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Jul 10, 2006 02:06 PM

Any suggestions for food to bring on a cross-country flight? [Moved from Home Cooking]

Looking for non-perishable snack ideas for a cross country flight. Any ideas for interesting sandwiches? Other nibbles? Any suggestions appreciated.

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  1. Kind of a broad question -- what do you like to eat? :)

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      1. re: JPomer

        I like to go to my local meat and cheese shop and put together a sanwhich of interesting cured meats.

    1. (1) Lots of little snacks:
      pumpkin seeds + nuts (brazil nuts are high in protein);
      raw carrot (scraped);
      bananas, oranges;
      dried fruit (apricots, figs, maybe prunes), oranges.
      Better to pick bags of nuts and seeds that are not salted so the food doesn't generate another need, for water. None of these snacks may be particularly wonderful on their own, but they're not going to dehydrate you, or shoot the sugar level up, or any of that stuff.

      (2) Ham sandwich on really great brown bread with mustard. (Fillings: onions, raw or roasted; tomatoes, the same.)

      (3) Cold salad of roasted peppers (skin taken off), tomatoes (the same), olives ... and anything else that comes to mind, maybe rice or tuna: need to bring a spoon or fork for this.

      (4) Pizza. If you don't have any at home, there's usually lots of pizza for sale in airports. (And you could bring something to add to the pizza: olives, salami; or that fresh carrot (above) to clear the palate after eating the pizza.)

      (5) Cold sausages, roast chicken wing ... In a supermarket near me, once can buy wild boar sausages! They're a treat!

      (6) Hummus, or hummus with olives mixed in. On brown bread or with little sticks of carrot and pepper to dip into it.

      (7) Samosas. Again, these can make you thirsty; the snacks in (1) above can cool the palate.

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      1. re: Sarah Dublin

        Lots of the items you list have pretty distinct smells to them. While I love samosas, I wouldn't necessarily want someone eating Indian food next to me on a plane. The smell permeates clothes and skin for days, sometimes.

        Your fruit choices are interesting too. Bananas and oranges are both very aromatic. Not terribly nice to unleash smells like those, even if they're good smells, in small spaces like airplanes.

        It's not exciting, but I bring PB&J sandwiches, cut up veggies, dried fruit and nuts, and granola bars. If I have to buy food in the airport it's usually from Potbelly.

        1. re: mailsf

          You talk about foods having distinct smells that could cause discomfort, but doesnt peanut butter do the same? It could be deadly if someone is allergic.

          I guess what I'm trying to say is that you can't interview people on what they want to smell or not. Just bring foods you like... I mean, its you who really is stuck on the plane and would like something comforting. And if others really do need to complain, well, tough, they could have brought their own smelly snacks too. :P

      2. Whatever you choose, please don't bring a fast food hamburger along with you! The smell is bad enough but in the enclosed space of a plane, it's a nightmare. Happened to us once on a flight & we're still recovering. So please consider food odors & your fellow passengers as you plan your picnic....

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        1. re: fauchon

          Agreed. I beg you to consider your seatmates. There is nothing worse than being in a sardine can with someone next to you with smelly food. It absolutely makes me sick to my stomach. Fast food burgers and fries, very hardboiled eggs and bananas are the worse offenders, but anything really strong smelling, even if it is a good smell to you (or me if I wasn't sitting right next to you), should be avoided out of consideration. I usually bring a sandwich, chips, carrots sticks and a bottle of water. Also good are raisins or an apple, nuts, cheese and crackers, protein bars and trail mix.

        2. I usually mix together some of my favorite things for long trips:
          - dried cranberries and nuts
          - peanut butter and cereal (I like cheerios and chex) - bring a spoon for this!
          - "sandwiches" of peanut butter and matzah

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          1. re: theannerska

            I would think twice about bringing peanuts of any type on the plane. People are highly allergic to them and reactions can be triggered by the smell or the particles of peanuts in the air, especially in the small confines of a plane. This is why a lot of planes have stopped giving out peanuts with drinks.

            1. re: brooklynmasala

              Ah! This is a great point, thanks - as I'm completely addicted to nuts (and especially peanut butter), it's something that I overlooked entirely...

          2. I go gourmet -- packing a slice of pate and salumi, grapes or a pear, assorted cheeses, crackers, cornichons, and olives. I usually add a chocolate bar (Vosges) for dessert. I bring my own wine and an approved cork-pull (no knife, just a foil cutter).

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            1. re: Carrie 218

              Do you know that you are violating Federal law by bringing alcohol of any kind on board???