This weekend I’ll be flying across the county to a very cold destination. I don’t mind the 20 degree weather as much as I mind the to and fro in-flight meals. Julia Child once said that she’d rather eat a peanut-butter-honey sandwich than suffer through airplane food. Even when it was free, airplane food was never terrific. No offense American Airlines, but your choice of that mismatched medley of junk foods leaves a bit to be desired.
Because of this, my carry-on will have splendid treats, I plan on packing better airplane food, a Plane Picnic. I want something more than the usual suspects – trail mix, nuts and so forth. Additionally, I’m going to have to work around certain post-9/11 limitations.
The TSA website states that you can carry on:
- Beverages brought from home or purchased before reaching the security checkpoint in a 3 oz. or smaller container and in your quart-size, zip-top plastic bag.
- Canned or jarred goods such as soup, sauces, peanut butter, fruits, vegetables and jellies – 3 oz. or smaller
- Cheese in pressurized containers, Jell-O’s, pudding, whipping cream, yogurt or gel like food substances – 3 oz. or smaller
To the drawing board:
- No food that would need to be heated
- No food that would go bad without refrigeration
- No foods that have a strong odor
- Basically tastes good at room temperature and not too messy.
Plane Picnic Ideas:
- A little formaggi + salumi +condimenti + crostini: Dry salami with aged gouda, maybe a triple crème, a little mustard and crackers, need to slice it beforehand. No knives on planes these days, you know. All from Whole Foods.
Blue Diamond Natural Wasabi & Soy Sauce Almonds
Minimalist sandwich made with crusty bread, charcuterie and a little olive oil. It think I could get a focaccia sandwich with prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato, extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil from Corner Bakery.
Arugula Burrata Capresse Salad with Parma ham, burrata, honey-poached persimmons, aged balsamic from Pizzeria Ortica by South Coast Plaza
Truffle mushroom mac + cheese from CUCINA enoteca in Irvine Spectrum
Strawberry croissant. A perfect balance of freshly baked croissants, pastry cream and local fresh strawberries all rolled into one. Going to pack this one in a strong container to prevent a messy squish. This can be found at Cream Pan in old town Tustin
Lastly, Dark Chocolates – of course
Napkins or moist towelettes for cleanup.
I think I may pack and extra little something for the person sitting next to me. Don’t you think they might be eye balling my Plane Picnic spread? Yeah, that would make feel sheepish, as they munched on stale mustard pretzels. It also falls in the random act of kindness category – I like that.
What about you? What do you like to carry on the plane for sustenance? Or confess, you secretly love plane food. Either way, it’s all good. I would still share my Strawberry Croissant with you.
Have a great weekend,