Air Fare Round IVVXXI

November 6, 2009

How many in-flight meals have I posted this year?!

Here’s another :mrgreen:

SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I took a short nap on my first flight (as I have on ALL of my early morning flights this year – it helps me adjust to the time change and makes the time past by quickly!) but when I heard the beverage cart coming by I woke up just to request some cookies. I told the flight attendant that I LOVED these Biscoffs and she brought me by a handful more later on!!

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Upon landing in Minneapolis (for the third time in a month!) I found the usual spot for me in that airport, Caribou, for some much-needed coffee. A headache was creeping on fast :( I got a light roast with steamed milk and a squirt of sugar-free vanilla. It was sweet + awesome. Just about the only time I like my coffee sweet is when I’m traveling.

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I found an outlet and re-charged my netbook for flight #2. The battery only lasts about 3 hours, so I’ve got to strategize with 5+ hours of flight today.

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There’s no sense paying for Boingo when you can iPhone!

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Flight number 2 left right on time but just a minute away from take-off we got the announcement that due to a traffic jam in SFO, we would have to wait 20 minutes. I could feel the annoyance building JUST as I was reading this paragraph in Yoga Journal

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"I have all the time in the world"

It really did calm me to think about this. I have a 3 hour buffer to get from the airport to my first event, so I sat back and took deep breaths and before I knew it we were in the air – early.

I got my typical KERF Cocktail in-flight: soda with a splash of cranberry. So good.

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I was in the mood for pretzels so I chomped them down with my beverage.

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About 1:30PM EST I had lunch (12:30 CST, 10:30 PST)

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An unbelievably delicious and crunchy Great Harvest Dakota bun filled with brie + pumpkin butter. It totally rocked my world plane

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A bag of veggies. I only got through half of them as they were kind of unappealing and making me nauseous (and no I’m not with child!)

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I had actually packed some White Bean + Basil hummus but it was stinking up my lunch bag with its garlicky smell so I discarded it in Minneapolis. I knew the smell would only be worse if I opened the bag in the closed quarters of an airplane.

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Last but not least… amazing dessert!

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My stomach started to growl after eating this lunch? Weird!! Not in a bad way, but I hate it when you feel hungrier after eating than before.

I managed to get a ton of work done on a school curriculum project for my Nutrition Education class. This was unexpected and totally awesome.

I also made friends with two nice gentleman and passed my business card out to a few people who asked me about my giant camera, laptop, photography, etc. It’s fun telling people you blog for a living :)

I also did a little plane yoga! The next time you fly, try doing some twists in your seat. They feel ah-mazing.

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but my strategy for eating while traveling – especially during time changes – is to spread my meals out. Rather than having breakfast + coffee at the same time (and it’s hard to double fist in airports anyways!) I planned my coffee (with milk for omph) as a snack. Then I could have a later lunch, which I split in half, that will hopefully stretch me until cocktail hour. I also try to eat intuitively rather than by a clock and eat just enough to be satisfied at the moment knowing I’ll have a snack in a bit. So far – and by far I mean this whole year of traveling – :mrgreen: – it’s worked out well.

Just arrived at the Hotel Vitale and can’t wait to go meet up with…


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1 Food Makes Fun Fuel November 6, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Haha look at that Biscoff stash!


2 Mama Pea November 6, 2009 at 6:02 pm

I thought you weren’t supposed to drink coffee or fly when you are pregnant… :)


3 Diana November 6, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Glad you had a safe and somewhat relaxing trip!
Have fun! :)


4 Jessica November 6, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Dang, I’ve been reading your blog for ages (Friend of Jen Curran’s from Follow My Bliss), and I live in Mpls… next time you’re here, if you have a long layover, let me know if you want to grab a cup of ‘bou and I will come to the airport… I live close! :-) Happy travels!


5 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 6, 2009 at 6:09 pm

I love flying! Only thing is, I’m usually super hungry the whole time.. you’ve got the right idea with spreading out your meals. Have lots of fun in San Fran!


6 candice November 6, 2009 at 6:18 pm

What a nice flight attendant! Waking up to request cookies? I approve. 😉

I really want to try that brie + pumpkin butter combination. If only there was a Great Harvest nearby for good bread too…


7 Abby @ Abby's VeGaN Eats November 6, 2009 at 6:20 pm

It always pays to speak up to the flight attendant!! YA Biscoff stash :)


8 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 6, 2009 at 6:25 pm

that flight attendant hooked you up!


9 Katie November 6, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Sounds great. Lucky girl on the Biscoffs! I need to start planning meals better so stave off hunger, it’s been tough to lately.


10 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 6, 2009 at 6:43 pm

I can’t believe you can blog in the air!!!


11 Taysa November 6, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I can only imagine what they were thinking seeing you with all your equipment! I’m still at work right now, but can’t wait for five o’clock to roll around and head down to Hotel Vitale — see you there!


