Monday, December 29, 2008

Airplane Food

"When I learn to fly (high)..."

I write this entry as I fly back to Boston after a wonderful and relaxing holiday back home. As I look wistfully at the slumbering man in the seat next to me, I curse my store-brand (useless) sleeping pills which had left me lethargic yet uncomfortably awake. Thankfully, the arrival of lunch provided a temporary relief from the nauseating boredom of the flight.


The combination of hunger, my general abhorrence of flying, and extreme boredom severely deteriorated my usually critical eye towards food. Nevertheless, even in my weakened state, I concur that airplane food is as bad as people claim. The grilled chicken strips in my salad tasted mushy and made me question if the strips were actually from a real chicken. The “feta” cheese tasted like plastic. I also had a sneaking suspicion that the salad was just a larger and better presented version of the meal in coach. Ironically, the tortilla soup was the tastiest part of the meal, and I usually cannot stand soups. Although the soup was a bit salty, it contained a good consistency of corn and tomatoes. By dipping my roll (which was fortunately served soft and warm) in the soup, I was able to offset the overly flavorful soup with the blandness of the roll. The dessert, a “fresh” chopped fruit bowl, looked presentable but was served as warm as the soup, which made me think that there was a high probability that consumption might lead to food poisoning.

All and all, the happiest moment of the flight was the landing.

7 comments:

One Food Guy said...

That looks like a First class meal if I've ever seen one, even if it was junk. What airline were you flying?

The only good/great meals I've ever had while flying have been on British Airways while flying internationally, and believe it or not, they were really good! I wrote about them on my site if you look through my archives.

Cheers, happy new year!

mini said...

oooh looks like a long haul flight, where is home?

Coco Shiao said...

That salad does look pretty abysmal.. =/ Glad you made it back safe and sound!

Finance Foodie said...

@mini - Home is (warm weathered) Texas. The flight was 4 hours, short by most standards, but terribly long for some who dislikes flying (like myself)

@One Food Guy - Continental. The (domestic) service is great, the food not so much

Anonymous said...

...That food looks better than the crap they serve to us poor coach class people at least.

Finance Foodie said...

@Anon - Actually I took a peak at the food in coach and they served the exact same salad (minus the "chicken" and "feta"), just in a plastic container instead of a bowl.

Also I want to clarify that I have flown coach many times (first is too extravagant esp. given the current economic situation)and there were instances where the food in coach was on par or sometimes better than what I had in first (the only difference was the presentation, service, and quantity).

Lys said...

I tend to avoid the airplane food (if I can).

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