We’re back home, this time together for the first time. It’s been three years since I last visited (two for Alvaro). I normally found airplane food okay, and was always able to eat most of it, even when I’ve never ordered the gluten-free option, however this time I was disappointed with the food.
As usual I packed some emergency food: dry-roasted cashews, gluten-free raw crackers, jerky, dark chocolate, a paleo bar, and travel bottles of olive oil and balsamic.
Travel emergency food
The first meal on the flight Sydney-Santiago was dinner. We shared the osso buco with roast potatoes, green beans and peas; and the grilled barramundi with lentils, sweet potato carrot mash and capsicum harissa. I was hoping for salad (that’s why I packed the oil and vinegar) but no luck.
The chocolate mousse didn’t look too horrible (it had thickened cream, free-range eggs, chocolate and sugar), but it was too sweet for me.
Later on the day we were offered hot dogs with tomato relish and American mustard, but we had some of our crackers instead. The final meal on that flight was breakfast: scrambled eggs with bacon, sausages, hash brown and roasted tomatoes. The hash browns were clearly not gluten-free, but we enjoyed the rest. There was also a muffin which we didn’t eat (what happened to fresh fruit for breakfast??), and Greek yoghurt with granola. I don’t know why but we felt compelled to eat the super sweet yoghurt. Maybe because it was free.
On flight 2 out of 3 (Santiago to Sao Paulo) we were served a sandwich with cheese, ham and mushrooms. There were also some crackers, soft (cream-type) cheese, and a meringue pie.
Lunch Santiago-Sao Paulo
We open the sandwiches and ate the fillings, also ate the cheese, plus jerky. Alvaro ate the meringue off the pie crust.
Before boarding the final flight (Sao Paulo-Lima) we ate the paleo bar. On the plane, we both had beef stew with mash, but were told the mash had flour in it. We ate the last pack of crackers with the provided butter and decided to order the gluten-free meal on our way back.
Dinner Sao Paulo-Lima