Posts Tagged With: El Al

Vegetarian Meals on Planes

If you don’t already know this about me, I am a vegetarian. I don’t eat meat including seafood, but I eat things made from animals (ie cheese). Growing up I used to love economy plane food. I know, I am weird, but I did. That was when the airlines weren’t cheap you know what’s and you actually got a meal. My meals from JFK to Aruba usually consisted of a salad, roll, a box of two chocolates, and an entree. The entree was either a chicken dish or a vegetarian dish like pasta. Every time I have flown first class I have hated the meal. I’m not into fancy food and for some reason there isn’t a vegetarian option. On one flight they actually brought me the economy meal so I could eat something. I also dislike ice cream, again I’m weird, and that’s the only dessert option on all the first class flights. Yeah I know first world problems, but when it’s a long flight, you don’t sleep, and pay tons of money you definitely want to eat. They used to post the menus in advance so I could decide whether or not to order a vegetarian meal. They stopped doing that.

That special vegetarian meal used to be decent, but my recent experiences have been absolutely nasty. This is because United no longer offer lacto-ovo vegetarian meals. These were meals that contained cheese and eggs. So I got food like pasta, quiche, cheese sandwiches, french toast, etc. now they offer Asian Vegetarian meals, which is almost the exact same description as their vegan meals. Those meals consisted of rice coated in nasty unidentifiable sauce and 4 pathetic veggies. This brings me to my dilemma. I have an economy plus and businessfirst flights ahead of me this year. Do I order vegetarian meals and be struck with garbage or hope that there is a decent vegetarian option on board or pick at a non vegetarian meal?

Here are some of my recent plane meal experiences:

El Al to Tel Aviv-They forgot my veggie meal. No vegetarian option. I ate bread.

El Al to Tel Aviv-Again no veggie meal but their was a vegetarian sandwich option.

Delta to Amsterdam-Veggie meal was pasta with nuts (I’m allergic). This was also the vegetarian meal option on board. Food was good though (I picked off the nuts).

KLM to Egypt-Veggie meal was unidentifiable. Didn’t eat it. Roll could have broken a wall. I had a chocolate. A to go waffle was served for breakfast.

Air France to NYC-Veggie meal was unidentifiable. Didn’t eat it. Ate the bread.

United to Newark-Veggie meal was gross. I didn’t eat it. I wound up eating my mom’s ham and cheese sandwich minus the ham.

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Tel Aviv to JFK

Jan 12 2009

I boarded the plane and played musical chairs a couple of times. I finally wound up in the 2nd to last row of the plane on the left side. I was on an aisle so I was happy. I was sitting next to Deb and Ben was behind me. Ben helped me put my bag in the overhead compartment.

Shortly into the flight I realized I didn’t feel well. My throat was killing me and I went through all my stuff looking for cough drops, but I couldn’t find any. I asked everyone in the group, but no one had. I started to drink lots of water. We were then served our dinner, which luckily was vegetarian. It was a cheese sandwich. I devoured it. I started to run a fever and I felt very claustrophobic. More than anything I wanted the flight to be over. I attempted to watch TV and read, but I couldn’t concentrate.

Staci came over and confirmed that I was running a fever. I eventually fell asleep, which never ever happens on a plane for me. I awoke when we were about two hours away from NYC. I was still very sick. We were served breakfast. Chloe took all the grapes and shoved them into her mouth at one time, which was funny. I didn’t eat much.

We finally landed and I called my mom. I informed her that I was very sick. I then waited on a line for customs, which took forever. I must have been on the line for over an hour. I got my bag and said goodbye to whoever was still in baggage claim. Then I found my mom and I was so happy to see her. She had the water bottle I requested. I chugged it. I missed NY water so badly! I used the bathroom and we took a cab back to the city. I rested during the whole cab ride.

I came home and shared some of my Israeli food with my mom. I told her I was going to take a nap on the sofa while she ran out for medicine. I was knocked out when she came back. She woke me up to take medicine and then I slept for over 24 hours.

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New Year-New Country

Jan 1 2009
The trip started off with killing time before the airport. We were able to find my group because of the sign Jacob was holding high in the air. I introduced myself to Anna and Stacy, our group leaders, and got a bag of candy from them. I eventually walked over to Lindsey and I met her step sister Jen. I think we will all get along.

Once we got through El Al interrogation we had to say goodbye to our parents. It was sad. A little later I said goodbye to Lindsey and Jen’s parents who hugged me. I thought that was super sweet. Security went surprisingly smooth. Lindsey, Jen, and I dropped our stuff off at B31, which was our gate. We got food to eat for dinner and for the plane. It cost $10. Then we started to play Uno, but Anna stopped us to play a name game, which was fun.

We boarded and I found out that I was in the last row. Everyone but Jordi and I played musical chairs. Daryl put my bag in the overhead for me. Later in the flight Zac and Ricky took Sarah and Jacob’s seats in our section.I read two mags, 60 pgs of my book, looked through the airline mags, talked, watched Nights in Rodanthe, and watched a really bad Israeli dancing show. The food was awful!!! My vegetarian meal wasn’t ordered for me. I ate a roll and a brownie from the El Al food. I ate the bagel and cookie I bought in the airport. The stewardess felt really bad and was really sweet. What I thought was strange was that El Al just takes off without any warning.

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