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KLM Introduces "Brazil Menu" On Longhaul Flights  
User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6887 times:

KLM has selected a Brazilian restaurant and chef to take care of onboard menu for all KLM long-haul flights. Brazilian Chef Ms. Mara Salles, of restaurant Tordesilhas in São Paulo, will prepare KLM menus for 2 months from 30 March until 31 May 2008. KLM will also serve an option of Brazilian wines onboard.

Tordesilhas restaurant www.tordesilhas.com serves regional Brazilian cuisine from traditional Bahia tastes to countryside Minas Gerais touches.

The decision to select Brazil as an identity for KLM menu comes alongside the introduction of KLM B77W to GRU. Indeed, a nice gesture of KLM. Last year KLM offered a Chinese Menu during the same period.

Rgs,

37 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineAMSGOT From Sweden, joined Jun 2005, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6406 times:

OMG - I hope they'll skip feijoada.  duck 

Otherwise I'm looking forward to it. Nice with some change...



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User currently offlineTAP1972 From Portugal, joined Dec 2003, 396 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6116 times:

Will this be for all intercontinental flights of KLM????

I am flying LIS-AMS-YYZ-AMS-LIS in May with KLM


User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6065 times:



Quoting TAP1972 (Reply 2):
I am flying LIS-AMS-YYZ-AMS-LIS in May with KLM

I think it will be for all intercontinental flights. But note that "menu service" is only available on business class.

Rgs,


User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1354 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5693 times:



Quoting AMSGOT (Reply 1):
OMG - I hope they'll skip feijoada.

Agreed. Of all the foods and meals that I love to eat in Brazil, that would be my least favorite as I don't like beans!

But Moqueqa in business class? Yum!!!  Smile

HALFA



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User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5653 times:



Quoting HALFA (Reply 4):
But Moqueqa in business class? Yum!!!

 yummy   yummy   yummy   yummy 

Btw, LH now offers "caipirinha" as an option of drinkk on business class for flights departing GRU.  bigthumbsup 

Rgs,


User currently offline2travel2know From Panama, joined Apr 2005, 3580 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5614 times:

Wouldn't have been enough for KL to just start to serve GUARANA soft drink on their Brazilian flights?

CM used to served Gurarana on their Brazil - PTY flights untill the crews discovered the taste and bottles suddenly started to be left at the galley when the meal were served.



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User currently offlineCRJ900 From Norway, joined Jun 2004, 2190 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5591 times:
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Quoting HALFA (Reply 4):
Of all the foods and meals that I love to eat in Brazil, that would be my least favorite as I don't like beans!

Plus it would make all the pax fart heavily. After a 10-hour flight, imagine the smell that greets the ground attendant when the a/c door is opened and the pressure rushes out into the jetway. "Mayday! Ground agent down, green in face!" Big grin



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User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5553 times:



Quoting 2travel2know (Reply 6):
Wouldn't have been enough for KL to just start to serve GUARANA soft drink on their Brazilian flights?

It is a complete features menu. It certainly plays well as a marketing strategy. KLM first tried last year with China, and it achived great success.

Quoting 2travel2know (Reply 6):
CM used to served Gurarana on their Brazil - PTY flights untill the crews discovered the taste and bottles suddenly started to be left at the galley when the meal were served.

I think CM is the only airline where crew members decide on meal service....

Rgs,


User currently offlineLamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5151 times:



Quoting Hardiwv (Thread starter):
KLM has selected a Brazilian restaurant and chef to take care of onboard menu for all KLM
long-haul flights.

and when will you be tasting it? It must be something you can't resist!



I wish that all skies were orange and blue!!
User currently offlinePHKLM From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Dec 2005, 1198 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5121 times:



Quoting 2travel2know (Reply 6):
Wouldn't have been enough for KL to just start to serve GUARANA soft drink on their Brazilian flights?

It's available for sale in The Netherlands anyway, if you know where to look for it.
It ain't cheap, but Meu Deus it tastes nice  Smile


User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4985 times:



Quoting PHKLM (Reply 10):
It ain't cheap, but Meu Deus it tastes nice

I buy Guarana at a shop called Sabor de Maria located in street Roelof Hartstraat near the Concert Gebouw in Amsterdam (they also have pastel and bolo de bacalhau). I think it costs about EUR1.50 a can - not bad!  Smile
Perhaps KLM should have recruited the chef of Sabor de Maria, who is originally from Minas Gerais, to prepare its onboard menu!  Smile

Rgs,


User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4710 times:

From KLM website:

Say Ola to the South America Experience

Flying intercontinental with KLM from Amsterdam in April or May?
Regardless of your final destination, your flight will offer you a true
taste of the South America Experience. All meals and the décor in
the lounges will exude the atmosphere of this warm and rhythmic continent.
Passengers in World Business Class will be served meals by the famous
Brazilian chef Mara Salles
, accompanied by the best South American wines
selected by KLM. These wines are also available at www.fbselectedwines.com.


