The food that enters the mind must be watched
as closely as the food that enters the body.
As you are very aware by now I just love great food! Last time I shared with you the wonderful and spectacular culinary delights I had at Parador Resort & Spa in Costa Rica and see that many of you enjoyed seeing so many photos of delicious creations.
I was recently going through my archives and found some that I almost forgot and they certainly deserve more attention!
You may or may not know this but last I received an invitation to fly to Helsinki, Finland in order to participate in a group workshop organized by Helsinki Airport and Quality Hunters where travel experts, enthusiasts, influencers and community members met to generate ideas on how to improve air travel and passenger experience at the airport, during the flight and upon arrival. We sure had a great time working and discovering the city!
Now on my way there I got to witness and experience Finnair‘s legendary service on-board. Nothing prepared me for the culinary adventure at 35 000 feet in the air 🙂
After flying on OneWorld airline partner, American Airlines, to New York City’s JFK airport, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I had been upgraded to Business Class for my 2nd leg of the trip: NYC-Helsinki.
So what did that mean you ask?
Well, for starters, I had access to the Admiral’s Lounge at Terminal 8 before the flight which was very nice.
Now the best part came when it came time to enjoy the in flight food.
Finnair serves a 3 course meal in Business class on all intercontinental flights. There are options you can choose from their menu and ordered after reaching cruising altitude.
Here is what I selected.
Prosciutto ham and melon
Danish blue and cheddar
Beef filet with thyme demi-glacé, creamed spinach and potato gratin
Sirocco herbal tea
Breakfast (before arrival in Finland)
Omelette, sautéed vegetables, sausage, roasted potatoes, small bun, fresh fruit, yogurt, honey and coffee.
On my return flight, Helsinki-JFK, I opted for a lacto-ovo-vegetarian 3-course meal.
Spinach salad with fig sauce, tofu and whole-wheat bun.
Risotto with mushroom ragout, Manchego cheese and pine nuts
Fresh fruit and tea.
Snack (prior to landing in NYC)
Roasted vegetables: eggplants, red peppers, cherry tomatoes and tofu.
Needless to say that I was quite impressed by the high quality, freshness and exquisite taste of the food. I didn’t know it could be that savory at 30 000 feet!
Oh did I mention the fab wine & drink selection and Finnish coffee I had? 🙂
Finnair‘s service is unparalleled. The staff is very efficient, professional, makes you feel welcome from the moment you set foot on the plane and go above and beyond.
It was my first time flying with the airline and trust me it certainly will not be my last one.
Hopefully next time I will get to stay a few more days in order to explore the country and on my way to another European or Asian city!
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Finnair & Quality Hunters (Kiitos Paljon!) for allowing me to live and experience this. It will be a memory that will last for a long time!
Now over to you,
Have you ever been upgraded? If so by which company?
If you haven’t, would you like to one day? 🙂
One more thing, what has been your best in flight meal?
Tell me all about it! Better yet show me or send me photos!
I hope you enjoyed viewing these food pics.
Until next time!
Happy & safe travels,