate far from nature’s intention.  Salads with raw veggies, a little edamame, and a basic light dressing like Orange Spice Vinaigrette.  (Gena touched on this in her post yesterday, which included her recipe for Vegan Summer Vegetable Gratin)

In fact, when it’s warm and humid out, I crave fruits and veggies even more.  They are light, full of water, and just taste great.  Frozen grapes anyone?  Although frozen Bread Pudding Raisin Cake isn’t too shabby, either.

I do enjoy partaking in local fare, but I also stay true to what I know works for me.  The locals here love fried food, heavily breaded and battered fish and vegetables, or smoked meats.

Those are things that I just won’t eat and so I enjoy some local foods like the locally made desserts.  Check out this mini Coconut Cake loaf I found.

Isn’t that just the cutest thing ever?

It tasted almost as cute as it looks.

It’s about the size of my palm, a little bigger.  Full of coconut flavor.  Dense, rich, not overly sweet but unfortunately it was super dry.  Boo!  Scott and Skylar didn’t seem to mind but dry is not worth my chew.

So no locally smoked pork ribs for me, but I’ll happily try the local desserts!

How much locally made or locally-sourced food do you eat when you travel?

P.S. Here are my posts since Friday in case you’re catching up:

72 comments on “Eating When Traveling”

  1. I try to keep my eats pretty much the same when traveling too. It definitely helps when we travel and take advantage of a condo with full kitchen. If we can, I love to find local goods.

  2. I try to keep some healthy staples on hand when traveling – nuts, produce, yogurt – but definitely indulge by eating out a lot more often. Enjoy your trip, Aruba is one of my favorite places!

  3. My eats do change a little bit when I’m traveling. I’m a foodie, so a lot of the destinations I travel for pleasure are so that I can taste the local cuisine and that means indulging a bit more than usual. If I’m traveling for work, I have a lot less control over what I eat because a lot of times lunch is ordered in for the group. I do try to bring some staple snacks and stock up on whole fruit when I can so that I’m not drastically changing things, and I also try to keep up with my exercise routine!

  4. My eating changes when I travel, I like to indulge and taste local foods. I like variety, so I really like to try everything at least once!

    Excellent produce prices and it looks so nice! I am so pissed; got the crappiest bag of butter lettuce yesterday–all wilted and NASTY, and expensive! $3.49. Grrr. I was fuming. I want Aruba produce, and that coconut cake. Coconut is a fruit = healthful, LOL. :)

    Those dishes are gorgeous! Love them. Great price to boot.

  5. My eating doesn’t change too much. I tend to have a few more adult beverages and I do enjoy the restaurants for all inclusive visits. Can’t wait to see pics of Aruba. Always wanted to go, so any advice is great.

  6. Good deal on those veggies, Averie! Now I’m craving edamame…

    Hmmm….my eating habits totally depend on where I’m traveling to. Sometimes it’s impossible to get fresh, healthy produce, and other times it’s cheap and abundant. But the same rules apply when I travel as they do in ‘regular life’, I eat exactly what I want when I want. Since I’m on vacation with access to lots of food I don’t normally get (there are very few tasty restaurants here in Saudi), I try to grow an extra stomach so I can eat even more delicious food than usual!

  7. My eating habits change only because we tend to go out for meals and I get things that I don’t make at home — usually fish since I am horrible at cooking fish at home! I also tend to have more drinks than normal and I also drink more coffee when we’re traveling — maybe because I get so tired so easily?

  8. Wish we could have met too- one of these days!

    It’s tough to eat while traveling… only because my husband always chooses the most decadent places to eat. It’s hard to resist. If we’re staying in a beach house or something, it’s usually Happy Hour that kills me. Everyone is having a great time eating and drinking at 5 oclock every day. Gotta balance it all out w/ good workouts while we’re traveling! Have fun in Aruba!

    • yes, one of these days! We have to keep the San Diego blogger spirit alive!

      And I made the mistake of not going to Camp Blogaway. I am good friends with Marla and she told me it was great and I wished I could have joined her (and you) but it was too last minute and I couldnt swing it. Next year!

      Cocktails don’t start here at 5pm. They start at 10am with mimosas and pina coladas for most people. lol :)

  9. yea for aruba food photos! and florin prices…ah, i am *homesick* already!
    my food choices do not change when i travel, esp to aruba. so easy to eat healthfully there…but as you say, you have to go with the flow – you never what will be in stock in the grocery stores. but most of the time, i’ve found the produce/fruit i want.
    “dry is not worth my chew” – agreed!
    have a most wonderful day!!! i’m just going to be hanging on each and every aruba blog post you write!!

  10. I admire the effort you put into eating well even when on vaca, and even after epic travel to get there!

  11. I LOVE frozen grapes!! OMG, so happy to find another frozen grape lover…a lot of people think it’s just weird, even when I tell them it’s like little mini-popsicles!