User currently offlineEarlyNFF From Germany, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4626 times:



Quoting Hardiwv (Thread starter):
KLM will also serve an option of Brazilian wines onboard.

 thumbsdown 

from Chile, Argentina  thumbsup   thumbsup   thumbsup 


User currently offlineFiatstilojtd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4564 times:



Quoting EarlyNFF (Reply 13):
from Chile, Argentina

Aren't you not allowed to drink a few hours before and during your shift-roaster ("bottle to throttle") anyway....and what you buy/drink afterwards is up to you....so leave this decision to KLM please.


User currently offlineEarlyNFF From Germany, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4503 times:



Quoting Fiatstilojtd (Reply 14):
Aren't you not allowed to drink a few hours before and during your shift-roaster

Do you really think I am on seat 0A all the time? I likewise enjoy being pampered in first or business! Big grin  Big grin  Big grin

Quoting Fiatstilojtd (Reply 14):
so leave this decision to KLM please.

as long as they keep the ones mentioned by me, the can even serve dutch wines  bigthumbsup 

Just had my very first KLM flight ever: on a Fokker 50!  bouncy   bouncy   bouncy 


User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4487 times:



Quoting Fiatstilojtd (Reply 14):
Aren't you not allowed to drink a few hours before and during your shift-roaster ("bottle to throttle") anyway....and what you buy/drink afterwards is up to you....so leave this decision to KLM please.

Last year KLM had the same menu but it was under the theme China, including Chinese wines, and it was a huge success this explain why they are repeating the marketing this year. I myself liked it very much as it provides a variety for the boring and repetitive menus on KLM's world business class.

Rgs,


User currently offlineFiatstilojtd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4441 times:



Quoting EarlyNFF (Reply 15):
as long as they keep the ones mentioned by me, the can even serve dutch wines   

see:

Quoting Hardiwv (Reply 16):
Last year KLM had the same menu but it was under the theme China, including Chinese wines, and it was a huge success this explain why they are repeating the marketing this year. I myself liked it very much as it provides a variety for the boring and repetitive menus on KLM's world business class.

Rgs,

they cannot please everyone, so they go with the "mainstream" if it proves successful for them like Hardiwv pointed out in his reply.


User currently offlineEarlyNFF From Germany, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4413 times:



Quoting Fiatstilojtd (Reply 17):
they cannot please everyone

if they found a superb wine from brazil, that´s fine. Travelled South America for three decades, never found any.

About chinese wines: heard they have good ones from Hainan? Will try to get them in HKG, I´m there 2-3 times a month.


User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Reply 19, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4258 times:



Quoting EarlyNFF (Reply 18):
if they found a superb wine from brazil

From the New York Times:

Brazil Cultivates U.S. Wine Drinkers
By JAMES BROOKE,
Never internationally known for its wines, Brazil has bucked a worldwide slump in wine exports to the United States and has emerged as the fastest growing exporter to the American market.

Brazilian wine shipments to the United States jumped 36 percent last year, thanks to Marcus James, a label with an American-sounding name but with roots deep in the vineyards of southern Brazil.

Marcus James, is expected to displace Bolla of Italy this year to become the second most popular imported wine in the United States, after Riunite, another Italian label.

Compared with Brazil, Chile exports nearly two times as much wine to the American market, under many more labels, but its sales in the United States dropped 10 percent in 2007. The traditional European wine countries of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Portugal also showed declines of 9 to 14 percent in sales last year to the United States. Penetrating the American Market

Brazil's exports have risen on the strength and marketing strategy of a single company, the Cooperativa Vinicola Aurora, the nation's largest wine producer and its sole exporter to the United States.

"We are still penetrating American markets," Jose A. Alberici Jr., Aurora's president, said. "We are preparing for growth of 20 to 30 percent a year."

In a 15-year campaign to win a slice of the American market, the Aurora winery imported oak casks from Kentucky and Tennessee. "Americans like the oak-flavored tastes for their reds and whites," said Mr. Alberici, who uses stainless steel vats to ferment the Marcus James wine that is sold in Brazil.

Next, Aurora adopted an American-sounding brand name, and had its American-designed labels printed in New Jersey. To get high-quality corks, Aurora imported Portuguese corks from suppliers in California. And it contracted with the Canandaigua Wine Company of Canandaigua, N.Y., the second-largest American winery after the E.& J. Gallo Wine Company of California, to market its Brazilian wines in the United States.

"We Americanized the packaging," said Howard R. Jacobson, a senior vice president for sales of Canandaigua who helped introduce Aurora wines to the market in 1988.

Marcus James has already pushed Brazil ahead of Argentina in wine exports to the United States. If trends continue, Marcus James this year will lead Brazil past Portugal, Brazil's former European colonial power. But Jon A. Frederickson, a wine industry analyst in San Francisco, questioned whether the Brazilians had planted enough vines to support their market growth and to maintain price advantage in the face of less expensive wines from competitors in countries like South Africa and France.

"There is a worldwide glut of wine, a huge wine lake," said Mr. Frederickson, who publishes the Gomberg-Frederikson Report, a monthly newsletter that follows the industry. "The market is highly competitive."

