As a Starwood (SPG) member, I tend to gravitate towards one of the hotels listed under this umbrella when traveling, one of which is Westin. During a recent visit to a Westin this year, I noticed a brochure in the room promoting the Sleep Well Menu. I am sure everyone is interested in sleeping well, especially me. Work and travel, unfortunately, tend to unbalance one’s body, so I am always happy to try something to help me sleep better.
I decide to inquire about this program, and find out that it is offered at all the Westin Hotels across the country. The Westin South Coast Plaza is the closest location to me, so it is where I go to try the dishes listed on its Sleep Well Menu, which is offered 24 hours a day, but only available as an in-room service.
Whenever I arrive at my destination, the first thing I do after unpacking is making myself either a coffee, or a cup of tea. If I have some place to go, then a coffee it is, however, if I am trying to wind down for bed, I will always start with a non-caffeinated tea. So when I see Herbal Tea ($7) on the menu, I order an array to try. These teas feature a proprietary blend of aromatic herbs designed to promote relaxation and restful sleep.
Another thing I do when I travel is to pop a melatonin, before bed. But why do that when you can eat something which contains natural melatonin such at oats. Oatmeal Tabouleh ($13) is a good item to curb hunger while helping you get some rest after traveling. An innovative way to use steel cut oats (instead of bulgur wheat) as its base, included are diced tomatoes and cucumber, chopped parsley and dressed in lemon juice and olive oil. If you’ve arrived in on an early flight, this is the perfect item to eat in lieu or a traditional breakfast. It is light, but substantial, and I love the chewy texture of the oats. (Available from 6am to 11.30am)
One of my favorites is Turkey Avocado Wrap ($14) using a whole wheat wrap to envelope turkey, edamame spread, avocado, oven roasted tomato, artichoke and arugula. The tryptophan in the turkey boosts seratonin production which promotes relaxation and induces sleepiness — always a plus when traveling. I would eat this even if I’m not desiring sleep because it is absolutely delicious!
If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, the Seared Wild Salmon ($34) served with a warm three bean salad of chickpea, black beans, and edamame. Salmon, edamame and black beans are high in magnesium, which helps promote sleep and prevents insomnia. Chickpeas are high in folate which is needed to fight fatigue during the day so you may sleep soundly at night. I especially enjoy the bright sauce made from yogurt, cilantro, parsley, garlic and lemon juice. (Available from 11.30am to 11.30pm)
Generally, when looking for a snack before bed, I will want something very light. Bedtime Snack ($8) is good for that purpose, or, as a cereal you might enjoy first thing in the morning. It is a small bowl of nutty granola made in-house and served with a glass of ice cold skim milk. It is just enough to curb those hunger pangs, but not heavy, so it doesn’t interfere with your sleep. Of course, everyone knows that milk puts you to sleep, and the reason is because it contains tryptophan.
Every Westin program is designed with your well-being in mind. The healthy menu, with SuperFoodsRx™ dishes, is offered at every Westin Hotel, although each property will have different items on the menu. Created together with doctors and nutritionists, the SuperFoodsRx™ menu cultivates “food synergy,” the pairing of certain foods to increase their nutritional value, to give you the focused energy you need to meet the challenges of your day.
The next time you arrive at the Westin, keep in mind that there are various ways you can help your body replenish itself after a long journey. Start by nourishing yourself with some of these delicious menu items, and then, slip into the Heavenly® Bed for a good night’s rest.
The Westin South Coast Plaza
686 Anton Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92626