I’ve got a lot to write about regarding my trip, which if you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed a bit of panic at the onset because our carefully chosen and planned flight was cancelled the day of the trip. I’ve got notes, so I will give you a full overview later, but now, have just a quick taste (see what I did there?) of our journey with a review of our plane food.
Our misfortune with the cancellation turned into some good luck in a way, as we ended up on a shiny new Lufthansa plane to fly over the Atlantic. I’ve always had good experiences with Lufthansa, but as they are always a bit more expensive, we usually don’t fly with them. Though, I think it might be worth it to start.
On our flight from Frankfurt to the US (specifically Detroit this time) we got a lunch and a snack. We were sitting at the very back of the plane, so we unfortunately did not get a choice for our main dish – Mr. Faultier’s rule is to always go for the pasta – but our beef and mashed potatoes were alright.
I like Lufthansa because they put your side dishes into little plates, instead of just giving your the little cardboard boxes. It makes you feel like maybe you snuck into business class, even though you’re crammed like a sardine in economy. They also gave us real silverware!!! By real, I just mean metal, not silver. So in total, we got:
- a salad and dressing – I think it was French dressing, but I managed to cover up the label. I remember it was tasty.
- a dinner roll, butter, fancy “mountain top” (Bergspitz) cheese
- main dish of beef, veggies, and mashed potatoes
- some sort of key lime parfait/layer cake – I don’t even know, but it was delicious.
- a piece of chocolate
The double desert made up for the lack of choice for the main dish (that was just bad luck anyway), so I still give them two thumbs up.
The snack was actually pretty disappointing. It was a calzone and we were given the choice between chicken and cheese. We both chose chicken because we’re big meat eaters. Somehow these were Thai Chicken Calzones, which I think was a weird combination. And there was something in there that triggered Mr. Faultier’s allergies. There was also shrimp hiding in there. I don’t know what Lufthansa was doing with this. I just wanted a slice of deli meat and some cheese between some flattened carbs. No thumbs up.
Delta Starbucks Coffee
We switched to Delta in Detroit, which was an ordeal. There was no food service on such a short flight, but Delta “proudly serves” Starbucks coffee. Not doubting that the beans were from Starbucks, but it’s still coffee made in an airplane. While the cup makes for a great instagram opportunity, it’s still pretty meh coffee. One thumbs up, however, because it was hot and caffeinated, which is all I wanted.
I’m skipping the flight from St. Louis to Atlanta, because I just had another coffee. When we flew from Atlanta to Frankfurt, we got a dinner, which didn’t look quite as pretty as the Lufthansa one. We did, however, get to choose the pasta. In total we got:
- a salad with itty-bitty cucumber slices and a tomato eighth (which I gave to Mr. Faultier) and Italian Herb Vinaigrette dressing which did not look like a vinaigrette – It was really thick. I don’t know if the altitude messed with the consistency or if it was just really weird dressing.
- a pretzel roll and butter
- some crackers and non-fancy non-mountain-top cheese
- cheese tortellini – This was so absurdly garlicky for something meant to be eating by hundreds of people in a small space. I guess they loaded it up so that we could actually taste it, but it was a bit too strong. On the plus side, however, it was very dense and filling, so even though we didn’t have any meat, we still felt satisfied afterwards.
- chocolate chunk brownie – It was like eating a chunk of cookie dough. Best part of the meal.
I’m going to give it a thumb and a half up. I think they could’ve done a bit better with the pasta by taking out 75% of the garlic.
Spoiler alert, the Delta breakfast was much better than the Lufthansa calzone. We got the same cheese and crackers as the dinner, as well as a croissant, jam, yogurt, and a mini mentos mint. They also gave out little orange juices. I thought this was a pretty solid light breakfast. I think the airplane food usually tastes better when they don’t try to give you a hot meal and instead just give you decent cold stuff. Two thumbs up, Delta, for keeping it simple.
Airplane food, what’s up with that?