On my recent foodie adventures through Europe, I found myself on a number of short haul flights (mainly with my overseas BFF Lufthansa) where I encountered snack foods ranging from good and not-so-good, to just plain weird. First, let's take a moment to give a round of applause to these Euro-based carriers who still manage to provide a complementary meal/snack service during their flights. Yay free meals! Now, let's dish the dirt (with pictures!) on these wacky inflight bites.
The "Nom Nom" Sugar Fix
Lufthansa 1846, MUC-FCO
A deliciously moist chocolate and cherry coffee cake, possibly one of the best inflight snacks ever. Unfortunately the cake is also über-crumbly and served sans-silverware (plasticware). With every careful bite, an embarrasing avalanche of crumbs hit my tray table, ricocheting in every direction. Maybe I had the dropsies that morning, but I was still a well-behaved pax and cleaned up the mess with my personal stash of antibacterial wipes.
The Ordinary Cheese Sandwich
Lufthansa 1731, SJJ-MUC
Well take me to Pret-A-Porter and pack me a royal picnic; this British-inspired cheddar sandwich on brown bread is a perfect example of a tasty short-haul snack. Too bad Lufthansa forgot to pack the other half of the sandwich. Penny-pinchers!
The Extraordinary Cheese Sandwich
Lufthansa 2547, KBP-MUC
This breakfast-in-a-box includes a muffin and warm melted cheese sandwich. The "extraordinary" is what happens when you take a bite and a thick gooey string of cheese runs from the sandwich to your lips, even when the sandwich is back on the tray table. Cheese-licious.
The Weird, Unidentifiable Sandwich
Lufthansa 2546, MUC-KBP
From the packaging, it's hard to tell this sandwich is a roll filled with GREEN cream. Allegedly, Lufthansa calls this a "fresh sandwich" ...except the expiry date on this baby is still a good 30 days away. For the Inflight Dish official record, I ate the whole thing, but I can't figure out what food group the green cream is supposed to represent. From the red flecks, I first thought "vegetable?" though now I'm leaning more towards "dairy?"
The Totally Goes with Beer Meal
Lufthansa 1730, MUC-SJJ
In another case of tray table oddities, Lufthansa has once again been dipping its wings into the experimental cookie jar. When I think "airplane food," the last thing that comes to mind is a plastic tub of cold pasta salad garnished with a giant meatball. Swedish picnic, anyone? Though certifiably wacky, it somehow all works when Lufthansa's delicious Warsteiner beer is added to the equation.
The "Mystery Airline" Sandwich
Aerosvit 4014 (operated by Dnieproavia Airlines), ODS-KBP
Let me clarify, the "mystery" here is not the cheese crossaint pictured below, but the airline itself. Everyone say "Dnieproavia!" and take a shot of lukewarm tomato juice. The rubbery barely-there cheese on the stale crossaint wasn't the best ever, but both the plane's engines and landing gear worked, making it a suprisingly sucessful inflight dining experience.