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How do you enjoy Fine Dining In The Sky with current flight restrictions?

I recently read Cooking for Mr. Latte and on a recent flight found myself wondering how you bring a special meal on board with all of the security and restrictions involved in flying these days. So, if you would care to share how you currently are dining well in the sky, I would love to know! :-) Thank you!

asked by ~Kim over 4 years ago
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Greenstuff

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added over 4 years ago

http://www.food52.com/hotline...

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Amanda Hesser

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added over 4 years ago

Hi Kim, I actually haven't had much trouble with the kinds of food I wrote about in that book -- cured meats, olives, cheese, salad, and good chocolate are mostly still permitted. Liquids are the only no-go, but I tend to buy drinks on board. I'm sure any frequent traveler would point out that my menus are too high in salt but I try to counteract this with lots of water. Why sacrifice flavor for health when you're frightened to death!

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Sam1148

Sam is a trusted home cook.

added over 4 years ago

Is cheese allowed as a separate item in a lunch box meal that goes through security? I've been under the impression that cheese is okay only when in a sandwich.

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Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added over 4 years ago

Good question -- I've never had a problem with cheese. Perhaps I've just been lucky.

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added over 4 years ago

Thanks for answering, Amanda! I was thinking the salad dressings would be a problem, but I guess the amounts are small enough to be okay. I plan on trying some of your suggestions on the next flight I take. Here's to fine dining in the sky! ;-)

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Sam1148

Sam is a trusted home cook.

added over 4 years ago

From what I understand and have seen on some travel sties. Even mayo/mustard packets can get snagged by overzealous TSA agents. Place those in your personal 1qt ziplock for personal liquids like toothpaste, etc. Salad dressing would pass if it's on a salad that's already dressed. I'd suggest a tabouli salad, which won't wilt..or some of those 2.5 oz premade dressing packs in your personal ziplock.
Hahha...if you put the cheese between two slices of those little cocktail rye breads and wrap up in plastic wrap, it's no longer 'cheese' but a sandwich, which is allowed.

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added over 4 years ago

As an aside, the no-liquids rule certainly poses problems for bringing home local delicacies -- but some airports have found ways to get around it.

If you're flying out of Traverse City, MI, and want to bring home one of the famous cherry pies from the Cherry Hut, you are in luck. Even though they're half liquid, the airport has a "pie check" system. If you bring your receipt from the pie seller, you can bring your pie through security. Last year I was one of three "pie checks" -- out of five people in line!

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SKK
added over 4 years ago

Travel a lot, and the issue seems to be bringing liquids through security. Stop at Whole Foods or other great stores and buy salads and wraps and put them in my carry on and have never been stopped. Nuts are great, fruits are great, bread and meats...there are no limits in my experience. And purchase your water in liters on the other side of security.

If you are traveling internationally listen to the announcements - some foods, usually fruits and vegetables, sometimes nuts, cannot be taken through immigration. All explained on your landing cards.

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added over 4 years ago

If you can, especially international, fly Business or First on non north American carriers.

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added over 4 years ago

Having just carried 20 pounds of cheese back from Wisconsin, I have experience with cheese. Formed cheese is able to be carried on. Processed cheese or cheese spread could be an issue. Though this trip they wiped down each block of cheese looking for explosives and clearly didn't find any. They were friendly and laughed about it with me. This doesn't happen everytime I do this.