There’s a big difference in the quality of airline food – on the same airline – depending where the flight originates. The food on the flight from Paris to Los Angeles was significantly better than the reverse. Something about the French and food?
Lunch was a decent Ham and Cheese quiche with a Scandinavian Style Smoke Salmon salad, which was really good. Again, included in the air fare.
Back home and Foodie Greg had planned a celebratory dinner: duck breast on brown rice with a pomegranate slaw and pomegranate, ponzu and soy drizzle.
The duck breasts were scored and fried skin down to render out some delicious duck fat (saved for later use) and crispen the skin. A little sear on the other side, and into the oven to finish, before resting, cutting and serving.
The slaw was a supermarket broccoli slaw to which pomegranate pearls were added.
The organic duck breasts were $14.23, or $7.12 per serve (expensive but comparable with our Prather Ranch steaks)
The country rice blend was $2.63 for the packet but that will make four serves, so 66c serve.
The broccoli slaw was $1.69 or 12 oz, but we used only half or 21c per serve
The pomegranate seeds/pearls are $3.99 for the pack, or $2.00 a serve
Add 20c for the drizzle ingredients.
Dinner tonight was superb, and cost $10.19 but would be at least three times that in a restaurant.
Still in Barcelona and caught in setting up, there was no time to go out for lunch, so lunch was bought to us. Foodie Philip had a quite decent roll filled with pork and cheese.
Lunch was supplied by the Final Cut Pro X Tour organizers.
Many hours later, after the event concluded at 10:00pm, the organizers, workers and presenters went out for dinner. We had an 11pm booking, which is not that unusual in Barcelona.
Food flowed, starting with tomato bread, parma ham and a cheese I didn’t catch.
Followed by two types of croquette: one fish, one mushroom. Both were great, but the mushroom one came out twice and Foodie Philip had three!
There was a large shrimp and an interesting combination of chorizo sausage (cooked of course, so it had a crisp shell) and hummus. Unexpected but very good.
After all this food, several glasses of wine and 1am rolling around, we got to the entree! We’d been asked for our selection of pork or tuna. I chose pork, not knowing the tuna was served as huge steaks just lightly seared.
The pork was delicious, and the padron peppers are a favorite. No hot one this time. The meal concluded with either dessert or cocktail. The cocktail was vodka based, delicious but otherwise unknown.
A delicious meal with great people that I reluctantly had to leave at 1:30am because my 7am alarm to catch the flight home was looming.
After a breakfast offering on the plane that was the absolute worst airline food I’d experienced and completely inedible, I was set for lunch in Paris – well, at Charles DeGaul Airport! Because the flights had been delayed by the airline they offered an 8 Euro voucher, which was used to purchase a ham and cheese quiche, which was quite good.
No cost to us!
At the recommendation of a friend, Foodie Philip walked the two miles to Bar La Plata where the entire ordering conversations was:
“You want tomato?” “Yes.”
“You want fish?” “Yes”
“You want beer?” “Yes”
I wasn’t exactly sure what type of tomato or fish dish I was going to get, but from what was around me, I was pretty sure the fish component was deep fried sardine (or similar small fish) eaten whole.
But first came the tomato, onion, dried olive salad drizzled with olive oil. High quality ingredients simply prepared and utterly delicious. The onion was quite sweet and not at all sulfurous.
The fish was as expected: deep fried sardine lightly salted. And utterly delicious. It’s today’s featured image.
With a beer the dinner cost 7 Euro or $7.70 approximately
And then the two mile walk back to my accommodations!
A return to the roast chicken option. Today’s bird was so big we didn’t use the entirety of half a breast.
The flatbread is 50c per serve
The roast chicken is $9.99 for the bird, but we used .75 of a breast, or 94c per serve
Chickpea Balela salad is $2.69 or 68c per serve
Hummus is $3.99 per container and we used about 1/6 or 33c per serve
Lunch today cost $2.45 per serve.
Foodie Philip, who writes the blog, was heading for Barcelona on business, so his dinner was wheatgerm salad with shiitake mushrooms, and Chicken, Catalonian sauce, rice, mixed grains. The salad was tasty, the chicken dish: not bad for airline food.
While we spent most of the month at home, the results are influenced by four days away at the Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit and an pop-up restaurant meal.
The averages for this month:
Lunch prepared at home $2.12 ($3.66 in September)
Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $9.05 ($12.72)
Dinner eaten at home: $5.31 ($5.86)
Dinner eaten out: $26.32 ($26.28)
Our most expensive meal was the pop-up restaurant at $64.00 per serve.
Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $280.55 per person in October. We actually spent $33.95 for lunches at home plus $126.67 for lunches purchased or eaten out: $160.62.
Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $815.92. We actually spent $116.87 for dinners at home and $157.92 for dinners out: $274.79.
We saved $661 by preparing and eating most meals at home.
Back at Armadillo Willies to record a Lunch with Philip and Greg with the esteemed Steve Martin of Ripple Training. Because we had a long trip home and would be eating dinner late, we both opted for the Brisket meal.
We enjoyed the BBQ at Armadillo Willies. I have no idea how authentically Texan it was.
Lunch today cost $17.89
Back home and looking for something simple, we reheated some Trader Joes OctoberFest bratwurst and put them in a finished par-baked roll with sauerkraut and mustard. Two were more than Foodie Greg could eat, but Foodie Philip managed!
The bratwurst are $3.49 for the pack, or $1.75 per serve
The sauerkraut is $2.99 a pack or 30c per serve
Six par baked rustic rolls were $3.29 or 55c per serve