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Food Friday: Airplane Food 
12th-Dec-2008 07:39 am
Eating vegetarian food on a flight can be disappointing if not downright daunting. It's a but of a slap in the face to watch the carnivores get perfectly acceptable, albeit small portions of beef or chicken with potatoes and veg...and see that your dish is vegetable surprise.

I think, interestingly, that one of the wort meals I've had on a plane was while in business class. Seats great, service great, food...crap.
For breakfast we were offered what I'm pretty sure, in retrospect, was barley with boiled spinach, tomatoes, and possibly parsnip. Cold. Cold, I tell you. On purpose cold!

Even if the weirdest part of your meal is guerilla sultanas in an otherwise acceptable pilaf, there can still be improvements.

So, my tips for a better mile high dining experience:
Ask for the fruit plate, the Hindu meal (usually curry, and beef free), or if nothing else an extra roll.

What do you do when flying for comestibles?

Posted by ShoZu

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12th-Dec-2008 09:54 am (UTC)
If it's any consolation, that canivore meal may *look* like beef or chicken, but I can assure you it tastes like nothing on earth....
12th-Dec-2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
I agree there. When given food as an option, I'll usually special order veggie since it's more likely to be less chemically-ridden than the mystery meat...
12th-Dec-2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
I thought virgin was OK for vegetarian meals. I specified vegetarian when I booked the flight, but there was almost always a vegetarian option anyway (this is when I went to Japan). I'm not even a vegetarian (I do go vegetarian for a few weeks every year though), but the idea of eating meat on an airplane makes me sick.

An article in the metro or some random UK newspaper said it was actually better not to eat if you're changing timezones!
12th-Dec-2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
I've given up on airline food. Sometimes I will bring a snack with me. Usually I just drink something caffeinated, since caffeine suppresses appetite.

If I can put on earphones, listen to music, and zone out in a book -- well, that's absolutely the best.
12th-Dec-2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
I bring my own food. Even when USian airlines were more willing to give out meals, there was a high probability that something would be messed up and my kosher one would vanish into the ether. So I always bring something. These days, it's mostly "snacks" anyway, which can't be specificed kosher, and sometimes aren't.
14th-Dec-2008 04:04 am (UTC)
This. If I bring it, I know what it is, and from where it came. And it costs far less than anything they sell in the airport or on the plane. The liquid restrictions are annoying though.
14th-Dec-2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
The liquid restrictions drive me bananas. I admit, I mostly prefer water, though, so technically, I can bring an empty liquid container through security, and fill it from a water fountain on the other side. I still want to sneak my own water through, though; it drives me batty to be forced to have no water with me.
12th-Dec-2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Ack! When I flew for the first time as a kid with my grandma, she said to get the fruit plate, because it's always better than everything else, and it was horrible. Horrible! Mushy and rotten fruit salad and some crackers.

I imagine it depends a lot on the particular airline. I don't have a ton of different experiences to compare...just that one a as a kid, and when I flew to Italy during college. Alitalia had amazing vegetarian food. We flew Southwest for our honeymoon, so just peanuts there.
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12th-Dec-2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
I would suspect that you would be unpleasantly surprised by the lack of quality in the "normal" airline meals, as others have noted. I will often choose the non-meat option just to avoid the overly processed nature of most airline meat products.

As an experiment on my last transatlantic journey I ordered "low sodium" on the way there and "low cholesterol" on the way back--the choices made for both were a bit suspect.

This was on BA, I'm flying Air France this spring and haven't yet decided what special meal I'm interested in.
13th-Dec-2008 03:08 am (UTC)
I bring a snack of some description or don't eat. In the old days, Junni sometimes made me a flask of soup.

Someone really should make 3oz thermos flasks...
14th-Dec-2008 04:05 am (UTC)
And how many 3oz thermos flasks would fit in your quart-sized ziploc bag? :)
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