For those who commute in the 21st Century food is obviously of interest. For the British we have our beloved cheese and pickle sandwich served up by ‘British Rail’ (if you’re over 40 you’ll know what I mean). For the modern business person, commercial travel might well mean flying.
And that opens up a whole new world of business, cultural and inter-personal etiquette that leaves you exposed to a pandora’s box of surprises. Take in-flight meals for example. Horror awaits the poor traveller who isn’t prepared:
What is that thing on the right?
This creation comes from Ukraine airlines. What, you’ve never been to Ukraine? Let’s just say they put Hitler in his place and leave it at that. Now these pictures of loveliness come from the seminal airlinemeals.net. Nothing is safe in the era of the world-wide web. Nothing.
You think America is safe? The land of surf ‘n’ turf, gumbo and pecan pie? Think again. How about an omelette in a plastic bag, served up by United:
Actually the worst in-flight meal I’ve had was from Amsterdam to London City Airport. Shrink-wrapped mackerel. I didn’t bother teasing open the plastic wrapper. I would have had to use my teeth to tear open the packet.
But lets get back to other areas of the world. What about Asia? They know how to cook, right? All that delicious orienal cuisine:
What the hell is this then? Cathay airlines serving up something that looks like its seen too long in Grandma’s Dutch Oven. And what’s with the embedded carrot?
Well Russia must be able to do better. I mean Aeroflot doesn’t have the best safety record (they average 3 incidents a year) but the food can’t be any worse, can it?
But what the hell is this? It’s worse than something I’ve found in the bottom of the freezer on a Friday night after 15 pints of Stella Artois.
I’m joking of course. If I really had drunk 15 pints of Stella Artois I’d look like the contents of that foil tray rather than someone who was going to eat it.