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First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:12 am

Flew First choice 8th sep PMI - MAN 752

Before booking this flight it said meals were prepared by top class chefs blah blah

this was my meal!




Beef and onion sausage with mashed onion and potatoe in onion gravy!!!

ONIONS!

needless to say onions repeated on me for 24 hours afterwards!

has anybody else been served such a meal or any shocking meal stories?

Now alot of you may say this should be in trip reports if need be put it there!
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:35 am

Quoting BMIbaby733 (Thread starter):
has anybody else been served such a meal or any shocking meal stories?

Well yes I was served that exact meal as I took the photo! I can tell you that I found it to be one of the best inflight meals i've had onboard a charter airline. I think the problem is that in all honesty, you don't like your onions!

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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:19 am

First Choice is making a great deal of effort to improve their onboard air product. Everything, of course, except the seat pitch within Europe. If you are a midget, then you are fine. If you are six feet tall, then you need to understand the concept of flexion.

However, on their long haul flights, supposedly, they are pulling out seats and going to 33" seat pitch in their regular Y class and upgrading their premium class to 36" of seat pitch with a business class like meal for a small surcharge. From what I have seen of what they are planning to serve on those flights, it looks one heck of a lot better than normal British fare and heck, if you've flown BA across the pond to the Caribbean, its 31" and you need a chiropractor when you arrive.

I would say if the onions didn't set well with you, that's a GI problem and not something that is for this forum. Find a medical forum to post this on...it might make for more interesting reading.  Smile

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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:21 am

Well, anybody with an interest in airline meals MUST check out:

http://www.airlinemeals.net
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 9:20 pm

Fairly typical of the 'dumbing' down on charter flights. A few years prior Air 2000 served Smoked samlmon pinwheels, Bouef Bourginone and croquette potatoes and a fresh fruit consomme.

Now its bangers and mash on FCA! Plus they charge you extra for it.

Having said that, perhaps bangers and mash are more suited to the FCA customer than boef bourginonne?
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 9:23 pm

Looks a nice meal to me.
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 9:49 pm

Be grateful you were getting something! lol. Those poor sods on FR flights don't even get a drop of water for free, hehe.
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 9:59 pm

Yes but these days the charter carriers meals are more akin to a Dan Air Spam salad than the stuff that Air Europe and Air 2000 were serving just a few years ago.

These airlines did much to improve upon the old cottage pie charter meal and provided better quality meals like Boef Bourginonne and Lamb and Rosemary etc.
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:04 pm

This is a first choice meal  Wink

Turkish propose a choice of two dishes in Y, is it common or a luxury ?
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:07 pm

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 4):
Fairly typical of the 'dumbing' down on charter flights. A few years prior Air 2000 served Smoked samlmon pinwheels, Bouef Bourginone and croquette potatoes and a fresh fruit consomme.

Now its bangers and mash on FCA! Plus they charge you extra for it.

Having said that, perhaps bangers and mash are more suited to the FCA customer than boef bourginonne?

Fairly typical of the drive to cut costs in an ultra competitive market place more like.

To be honest that looks a lot better than I wouldhave expected from a charter carrier in today's market. Think yourself lucky.
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:10 pm

So we should go back to the days of Luncheon meat and seat back catering!

Why not give them tripe or spam? Thats cheap.
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:13 pm

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 10):
So we should go back to the days of Luncheon meat and seat back catering!

Why not give them tripe or spam? Thats cheap.

you pays your money, you take your choice. Fly business class if you need it that badly.....Or have a decent meal before you leave home. We're talking a qucik PMI-MAN flight here, not bloody LHR-AKL.
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:18 pm

Not necessarily. I flew to the Carribbean with TCX and was served bangers and mash!

Now Im no cordon bleu, Nouvelle cuisine freak but I would have though they could have come up with something better than bangers and mash!!
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:21 pm

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 12):
Not necessarily. I flew to the Carribbean with TCX and was served bangers and mash!

Now Im no cordon bleu, Nouvelle cuisine freak but I would have though they could have come up with something better than bangers and mash!!

