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My best flight-related food experiences

As I often eat inflight or at airports, I have encountered both good and bad food. Here are my personal favorites to date.

What’s the deal with airline food? is a very worn out stand-up comedy routine that I first came in contact with when I checked out Seinfeld many years ago. Unquestionably, a lot of airline food both tastes bad and is bad for you, but there’s plenty of good stuff as well. I would like to praise a few favorites below. 

1. The SAS cube. Of course, many of you will think that this is being published by SAS, and therefore the cube has glided into first place. But that's not the case and I’m not going on taste here. There are definitely things further down the list that come higher taste wise. However, unlike many other meals, the SAS cube is both wholesome and healthy food. As someone who in certain weeks eats 4-5 meals onboard, this means a great deal to me. I wouldn't want to swap the SAS cube for anything else on this list. 

2. The bolognese in ANA’s Business Class. I have flown in both Business and First Class several times with SAS’ Japanese Star Alliance partner All Nippon Airways (booked with EuroBonus points) and while they certainly have good food in First Class, the bolognese that they served me in Business on their Dreamliner between Bangkok and Tokyo was a food experience that really stuck in the memory. 

3. Caviar in LH First. I’ll never forget my first First. Once we were airborne and it was time to serve the food, I was asked:
“How do you like your caviar?” 
I had no idea but still understood they weren’t talking about a tube of the popular Swedish “Kalles Kaviar” sandwich spread. I replied:
“Maybe with Vodka?” 
The air stewardess smiled and said:
“I’ll serve it with everything, so you can find out what you like. The caviar comes with egg, onion and toast.” 
Delicious. Especially with some Stolli and a glass of Champagne. For the stats nerds amongst you, I can tell you that Lufthansa buys around 5% of the world’s caviar production for its First Class service. 

4. United’s lounge breakfast. As I have written before, I often take the 6.40am SK1530 from London to Stockholm. It usually leaves from a B gate which means you can eat breakfast in the United lounge. The service includes both a fantastic Bircher muesli and really good eggs. 

5. Vegan weeks on SAS.  Really love the SAS vegan initiative. Thyme roasted mushrooms are truly delicious. But it’s also laudable that SAS is doing what it can for the climate. Bravo.

Thumbs up

The new Wheely executive car service in London. Incredibly good complement to Uber. 

Thumbs down

The new Heathrow Express ticket system just gets worse and worse.

Flights in 2018

Took my 100th flight of the year last week. At least 10 still to go.  

November 29, 2018

Secret Traveler

Age: 31
EuroBonus level: Diamond
No. of times around the world by air: 20
Total time in the air per year: 1,6 weeks (3%)
No. of countries visited: 34
Most frequent destinations: ARN, LHR/LCY, OSL, DPS
Favorite destination: The Ligurian coast
Never leaves home without: Noise Canceling Headphones (Bose QC35) and Passport

I’m an entrepreneur in Europe with the entire world as my workplace. It’s lucky I love traveling as I spend much of my working day on the move as well as my leisure time - there’s so much to see and new people to meet.

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