I spent my junior year of high school in Strasbourg, France as a Rotary Club exchange student. As you can imagine, I have a lot to say about it. Although high school happened a long time ago for me, I have a spooky-good memory, plus I tend to save evocative bits and pieces – souvenirs that sometimes come in handy when I want to fully describe a situation. Case in point: I tucked away a couple of TWA menus from my (coach) flight over to France. You’ve got to see them because they are definitely a blast from the past.
Also love the wine list. Can you believe this was in coach? Wonder what was going on in first!
I had a lot of delicious food in France, but one of the meals I remember most was the meal I had on the flight over. (In case you are wondering, I chose the beef brisket). I was so excited to be going “abroad” for a year by myself. I felt incredibly sophisticated and chic, and very adult.
These days, my in-flight meals are usually not as glamorous or memorable. However, lately I’ve been making an effort to step up my game: I started packing bento boxes for myself and my family when we travel. It takes less time than you would think. If you pack a work lunch for yourself, or school lunches for your kids, you can pack a bento box for the plane.
All you need is a divided Tupperware container and some leftovers or lunch fixins’, and you’re good to go. If you want to get cute, you can find cool containers on etsy and ebay, or in Japanese dollar stores. I like the classic, simple ones:
Just open the fridge and get busy. If you need inspiration, try lunchinabox.net. That chic is awesome! Check out this lunch she packed:
Another good idea is to wrap the entire thing in a tea towel, which doubles as a nice big napkin.
I know what some of you are saying: is she crazy? I thought she was just saying that she has too much on her plate (no pun intended)! Why doesn’t she just buy a sandwich at the airport and call it a day? To which I answer: yes. However, good food is important to me, sandwiches at the airport taste yucky, and sometimes, when I unwrap my delicious lunch, I am reminded of the day that I set off on my first great adventure, all those years ago.