Thursday, October 7, 2010

Surprise Dinner

During our blogging hiatus, we took a trip to Europe and went to the Vendys and other food festivals. It's time to recap!

We had been wanting to go to Europe for so long. We had gone on a day trip to Frankfurt a few years ago, but it was time for a real European vacation. After some deliberation, we decided on a trip to the Netherlands and Belgium. So excited!

We had a night flight from NYC to Amsterdam, and according to Delta, we were only getting breakfast. After a stressful trip to the airport in which we almost didn't make our flight, we grabbed sandwiches at the airport before our flight. Having not eaten anything since lunch, there was no way we were going to make it without any food until breakfast. The sandwiches were fine, nothing exciting.

They gave us a snack with some smoked almonds soon after takeoff. They were OK. An hour or so into the flight, we were surprised when they told us that they were going to serve dinner. Although airline food is usually nothing to be excited about (unless you're on Singapore Airlines), we were looking forward to a real dinner.

Since our flight wasn't actually operated by Delta, and was operated by KLM, I think we got a good deal. KLM has been working with chef Daniel Green to put together healthy and tasty meals for their trans-atlantic flights. Instead of eating heavy food that makes you feel sick on the plane, or other junk, the idea of a light, healthy dinner was really appealing.

Dinner consisted of a hot dish, a warm roll, a salad and a dessert. And none of it was junk food!

First up, the cold salad. Lettuce, carrots, a big cherry tomato and seafood, dressed with a very light vinaigrette. The dressing wasn't overwhelming (in taste or quantity) so it left the salad very crisp and light. I was wary about having a seafood salad on an airplane, but it was actually really good and full of flavor.

The hot dish, according to the wrapper, was a chicken thai red curry. The rice had good texture, not too hard or watery. The green beans were healthy. And the chicken was actually really good. Not good only by airplane food standards, but it would have been good even coming out of a restaurant kitchen. We were really happy to be having such a good and healthy dinner!

Then it was time for dessert. It looked like ordinary chocolate cake but it was more like a sacher torte with fruit (raspberry?) flavor in the middle of spongey cake. It was delicious.

And after such a nice dinner, it was time to sleep until breakfast!

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