When it comes to vacationing- there are those who yearn for adventure. There are endless ways to travel in today’s world- and a vast universe waiting to be explored. While some chose to vacation in typical places such as Miami or Jerusalem- where finding kosher food is no issue - there are those who choose the road less taken.
As Debby, a frequent traveler of exotic places says, “I love to see new places. There is a huge world out there- full of beautiful and untouched areas.”
And it is precisely that untouched dimension that gives these locations its charm. Debby prefers the exotic beaches of the Virgin Island and Hawaii over the crowded ones in Miami- as she enjoys seeing the world in its natural form- without the crowds and industrializations.
Then there are those who find themselves on the far-flung corners of the earth, for business trips or other obligations, and land up in territories without a Jew in site.
So how does one pull off the exotic travel and kosher? Are the two possible? After speaking to numerous travelers - we have come to learn that the answer is yes! And it does not mean licorice, tuna cans, and chips anymore! It can even be gourmet…
Dinner in Europe- Anywhere and Everywhere!
Hermolis who provide kosher meals for 90% of international airlines, can do the same for you. They have an extensive menu, covering breakfast, lunch and supper, hot and cold from which you can pick and mix to create a meals to your liking. These meals can then be shipped almost anywhere in the world and, due to their special packaging, can be heated even in non-kosher ovens. In Europe, they’re also able to match menus for kosher guests to the menu being served in royal palaces, government functions or corporate events!
David Hoffman works for a large investment bank in New York. He was sent to a corporate dinner in London. He wasn’t looking forward to seating at the table with people he didn’t know and having to explain to laws of kosher. To his pleasant surprise, Hermolis matched the dinner like for like, course by course and served it on their own kosher dishes. “It made a world of difference” says Hoffman.
Shabbos in Tokyo
Ari Gross was once on a business trip and was forced to spend a Shabbos in Tokyo. For his Shabbos Dinner, Ari sat down to a strictly kosher, gourmet meal of: fish, French roast, potato kugel, and grilled vegetables. Not only that, but this meal was custom made for Ari’s sugar and salt free diet!
This does seem almost too good to be true. But with Schick’s take out from Brooklyn, NY there is no limit for travelers who eat Kosher. Before traveling abroad, Ari submits his order to Schick’s, giving them 24 hour notice of his custom menu. Schick’s then prepares the gourmet meals, and has them frozen and packaged, and ready to go. These meals can last for the duration of virtually any flight- as they can stay out of the fridge for up to 15 hours. Once he reaches his destination, Ari immediately puts them into the fridge in his hotel room.
“The main thing,” says the manager of Schick’s, “is that these meals are prepared and packaged in a way which that they can be reheated in non- kosher microwaves.”
Indeed these meals do give the kosher traveler a greater amount of flexibility. “You don’t feel like you are away,” says the manager of Schick’s, “because you are eating normal home made food. You just have to warm it up.”
Prices range in price from $12-$15 per portion. They can be picked up from Schick’s in Brooklyn. Custom orders should be placed at least 24 hours in advance.
College Courses in Bowling Green, Kentucky
Shevy, Aliza, and Tamar somehow landed up taking a college course- in Bowling Green, Kentucky- of all places! Since there is not a Jew to be found in the near proximity of Bowling Green, the girls meticulously packed a suitcase full of frozen meat, chicken, frozen pizza, fish sticks, cakes, cookies, and milk products.
Aside from the actual food, they came equipped with all kinds of appliances: a crock pot, toaster oven, sandwich maker, George Forman grill, microwave, and water urn. Once in the hotel, they unpacked everything into the tiny kitchen, and were then able to cook up the most delicious meals. “It can be done,” recounts one of the girls, “all it takes is some careful planning in advance.”
To the girls’ utter surprise, they found a vast array of kosher products in the local Wal Mart! There was a kosher section which contained some random products from matzoh and grape juice to lox and chumas!
Off the Beaten Track- and Kosher
Tziproah and her family enjoy traveling to far out places- the more remote the better! She says that kosher food should never interfere with one’s travel plans. She agrees- that with the proper preparations- it can be done. And in recent years, she has found that many kosher products have become available in far-off places around the world!
There are some moments in life that are just perfect. And those are the ones that create the most spectacular memories. So, with these tips in mind, get out there and create those moments by exploring our wondrous world- the sky’s the limit!