Fate would have it that my boyfriend, Justin, has a fear of flying. Instead of dialing 1-800 A-M-B-I-E-N to the rescue, we rode the Amtrak Coast Starlight from Portland to Los Angeles for a mini vacation adventure. which turned out to be an amazing way to travel. It goes as follows:
Board the train at 2 pm. We got a sleeper car. This is what they look like. Later on, they turn into lifestyles of the Tokyo studio life.
Champagne mini bottles delivered to our car at 3pm.
We're late for the daily 3pm wine tasting - this time it's Oregon and Washington wines since we're still in the hood.
Wine and chocolates (and cheese not pictured).
Constant reminder of how beautiful Oregon is. Meanwhile I read and Justin becomes an official senior citizen one man escort service.
Then it's time for dinner. We go to the Dining Room - those that get sleeper cars have their choice of Dining Room and Parlour Room. The Dining room is open to all passengers on the train while the Parlour Room is strictly for those who have sleeper cars. I got the halibut with mashed potatoes.
The Butcher's Cut Choice Steak - a 21 day aged marbled steak was readily consumed per Justin.
BBQ Ribs eaten by our dining mate who was going to central California for her baby daddy's funeral.
And let's not forget the token salad served with an assortment of Newman's Own dressing.
More fun scenery!
The next day we got to exit the train on some stops...in California soil.
I forced Justin to order the salmon sandwich with a cucumber salad. He didn't like it so I got it. Victory is mine!
Spinach Salad: hard boiled eggs, minced bacon, cranberries, mushroom and tomatoes. Fresh and good.
Lunch dessert: tiramisu and coffee. Creamy and rich.
The chocolate cake was meh.
Somewhere between Salinas and Paso Robles
And then it was Wine O' Clock and time for more wine tasting. This time California wines.
We made it to SLO and got to walk around outside for about 10 minutes.
That night we dined in the Parlor (where we had all our wine tastings). A slow-cooked flat iron of beef braised in chipotle chile sauce with whole grain rice pilaf and a veg med was served. Delicious!
Followed by desserts similar to lunch's plus a raspberry sorbet cup with whipped cream.
The train ride was not only a relaxing way to travel but actually part of the vacation. Plus my boyfriend looks like an extra handsome 'stache-less Dennis Eckersley.
Ready for round II. New Mexico?