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Room and Board

Though we occasionally stay in hotels or use AirBnB while touring, we appreciate it when a concert host or one of their friends in the area are able to provide us with a guest room the night of the show. We enjoy how this builds community, and appreciate that it reduces our touring costs, often quite significantly.

If you have the means to put us up for the night, rest assured, we are clean, respectful, and drug, smoke, and alcohol free guests. Both of us are dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle as we hope to continue performing and touring well into our old age.

Lodging needs:

We carry a leave-it-as-you-found-it mentality and do not require much more than a safe place to park our car and a clean, private room with a queen or king bed, window coverings for a dark sleeping area, and a place to shower. Laundry, when available, is appreciated, but not needed for every stay. We always travel with some of our own sleeping supplies, including pillows and often sleeping bags. We’ve found that we sleep much better when we have that consistency every night we’re on the road.

Laurel is allergic to most long haired cats, and allergic to all rabbits and most rodents which, when exposed, effects her breathing and singing significantly. Short haired cats, dogs, reptiles, and birds are all fine. Neither of us does well in places with a lot of dust, mold, or mildew, poor ventilation, or where chemical scented air fresheners and laundry products are used, such as Febreeze, scented dryer sheets, etc.. Please let us know if any of these allergens might be a problem in the space we’d be sleeping and we’ll look alternative arrangements.

We don’t stay up late partying like those stereotypical “rock stars” you might hear about. We like to visit with the hosts a bit after the show and have usually worked up an appetite so we often hope to heat up leftovers we’ve brought, or whip up something in your kitchen if possible before getting a good night's sleep. Some hosts are musicians themselves and we enjoy playing a few tunes with them when time allows.

We often need to spend some time online, following up with hosts, venues, fans, and family while on tour, so wifi is always very helpful. Laurel teaches her violin and viola students via Skype on off days and occasionally on mornings before we travel. We’ll let you know well ahead of time if she is hoping to include time to connect with her students during our visit. If so, she’ll need stable internet, a private room with decent lighting, a chair and small table or desk. Most of the time she can use a corner of the room we are staying in, though a separate space is always welcomed when available. As some wifi can be temperamental, we bring a very long ethernet cable to connect to wifi routers if needed!

Dietary needs:

We are also very self sufficient when it comes to food needs. We often have a big lunch before arriving, and generally might not eat again until after the show when we’ll heat up some leftovers or whip something up for ourselves. While we are always perfectly happy to fend for ourselves while on the road, we also like to “break bread” with new communities, especially in house concert settings. Should you hope to feed us, please be aware that we do have some dietary restrictions, but we generally have the staples of our diet with us and can fend for ourselves or augment what you might be planning as needed.

We eat a vegan, plant based diet. Laurel grew up in a vegan family, while Dan has adopted this diet a bit more recently due to health concerns in his family history. We don’t eat any meat, fish, poultry, or eggs, or any products which contain these ingredients, including certain soup stocks, sauces, and pastries. We also avoid dairy products, but may make the exception with a bit of butter or cheese in something if it absolutely can’t be avoided. We prefer oat, almond, soy, or other alternative “milks” and “cheeses” over dairy products, and usually bring all the staples of our diet with us.

Laurel is allergic to mushrooms, particularly portobellos, and also needs to stay away from chocolate. If you’re planning a soup or something savory, please double check that any broths or mixes do not include mushrooms and of course no chicken or beef stock etc. Dan is allergic to kiwi fruit. We also avoid salty, fried, and sugary foods, and processed white bread/pastry type foods. 

We love all kinds of ethnic flavors and we’re not afraid of spice! Thai, Indian, Mexican, Italian, Sushi (veggie), Asian, Ethiopian, and pretty much any other ethnic type of food is welcome fare.

To give you some ideas...

We love:

  1. -Vegetables (steamed, sautéed, stir-fried, or baked, and organic is preferred when possible). We love carrots, kale, chard, yams, sweet and regular potatoes, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, zucchini, peppers, cabbage, avocados... Every vegetable except mushrooms is fair game in fact!

  2. -Salads.

  3. -Fruit (fresh as well as sulphur free dried fruit). We especially like bananas, apples, oranges, pears, mangoes, and berries.

  4. -Tofu or Tempeh (marinaded and baked, sautéed, or stir-fried with vegetables)

  5. -Veggie chili (spicy is great!)

  6. -Bean enchiladas, tacos, or burritos with or without rice and fixings such as salsa, avocado, lettuce, fresh cabbage or sauerkraut, cilantro, sautéed veggies, etc. 

  7. -Curries! (Indian, British, Thai, we love them all!)

  8. -Whole grains (especially rice or quinoa)

  9. -Bean salads and spreads

  10. -Oat, almond, cashew, and other alternative milks and cheeses

  11. -Unsalted nuts and trail mixes

  12. -Nut butters (especially almond, tahini, or pumpkin seed)

  13. -Sourdough, sprouted, or whole grain breads

  14. -Veggie, bean, and/or rice soups with veggie broth

For beverages, we enjoy drinking tea and water, and do not consume coffee, alcoholic beverages, sodas (pop), or other carbonated beverages. We usually bring some nice tea varieties with us which we are happy to share with curious hosts. We take our tea straight or occasionally with alternative milk, natural stevia sweetener, or honey.

If you’re a house concert host and don’t have the means or plans to have any food available, this is absolutely fine, but please let us know ahead of time so we can be sure to make arrangements to eat out, or stock up on groceries ahead of our arrival. Also, please let us know whether or not light kitchen use will be available during our stay so we can plan accordingly.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call and leave Laurel a message at 831-224-0913 or email us at info@danandlaurel.ca.

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