Embedded and Fed: Day two – salad death match in the sky
October 30th, 2012
11:30 PM ET
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Food in the Field gives a sneak peek into what CNN's team is eating, and the food culture they encounter as they travel the globe. Jeremy Harlan is a CNN photojournalist. He has a hungry baby and he loves Vienna sausage.

Ever wonder how the press corps keeps their stamina as they trek from stump to stump with presidential hopefuls? Our Jeremy Harlan is keeping a detailed food diary as he's embedded with Mitt Romney's campaign. Read day one's diary.

8:16 a.m. EDT: It's a cold, wet and blustery morning. That's the perfect recipe for some steel-cut oatmeal from the buffet spread here at the Marriott in Dayton, Ohio. It's hard to turn down eggs, bacon, sausage links, and potatoes. But I must have some sort of discipline today.

Oh, and the coffee is much better than yesterday.

On second thought, I may have to re-evaluate on a slice of bacon or two.

cream vat

1:25 p.m. EDT: It's been over five hours since breakfast. That is practically a food drought on a campaign embed.

After our event on the other side of town, we're back at the Marriott in Dayton, Ohio. The warm breakfast spread has been replaced with some pasta options. You could practically take a bath in the large bowl of cream sauce.

I'm still debating whether to dig in before we head to the airport and warmer weather.

row sign

4:25 p.m. EDT: The race for the last two salads on the Romney plane (somewhere between Dayton and Tampa) is on. The crew just asked Row 15 (Correspondent's Row) what they'd like for lunch on the flight: the salads, BBQ chicken, or veggie lasagna. So I'm going to guess by the time she gets to me in Row 18 (Pool Camera Crew Row) the salads will be off the menu.

4:27 p.m. EDT: Yep, thanks in part to my wonderful colleague Jim Acosta, no greens are going past Row 15. In fact, all the lasagna has been spoken for as well. Good thing I had two helpings of bread pudding back at our "first" lunch.

An independent source suggests there may be chocolate covered strawberries on board. If true, those may not get past Row 11.

5:50 p.m. EDT: Ding, ding, ding! We've just hit the jackpot in food spreads for the past two days.

With an official pool lid on the campaign trail today, we arrive at our hotel in Tampa, Florida. And it was ready to welcome us with arms wide open, holding food.

Here's the all-star menu: Mixed greens, seared chicken with butter sauce, braised short ribs, penne pasta with portobello mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes & pesto, asparagus with sliced almonds and truffles, polenta, a variety of dessert shots and Halloween cookies (pictured above).

Let's dig in; it's dinner time somewhere.

Read day one's diary.

More from the Romney press corps by CNN's Matt Hoye:

Previously - Paradise by the refrigerator light – Mitt Romney's favorite meatloaf recipe and 'These chorizos are huge!' – how Paul Ryan's sausage gets made and Cast your vote: Red and blue restaurant specials and Can coffee cups predict the presidency?

Catch up on all campaign trail coverage on Eatocracy and see how CNN's Political Team likes to get their political grub on.

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  1. St. Richard the Head

    Mormons were the first church to support same sex marriage and Romney, a true follower of his occult religion believes in same sex marriage as wee but cannot publicly say so.

    When a Moron (oops, Mormon) couple decides to take on another wife the bride is getting married at least twice, once to the man and once to each one of his wives. These wives ended up spending more time with each other than their one husband, who always seems to be galavanting around, looking for another bride for his harem.

    Mormons women in Lesbos!

    October 31, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  2. Obama2012

    Romney2012...what are you on? If you think Obama is "richer" or some such than Romney, you've had your head too deep in your bible. Pull it out and see the facts you zealot.

    Obama 2012.

