My husband desperately wanted me to come on a business trip with him to Ramstein U.S. Air Force Base because he thought that I would enjoy the Mega shopping, he likes me to go places with him and he wanted me to see a different part of Germany.
The Michelle Obama suite in the hotel was nice with a kitchen, sitting room, large bedroom and bath. The enormous picture window in the 9th floor sitting room looked out onto the military landing strip packed with green colored planes, coming and going and doing whatever military planes do.
I have to say that I was a little shocked at the food choices connected with the hotel/mall. True, I didn’t expect much, but I did think that the hotel would have it’s own restaurant like the military holiday hotel in Garmisch and that breakfast would at least be safe. Wrong again. There was no hotel restaurant and as you stepped out of the elevator, breakfast choices were Cinnabon or a German pastry shop with really large pieces of bread or pastry. Lunch and dinner were provided by the fast food chains Taco Bell, Johnny Rocket hamburger place, Burger King, Manchu Wok, Capt D’s, Frank’s hot dogs, Subway, Anthony’s Pizza, Baskin Robbins, Chili’s Too and Romano’s Macaroni Grill.
Skipping breakfast, we chose Taco Bell for our first lunch because there was lettuce and tomatoes in the tacos. The purported vegetables at the Manchu Wok looked grey and we didn’t see any other vegetables besides french fries anywhere else. There were long lines in front of all of these concessions and we could not understand it. Bleah!
For dinner, we went to Romano’s Macaroni Grill and had a, hopefully, forgettable chicken marsala and a gummy risotto with a pan fried pork chop. To be fair, the Chianti mustard sauce on the pork chop was okay and I think I will make something like that soon. I lacked enthusiasm for picture taking of this meal.
We remember Chili’s when it first opened in Dallas, Texas. My husband was attending graduate school at the University there. This was before it became a chain and the food was good with a nice spin on Mexican cuisine. That’s why we ended up there for our last night’s dinner. Having very little appetite, we ordered 3 appetizers. The first was an oddly colored “queso” with granules of beef flavored soy product. No, they didn’t say that, but that’s what it was. It didn’t taste good and we shoved that baby aside! (top picture)
The Southwestern “eggrolls” were deep fried at some point in the day and then reheated before serving. Of course the spinach immediately gave up the ghost along with whatever else that might have been nutritious. The avocado ranch sauce was…… I’m speechless.
The cup of chili was a soupy, Campbell’s tomato soup concoction with maybe three chunks of beef product inside. We had to wait over 30 minutes for a table!!! This kind of food can’t be good for people, and certainly not for our military! They should be ordered to eat at home!
Before our meal, we were given tortilla chips with some sauce/salsa and we should have stopped there. After 2 1/2 days, we don’t feel that great. In fact, we feel poisoned!