skillet in kitchenThe Jewish calendar for many Kosher families means taking to the road to visit friends and families. Celebrating Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot means Jewish schools will be on vacation from October 12-24. The Jewish word for these vacation days are know as “in between days” or Chol HaMoed.Where do Jewish people travel during these days? Anywhere! Some of the people I spoke to will be traveling to places like Disney, Dutch Wonderland, or a hotel with an indoor swimming pool. Other Jewish families use this vacation time to visit family members out of town.

While there is no end to the vacation options available, the Kosher food options are very limited. How can a Kosher family, or a family with special dietary needs travel easier this holiday season?

Where to Stay

Choose a hotel with a microwave and refrigerator. Last month, we visited family in Boston and had the opportunity to stay at a lovely Hilton Garden Inn located in Burlington, MA. This was a great choice for us because the room had a refrigerator and microwave. We brought our cooler full of easy to prepare food. We used the microwave to make melted cheese sandwiches and Wacky Mack. We stored our milk, yogurts, and fruit in the mini-fridge.

We were very happy with the complimentary coffee in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn. We invited my in-laws to join us for bagels and lox at the beautiful patio located near the the indoor swimming pool.

Staying with a family that isn’t Kosher

Both my husband and I are the only family members that keep Kosher. When we visit our relatives, we need to bring our own pots and pans to cook our food in while we are there.

We had only meat dishes at these homes (Kosher families separate their meat and dairy dishes) until I was sent a pres release about the Fagor 2-Piece Induction Cooking Set. This product was marketed towards the “college kitchen”.  I wrote back to them and suggested that it could also be great for a “Kosher kitchen” on the road.

The 2-Piece Induction Set includes the impressive Countertop Induction Burner with a newly designed panel and a Fagor 9.5″ Cast Aluminum grill pan. There are no flames, smoke, or gas emissions involved–perfect for a hotel room! In the mood for some scrambled eggs with cheese? The Fagor has 10 power levels with temperatures ranging from 140°F to 430°F and the operating panel features a chart which relates the power settings to five cooking functions (Melt, Warm, Boil, Fry and Sear) and its exact temperature, making it easier for the user to reach their desired cooking level, faster and more accurately. Not only is this convenient, it is considered one of the most eco-friendly products for its efficiency and safety, induction cooks 50% faster than gas or electric cooktops and boils water in seconds.

Even if you don’t have any special dietary needs, consider saving money on your next trip by eating in your room. Don’t go out to restaurants every day and night. Avoid large crowds and overpriced eateries and stay in your room.

Fagor sent me a 2-Piece Induction Cooking Set for review, but the opinions here are all my own.

I received a 2-night stay from Hilton Garden Inn to review from the perspective of a Kosher foodie family, but the opinions here are all my own.