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BigGlenn

"Airfood" Sun, 08/17/03 1:18 AM (permalink)
From time to time we must all fly somewhere. I recently
discovered this web site about Airline Food. I thought it to be very interesting. Give it a try. I spent an hour just looking at some of
the different Air Line food offerings. You even get to see what the crew eats.

http://www.airlinemeals.net/

 
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    lleechef

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    RE: "Airfood" Sun, 08/17/03 4:54 AM (permalink)
    Living in Alaska there's only one way in and one way out and that's via an airplane. I lived in Europe for 7 years and did a lot of trans-Atlantic flights. I soon got the gist of it......always order special meals. I still do.....and I always get great food. Either request vegetarian/seafood (no meat) or order Kosher meat or seafood......you can't go wrong. I'm neither vegetarian nor Kosher but ordering these two on an airplane is probably the best food you'll get. I've been served smoked salmon, duck breast, filet mignon, rack of lamb, halibut, not to mention numerous other meals that I've been able to choke down with a small amount of Chardonnay or Cabernet at no cost. Hey, the ticket is expensive enough, why not ask for the best of the worst in food!!
     
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      VibrationGuy

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      RE: "Airfood" Mon, 08/18/03 3:41 AM (permalink)
      Hindu Vegetarian used to be my standard trick; it used to be fairly edible and at least somewhat savory. A bad piece of swordfish at 37,000 ft. swore me off seafood on aircraft permanently.

      The beauty of the decline in domestic food service is that there are more take-away options at the airport, and most airport hotels will pack you something to go that is actually worth eating. I've heard that the Ritz-Carlton properties do a great job with picnics for departing guests, but I'm rarely allowed in that rarified of air. . .

      Eric
       
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        EliseT

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        RE: "Airfood" Mon, 08/18/03 6:11 AM (permalink)
        Now they have those neat little nylon coolers sized for lunches. They're perfect to take a sub, some snacks and a frozen water bottle with you. Then you drink the defrosted water, smash the nylon down to nothing and cram it in your carry-on. Voila!

        I have to admit to a perverse fascination with airline food. I must sniff at it and poke it and test its resiliency. I envy the people in first class and want whatever they have. I'm surprised there have not been more insurrections..."What are they getting up there that's so darn great they have to hide behind a curtain??" I always imagine foot massages whilst being fed fresh raspberries, champagne glass in hand.

        In reality, they are probably smelling and secretly lusting after the BBQ I brought in my little nylon case.
         
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          Sundancer7

          RE: "Airfood" Mon, 08/18/03 7:48 AM (permalink)
          EliseT: I fly about 150 legs annually with Delta. Due to my status, I am automatically upgraded to first class. Let me assure you that the only advantage to the front cabin is a wider seat and free booze. Food is rarely served anymore and then only long flights. Anyone who anticipates hunger during flight, I would advise them to bring what they want.

          First class to Europe or other longer destiantions is another thing. Better high quality foods, wines and appetizers. Even seats that recline.

          As far as foot massages, I ain't ever seen it done. Flight attendents do not seem as happy anymore. Their jobs appear to me as very physically demanding. They suffer the same problems with delays as the rest of us and then they have to work the flight. They are real road warriors. I do not think their pay is all that good either.

          Paul E. Smith
          Knoxville, TN

          Paul E. Smith
          Knoxville, TN
           
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            Lone Star

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            RE: "Airfood" Mon, 08/18/03 10:39 AM (permalink)
            Thanks for the fun link! I do not travel as much now as I did when I was in my teens and my fathers's work took us endlessly travelling. This was back in the day when the 747's was "new", and the first class meals were really an event, and coach meals were nice as well.

            I think the strangest food was always on Air India, especially the breakfasts. Very Curious

            Those were the days when the stewardesses (still PC to call them that back then!) wore either smart navy uniforms with heels ( I awlays felt sorry for them with those shoes on), or the hot-pants, Braniff style.

            The last flight I took was from Houston to San Diego, and we were served a dry sandwich with a piece of hard chees and a thin slice of ham and a bag with three chips in it.

            I believe if I had to do heavy-duty flying now, such as Paul, I would either brown bag it like Elise, or eat before I left and just drink refreshing beverages.
             
