My dining nemesis

Airplane food is, in general, bad. Sometimes it ranges up to mediocre, and very rarely (international carrier C/J/F dining) will it actually be good. But for the most part it is bad. I don’t depend on the airline to feed me as a mainstay of my travel, and with that policy I have yet to be truly disappointed.

That being said, I get upgraded pretty often (~90% of the time on Continental), and that often includes a snack/meal as well, so I find myself eating on an airplane rather frequently. I like the soups that they serve, and occasionally the other part of the meal is OK. But I find myself constantly facing off against my dining nemesis while on board: The Russell Stover Almond Delight. The Almond Delight has been the mainstay of the first class dining tray for at least 5 years, and probably a lot more. The soup options vary. The salad changes every now and then. The sandwich changes pretty often. And the dessert is still that bite size Almond Delight.

Maybe it is because I don’t like almonds that I care so much, but I cannot for the life of me figure out why the dessert hasn’t changed in 5+ years. Did Continental get a good deal on them but had to buy in bulk so they’re just trying to clear out the inventory? Does everyone other than me love them so much that they are being requested by all the other passengers? Who knows?

But there it sits on my tray table this afternoon, mocking me with the smug knowledge that I’m not going to eat it, and that another flight will go by with dessert winning the battle over my belly.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.