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Heston Blumenthal Vs. Inflight Meals

Posted February 17, 2011 by BookingBuddy

British-Airways_web Ever wondered why inflight food hardly ever tastes good? Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal attempts to answer that question while trying to satisfy the tastebuds of 100 000 airline passengers. He will be doing all that and more, in the tiny confines of a plane’s galley. This will all be part of his Heston’s Mission Impossible programme, to be shown on Channel 4.


Blumenthal will be collaborating with BA crew members Jackie Simister and Simon Curley in order to come up with a meal that will taste just as good at 35 000 feet in the air as it does on the ground. They will be working with Steve Walpole, BA’s develop chef to develop that meal, which will then be judged by a tasting panel.


Changing the bad reputation of airline food may seem like an impossible mission, but Blumenthal is no stranger to challenges. If anything, the award-winning chef of the Fat Duck Restaurant in Bray seems jump at them. He recently gave the menu at Little Chef a make-over, and will also attempt to do the same for NHS meals in the Heston’s Mission Impossible series. If his menu for BA proves successful, then BA passengers will be able to enjoy his creations as part of their inflight meals. Anyone ready for snail porridge, followed by bacon-and-egg ice cream?


Fit or Flab? Enjoying a Healthy Holiday

Posted January 13, 2011 by BookingBuddy

DSC09027 You may have spent hours in the gym in order to look good in that teeny-weeny bikini, but all that hard work may be wasted as soon as you leave the office to go on holiday. It’s no surprise that many people find they’ve put on weight after their break. Once the ‘holiday mentality’ kicks in, you may find yourself eating unhealthily or cutting back on exercise. However, there’s no need to let all that workout time go to waste. Here are some simple tips to keep the pounds from piling up.


Look for healthy options at the airport. The fast food available at airports may help fill you up before your flight, but many choices can be highly calorific. Skip that burger and chips, and opt for a sandwich instead. Even a seemingly innocuous latte can be surprisingly high in calories.


Walk around. It can be tempting to hop into a cheap taxi or hire a car to take you around, but it won’t keep the holiday weight off. Bring along some good walking shoes, and explore the place on foot instead. You’ll also be able to see much more of your destination this way. Some cities are also bicycle-friendly, so rent a bike from the nearest outlet and start zooming around while getting a good workout at the same time!


These easy tips may not help transform you into a triathlete, but at least you won’t have to give up the yummy local dishes for fear of piling on the pounds. 


(Photo: Joyce Wan)

There IS Such A Thing As A Free Lunch With Air Advertainment

Posted June 24, 2010 by BookingBuddy

SnackWhoever it was that said ‘’There’s no such thing as a free lunch’’ probably foresaw the rise of the low-cost carriers. Paying for an in-flight meal or snack is now something that most airline passengers are used to. Thus, you’re likely to be suspicious when you learn some short-haul passengers in the United States have been treated to an increasingly rare sight – a free in-flight meal! 

‘’What’s the catch?’’ I hear you wonder. Well, the catch, if it can be called that, is that the boxes containing those meals are emblazoned with advertisements. This is the brainchild of Air Advertainment, a company which aims to link up brands and airlines. Brands that take part in the programme sponsor snacks or meals for passengers in exchange for advertising space. The companies’ logos and advertisements are printed onto the snack boxes, and flight attendants also let passengers know which company sponsored their meal.

It seems like a win-win situation for all parties – the companies are assured of a captive audience (you can’t get up and make a cup of tea to avoid the ads) and passengers get free food.  So, my question is - how long will it be before we see it spreading over here? The Air Advertainment programme is currently confined to a limited number of routes in the US, and there are no mentions of expanding it outside the US at the moment. However, I’m eagerly awaiting the day when I won’t have to pay £3 for a bar of limp chocolate, even if I have to put up with a few garish ads to get it. 


Pack A Picnic For Your Next Plane Ride

Posted February 18, 2010 by BookingBuddy

Lunch  The advent of low-cost, no-frill airlines has seen the demise of many an unappetising inflight meal. While most passengers are happy to go without food on a short-haul flight, some people’s bellies do start complaining on longer flights. It’s not a great idea to starve yourself during a longer journey, so you’ll probably need to eat at some point. However, instead of opting for the unhealthy snacks many airlines offer, why not pack your own healthy and delicious inflight meal instead? Here are some important points to keep in mind when packing your inflight picnic.

See-through containers -
 Pack your food in transparent plastic containers - like the kind you get from takeaways - so it’s much easier for security staff to see what you’ve brought with you. This way, you won’t need to spend much time opening up all the containers, then repacking them into your bags again.

No liquids - Bring an empty water-bottle with you, and fill it up once you’ve passed the security checkpoints, to save the hassle and expense of having to throw away a full bottle, and then buying a new one. Try to avoid bringing dips with you, as they may be thrown away too, and soups are a definite no-no!

Finger food - Bring along hassle-free food that can be easily eaten straight from the container. Baby carrots, pre-cut fruits (e.g apples or pears), grapes, rice crackers, nuts and granola bars are all healthy, yet fuss free, and you’re left with hardly any mess to clean up after the meal. Sandwiches are great too - cut them into halves or quarters to make it easier for little hands. Cutting your food into bite-sizes pieces also mean you won’t need any cutlery.

No smell - Be considerate to your fellow passengers – after all, you’ll need to share a very tight space with them for the next several hours. Try to refrain from packing foods that may smell strongly or linger in the air for ages. So, no garlic or blue cheese, and try to pop a couple of breath mints after your meal so you won’t smell like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Do you have other tips on how to pack food for flights? If so, we’d love to hear from you, please leave a comment!


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