Following on from the wildly-popular posts about airline food (one by me and one by my friend The Vegan Butcher), I put out an open call for readers to submit their own stories of vegan food served in the air.
A few people have sent in anecdotes relating to the animal-free food they have been served inflight. I have posted some below for your reading pleasure.
Please get in touch if you would like to see your food in the sky experience posted on Fat Gay Vegan. We are going to start up a nifty collection of vegan airline food stories at this rate! I especially encourage you to send photos with your reviews. Seat belt sign has been switched on. I hear the food trolley rattling down the aisle…
Shelly of Las Vegas writes:
Last week I flew Delta Detroit-Las Vegas (first class). I had the vegetarian non-dairy breakfast (sorry no photos, don’t have a camera).
I was told by Delta it would be “similar” to “potatoes and grilled vegetables”. What I got instead was: a large scoop of cold couscous with about a can of chilled mandarin oranges next to the couscous, a bowl of strawberries, cantaloupe and some red grapes, a pre-packaged Lender’s plain bagel and a tub of margarine (both NOT vegan) and a package of grape jelly. The meal was labeled VGML. Which was served AFTER everyone else in the cabin got theirs. So much for getting to eat first.
As I am allergic to strawberries, I didn’t eat the fruit plate. Thankfully, I had prepared a container of Gardein Chix Strips, mixed with rice and veggies (leftovers from the previous night’s dinner) in case I did indeed get the dreaded and uninspired “grilled veggie plate”. So I quickly ate the oranges to make more room and dumped my Gardein in with the couscous. The couscous was really dry and could have used some sort of sauce. No matter, what I had was certainly much better than the Cheerios or egg/cheese omelet everyone else ate.
I ate my Gardein creation along with the 2 pears I had packed and was relatively happy. Not happy at all about the snacks offered. Nothing vegan. But at least they remembered to load my veg meal on-board. Usually Delta (or rather SkyChef or whatever they’re called) forgets. Flight attendant must have thought I was crazy when I started hugging her when she told me the VGML was indeed on-board!
I took the red-eye into Detroit, so there was no meal. Same non-vegan snacks. Instead of eating, I had about 7 screwdrivers to help me sleep:)
Lesley L. wrote:
I’m sorry I have no photos but here is what Virgin Atlantic offered up this month –
outward to San Francisco they had not received my request for vegan meals and managed to give me a jacket potato and beans which looked like it had been cooked several times already. But I was grateful to get something after the mix-up. Luckily I had a bag full of Space Bars for just such an emergency.
On the flight home from LA I was served a dinner of Cauliflower, Broccoli and Carrot with Rice. Yes, that was it, no sauce, only a small salad and roll to go with that!! The breakfast was a muffin which contained milk and a crunchy breakfast bar with honey.
So I will stick to my motto, “Always Travel with Food”!
Thank you to Lesley and Shelly for these reviews. Make sure you send yours to fatgayvegan at hotmail dot com.