Up In The Air

December 9, 2010

We are [hopefully] flying safely through the airwaves of the East Coast at the moment, en route from Charlottesville to New York to Boston.


Larbs moved to Boston after graduating college in 2008 to pursue a graduate degree in school psychology at Northeastern. She’s nearing the end of 3 years and is in the middle of a full-time internship at the moment [read about it on her blog, Taking Back My Twenties!]


Her studly boyfriend, Matt, moved with her to Boston and works in consulting. Since Matt was recently accepted to Duke’s Fuqua School Of Business to pursue an MBA, they’ll be moving back south to Durham next summer. So this may be our FINAL trip to Boston (at least to visit them!)

This is my third trip to visit – read about previous ones below!


August 2008

Walked Out

Ladies Lunch + Licks

KERF Does Boston

The Boston Marathon

Northern Trip Ends In North End

June 2009

UFOs and Star Readers

Father’s + Lagers Day

From 5 Miles To 5 Desserts

August 2009

Healthy Living Summit

If I’ve learned anything in 3.25 years of blogging it’s that taking photos of an airplane is TOUGH. Imagine getting everything all laid out on your tray table and realizing your camera is packed at the bottom of your bag below the seat. Or that your lens is too cropped to get the lunch in view without standing up. Hence, a pre-photographed (and blogged!) lunch:


Our connection is just 29 minutes in LaGuardia, so you can bet I’m not going to gamble with trying to get something to eat there. How about something fresh and fun!

I used the last two English muffins to make us cheese + jam sandwiches. Threw on some neutral spinach for nutrients and color! I have pumpkin butter, