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Great Airline Food on Air France (Yes, Really)

I've long stopped counting on airline food as a viable meal; with some airlines still serving those terrible little trays of mushy pasta and limp salads, some now charging $9 for stale sandwiches, and some not serving food at all, it's generally easier to bring your own meal aboard or just eat ahead of time. So I was stunned when this tray landed in front of me on an Air France flight, economy section. More

Banh Mi Added to Virgin America's Menu

You know you're a big deal when you become airline food. Banh mi from Brooklyn's Ba Xuyen. [Photograph: Robyn Lee] If you had any doubt that the banh mi trend had taken off, consider this: Virgin America is now serving banh mi on its in-flight menu. A flat iron steak sandwich with cucumber, lettuce, cilantro, and a daikon-carrot slaw, plus "Asian ginger dressing"—no paté, but we'll take it. Related Customized Banh Mi Shell for MyTouch 3G Phone Serious Heat: The Quickie Banh Mi Grilling: Vietnamese Meatball Banh Mi... More

Bad Airline Meal Inspires Crazy Letter to Richard Branson

Hilarious letter, with photos, to Richard Branson, president of Virgin Atlantic Airways, complaining about every item on an in-flight meal (Mumbai to Heathrow). The product of a mind at the absolute end of its tether. Witness: I'll try and explain how this felt. Imagine being a twelve year old boy Richard. Now imagine it's Christmas morning and you're sat their with your final present to open. It's a big one, and you know what it is. It's that Goodmans stereo you picked out the catalogue and wrote to Santa about. Only you open the present and it's not in there. It's your hamster Richard. It's your hamster in the box and it's not breathing. That's how I felt when I... More

Hawaiian Airlines Introducing Tasting Menu in First Class

Airline food sucks, and it's beginning to suck even harder because many airlines are either making you pay extra for a meal or eliminating them all together. Hawaiian Airlines is choosing to go in the other direction and is introducing onboard tasting menus in First Class, like the ones diners in many upscale restaurants are enjoying. For both lunch and dinner, passengers get their choice of three of five available entrees (out of the twenty in rotation) to create their meal.... More

Charlie Trotter Can't Fix Airline Food ...

And neither can anyone else. In yesterday's New York Times, Kim Severson reported on the current state of first-class meals on airlines. Having worked on airline food as a consultant in the 1990s with a consulting chef team that included Todd English, Tom Douglas, and Nancy Silverton, I can tell you that a) the constraints of cooking, chilling, and then reheating food in unreliable airplane ovens ensures that the first class food will suffer indignities it would never suffer on the ground, b) what results will be mediocre at best, and c) celebrity chefs with the best of intentions can't solve these problems unless the airlines are willing to go to all cold or room-temperature food, and I can... More

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