Vegan airline food: guest post by The Vegan Butcher
Following on from the immense interest shown in my recent post about vegan airline food, I have started to ask people to share their words and pictures about their own experiences.
My friend The Vegan Butcher has kindly supplied me with a written account of her meal on a recent Air Canada flight. Doesn’t sound too shabby!
If you would like to submit a story about a vegan meal you have been served in the air, please email me (with photos) at fatgayvegan at hotmail dot com. I would love to feature some guest contributors. Let’s build a library of vegan airline food stories!
Take it away, The Vegan Butcher.
When I flew with Air Canada between London, UK and Halifax, Nova Scotia for my summer vacation home in late June I booked my flight meals as “VGML” (I think they had it described as “dairy-free vegetarian”, which was the closest I could get it to vegan) and hoped for the worst. Keep your expectations low and they should always be exceeded, I figure.
I was pleasantly surprised by what Air Canada had to offer! My main meal on the way home was an Indian cauliflower bhaji with rice (flavourful and cooked well) with some fruit and a roll. They even had vegan margarine! Props, AC! Mid-afternoon they also handed out hot savoury pasties of some sort. I was totally way too into 21 Jump Street on the in-flight entertainment by that point and didn’t get a picture. I should have gotten a picture of the faces around me, though, as I literally LOL’d my way through the movie on this packed flight. A lot. And exuberantly. Plus I was decked out in a party dress for the Formal Friday airport greeting my crazy friends and I had arranged (they were all in suits and prom gowns when I landed), so you can imagine how insane the others on my flight must have thought me.
On my red eye back to London I was served some sort of grilled vegetable sandwich soon after boarding and then a delightful salsa-ridden tofu scramble with roasted potatoes at what would have been about 7am London time, which was a startling 3am Halifax time. As a girl that had just been partying for 2.5 weeks straight I was not overly impressed with the wake-up time, but at least they didn’t rouse me for fruit cocktail. (Oh, that was there too, but at least I had a hot meal to go along with it.) They also included a hard and dry bagel of some sort (I wouldn’t be surprised if it had been gluten-free). Not anything to get excited about, but again, it was at least better than a bowl of mixed fruit.
My special food requests were always delivered before the general service started, so at every meal I was happily munching away on more appetising food long before my omni-flight mates had received their chicken paninis or what have you. Jealousy abounded.
I have an omni friend who once worked as a flight attendant and she confessed that she always chose to eat the vegan option on her flights because they were consistently superior to the non-vegan options. Huzzah! Small victories!
I’m sure a snobbier vegan would have written a scathing review over the vegan food provided by Air Canada, but I’m a forgiving and far-too-easy to please vegan. To be honest, I was just happy that I was eating something other than bread and fruit salad. So thanks, AC! I’m a happy girl.
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