    October 31, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • James

      So Obama is less evil if he only has a few million dollars? I cant understand why anyone would re-elect this fool. Lets not forget, he "voluntarily" paid for a campaign to become president. He was aware of the situation he was coming into as president. So, to say he inherited a bad situation is his own fault. Its time for a change. As Obama himself said in 2008, "If I cant fix this in 4 years, I will step aside". Well.... I think its time he steps aside and let someone with some experiece have a try at it, becuase his politcal philosophy isnt going to get the job done.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:41 am |
      • Rick

        "..and let someone with some experiece have a try at it, becuase his politcal philosophy isnt going to get the job done."

        Really, James? How much experience does Romney have running a country?

        October 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
      • Chaerlotte

        What asylum did you escape from that you would think Obama is "evil" no matter how much or little money he has??? He is a) not particularly wealthy and b) clearly not 'evil." He's a good man, he is doing a great job with the hand that was dealt to him, and it is not he who is lying to the American people with a new (and inconsistent) lie every other day or sometimes, like Mittens does, even in the same sentence! Get off your godless high horse and acknowledge the truth you brainwashed dung.

        November 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  3. Romney2012

    Look at Obama dining on lobsters and fine wine as the average American stratches and claws for a low grade cheeseburger.
    He is above you! He treats himself as a false Lord as you toil in his own created mess.
    Romney knows the common man and his plight. Romney knows of godliness and giving.
    The People will not suffer under the chosen one of the LORD!
    The People will enjoy great deeds with his blessed power!
    The People will rejoice in the demise of Satanic Obama s the Blessed MITT ROMNEY RIDES THE VICTORY TRAIN STARIGHT INTO WASHINGTON AND BRINGS BACK GOD TO AMERICA!


    Vote MITT ROMNEY and usher in the coming of Heaven on Earth!

    October 31, 2012 at 8:17 am |
    • thepope

      By the order of The Pope, please preach somewhere else. And FYI, I The Pope voted for Obama.

      -The Pope

      October 31, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • my♥President♥rocks.org

      Romney ushering in "Heaven on Earth".... It's clear that you are mentally unstable....please get help. Now.

      October 31, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • David

      I think the Pope read the bible – most ultra conservative Christians haven't!

      October 31, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • Frank


      October 31, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • Jerv

      Not your run-of-the-mill troll, but entertaining none the less.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • troll

      Id1iots, he's clearly a troll

      October 31, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • RedskinsFan

      I thought your people lived under bridges here... this isn't Azeroth.

      Also, if Romney is god's chosen... to quote the old knight in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: He chose.... poorly.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • Church Lady

      Could he be – Satan?

      October 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Chaerlotte

      Dude, you ARE delusional. But "America" as Romney's new home has a ring of truth to it since he is a treasonus greedy demon who can in no way claim to have behaved in any American Patriot fashion what with being born abroad, outsourcing jobs to China, hiding all his wealth in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes to help support the country that he screwed to amass his fortune. Yeah, being an American would be a brand new thing for him. Heaven on earth? Only for him and his rich buddy buddies. The rest of us would be in hell from a Romney administration. But he doesn't care, that sociopath doesn't give a rats about anything but his own ego, bottom line and perceived 'position."

      November 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  4. Brian Dolan

    What a horrible job of non-proofreading! "And was it's ready" "In fact, the all the lasagna". You should be embarrassed and ashamed!

    October 31, 2012 at 8:16 am |
    • Reality Check

      Such a shame we can't all be perfect like you.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • Seyedibar

      You don't have to be perfect to use better English than a child. Seriously, CNN needs factcheckers and proofreaders, like yesterday.

      October 31, 2012 at 9:39 am |
      • Chaerlotte

        I don't think they use copy editors. Their articles are riddled with the kinds of grammatical faux pas that you'd expect from a second grader, not a so-called journalist.

        November 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      This was my fault. I live in NYC and I'd been working for 18 hours at that point yesterday and also checking on loved ones whose homes and flooded and lost power. I missed a few words. I apologize.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:01 am |
      • Jerv

        It's understandable that a Spelling Bee is not at the top of your priority list right now. Don't sweat it.

        October 31, 2012 at 10:56 am |
      • Keith

        Are you Jeremy's editor?

        October 31, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
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