I don't really have a go-to onboard order, to be honest. The closest I came to it would be this summer when I flew Etihad from NYC to Abu Dhabi and they had an incredible mezze platter with spiced meat, hummus, baba ganoush, stuffed grape leaves, olives and warm rolls. It was so good I ordered it twice.
As boring as it sounds, my drink order is usually Diet Coke. Actually, sometimes I'll turn down drinks altogether since I have a bladder the size of a house fly and I'd rather dehydrate than stand in line for a bathroom. As for food, I'll pick peanuts over pretzels almost every time. If I'm getting a proper meal, I used to request vegetarian, but now I don't care. I've been let down too many times with vegetarian meals to want one. Sure, they're sometimes fresher, and you usually get served first, but I always end up being jealous of what everyone else is eating.
A gin & tonic and the pasta, though if there's a Caesar salad that will always win.
I am so boring. I always order coffee when I'm flyingjust plain old black coffee. And I usually bring my own snacks for the plane, though I will never turn down a package of Biscoffs!
Depends where I'm flying, as I typically opt for the most traditional offerings. For example, I'll get a Pisco Sour on LAN, the "Singapore Breakfast" tea on Singapore Airlines or a Warsteiner beer on Lufthansa. Ginger ale if we're talking a plain-old domestic economy flight or Dunkin Donuts coffee for dipping the biscotti on JetBlue. As for food, the same goes: a full English breakfast to London and Nasi Goreng to Indonesia. Delta Biscoff cookies 4lyfe.
My rule is always "play to the airline's strengths." Fabulous New Zealand wine on Air NZ. A Singapore Sling on SQ (even the sickly pink stuff from a tin in economy is magical when on a plane). A proper strong cup of tea on British Airways. Cathay's fantastic comfort food noodles. A sandwich brought from home on any US airline.
If it's an afternoon or evening flight, some white wine and cheese and crackers. Classy! Daytime is Coke and one of the snack boxes on Virgin America, since that's usually who I fly. Them or Southwest. All washed down with a big bottle of water bought before boarding!
Usually just a Diet Coke, as itís a safe choice across carriers and they all carry it on the beverage cart. However, if I am flying on American I get all crazy and order up a Diet Dr. Pepper. Iím a fan of the unleaded sodas. On the rare occasion that Iím bumped up to the frontóor have a drink coupon burning a hole in my pocketóitís definitely Biscoff with a side of Baileys. As for food, for the times when a hot meal is offered I usually go with the meatless option, but not because I donít enjoy a good steak or chicken breast. To me itís just much harder to mess up pasta than a filet at 35,000 feet. That being said, Iíve had some fine beefóbraised beef short ribs to be specificóaboard a Delta flight.
I don't usually eat on planes no matter how long the flight. True story. I have been known to sneak a snack or two, usually nuts of some sort. Drink-wise I order water or cranberry juice. On an overnight international flight I break all my own rules and always get breakfast in the morningusually croissant + fruit + hot chocolate or some such thing.
Bubbles! Long haul international: bubbles. Just bubbles. It gets me in the mood to relax. On Qantas, I love their cloudy apple juice. It's like biting into a crisp apple. On any Asian carrier, I love plum wine. For food, on Qantas I always go for lamb if offered but typically I am a chicken person. Irrespective of carrier and destination, I always sample the international cuisine. It acts as a litmus test for my stomach before arriving in a foreign land.
When I travel I get peanuts and my choice of sodas or fruit juices. I usually go for the OJ. I'm not fancy!
If I'm flying Qantas, I like to order a VB (Aussie beer) to get in the mood. Especially if I take the Qantas international flight out of JFK. You get international service on the NY to LA leg, which is obviously a million times better than domestic air travel. If I am flying domestic, I stick to water or Coke. Love the warm peanuts when I use miles to upgrade on American.
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