  12. It depends where I’m going! On my recent trip to Disneyworld, I ate what I could find in the parks and it was not pretty. I also ate way too much junk food. In China I ate the local fare, which was awesome. I’d like to eat healthier when I go on trips, but I haven’t gotten the hang of planning and actually following through yet…

  13. Awesome deals! Love those plates. I get so excited when I find good prices on produce. *big dork*

    My eating habits sometimes change – it depends on whether I’m going to a “foodie” destination or not. If there are a lot of restaurants I want to try, I don’t hold back. If it’s just a work trip, but normal habits reign supreme.

  14. I would say my eating habits definetely change when I travel. I tend to eat a lot more junk food just because it is readily available. You don’ot have the luxury of preparing healthy meals. I try to keep it healthy, but I find I do eat a bit more junk than usual.

  15. yum!!! I love bargain hunting, and yay for cheaper veggies!! I need some new plates/bowls too, but I’m kinda too poor right now to afford any!!!

    Love the pics of your little one too! She is getting so big!!!

    Happy Monday Mama Averie!!


    P.S. as soon as I visited your blog, my tummy started grumbling!! Time to eat!!

  16. Holy Moly; you are in Aruba again?

    we hardly ever ever ever travel so I have no idea. we ARE planning a road trip soon to visit family; and I am already trying to figure out how I’d handle that. (with JJ in tow??) oye.

    Enjoy your trip Averie!!

  17. I definitely eat differently when I travel! I still try to have the same staple foods (ie lots of fruits and veggies, a solid, whole-grain breakfast, etc) but I always try way more things and usually have more treats. I figure if it’s junk I can get at home I won’t eat it, but I’m always open to trying local delicacies- I’m stoked to try authentic fish and chips when I’m in England next week!!

  18. Always nice when food prices are cheaper when travelling.
    Too bad that little coconut bread / cake was so dry.

    When I travel I try and eat the same or as close to it as I can. One thing I don’t stray from is being gluten-free. When in Barbados, I basically eat raw until dinner and then have some fresh seafood with rice / potatoes and a salad. Pretty close to the way I eat at home. If we aren’t staying somewhere with a kitchen, then I do my best to have fresh fruit that won’t spoil on hand and eat fruit plates / platters instead of smoothies.

  19. Mmmm mmmm mmm. I know it’s time for lunch because I am salivating over your photos.

    Those veggies look amazing! I always crave veggies and fruits, like the crazy woman I am, so I always eat about the same no matter where.

    Enjoy the rest of your vacation! Aruba seems like heaven on earth. Soak it up!

  20. I definitely enjoy all of the local food when I travel. I consider it fully experiencing part of the culture! I am such a foodie too. Drinks, decadent eats… bring it on!

  21. Oooooh yes! My eating definitely changes when traveling. Traveling for work isn’t so different, but vacation is a free-for-all (totally worth the splurges and restaurant meals)!

  22. Those chocolate oreo balls look amazing… and my eating habits change, but I do make sure to still get in plenty of fruits and veggies to balance it all out. ;)

  23. When I travel, I try and eat things that I normally wouldn’t find in my resident city. I especially try to eat local cuisine.

  24. It depends on where I’m travelling–when we went to Ukraine I took a carry-on full of bars & peanut butter! Definitely not how I normally eat, but I knew the food there was not going to be vegan-friendly. Other places are much easier & my eating habits don’t change much.

  25. I eat pretty normally on vacation if I dont i feel like crap and its not even worth it!

  26. For some reason my mind thinks that when I’m on vacation I can eat whatever I want. It depend on where I am, but most of the time, I try really hard to stick to my normal diet, with a decent amount of local fare thrown in…Particularly in the dessert and fruit department, especially when I travel overseas to asia or europe :) .

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  28. For For $2.45 – I might be the only person who got a kick out of that, but none-the-less, I love things like that!
    Last week, when I was in SF, just about everything I ate was local – And, it was wonderful! Here in the midwest though – due to awareness + climate – it’s much, much harder to eat local!!

  29. Unfortunately, with dietary limitations, it’s not easy to stray from my usual when I travel. I did stock up on lactaid when I went to France years ago and well, it helps for a little bit, but the inevitable always happens.

  30. I would say it depends where I am traveling. If I am traveling for fun or somewhere I have never been then i will deviate at times. If I am just going from A to B, I pack and plan food.

  31. Hello Averie, what a great blog. I stumbled across your blog after I googled Brazillian blowout in. So by chance I was treated to a wealth of other information. It looks like I have lots of catching up to do – lol. So far I love it. What an adorable daughter and great recipes :)

    PS. Since you’re away in Aruba – I guess my question would be – how does the Brazillian blowout hold up there? It looks like my hair is the same texture as yours and just have the frizz problem when there’s humidity.

    Have fun and ENJOY.YOUR.VACATION!!!


  32. Ha, you should load up that coconut cake with some chocolate sauce next time. If there is a next time for buying such a cakelet ;-)

    My travel eating habits change somewhat. I try to be adaptable and try new things, but I also know what works for me in a general sense. So I make room for that without being rigid about it. Luckily, I have no major food allergies or sensitivities, so that absolutely helps.

  33. For me it depends on whether it’s a work trip or a “fun” trip. When I travel for work (which is always), my eating is pretty normal. Lots of salads, peanut butter, and fruit. When I travel for fun (which is rare), I love to try local foods!

