Hanger is a real. But it is also preventable. However, when you are traveling preparing for the inevitable need to eat can get a bit more complicated. But because the constraints around eating on a car trip vs. hoping on a plane are quite a bit different I'll focus for now on air travel. Let's break it down to the main constraints.
You might disagree with me but I think there are two things that stop most of us from taking adventures. The first is the pull of the mundane inertia of our everyday lives and the second is our own perception that we aren't the sort of person who ventures out.
So I love pancakes. I am also a little bit lazy so I don't make my own mix I prefer for someone else to deal with the mess of combining all the ingredients. You can fault me, but that is just how I feel about the whole thing.
CampEats was started as an experiment with a mission. This endeavor has always been to get families to connect to the outdoors through food. But how we were working to do that has changed a few times. It is about to change again, and this won't be the last time. And that is totally normal.
Our CampEats team has been busy working on all sorts of new noms based on feedback from our early customers. People are loving our breakfasts and lunches! And from what we're hearing those are the two hardest meals to plan when you are on the road.
It seems like simplicity is all the rage right now when it comes to food culture. Now I am not talking about Paleo or Farm to Table cooking. You may have heard of the new app Not Recipies launched by the popular foodie blog Food52. It's all about things you've made a million times that you could explain how you made them in a few moments. Think that conversation you had with your neighbor about making asparagus where you shared that you like to use a little lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt to give the steaming water a bit of a punch.
It’s funny - when you start a company that even is vaguely related to travel, you learn a lot about how people plan their vacations. Yes, getaways are for the most part made for recharging, but the actual planning process is still kind of a hassle. (Does anyone else have a million tabs open?)
I can't say I'll never be a mom, but it isn't on in my five-year plan. And I honestly don't have a strongly formed opinion around how my husband and I will tackle that decision in the end. But I do have a strongly held belief that even though I may not be a mom it is part of my job as a human to make this world a better place for the next generation.
You might have noticed CampEats has a very distinct visual style. It comes from our designer-illustrator Chris. He has helped us capture the simple beauty of our curated treats. All of our illustrations are hand drawn and then painted with watercolors to give them a fresh natural feel.
We love to break out our cast iron at home and at the camp site. Its consistent heat distribution is a godsend when dealing with the complexities of cooking over an open campfire. And everyone loves its ability to retain heat. These properties might be why this old school way of cooking has some major staying power. Did you know the first cast iron was created during the Han dynasty?
Camping season is just beginning here in Northern California. We just got back from our first local excursion. This was the first time we took out our full kit in 2016 as our last trip was more of a hybrid camping-luxury-hotel-culture excursion. Getting your gear in order and planning for a trip especially the first time during a season has a few special quirks, but I think there is a pretty standard 5 step process to get ready.
This weekend we went camping near Bodega Bay at our first Hipcamp. And as we were cooking over the campfire Dan mentioned how cooking over the campfire connects him with the taming of the west. It makes me think the complexities of travel have existed since the dawn of time. At least, there isn't much risk that our oxen will die crossing a river in modern day camping.
The whole camp cooking process isn't like whipping something up in your kitchen. You are literally "playing with fire". And that can get a little intimidating especially when you aren't sure what kind of fire to use.
So getting outside and camping for the first time can be expensive if you buy all of your own gear. But that doesn't have to be the case. There are two ways to borrow outdoor essentials (tent, sleeping bag, ground pad, stove, cook/eat-wear).
To celebrate a milestone birthday for my husband he and I recently went on our first hard-core "Glamping" adventure in Mexico. Our friends Alex and Becky were also kind enough to take a break from the cold New England weather and join us.
Running a business that creates camp food kits we’ve tasted our fair share of s’mores and they are delicious. But sometimes you are looking for a savory after-dinner treat to make over the fire. And popcorn fills that bill. Plus, many of us big kids have fond memories of making a certain kind of stove top popcorn that comes in a distinctive silver package.
I am sitting here in what could be considered a bit of a disaster of a house and I am realizing It has been really a busy few weeks here at CampEats. No actual camping but lots of outdoor related fun. (My husband building mini campers - that is outdoor related right?)
When you Google camping you'll find this seemingly straightforward definition. But when you dig a little deeper camping can basically be almost anything. The Wikipedia entry even defines it by saying "There is no universally held definition of what is and what is not camping." They rather choose to define it by the intent to spend time in the outdoors and the inclusion of typical activities.
To celebrate the new year and get inspired we took a weekend trip up to Napa and Sonoma with some foodie friends from Chicago. On our adventure, we explored several wineries that are "family businesses". CampEats is like a newborn compared with these established, multi-generational, powerhouses that have grown from someone's dream to sustainable enterprises. I wanted to share a few of their stories and
2015 has been one complex year for our small family. It will go down as the year we made our commitment "official". We also closed a few chapters and started some new ones including starting CampEats. This afternoon we went on a magical hike on Mount Sutro here in San Francisco.
S'mores have been on my mind the last few days. In one of our holiday cards, we got a lovely note from our friend Margaret on the topic of these gooey delights. With her permission, I've re-posted it below. I think my favorite part was the idea of sliced chocolate ala Kraft cheese. You can check it out here.
That lovely squash mentioned in our last blog post made its way up to our roof deck and got all roasty on the gas grill. This was the third preparation of this particular roaster. The first was oven cooking, then a charcoal grill, and finally on the gas powered grill - all in my pursuit of recipe mastery.
My husband couldn't be more supportive. He is CampEat's biggest fan. And he is also its primary guinea pig. Yesterday he was forced to eat chocolate with dried mango and coconut and then compare it with chili chocolate. Yeah, I feel really bad for him.
Here at CampEats we've been "testing" all the components of the Provisions Packs over the last few weeks. From some very tasty lentil soup to some wicked carrot cake pancakes I think we have already found a few winning dishes that will be sure to please. We are also working hard to make sure they all work togeather in harmony as a weekend full of meals.
A big thank you to everyone who came out last weekend to make s'mores with us at our first Fireside Gathering. We had a ton of fun and we've been able to gather a few "findings" about s'mores. To help distil them for your use we've created a top 10 list of what I like to call S'more Science. And let me tell you we used rigorous testing methodologies. Though they may have been clouded by the copious amounts of sugar from all the sweets, but we'll still share them in the name of all things that are fun about camping.
The dogs and I went to John Mclaren Park today to scout the location for our first Fireside Gathering. They did a little sniffing and I found the perfect spot to put my portable fire pit. Yes, I am that girl with her own portable fire pit. What that says about me I'm not sure.