Me and My In-Flight Cuisine - One Day.
Well, I should have started doing this more like mid 1990s or so. It does sound so obvious now but actually the mobile phones with cameras came into market more heavily like mid-this-millennium so basically I should have had a regular camera with me all the time to start building my global database on this back then. Which I didn’t . And I think it was like 2005/2006 when we actually had mobile phones with functioning cameras with a “flight mode”, right? So another reason why I never did this before. But if I did, there would be now wonderful database of in-flight cuisine available for comparison.
Anyway, you have to start at some point and I did it now, today as I have been flying around the Europe to make my trip out of Europe. Sometimes the routes just don’t match. As this morning, the starting hours of Daylight Saving time in the European Union facing rest of the world.
I guess there have been so much talks and complaints about in-flight food over the decades that people even don’t expect anything different. It’s like being left without anything to tell to your friends and relatives after you holiday flight – if there’s nothing you can complain about the in-flight food, I mean. And honestly yes, sometimes you keep wondering what the stuff on your plate actually is. Furthermore, probably all the best Chefs around the world have tried to put their fingers into this world few times, plenty of talks and speeches has taken place since the early years someone somewhere got the idea of the in-flight eating in the first place and still, people keep telling only the negative stories about it. Even that there are pretty good ones out there, or up there I might say.
Honestly, I have thinking so many times why in earth we actually need to eat on plane all the time? Yes, intercontinental flights are different as guys like me would be dying without some food and drinks but how about two hours of pan-European flights? Just making my remark on this issue, on both quality and quantity, let me publish this day in pictures, this very day, from the Scandinavia to continental Europe and further to Dubai. Two airlines, three flights – that’s how it looked like today, from a breakfast at 7am to a dinner with my Austrian coffee;
And the outcome? So much eating over 12 hrs that I can’t even think about a dinner or eating in any form. But yes, some of the stuff over this day was even pretty good! The best one? The antipasti on Austrian flight towards Dubai, “Antipasti vom Wagen” with marinated crayfish, spicy lentil salad, air fried beef, cantaloupe melon, gravad lax, creamy mustard dill sauce, zucchini tomato salad, yogurt honey dressing, bocconcini, artichokes, grilled vegetables, crispy duck wan tanks, pomegranate dip. Yes - I could have taken few plates of those! So simple, so delicious, why to bother to do more complex stuff, I wonder.
Until next day. Only one flight tomorrow. But maybe a pre-flight dinner at Le Meredien Dubai - let’s see. Maybe I have survived of this day by then.
Cheers for good food! Down here or up there.