12 Biz November 6, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Glad you made it safe! Have fun! 😀


13 Jessica November 6, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Have fun, Kath! Also, do you know how many calories are in the Dakota bun? That picture makes me need to get some ASAP! Thanks.


14 Light Delight with Tou Tou November 6, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Hey Kat,h are you flying in first class??? they gave you soooo many candies!


15 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope November 6, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Glad to hear the flight is going well! You have been quite the world traveler lately. I’m so jealous of all these trips, but it’s so fun to share in your adventures with you. :)


16 Amy C. November 6, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Hope you have a fun trip! I’m curious about what kind of netbook you have. They look like they’d be so handy for travel!


17 Kath November 6, 2009 at 7:40 pm

They are from 2-3 oz so 210-250 calories?

Nope – I just asked nicely!

I have an HP netbook and LOVE it!!



18 Susan November 6, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Ha, that was probably a good call on ditching the hummus. Last flight I was on, I opened a pouch of tomato&onion tuna in the cabin. I don’t think I’ve got so many disgusted looks in my life 😛


19 Lizzy November 6, 2009 at 8:25 pm

glad you arrived safely


20 K November 6, 2009 at 8:40 pm

When we used to travel as a group for my sport, the flight attendants would literally give us the bag of pretzels. Looks like you got hooked up on the plane!! Have fun :)


21 Julie November 6, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Holla for the Hotel Vitale!!! I wish I owned it so I’d be rich and be at this event!

PS – How are you pronouncing it? Vi-tal-EE or VI-tal? For the record, the first way is the correct way. Any other way is WRONG! 😉


22 Haylee November 6, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Those Biscoff cookies are the BEST! I’m jealous of your stash.:)
Your post wants me to go on an airplane ride.. haha


23 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 6, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I love WiFi in the air :)


24 Shannon, Tropical Eats November 6, 2009 at 10:12 pm

That airplane yoga is a great idea!

And your Great Harvest Dakota bun looks absolutely yummy! All of those seeds on top are making me doggy drool. Have the best time!


25 Emily Eats and Exercises November 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm

I’m impressed with all your gourmet travel meals. Plane’s generally make me sick to my stomach – I’m not the best traveller.
That sandwich looks great though – brie and pumpkin butter? Sounds amazing.


26 Leah November 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Do people sitting next to you ever comment on all your photo taking and healthy lunches???!!!!! I love this!!!! What a great way to talk to others about health and your awesome blog.


27 Sook November 6, 2009 at 11:01 pm

ha ha airline food…. :)


28 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans November 6, 2009 at 11:48 pm

that sandwich looks ahhh-mazing! you always make flying look so much fun than it is when I fly!


29 Kath November 7, 2009 at 12:26 am

I was totally pronouncing it like a Southern tourist!

Yeah, and then I give them my biz card!!



30 Katy @ These Beautiful Feet November 7, 2009 at 8:52 am

Kath! Love this post about traveling like a blogger. :) It makes me laugh at things to come. I just started my blog and I love it. :) Do you use a point and shoot on flights or a DSLR? Also what point-and-shoot do you recommend for good non-flash pictures? Mine isn’t great and lighting in my apartment is awful!


31 Kath November 7, 2009 at 8:54 am

I just take out my DSLR since I have it on my body anyways (don’t trust luggage). My Canon point and shoot the S800 was awesome. Not sure if the model is still out there, but I have the updated one in my open sky store.



32 AnnQ November 7, 2009 at 9:54 am

Totally know what you mean….there are times I use coffee with milk as a snack (plus the caffeine definitely keeps hunger down a bit more than with other snacks) :-)


33 Cynthia (It All Changes) November 7, 2009 at 10:41 am

Spreading out the food was the only thing that saved me on my cross country flight in September. Otherwise I would have starved.

Glad you arrived safely.


34 Appetite for Conversation November 7, 2009 at 11:55 am

btw, I just recently entered blog-land, and I love your blog. I live just over an hour from SF, so we’re probably not that far away right now.

Sounds like you just might love those Biscoff cookies as much as I do! But I used to think that I could only get them on a Delta flight. At one point I even considered ordering a big box from their website. THEN, out of nowhere my hubby discovered that our regular ole grocery store around the corner carries them! Of course, you may already have your own “source,” but if not look for them on the cookie aisle near other European cookies. No plane ticket required.


35 Jenna November 7, 2009 at 6:04 pm

i like the way you eat during traveling! great idea!


36 Melanie November 7, 2009 at 6:34 pm

My hubby loves Biscoff cookies as well. I just found out last week they sell them at Walgreens. He was very happy when I brought some home.

So jealous of this trip. It looks like so much fun!


37 Rue November 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm

This is probably a stupid question from a food addict like me, but when you’re hungry after eating a meal… what do you do? Do you just go on through your day hungry, or eat something else?


38 Kath November 9, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Well that depends. If it was a meal with a balance of food groups and enough calories + protein + fiber + fat, then I usually just have water and hunger will go away (and it’s a sign I let myself get too hungry before a meal). But if I’m still hungry I have more food!



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