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              Hiram Callahan

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              RE: "Airfood" Mon, 08/18/03 10:56 AM (permalink)
              quote:
              Originally posted by lleechef

              always order special meals. I still do.....and I always get great food. Either request vegetarian/seafood (no meat) or order Kosher meat or seafood......you can't go wrong. I'm neither vegetarian nor Kosher but ordering these two on an airplane is probably the best food you'll get.


              I have long followed this advice and had great luck, especially with non-dairy vegetarian: they usually put a lot of spices in it. Unfortunately, Continental Airlines--may their name be cursed--have adopted a new policy whereby special meals will only be available on transatlantic and transoceanic flights. In other words, if you're flying from New York to Miami, no kosher meal for you! No Halal meal from Detroit to Vegas, no diabetic meal from Philadelphia to Phoenix. I think this is awful, and hope that the trend does not continue.
               
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                VibrationGuy

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                RE: "Airfood" Mon, 08/18/03 1:25 PM (permalink)
                Elise:

                I have a bag that is lined, insulated, and printed to resemble a King salmon. It's perfect for airluncheon. It's especially funny for a lunch of Goldfish crackers, sushi and Swedish Fish for dessert.

                Eric, Weirdly
                 
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                  irisardor

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                  RE: "Airfood" Mon, 08/18/03 4:00 PM (permalink)
                  Lone Star:

                  I did not see anyone tell Aida about the Texas State Fair until I posted. Because I value your opinion, please post it at the site she started.
                   
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                    lleechef

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                    RE: "Airfood" Tue, 08/19/03 12:46 PM (permalink)
                    I recently flew TAM Airlines (Brazilian) from Sao Paulo to Belo Horizonte, only an hour flight, they served free beer, wine, cocktails and an EXCELLENT boxed lunch, everything was delicious! What a nice surprise!
                     
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                      EliseT

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                      RE: "Airfood" Tue, 08/19/03 4:38 PM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by VibrationGuy

                      Elise:

                      I have a bag that is lined, insulated, and printed to resemble a King salmon. It's perfect for airluncheon. It's especially funny for a lunch of Goldfish crackers, sushi and Swedish Fish for dessert.

                      Eric, Weirdly


                      And I bet it's perfect for packing a king salmon!
                       
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                        lleechef

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                        RE: "Airfood" Wed, 08/20/03 2:06 AM (permalink)
                        Um, Elise, a king salmon weighs between 40 and 80 pounds. If his bag contains Goldfish, sushi and Swedish Fish, it's no place for a king salmon, especially one caught on the Yukon River!! (60 pound average up there).
                         
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                          EliseT

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                          RE: "Airfood" Wed, 08/20/03 4:01 AM (permalink)
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by lleechef

                          Um, Elise, a king salmon weighs between 40 and 80 pounds. If his bag contains Goldfish, sushi and Swedish Fish, it's no place for a king salmon, especially one caught on the Yukon River!! (60 pound average up there).


                          I just think it would be surreal to have a bag the exact size, coloring and shape of a salmon, and reach in and pull out a whole salmon. I suppose it would also work with smaller, less fragrant, and more easily lifted items. Maybe I will have to start designing food-shaped insulated bags...perhaps I have found my metier.
                           
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                            lleechef

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                            RE: "Airfood" Wed, 08/20/03 8:27 AM (permalink)
                            You go Elise!!!!
                             
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                              VibrationGuy

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                              RE: "Airfood" Wed, 08/20/03 1:49 PM (permalink)
                              This bag is roughly equivalent to an 18 pound Chinook salmon; I suppose you could get a 12 lb or so, if you took the head off. Headroom on planes isn't what it used to be.

                              Eric
                               
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                                Vince Macek

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                                RE: "Airfood" Fri, 08/22/03 9:32 PM (permalink)
                                Some friends are talking about flying to Amsterdam for New Years - I'll have to see if I'm able to join 'em, at least to check on airline meals. Last few cross-country flights all I got was hamster food.
                                 
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                                  mayor al

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                                  RE: "Airfood" Fri, 08/22/03 10:27 PM (permalink)
                                  I get quite a chuckle out of thinking about the expression on the airport security person's face when he/she opens your fish shaped carry-on bag to find it it full of a same shaped fish.
                                   
