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Skip 'Beef or Chicken' and Pick a Picnic on Flights from London-Heathrow

September 24, 2014 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Making the "beef or chicken?" choice on is hardly a highlight of the trip. But could we tempt you to get a little more excited over Gordon Ramsay's roasted Hereford rump of beef with green salad and mustard or perhaps slow spit-roasted chicken with fries, salad, bread sauce and roasting juices from Heston Blumenthal? Yeah, we thought so.

London-Heathrow likes to push the envelop when it comes to innovation and has a great idea for doing away with the typical in-flight fare. The airport will deliver full menu items from any one of the terminal's 118 restaurants right to your gate, all wrapped up in a cool bag for chilled items, or a thermal bag for hot items. Each meal is completely prepared and ready to be noshed at any time after take-off.

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Duty-Free for You and Me: What to Buy at Tokyo's Narita Airport

Where: Narita, Japan
September 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's easy to whisk through the international terminal passing by the perfumes, bottles of cheap liquor and massive Toblerones on the way to your gate and there are even a few airport where we'd recommend skipping the buys altogether. This is not the case at Tokyo's Narita, which stands out as a supreme airport for shopping.

We already know that Japan has some of the coolest foods to bring home to your friends as souvenirs, and Narita is home to a wealth of duty-free shops selling cakes and candies boxed so primly and perfectly that it's less a question of "should I buy it" and more "how many should I buy?"

Here are a couple of this year's best and quickest buys at Narita:

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Even More In-Flight Ice Cream from Japan Airlines

Where: Japan
August 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we might have screamed for ice cream a little too soon, because we just found another airline serving up the frozen goodness in the sky. Add Japan Airlines to the list of carriers taking their in-flight ice cream pretty seriously.

We already told you about the yummy main meal on Japan Airlines, so it makes sense to highlight the a la carte Dean & Deluca Madagascar vanilla cup offered as a midnight snack on our long flight over the Pacific between Tokyo and Chicago.

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: The Kobachi Bowls of JAL

Where: Japan
August 20, 2014 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

We offer this recommendation: On your next international flight, sample the traditional menu of the nation you're flying to or from since it's not only a great way to get a feel for the cuisine, but to spark excitement or fond memories of the trip. After a Japan Airlines flight from Narita to Chicago, our recommendation comes even stronger.

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We All Scream for Ice Cream on These 7 Airlines

August 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM | by | Comment (1)

Happy National Aviation Day!

To properly celebrate such an occasion, we're breaking out some ice cream to enjoy both on the ground and in the air. After all, airlines have been serving up ice cream in the skies for nearly as long as airlines themselves have existed.

So, what airlines are known for scooping the sweet stuff? Here's a list of our favorites and their specialties:

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Traveling to Tokyo? Try the Donuts.

Where: Tokyo, Japan
August 18, 2014 at 4:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

From crullers and jam-filled, to cake and long johns, there's little doubt that Japan has a bit of a crush on donuts.

If donuts are your 'thing', then a quick stop to Mister Donut should be on your itinerary. This bakery chain actually hails from our own shores, but has practically become a cult icon in Japan. If you're unfamiliar with the brand, know that it's similar to a Dunkin Donuts, but one step up. Basically, after you grab a tray and tongs, you choose from any number of glazed, sugared or iced donuts and pay at the counters. Don't forget a a coffee!

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Where to Eat, Drink, and Dance the Night Away in Macedonia

August 8, 2014 at 2:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yours truly at a Macedonian "meana," also called a "kafana" by locals

When I went to Macedonia, it was the first time I’d been to that region of the world, and I was desperate to experience a massive dose of its culture. I knew there were coffee and rakija bars, traditional dances, and loads of local culinary treats, but I wasn’t sure exactly how, or where, to have the ultimate Balkan experience.

This is, of course, a problem that presents itself to every traveler visiting a place for the first time. My solution has always been to be relentless about seeking advice. The moment I hit the ground in Macedonia, I made my quest known to everyone, from the cab driver to the front desk clerk to the waitress at breakfast. Where can I get the best splash of old-world Macedonian culture in a single evening? Finally, from a man in his mid-twenties, I was told the answer: A kafana.

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Street Food Friday: Pepper Paste Made by Macedonian Moms

August 1, 2014 at 6:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is a big year for Macedonia, whose controversial government-run Skopje 2014 project is attempting to create a tourism boom. We're still waiting for the results to come in terms of the number of visitors, but for those of you who aren't familiar with the country, we'll take a walk through the highlights next week. As an appetizer, let's have a look at some of the local culinary offerings in today's edition of Street Food Friday. Meat and seafood are the big main plates, yet it is the traditional side dishes that make the cuisine unique.

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Alaska Airlines' Pancake Machine Brings Breakfast Buzz to US Airports

July 28, 2014 at 8:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

There seems to be a little bit of buzz coming out of the Alaska Airlines Board Room, and it all has to do with a little bit of breakfast. Like plenty of airport and airline lounges the folks at Alaska Airlines put out a little bit of a morning spread, but here there’s also a little bit of breakfast technology hard at work.

The lounge’s pancake machine is well known, and after making its debut at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport the contraption has also found a home in Anchorage, Los Angeles, and Portland as well. You’ll need to access the Alaska Airlines Board Room to check things out, and thankfully they’re offering $10 off a day pass through the end of the month—that’s just $35 for the day.

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Street Food Friday: Rice and Beans Three Ways in Costa Rica

Where: Costa Rica
July 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that you know the country's most important phrase, where to geek out Av-style, and what to drink, we head back down to Costa Rica in this week's edition of Street Food Friday to see what's cooking. The city of San Jose offers a bit of international dining, but for the most part, locals, especially in the countryside, revolve their daily meals around a few staples.

Sodas

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: A Songkran Special on Thai Airways

Where: Thailand
July 25, 2014 at 10:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

Flying on a country's flag carrier like Thai Airways is especially exciting when your travel happens to fall during a national holiday. In our case, it was Songkran, a celebration in April to welcome a new year (according to the lunar calendar). Not only were we excited to be part of the festivities on the ground, but the airline made sure their Songkran travelers had a little surprise in flight.

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Singapore's Airport Debuts a Food Court Stocked with Local Flavor

Where: Singapore
July 25, 2014 at 8:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

We can hardly keep up with how great things are over at Changi Airport, but yet again we’re ready to share some news about what fun stuff they’re adding to the terminals and concourses.

This week the airport is adding a little bit of the local foodie scene, as they’re taking a creative spin on the airport food court. The new options are all included within what they’re calling "Singapore Food Street," as they’re introducing 13 local hawker stalls right into the airport.

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