  34. Great scores on those items! Love produce for a steal!

    My eating HABITS don’t really change. IE – I still eat a 80/20 balance of healthy, whole foods to more “treat” type things. However, I do eat out more on vacations. Our main vacation is a family vacation where our G-Pa takes us out pretty much every night. I still order a balanced meal and eat really well through the day.

  35. I try not to eat so much but definitely to indulge a little here and there :)

  36. I try to eat the same on vacation too for breakfast and lunch, but we usually end up eating out a lot for dinner. Great produce scores.

    1. Not too much anymore, I pack so much food for the road now. I do like to enjoy local flavors, but that’s hard when the fresh produce selection isn’t as good.

  37. My eating habits doesnt changes all that much while traveling either! I seek out local health food stores and buy a lot of fresh fruits n veggies! At most places this works very well. However, when I went to Belize a while back it was kind of hard. I found my fruits, but other than I mostly lived on nuts and local dark chocolate and red wine. I ate all the dark chocolate they had at the hotel- seriously! The last night I asked for my daily fix, they laught at me and told me they didnt have any since I had already eaten all they had.. :P

  38. My eating habits do change when I travel, for better or worse. I’m not good at eating at all on travel days … I don’t know why that is. So it’s coffee and water until I’m at my destination, which is fine if I’m flyign to DC, not so good if I’m flying to Europe. Once I’ve arrived, I try to keep it healthy all day, I’ll seek out a juice bar or a market with fresh fruit, etc. But I do tend to eat more liberally in evenings than I do at home, mostly because I’m eating out, but also because I generally do try to sample local fare. Then again, most of my trips are short, so I don’t get derailed. I can see the value of maintaining good habits when travelling for longer periods. And even of travelling with a Vitamix, even though I’ve laughed at people who’ve done this in the past. And brining healthy snacks from home, if you know they won’t be available where you’re going.

  39. i love to pick up breakfast staples that I’m used to, and enjoy when traveling because breakfast is usually the hardest as someone who has to eat gluten free. no donut or bagel shop for this chic! And then i go with the flow more for lunch and dinner, but I also bring snacks from home in case something won’t work for me at a restaurant. Friends and family are used to it and supportive of my GF needs now, so I don’t feel left out or awkward anymore when I do my own thing! Hope the weather has been good for you down there!!!

  40. My eating habits are horrible when I travel. Nothing fried….but too much sugar/processed food.

    Enjoy Aruba.

  41. I try to keep my eating habits as close to home as possible, seeing as I indulge myself whenever I see fit, you only live once, and I can’t hurt myself too much with gluten free vegan fare. I love finding farmer’s markets when I travel. It’s so exciting! Wishing you the best!

    • some would say that vegan GF fare is not indulging at all…but i would beg to differ especially when it’s the *right* vegan gf fare that’s prepared wonderfully :)

      thanks for reading!

      • Of course! I’ve been reading for a while, I just recently found out how to comment! HAHA… but anyways, I just made quite the indulgent chocolate coconut banana bread using brown rice and garbanzo bean flour. It’s on my latest post if you want to check it out. Other than that, have tons of fun!

  42. I don’t stray too much diet-wise when traveling either: it’s challenging enough on the system without risking getting sick from food… But if I’m feeling fine, I might try something that’s within my limits but is something I wouldn’t usually eat, if that makes sense (like gf packaged goods or something).

    Does Aruba grow fruit? I love traveling to places where a lot of fruit is grown…

  43. too bad that bread was dry because it looks damn tasty! I am so happy for you and have the best time. :)
    Skylar’s pics on the slide are sooooooooooo adorable. :)


  44. mine changes a bit but not so much. i don’t eat a lot of meat when i’m home but when i’m traveling i tend to eat more meat. i always wanna try the delicacies in other places and usually they are meat dishes. but i still eat all the veggies and fruits as much as i can. the coconut loaf looks delish!!

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  46. That coconut loaf looks deeelicious!
    My eating habits do not change while I’m away. No matter where I go, my vitamix comes with me. Even at all inclusive resorts. Not even lying. I have 1 suitcase for my food, and another for my clothes. I have so many allergies it’s just better that I pack my own stuff + I like having all my favorites with me. That’s why I found it perfectly normal that you brought chocolate chips with you on your trip. It didn’t phase me in the least!

  47. I totally try to keep my eating habits the same when I travel. I go to the grocery store.. stock up on my staples.. and try to eat out only one meal a day… and obviously do not go overboard at that meal. It can be hard sometimes…but I like what I what I eat..and don’t want to abandon my lifestyle..because I like that too!

  48. When I’m doing regular traveling, like a road trip to Grandma’s house, I try to keep my eats the same. When I’m on vacation, though, I indulge more. :-)

  49. My eating habits don’t change when I travel either!!

  50. When I went on vacation a few months ago, Seth and I made a deal that we would prepare 2 meals ourselves (using our cabin’s kitchen and foods bought from a local grocery store) and eat out for 1 meal. The system ended up working really well, and I think I’ll use the same policy for future vacations!

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