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Air France Introduces A La Carte Plates And They're Total Food Porn

June 4, 2015 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

The French take their food seriously — even their in-flight meals. They scoff at your cheese and cracker plate; they sniff at your soggy salad; they turn their back to that handful of M&M's you grabbed from Hudson News before takeoff.

Um, not us though. Can we have a couple?

So endowed with epicurean greatness are they, that this week Air France released info on their new a la carte dining options, and they look like stuff from the goddamn cover of Food & Wine. For reals. There are six categories of plates: Traditional Chinese, Flavours of India, Thai cuisine, A taste of Korea, Japanese delights, and a Seafood basket. And each category has an interpretation for both La Première and Business class. That's 12 new dishes, available for ordering up to 24 hours in advance of your flight.

And even the plate wear is fancy. Famed French architect and designer Jean-Marie Massed designed the service, pulling together dozens of different pieces: think delicate champagne flutes, fine porcelain Bernardaud plates and Christofle cutlery. Ooh la la. Above, you'll see the seafood basket for La Première flyers. And here are a few more food porn money shots to whet your appetite.

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Gluten-Free, For a Small Price: Hawaiian Airlines Introduces New Snacks

June 2, 2015 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Dieting while traveling is rough. And sticking to your diet when you're in-flight is damn near impossible — unless you bring your own snacks/meals aboard, or put in your special meal requests before you take-off. But for those heading to paradise with celiac disease or other gluten restrictions , Hawaiian Airlines has you covered.

While the airline is the last U.S. domestic airline to serve complimentary meals, they do not honor special meal requests based on dietary restrictions. However, in March, the airline introduced Gluten Free Snack Boxes on their North American, Australian and New Zealand flights for $7.

Each box includes: Wild Garden Traditional Hummus Dip, Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, Turkey Snack Stick, The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas, Welch’s Fruit Snacks and a Wow Chocolate Chip Cookie. Passengers can also order two items a la cart: the Gluten Free Salsa and Tortilla Chips for $4, and Gluten Free Wild Garden Traditional Hummus Dip for $4.

Of course, there are other airlines who serve gluten-free meals and snacks, including United Airlines, Qantas, Virgin America, and JetBlue. For a list of other airlines with GF meals and snacks, the GlutenJetSet.com has a comprehensive list (though their Hawaiian Airlines info still needs to be updated).

Had a gluten-free experience while flying or traveling that you'd like to share? Tell us in the comments below!]

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Good News! American Airlines' Economy Class Breakfast is Finally Edible

May 7, 2015 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

It may have taken a few years, but American Airlines has finally come around to offering a better breakfast in economy class, on long-haul flights.

You see, it used to be that passengers in the back of plane, on transatlantic flights between the U.S. and Europe, were treated (we use the word sarcastically) to a small and salty hot dinner then, several hours later and before arrival at the destination, a greasy croissant would arrive on a tray. Said croissant would leave grease marks all over the tray, be accompanied by orange juice and little side packets of butter and jam, and altogether make you feel as though your face were a grease slick until you eventually had a chance to shower away the memory of the flight.

We first complained about the meal way, way back in 2011, and went on to take a distinct interest in airline breakfast meals over the years. See our "Surprisingly Awesome Airline Meals" category for times when airlines actually got it right.

Now, the AA has finally cleaned up their act to change economy class breakfast into a pleasant little boxed meal containing things you might want to eat, and wouldn't feel gross for ingesting after a lengthy trip.

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United Says 'Drinks On Us' For Those Traveling Overseas

April 23, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hungry travelers, take heed. Your summer travel just got that much better if you’re heading overseas with United, as the carrier is upgrading and improving some of their in-flight food and beverage offerings.

Eating beforehand is probably still a solid recommendation for those flying in coach, but it does sound like United is making some kind of effort to provide economy passengers with a little more than the usual cabin fare. Beginning June 1 the carrier will introduce a three-course meal — or their version, at least.

Things will begin simple enough with some kind of variation of cheese and crackers. Main course options will include things like Tuscan ravioli and udon noodles with stir-fried vegetables, and all these entrées will be accompanied by salad and bread. After choking things down making a happy plate dessert will be provided, as gelato, mousse, and ice cream will all be in the rotation.

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Photos: Cathay Pacific's First Class Menu by Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

February 27, 2015 at 3:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Once you fly in First Class, on a long-haul international flight, it's quite difficult to return to coach on another flight having tasted what's on offer in the front of the plane. This is especially true for First passengers on Cathay Pacific, not only because the First Class seats were recently updated and remain a flyer favorite, but because the airline enjoys showing off in the in-flight dining department.

For 2015, Cathay Pacific's big treats for First Class travelers are monthly menus designed by Executive Chefs from Mandarin Oriental properties around the world. We already gave you an exclusive preview of the MO New York February meals, but now it's time for March and Mandarin Oriental San Francisco.

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Delta is Now Exclusively Brewing Starbucks At 35,000 Feet

February 9, 2015 at 10:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for those taking off on early morning flights, as Delta has signed up with Starbucks to provide the in-flight coffee. Earlier, the two companies had teamed up before to offer up caffeine concoctions on a limited basis—like certain cross-country and shuttle flights—but now they’re going all in.