Well you should have complained to your grandparents they didn't pay for you to fly scheduled with BA, BD or VS then......
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:26 pm

My ex boyfriend took me for a suprise holiday. I wouldnt have booked a long haul charter otherwise. It was still a great holiday, just let down by the flights. Nice memories!
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:26 pm

FCA do good in flight catering, i've never had any complaints, compared to TUI/Thomsonfly, when I last flew with them, my drink was still frozen lol You can choose whether you want to pay extra for meals nowadays anyway. I'm flying Long Haul with FCA to Sanford next year, I've never had any complaints with them before, and their new Star Service incentive is sweet Wink, I won some bubbly for guessing how many bags were on the aircraft, wasn't too complicated if you knew the a/c type and capacity he he
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:27 pm

And what is wrong with bangers and mash, I luv it!
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:28 pm

Will you EVER stop complaining about charter airlines? lol
I'm sure they'll be happy to know about you spreading your hatred towards them  Wink
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:29 pm

So do I. Its good hearty food. just saying its a step back from what was being offered just a few years ago on charter carriers and for free!
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:30 pm

Quoting Demoose (Reply 16):
And what is wrong with bangers and mash, I luv it!

Sorry for being so bloody American.. but what is a "bangers"?
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:31 pm

Gkirk, do not feel sorry for charter airlines! They deserve a good slagging off, considering their cuts to service in recent years!
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:33 pm

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 20):
They deserve a good slagging off, considering their cuts to service in recent years!

You'd rather see them go bust? They are changing, because the times are changing. Monarch being a prime example of this. They were losing out to the likes of easyJet and Ryanair so now are having to offer more and more scheduled flights.
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:34 pm

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 7):
Yes but these days the charter carriers meals are more akin to a Dan Air Spam salad than the stuff that Air Europe and Air 2000 were serving just a few years ago.

As much as I don't like a bad word said against my 'beloved' Air Europe, maybe this is one of the reasons that FCA, Thomsonfly and TCX are still here and AE isn't!

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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:36 pm

Quoting BMIbaby733 (Thread starter):
Beef and onion sausage with mashed onion and potatoe in onion gravy!!!

I am sure those sausages are not better than the value range from Tesco!

How on earth can they offer this on a flight???!!!
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:37 pm

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 20):
Gkirk, do not feel sorry for charter airlines! They deserve a good slagging off, considering their cuts to service in recent years!

Yes, they are also a business in the 21st Century now, not just there to remind people of the 'good old days'. Personally, if cutting out free meals on flights means they can remain competetive and I still get a decent price for 2 weeks in the sun then i'm happy. If I want an inflight meal so badly, I will happilly pay £5 extra each way, you do have a choice Orion so whats the big deal? If the food is that bad in your opinion, then its a good job its not included in the flight for you then! (although I know you would eat it anyway  Wink)

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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:38 pm

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 19):
Sorry for being so bloody American.. but what is a "bangers"?

I believe it's basically the same as "sausage", although I'm sure there's some subtle intricate detail that makes them completely different, but I don't know those
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:39 pm

I pay for one and eat it. It gives me something to moan about and I like to see what they are passing off as a 3 course in-flight meal these days.

By the way, your behind the times. Tui (may they suffer for it) are now upping the price to £7 each way short haul. Wont be long before its £20 return per pax.
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:41 pm

Quoting MarshalN (Reply 25):
I believe it's basically the same as "sausage", although I'm sure there's some subtle intricate detail that makes them completely different, but I don't know those

Thank ya Marsha.. all the Brits up here and none could/would answer.. LOL.. kinda ironic!
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:41 pm

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 18):
just saying its a step back from what was being offered just a few years ago on charter carriers and for free!

yes well you do like getting EVERYTHING for free don't you  Wink

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 21):
You'd rather see them go bust? They are changing, because the times are changing. Monarch being a prime example of this. They were losing out to the likes of easyJet and Ryanair so now are having to offer more and more scheduled flights

 checkmark  Crikey - that's twice in two days we've been in agreement in a thread Kirkie  Wow!

Just remember Orion, if these carriers were to go out of buisness, prices would inevitably rise, but do you think the food on carriers left would suddenly get marvellous all of a sudden - no it wouldn't of course. But for a family of four they suddenly find that their sunshine holiday may not be affordable any more.

you have to look beyond the simple issue of food quality here when you moan Orion.
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:46 pm

ERJ170, Bangers & Mash = Sausages and mashed potato, a popular cheap but filling English meal.

You'll find it on the menu of most cafe's over here and usually comes with gravy.

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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:48 pm

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 4):
Having said that, perhaps bangers and mash are more suited to the FCA customer than boef bourginonne?

