Special Meals in Premium Cabins

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  1. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I started ordering Hindu Vegetarian for my international coach flights as I find the main meal more interesting (the second meal is also more "interesting", but not in a good way).

    Two questions:

    - how are the special meals in Business First? (on my next flight I am upgraded... wondering if I should order the special meal) Taking the example of Hindu Veg, could I expect a semi-decent Indian vegetarian meal?

    - what happens if I get upgraded within the last 24 hrs -- do they just dump the special meal from coach on a plate? I assume BF would probably be fully catered and they could offer a regular BF meal?
     
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    My experience with EWR-based catering = The Asian Veg meal is the Indian vegetarian meal.
    The caterer is based in the PA/NJ area...and food is usually very good.
    Of course, BOM and DEL flights usually have the better tasting Indian food.

    AVML out of FRA (On CO/UA) is also Indian vegetarian

    AVML out of NRT = No clue what they fed me (twice)...it looked and tasted weird..the F.A's were so sorry that they had to give me unknown stuff.
    AVML out of HKG = Basically boiled rice with veggies.

    According to the old CO, "Hindu" meal is not necessarily vegetarian :rolleyes:....as some Hindus may consume some non-vegetarian stuff.
     
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    p.s. The current UA supposedly has 4 meal options in BF...of which one may be vegetarian (pasta based).

    There was no veggie option in the regular BF menu out of HKG on my flight a couple months ago.
     
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    The pasta I would prefer to avoid. I know it's all just airline food and I would survive no matter what.

    Good to know about your HKG experience as I might face that in a couple months.
     
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    Lucky you. It hastens my death, but I can eat some of the other stuff on the plate.
     
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    I am not a big fan of pasta under the best of circumstances, and airline reheated pasta just doesn't appeal to me. But I don't have any dietary restrictions imposed on me, I just impose some restrictions on myself where feasible (eg prefer vegetarian).
     
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    Yeah, vegetarian's a real challenge for me. I try to have a vegetarian day a week, but that's the most I can do.

    Back to special meals, I remain perplexed about why ANA went the way they did with theirs -- it's apparently not gluten free.
     
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    As a vegetarian and as one who orders AVML whenever possible, my experience has been all over the map, even on the same airline during the same flight. For example, flying Thai in busness last year LAX-BKK, the Indian dinner was barely edible, the snack was pretty good, and the breakfast was fantastic! Of course, my food motto is, "A mediocre Indian meal is better than a good meal of virtually any other type of cuisine," so YMMV...maybe it's a matter of deciding what type of mediocre airline food you're most willing to tolerate...that way if the catering is just so-so, you'll still be OK, but if it's good, you'll be pleasantly surprised!
     
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    If you read TOBB you'll quickly realize that truer words have never been spoken.

    The other question to ask is, Would I rather have a regular BF meal or a special Coach meal because there is always the chance that you'll have to choose between one or the other.
     
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    Assuming I didn't need a special meal -- on Emirates, they are all made within 24 hrs of departure, as are business meals. Thus, I'd generally consider it a wash unless you were flying out of the same cities and airlines enough for boredom to be an issue.
     

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