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                                    VibrationGuy

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                                    RE: "Airfood" Sat, 08/23/03 2:51 AM (permalink)
                                    Al - a few have recognized that everything inside was somehow fish related. One asked me if I had a tuna fish sandwich in there. I've also used it to carry a 1.5L bottle of Antinori Soave, the white wine that comes in a fish-shaped bottle.

                                    Eric
                                     
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                                      EliseT

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                                      RE: "Airfood" Sat, 08/23/03 4:56 AM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by VibrationGuy

                                      Al - a few have recognized that everything inside was somehow fish related. One asked me if I had a tuna fish sandwich in there. I've also used it to carry a 1.5L bottle of Antinori Soave, the white wine that comes in a fish-shaped bottle.

                                      Eric



                                      I have to...

                                      "Boss, better call the authorities. There's something fishy in this guy's bag."
                                       
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                                        Howard Baratz

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                                        RE: "Airfood" Sat, 08/23/03 8:46 AM (permalink)
                                        quote:
                                        Originally posted by EliseT

                                        quote:
                                        Originally posted by VibrationGuy

                                        Al - a few have recognized that everything inside was somehow fish related. One asked me if I had a tuna fish sandwich in there. I've also used it to carry a 1.5L bottle of Antinori Soave, the white wine that comes in a fish-shaped bottle.

                                        Eric



                                        I have to...

                                        "Boss, better call the authorities. There's something fishy in this guy's bag."


                                        Elise,

                                        Just for the Halibut, I can't resist saying that your joke gave me a Haddock.
                                         
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                                          VibrationGuy

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                                          RE: "Airfood" Sat, 08/23/03 3:31 PM (permalink)
                                          quote:
                                          Originally posted by EliseT
                                          [I have to...

                                          "Boss, better call the authorities. There's something fishy in this guy's bag."


                                          Actually, they've never shown all that much interest in it from a law enforcement persepective. In fact, I often think it protects me from more invasive searches. When I see people getting their scanties waved in the air and their "massagers" tested, I often think "There, but for the crates of cod, go I"

                                          Eric
                                           
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                                            VibrationGuy

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                                            RE: "Airfood" Sat, 08/23/03 3:32 PM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by Howard Baratz

                                            Just for the Halibut, I can't resist saying that your joke gave me a Haddock.


                                            Take some Tylenol. They're approved for that sort of thing, by the Sturgeon General.

                                            Eric
                                             
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                                              EliseT

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                                              RE: "Airfood" Sat, 08/23/03 5:55 PM (permalink)
                                              What groaners! You guys must be sauced to the gills!
                                               
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                                                Howard Baratz

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                                                RE: "Airfood" Sun, 08/24/03 7:37 PM (permalink)
                                                quote:
                                                Originally posted by EliseT

                                                What groaners! You guys must be sauced to the gills!


                                                My apologies for posting my crappie fish pun.
                                                 
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                                                  VibrationGuy

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                                                  RE: "Airfood" Mon, 08/25/03 2:03 AM (permalink)
                                                  Howard; don't worry about it. Elise is always a little crabby.

                                                  Eric
                                                   
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                                                    Howard Baratz

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                                                    RE: "Airfood" Mon, 08/25/03 10:29 AM (permalink)
                                                    quote:
                                                    Originally posted by VibrationGuy

                                                    Howard; don't worry about it. Elise is always a little crabby.

                                                    Eric


                                                    Mahi, oh Mahi, we are really starting to Flounder around now. Since the proliferation of these puns is obviously not a Fluke, the Moderator should do us all a favor and Perch all of these posts from the thread.
                                                     
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                                                      ocdreamr

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                                                      RE: "Airfood" Mon, 08/25/03 11:03 AM (permalink)
                                                      Oh Cod! I've halibut all I can take!!
                                                       
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                                                        Lone Star

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                                                        RE: "Airfood" Mon, 08/25/03 12:11 PM (permalink)
                                                        What a grouper ninnies.
                                                         
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                                                          VibrationGuy

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                                                          RE: "Airfood" Mon, 08/25/03 4:56 PM (permalink)
                                                          Some people just love to carp.

                                                          Eric
                                                           
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                                                            Howard Baratz

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                                                            RE: "Airfood" Mon, 08/25/03 5:57 PM (permalink)
                                                            I know that this is getting shrimply ridiculous but I just can't stop.
                                                             
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