Want to know what you get as a vegan meal on a long haul flight with AirBerlin? I documented my experience flying from Berlin to New York City!
A little disclaimer to this post: this post is NOT sponsored. I was trying to find out what kind of food I should expect and I was not able to find any useful or up to date information. That’s the reason why I share what I got and also from which airline it was. I promised you guys in my Longhaul In-flight Essentials post that I would tell you all about the food that I got on the plane ride over here to New York City. I had never before ordered a special meal, but as they always were very dairy heavy, I decided to do my stomach a favor and call ahead to order a special menu. Their customer service person told me that he wasn’t sure whether the lactose free version was actually dairy free, or just lactose free. To save me the trial and error, I decided to simply go for the vegan version. I called ahead 1 week in advance and it was really hassle free. I immediately got the confirmation through e-mail, where it said special meal, ‘vegetarian, dairy-free’. I guess that this is AirBerlin’s term for vegan. I am not vegan, so I didn’t think too much about it. To take the suspense out, rest assured my dear vegan friends, my meal was actually vegan. On top of that, it was gluten-free too. So, what did I get? I was kind of expecting very bland meals and that I would regret ordering it. Well…let me show you what my lunch looked like: Who has her or his mouth open with me now? When the flight attendant came to my seat she just asked me if it was correct that I ordered the vegan meal and then handed me this tray of deliciousness. I think some people around me eyed my food quite jealously 😉 I honestly never expected to be served a potato boat with quinoa and tomatoes inside, steamed broccoli and mushrooms, a little salad, rice crackers with olive paste and some of the best and sweetest grapes I had in a long while. My mouth honestly stood open for a moment. This meal really made me feel like I was flying first class. On top of looking really good, it actually tasted very good too. It was perfectly seasoned and left me and my stomach very very happy. Shortly before we landed in JFK, we were also served dinner – guess what, I have never had such a nice and healthy dinner on a plane like that day: The dinner consisted of a mixed salad with bell peppers, corn, cucumber, carrots, tomatoes and salad. The salad came with a balsamic vinaigrette (if I remember correctly). There was some gluten-free bread, mushroom paste, margarine and some orange slices. Perfectly light and not as carb heavy as typical plane food that I’m used too. I was not the biggest fan of the gluten-free bread, but you can’t have it all, can you? My take away from this? For future long haul flights I will always call ahead now and make sure to order the vegan meal. I had no issues with my stomach, the food tasted very good and it was a lot healthier than what I usually got served on long flights. So yes, AirBerlin, your food was awesome! This meal was definitely a success and I’m curious what I will be served on my return flight (even though I’m not looking forward to that, traveling for such a long time is just exhausting). I just hope I didn’t jinx it by telling you now that it was delicious 😉
What are your experiences with air plane food? Share them with me – the good, the bad, the ugly! Also, check out how things went on my flight back!