Beating Italian brands has a special resonance here in southern Brazil's hilly wine country, a region settled more than a century ago by impoverished immigrants from northern Italy. Of the cooperative's 1,516 member families, Mr. Alberici said, "99.5 percent are of Italian descent." 100,000 Acres of Vineyards

Italian descendants cultivate 100,000 acres of vineyards in Brazil's southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul, and are responsible for about 95 percent of Brazil's wine production. Red and green, colors in the Italian flag, also seem to be the colors of Brazil's wine region, and the family vineyards or "cantinas" often resonate with conversations in Venetian dialect.

The agricultural cooperative bottles varieties of chardonnay, white zinfandel, riesling and cabernet sauvignon for export under the Marcus James label.

The company, based in Bento Goncalves, has achieved sales of $150 million a year, and its brochures are printed in English, Portuguese and Italian.

Initially, Marcus James did not specify the country of origin on its labels. But since 1995, Canandaigua started to play up the wine's Brazilian roots by offering to pay $1.29 to the Rainforest Alliance for every bottle coupon returned by buyers. Through a "Save the Rainforest" promotion, Canandaigua has contributed $32,500 to the alliance, a nonprofit group based in New York that is dedicated to protecting tropical forests.

Aurora's prices are kept low to promote sales to young adults. A bottle of wine sold wholesale here at the winery gate for $1.25 retails in American liquor stores for about $4.

With Canandaigua planning to expand American distribution, Aurora executives hope the cooperative's 10,000 acres of vineyards here may one day produce America's most popular imported wine. Aurora has been helped by a 50 percent drop in Riunite's sales to the United States over the last five years.

"It's been a tremendous success story," Mr. Jacobson said. "I think Marcus James can double in sales in the next three years."


User currently offlineEarlyNFF From Germany, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4161 times:



Quoting EarlyNFF (Reply 18):
superb wine from brazil



Quoting Hardiwv (Reply 19):
retails in American liquor stores for about $4.

Well, I don´t doubt there is brazilian wine, and I tried several. However, superb is not what I expect from a 4-$ bottle
 vomit 


User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Reply 21, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4045 times:



Quoting EarlyNFF (Reply 20):
Well, I don´t doubt there is brazilian wine, and I tried several. However, superb is not what I expect from a 4-$ bottle

If you paid 4 for a bottle this explains you have not tasted many (of the best) Brazilian wines...sorry.

I suggest you do a bit or research before you try your next wine:

http://www.brazilian-wines.com/insho...pts/show.asp?file=web/en/index.htm

Rgs,


User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4031 times:

Hope it won't be similar to their microwave meals

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User currently offlineHardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 49
Reply 23, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3908 times:



Quoting Soups (Reply 22):

Well, you can certainly exprience a chef cuisine flying KL's world business class...

Rgs,


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19699 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3884 times:

Hey, it's better than "Classical Dutch Cuisine."  duck 

Actually, why not serve Indonesian on KLM? It's the de facto national cuisine. Tasty, too!


25 BSBIsland : Don't they serve Bami Panggang, Nasi Goreng, Tjap Tjoy and Kroepoek on KLM???!! If not, those "typical Dutch food" should come first than any Brazili
26 FlyboyOz : Yes...KA and CX also hired the famous chefs from the expensive restaurants and served great meals in Y, Damn i couldn't eat it cos i was too sick and
27 HT : I hope this applies also to the BBJ-service (operated by PrivatAir) to IAH which I will be using on Tuesday ...?! -HT
28 Hardiwv : I think so because KL's BBJ AMS-IAH all business class service is operated under KL's world business class concept. You even get the free Delf Blue h
29 HT : Okay. Family already had been asking for this, but I had no answer until now. Thanks for the info, HT
30 Hardiwv : I hope this has not changed, but I am sharing my experience of last year! Rgs,
31 HT : Confirmed ! I received the "South America-experinec by KLM" on KL 0663 flying from AMS to IAH on 01-APR-2008 together with 20 fellow pax in that 44-s
32 Hardiwv : Thanks for sharing the menu, the "bobo de camarao" would be a great option, but the "file de frango com mandioquinha" looks similarly appealing! I ca
33 LatinAviation : I just flew KLM in J on Monday AMS-GRU and I go back on Friday. We had the new menu, too. It featured Bobo de camarao (shrimp, yuca and coconut milk w
34 HT : Also the "Vitela ao molho da chefe com curaue espinafre" sounded good, but sometimes I act a bit allergic to Spinach (although not recently, but one n
35 Hardiwv : I think this hand out is restricted to arrivals in GRU, but not sure. Correct, "vitela" is also very nice, but the meat has to be Brazilian... ACC wi
36 HT : "Car" would be one option, as train schedule often does not correspond with my needs into direction Amsterdam (Centraal, Schiphol and also Weesp for
37 Heavy747 : Fejao (beans) = Gassy cabin LOL But they do taste good.
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