3/10/10

Flying Food (Part 1)

American Airlines

Over the years of flying several airlines, particularly those belonging to the Oneworld Alliance, I've taken photos, lots of digital photos, of meals served to me 36,000 feet up in the sky. Even before I get to eat, I discreetly focus my camera on what's in front of me (while my seatmate's eyes probably roll in disbelief hahaha!). Some were good, some were bad.

Beginning this series, I will be posting photos of my meals taken in Economy Class and on those occasions I redeemed a Business Class seat out of my FF miles. Back in 2004, when I flew on American Airlines B757 from Seattle, I took the photo above of what is probably one of the last free meals served in Economy Class: pasta with meat sauce, a very limp salad, diet Coke and a small cake for dessert. Rating? A 2 stars out of 5.

Rating: ***** excellent, **** great, *** good, ** fair, * inedible

breakfast: bagel, omelette, fruit, hot chocolate
route: New York-Dallas Forth Worth (2005)
class: domestic First
aircraft: B757
rating: ***

pre-meal: diet Coke and assorted warm nuts
route: Dallas Forth Worth-Las Vegas (2005)
class: domestic First
aircraft: B757
rating: ***

lunch: salmon, vegetable salad, diet Coke
route: Dallas Forth Worth-Las Vegas (2005)
class: domestic First
aircraft: MD-80
rating: **

breakfast: Quesadilla, fruits, coffee with cream, bagel (already eaten!)
route: Las Vegas-Dallas Forth Worth
class: domestic First
aircraft: MD-80
rating: **

snack: warm cheese sandwich with bits of chicken
route: New York-Los Angeles (2008)
class: domestic First
aircraft: B767
rating: ***

salad: lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, yellow pepper with Ranch dressing
route: New York-Los Angeles (2008)
class: domestic First
aircraft: B767
rating: ***

breakfast: bagel with cream cheese, fruits
route: Los Angeles-New York (2008)
class: domestic First
aircraft: B767
rating: ***

breakfast: omelette
route: Los Angeles-New York (2008)
class: domestic First
aircraft: B767
rating: ***

coming up next . . . British Airways

17 comments:

  1. Very nice start to a series. I don't put too much stock on airline food. AFter all it is airline food. Good or not I eat it. I'm not picky when it comes to what I put in my mouth at 30,000 feet :D

    I hope by the end of the series you would rate which airline you think serves a decent meal.

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  2. this is another amazing series, dennis!
    c'mmon make me drool more --not (only) with the airline food but with the number of flights you've taken since God knows when. ...next post, please... hehehe...

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  3. now i regret the times I got lazy taking photos of the foods on the plane. Some are actually nice. The best I've eaten so far was the one from Thai Airways years ago. Really interesting post you got here.. :)

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  4. wow nice... didnt know you also take pictures of the inflight meals ya... i always take the pictures until the person sitting next to me staring at me taking pictures from every angle... lol like the mug og american airlines

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  5. Nice! You must be familiar with a site called Airlinemeals.net (?), they have a database of airline food, unfortunately, I think they have server problems and so it hasn't been updated recently.

    Personally, I think it was my experience with Qatar Airways and their catering which impressed me the most. However, speaking of real silverware, I only had those when I flew on Olympic Airways. And speaking of American Airlines, I had food poisoning from them flying from Quito to Miami. But hey, things are good otherwise.

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  6. It will be a nice series to follow.. Are those first class meals? do you usually travel in First Class?

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  7. The Nomadic Pinoy8:53:00 PM

    I might just do that, thanks. And based on your your suggestion, I tweaked the above entry to include ratings of the meals.

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  8. The Nomadic Pinoy8:56:00 PM

    As a foodie, I know this is the kind of post that will excite you. I'll be posting only a selection of the photos I have in my hard drive but I'm hoping you'll like the coming entries.

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  9. The Nomadic Pinoy8:58:00 PM

    That is actually what's playing on my mind when I initially hesitated taking photos - I always tell myself I'll never see this meal again!

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  10. The Nomadic Pinoy9:04:00 PM

    Hahaha! I kind of expected that reaction but in case my seatmate would ask why I'm taking photos, I would just say "this is for a project I'm doing".

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  11. The Nomadic Pinoy9:13:00 PM

    Oh yes, I've visited that website years ago but I did notice no recent updates there - I thought the site's administrator simply abandoned it. Post 9/11, American Airlines has not used anything more than plastic for cutlery - makes the food look like a take out no? I wonder if you complained to AA re your food poisoning.

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  12. The Nomadic Pinoy9:16:00 PM

    I wish Micki but I don't travel in First Class - what's considered Business class on most airlines is called First in American Airlines domestic flights. I travel in Economy but has been able to upgrade and redeem Business class tickets using my frequent flier miles.

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  13. wow, food palang panalo na!

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  14. sidney11:54:00 AM

    You can't make me drool with airline food... it is just disgusting... :-0
    I already thought of taking my own food on board... but with the tight security they might think I am hiding a bomb in my sandwich... :-0
    As I said already... I like travelling but I hate planes... it is no fun anymore...

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  15. wow that looks like above average plane food but then i realized it was business/first class! i've only got to experience this once in my life for a shorter flight but it was a lot of fun getting that extra pampering. i do remember the food being better too...

    i flew continental and then malaysian airlines for my most recent trip(s)

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  16. Very nice start to a series. I don't put too much stock on airline food. AFter all it is airline food. Good or not I eat it. I'm not picky when it comes to what I put in my mouth at 30,000 feet :D

    I hope by the end of the series you would rate which airline you think serves a decent meal.

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  17. i can relate definitely! but i'm past the point of caring what my seatmate thinks... HAHAHAHAHAHA!

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