Amtrak Coast Starlight In Roomette Day 2

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Coast Starlight Crossing Benicia Martinez Bridge

I awoke around Sacramento Station, but since I was on vacation, I decided to just stay in bed a little longer. I finally out out of bed just as our train was crossing over the Susan Bay rail bridge. I knocked on the door to my parents roomette and my mom was just getting up as well. My dad was already up and in the Pacific Parlour Car sitting in one of the swivel chairs looking out the window. While my mom was getting dressed for breakfast, I went to into the Pacific Parlour Car to see what the breakfast dining options were in the Parlour Car. I was surprised to find out that the Parlour Car was offering a breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon and French toast.

Coast Starlight Pacific Parlor Car Breakfast Buffet Station

Coast Starlight Pacific Parlor Car Breakfast Buffet Station

Coast Starlight Pacific Parlor Car Breakfast Buffet

Coast Starlight Pacific Parlor Car Breakfast Buffet

My mom wanted French toast and was disappointed to find out that the dining car was serving pancakes, when we checked the breakfast menu before going to bed, so it was a nice little surprise to find out that the Parlor Car was serving French toast. So I changed plans and decided to eat breakfast in the Pacific Parlour Car instead of the dining car. Veronica, the Parlour Car attendant let us choose whichever table we wanted and then she came over to take our drink orders and then gave us three empty plates to help ourselves to the breakfast buffet. When we returned back to our table from the buffet station, orange juice and coffee in real glass and coffee mug, were already waiting for us. The breakfast food was good and the French toast with syrup was just what we needed this morning. It was also nice that we did not have to share a table with strangers in the Pacific Parlor car. While I do like company while dining aboard Amtrak, breakfast is one meal that is just too early for chit chatting with strangers. Amtrak’s dining car is communal seating but in the Pacific Parlour Car, which is only available on the Coast Starlight, you get your own private dining table.

Coast Starlight Conductors Coupling Private Car

Coast Starlight Conductors Coupling Private Car

After breakfast, we headed back to our roomettes to just chilax. When we arrived in Jack London Station in Oakland, I went outside the train to watch the private railcar being coupled to the rear of our Coast Starlight train. Because of the private car coupling operation, our train stopped in Jack London Square Station for about 25 minutes. I used this long stop to visit the business class car which is coupled to the train right after the dining car. Business Class on the Coast Starlight is a recently added class of service. Each passenger gets two bottles of water a $6.00 certificate that passengers can use in the dining car or the cafe car. The seats in business class are leather and are allegedly more comfortable and comes with more legroom. After we departed Oakland, I decided to take a shower and get ready for the day but the train came to a stop and then the all the power went out. Since I already know that many of the things aboard the train such as the toilet and hot water does not work without power, I went back to my roomette and waited until the power came back on. The conductor came on the intercom to explain that the private car that was attached in Oakland had a piece of equipment that wasn’t properly secured and it set off a warning by one of the trackside detectors that our train passed by. So the conductors had to kill the power to properly secure the loose equipment before we could proceed.

With the power restored, I headed back down to the communal shower to shower and change my clothes. The tracks were a bit rougher than yesterday night when I showered, so it was a bit harder to lather up and rinse without falling over. Once I got back up to my roomette after showering, announcements were made regarding lunch reservations, and today it was Veronica from the Parlour Car who came through the cars, starting with our sleeping car taking lunch reservations. My mom didn’t want the chicken wrap which was being served in the Pacific Parlour Car so we took the 12:30PM reservation in the dining car.

Coast Starlight San Jose Diridon Station

Coast Starlight San Jose Diridon Station

When we arrived at San Jose Direrdon Station, I got off of the train for some fresh air and picture taking. Before all aboard was called, I headed back up to my roomette to look out the window and post pictures on Instagram. Time flew by quickly and it was time for lunch again. Shawn made an announcement for 12:30 and we headed over to the dining car and waited at the entrance after entering, just as Shawn had been announcing over the intercom without fail. Shawn sat us on the other half of the dining car for lunch with a passenger who was traveling in Business Class. She was a pleasant lady who boarded in Portland and was heading down to Solano Beach in San Diego.

Coast Starlight Side Salad For Lunch

Coast Starlight Side Salad For Lunch

Coast Starlight Dinner Role For Steamed Mussels

Coast Starlight Dinner Role For Steamed Mussels

Coast Starlight Amtrak Angus Burger With Cheese And Bacon

Coast Starlight Amtrak Angus Burger With Cheese And Bacon

Coast Starlight Pecan Tart With Whipped Cream

Coast Starlight Pecan Tart With Whipped Cream

For lunch, my parents and I started out with a salad and Diet Pepsi. For our main course, my dad had the steamed mussels and my mom and I had the burger with cheese and bacon added. Once our dining companion was finished with her lunch, she paid Shawn for lunch and then excused herself and headed back to her seat. Since we still had dessert, my parents and I hung around the dining car for the next course. My dad and I had the pecan tart and my mom just had couple of bites of my dad’s pecan tart.

Coast Starlight Chardonnay Wine

Coast Starlight Chardonnay Wine

After we were finished with lunch, I begrudgingly left a tip for our less than stellar waiter who obviously hated his job, and headed back to the Parlour Car. Earlier in the day, Veronica refilled the ice in the ice bucket which contained our leftover Chardonnay from yesterday. I brought the bucket which contained the wine and the wine glasses into the Parlour Car where my parents and I finished the rest of the wine as our after lunch treat.

Coast Starlight Sunset Ocean View Dinner

Coast Starlight Sunset Ocean View Dinner

Coast Starlight Parlor Car Dining Table

Coast Starlight Parlor Car Dining Table

Coast Starlight Parlor Car Dinner

Coast Starlight Parlor Car Dinner

Coast Starlight Parlor Car Lamb Shank Dinner

Coast Starlight Parlor Car Lamb Shank Dinner

Amtrak Coast Starlight Chocolate Raspberry Tart Dessert

Amtrak Coast Starlight Chocolate Raspberry Tart Dessert

For dessert, my parents shared a pecan tart but I decided to try the chocolate raspberry tart instead. I have to say the chocolate raspberry tart was not my favorite. The tart was made with dark chocolate which I’m not a big fan of and raspberry is also meh to me. I knew I would probably not like it, but as a blogger, I wanted to try it for the photo opportunity and this trip report. Other diners seemed to love the chocolate raspberry tart very much.

After my parents and I were finished with dinner, we left a well deserved tip for Veronica and headed back to our roomette after wishing Veronica a Happy New Year. The rest of the trip was uneventful. I got off the train in Santa Barbara to take some pictures and get some fresh air. Santa Barbara is the last fresh air stop before the Coast Starlight reaches its final destination, Los Angeles Union Station. For the rest of the trip, I spent the time in my roomette writing up this report on my iPad Pro. The last stretch of this train ride into Los Angeles is in the dark and also the route is not the most scenic. We were running about 45 minutes early into Los Angeles but just outside of Simi Valley Station, our train stopped at a siding to let a northbound Amtrak Sufliner train pass. By the time we pulled into Los Angeles Union Station, we were still couple of minutes early.

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