The switch happened on February 1, and it will be Starbucks Pike Place Roast and Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Italian Roast decaf on each and every flight across both the mainline Delta fleet as well as those Delta Connection flights. That’s around 1,270 aircraft in case you’re keeping count, and obviously a lot of little coffee cups balancing on the seatback tray.

To celebrate the new partnership and build some buzz—ha—Starbucks and Delta also commissioned a little coffee cup artwork. Over at New York-JFK within Terminal 4 you can check out sculptures showing off some iconic sights from places in London, Tokyo, and São Paulo.

There are also plans to hand out some sips and samples to celebrate the partnership, so if you see free coffee at the airport—it might just be thanks to Starbucks and Delta. Now if we could only get an in-flight Frappuccino…

[Photo of the São Paulo artwork: Starbucks/Delta]

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Photos: Cathay Pacific's First Class Menu by Mandarin Oriental New York

February 6, 2015 at 3:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Imagine.

You’re in First Class on Cathay Pacific. The flight is a 16-hour nonstop from New York to Hong Kong, and you’re looking forward to a little sleeping, a little working, and a little eating while watching that movie you’ve been meaning to catch. Then the flight attendant hands you a pair of soft pajamas and the in-flight meal menu, and it becomes quite clear that you’re going to enjoy this flight.

The cherry on top of the experience? 2015 is the year Cathay Pacific has dedicated to featuring unique First Class menus created by chefs from Mandarin Oriental hotel properties around the world. And, oh yes, there will be caviar.

What began as a special feature for just the London route in 2014 expands throughout 2015 to 5 more destinations. The lucky routes: Between Hong Kong and New York-JFK, Boston, San Francisco, Paris, London, and Tokyo-Haneda.

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Flight Review: Kicking Back in SWISS Airlines' Business Class

February 6, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

We had the chance to fly with SWISS Airlines from Zurich to Montreal in Business Class not so long ago and all we can say is that we wanna do it again.

Aside from the tasty food and good service, their new international biz class seat has it all going on. Done in a stylish grey tartan and light wood, it’s a generous size for generous hips, becomes a 6’7” lie-flat bed and has a spot to plug in your electronic gadgets. We liked the fact that each seat has a large side table that not only gives you separation from your neighbor, but can hold all of your books, mags, water, wine, headphones and No Jet-Lag tablets (we do like to spread out!). If you’re traveling solo, have a good look at the seating chart when you’re selecting your seat: Some of the single window ones have not one, but two tables per seat. You’ll feel like you’re King (or Queen) of the Universe.

Besides the expected array of movies and music that is part of the in-flight entertainment system is the unexpected ability to use the screen to view your own stuff from your cell or iPad. The system is controlled by a convenient handset that you can, as well, leave handy on that large side table.

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: A DIY Tasting Menu on Qatar Airways

Where: Doha, Qatar
January 28, 2015 at 5:30 PM | by | Comments (3)

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.

Qatar Airways welcomes you aboard a tantalizing journey. Should there be anything you require during your flight, Qatar Airways will be delighted to serve you.

That's a high promise, coming from the cover of a menu for in-flight meals, but it's one that delivers. Qatar Airways does not simply serve a few choices of "chicken, beef, or pasta?" during meal times, but elevates their onboard cuisine with a leather-bound menu of a la carte, anytime offerings bridging Arabic and International tastes, often featuring recipes designed by celebrity chefs like Nobu Matsuhisa.

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: SWISS' Taste of Switzerland Menus

January 15, 2015 at 10:19 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.

When traveling on a SWISS Airlines business class flight from Zurich to Montreal recently we were presented with the airline’s SWISS Taste of Switzerland menu which proved to be, this writer’s, Best. Airline. Meal. Ever.

Some of Switzerland’s top chefs, usually from one of the country’s swank hotels, are invited to show off their culinary skills and represent their region’s cuisine in the Taste of Switzerland program. During our flight, Michelin-starred chef Dominique Gauthier from the luxe Hotel Beau-Rivage stepped up to the plate for the canton of Geneva.

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: American's Airlines Unique Take on French Toast

January 6, 2015 at 11:01 AM | by | Comments (4)

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.

Domestically, we were on an American Airlines in first class out of Chicago O'Hare to Fort Lauderdale and scored an awesome egg-less alternative to breakfast-- French toast strata with warmed peach compote. (Unless you're lucky enough to fly on Singapore Airlines in the premium seats, always steer clear of egg dishes.)

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Forget Chicken or Pasta. Delta is All About Baby Back Ribs.

December 19, 2014 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: baby back ribs

Forget the usual question of "chicken or pasta?" Delta is all about BBQ...and proper southern-style BBQ, too, thanks to an expanded partnership for in-flight meals from Union Square Hospitality's Blue Smoke.

The original menu began in 2013 on Delta flights only flying from JFK to London-Heathrow. The entrees rotated, but throughout the year the airline served Blue Smoke's Memphis baby back ribs, North Carolina pulled pork, and smoked black pepper sausage all paired with mini biscuits, cornbread, and a mini specialty chocolate bar.

The updated menu now adds smoked duck with grilled apple butter and spiced pecans, sweet potato and roasted pear soup, and more baby-back ribs with baked pit beans. All dishes draw inspiration from both Blue Smoke fan favorites and "cherished family recipes from Chef Jean-Paul’s native Louisiana."

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