Here are four dining lessons from the air and from the ground that I learned over the past week: a recommendable restaurant, a good meal on a plane, and a former hotel favorite disappoints.
- Regular readers know that my favorite Thai restaurant – by far – is Elephant Jumps in Merrifield, in Northern Virginia outside DC. That remains the case. However there’s a second Thai place in Northern Virginia I find recommendable. I went this past week with Tyler Cowen and it was excellent: Kao Sarn inside the Eden Center in Falls Church. It’s not a storefront, enter the corridor directly opposite the Mongolian Hot Pot place at the West entrance.
- I stayed at the Andaz 5th Avenue in New York earlier in the month. Room service breakfast is still included for top tier Hyatt elites. However the lemon poppyseed pancakes just weren’t nearly as good as in the past. Have others noticed a decline as well?
- Last month American Airlines rolled out an all-new set of domestic meals. I have to say that the cheese enchiladas were far more flavorful than I expected. The texture wasn’t ideal, but the limits of reheating in galley ovens mean compromises. I thought the accompanying salad could have been better, though. Still I would order them again.
- I still recommend ordering special meals, though. Any time American Airlines serves gulab jamun as dessert that has to be a win, right?