I'm a chef and would take a good bangers and mash over beef bourguignon every day of the week.
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:48 pm

For those of you complaining about what you are served either on scheduled/chartered flights within the UK/EU, please consider yourself lucky you get anything at all, either it being an "All day deli" on BA, etc, or a hot meal!! Those of us who fly domestically in the US are lucky if we get a bag of pretzels on a transcon five hour flight [with the exception of UA to JFK with their "p.s." service & CO who still care about their passengers] or you have to buy some sort of cold meal. The US carriers are frugal and really don't think of their passengers the same way your airlines do. Yes. Their are $$$$$$$ issues big time, but enough is enough when you're flying transcon, and or to Hawaii. This is just my 2cents.

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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:49 pm

Ahhh.. equivalent to the US Burger & Fries.. ultra popular on this side of the pond.. also relatively cheap.. and ours come with the ketchups.. perhaps when I make it to the UK I will have to try it..

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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:49 pm

mash is also something that re-heats well on a plane  Wink (in most cases!)
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:50 pm

Yes but package holidays have always represented good value.

Before the price in the brochure was inclusive of an in-flight meal apropritae to the time of day, transfers from airport and return. Now they are charging extra for these things which have otherwise always been inclusive in the price, therefore adding extra 'hidden' charges to the package holiday.

How can it be a package holiday when you have to pay extra for transfers! That was one of the main components alongside flight and accommodation.

First Choice are even adding a 'fuel surcharge' as an 'extra' this isnt an extra its a surcharge. I remember Intasun in the 80s having on the front of their brochures 'No Surcharges, Guaranteed' bet you cant find that n a brochure these days.
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:55 pm

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 34):
Yes but package holidays have always represented good value.

Before the price in the brochure was inclusive of an in-flight meal apropritae to the time of day, transfers from airport and return. Now they are charging extra for these things which have otherwise always been inclusive in the price, therefore adding extra 'hidden' charges to the package holiday.

How can it be a package holiday when you have to pay extra for transfers! That was one of the main components alongside flight and accommodation.

First Choice are even adding a 'fuel surcharge' as an 'extra' this isnt an extra its a surcharge. I remember Intasun in the 80s having on the front of their brochures 'No Surcharges, Guaranteed' bet you cant find that n a brochure these days.

Which was fine when everybody used to holiday in this way and the holiday companies and charter airlines were raking in the cash. Last time i looked it wasn't a healthy time for the charter, inclusive holiday market, and hence adapting to survive. As hard as you may find it to accept this, you need to move on with the rest of the world Orion.
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:56 pm

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 34):
How can it be a package holiday when you have to pay extra for transfers! That was one of the main components alongside flight and accommodation.

So far I've only seen TUI doing that and as far as i know they have free coach transfers and you can pay extra if you want a taxi transfer
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Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:01 pm

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 34):
First Choice are even adding a 'fuel surcharge' as an 'extra' this isnt an extra its a surcharge. I remember Intasun in the 80s having on the front of their brochures 'No Surcharges, Guaranteed' bet you cant find that n a brochure these days.

When I used to travel on IT holidays when I was a kid we always had to pay extra to fly at the weekend or at a particular time of day.

If these weren't surcharges I don't know what is!

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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:03 pm

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 27):
Thank ya Marsha.. all the Brits up here and none could/would answer.. LOL.. kinda ironic!

Banger

A British term for the English sausage that became popular during World War II during a time when it was made with pork meat. The typical Banger made today may contain a mixture of beef or pork meat with cereal or rusk added as a filler. The term "Banger" arose during the war era as the sausages were roasted and exploded due to the excess water contained in the sausages. Since the Banger is a mildly seasoned sausage, various counties in the country add their own seasonings such as fresh sage, pimiento, and thyme to name a few, to enhance the flavor of their sausages.

Source: Hormel Glossary of Kitchen and Food Terms.

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 32):
Ahhh.. equivalent to the US Burger & Fries

Not quite. Sausages and burgers are quite different in shape and taste, and sausages have an outer (edible) skin that is made from the lining of a pig's stomach. Mash is creamed potatoes, supposedly much healthier than chips.

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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:06 pm

Quoting Alcregular (Reply 6):
Be grateful you were getting something! lol. Those poor sods on FR flights don't even get a drop of water for free, hehe

Unless their gettin bottles or putting their mouths around the taps, o'leary going to do bugger all about that!

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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:40 pm

Hey,

I reckon it looks like a nice airplane meal..

You lot may think I'm mad - but I love Airplane food! But then some of it is horrible!!

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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:46 pm

Is an airplane a restaurant?

So, if you want a decent meal... Go to a restaurant.

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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:47 pm

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 5):
Looks a nice meal to me.

Compared to Ryanair.

Sorry, Kirkie, had to do it after you calling me a pinguin! Bwahahhaa.

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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:59 pm

Orion,

Just accept that meals come as an EXTRA, these days. Charter airlines have lowered their fares, as a result of them taking away free meals. Why? Because a lot of people don't want meals at 3am, and many would rather pay less and go without a meal.

Remember that charter airlines run 24 hours a day, therefore many flights are going to be taking off at ghastly hours where meals are unwanted. So why should all passengers pay extra on the fare if they don't want a meal? Remember that there will be families of 4-5+ people, on a limited budget, who will be saving a lot of money by not having a meal, baring in mind that the family could consist of small children who may not like what is dished up.

And on that note, why should charter airlines serve up:

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 10):
tripe or spam?



Quoting Orion737 (Reply 7):
Boef Bourginonne and Lamb and Rosemary etc.



Quoting Orion737 (Reply 4):
Smoked samlmon pinwheels, Bouef Bourginone and croquette potatoes and a fresh fruit consomme.

Baring in mind that around half the people on these charter flights are going to be children, who are not going to have a clue what Boef Bourginonne is, then why should they serve it. Now you're not going to get the extremely posh people on charter airlines very often, so why serve posh meals. I'm sure many people will be happy with Bangers and Mash, I know I would be.

If you're so distraught about not getting your so needed meal, then go into any shop in the departure lounge, and buy whatever you like, then eat that while onboard. And i apologize on behalf of all the charter airlines that the meals these days aren't up to the standard of British Airways first class, but times have moved on now.
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:02 am

Quoting FoxDelta (Reply 41):
Is an airplane a restaurant?

So, if you want a decent meal... Go to a restaurant.

Hallelujah !! Someone else who realises that no food on ANY airline in ANY class is comparable to proper food in a proper restaurant.
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Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:06 am

LOL.. thanks BCal...

What I mean was equivalent was that they are both pretty much the cheap staple meal of the country..

American and our burgers.. the Brits and their bangers.. haha..

Would love to see a Brit come in an American restaurant and ask for a Banger.. oh.. if I was the waiter what I would be thing.. LOL... ya nasty.. LOL
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Thu Sep 22, 2005 1:28 am

I had this 'Bangers & Mash' meal on my last First Choice Airways flight and I have never had such a truly disgusting airline meal. I am usually quite fond of airline food but as I said before, this one was truly disgusting. the sausages weren't even "real". They are processed meat which is truly foul. I've never really left anything before, but I left almost all of this. Even the dessert wasn't really edible... I sure hope i never get it again...
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Thu Sep 22, 2005 1:35 am

When is a sausage ever real? It's always a mix of meat and other stuff, unless you shop at farmers markets!
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Thu Sep 22, 2005 1:44 am

cheers bmiEMA19 someone understands what i went through on that flight ha ha!
 
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RE: First Choice Airways Meal!

Thu Sep 22, 2005 2:50 am

Hello,

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 4):
Fairly typical of the 'dumbing' down on charter flights. A few years prior Air 2000 served Smoked samlmon pinwheels, Bouef Bourginone and croquette potatoes and a fresh fruit consomme.

Now its bangers and mash on FCA! Plus they charge you extra for it.

This is making me laugh! it's bangers and mash! None Other than what I would eat at home would you believe! Who gives a monkeys what your given as long as it tastes nice? I understand if bmibaby733 doesn't like the taste of the meal, but Bangers and Mash is a British Meal afterall Orion!

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 5):
Looks a nice meal to me.

I had this exact same meal in 2003 and 2004. It is the best meal I have ever had onboard an Aircraft yet.

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 12):
Now Im no cordon bleu, Nouvelle cuisine freak but I would have though they could have come up with something better than bangers and mash!!

Come on then, if your the one who has a problem with bangers and mash, lets see what you'd have instead?

Quoting Demoose (Reply 47):
When is a sausage ever real? It's always a mix of meat and other stuff, unless you shop at farmers markets!

I was told the process of making a Sausage by someone who used to work in a slaughterhouse. Indeed some of the sausages consist of all the crap, but there are sausages out there which are made from decent meat.

I was given Chicken Pie on Britannia this year. Shock! Horror!  Wow!

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 7):
Spam salad

Spam Salad - something I wouldn't eat!  

I'd laugh if someone like Gordon Ramsey actually designed the meal!


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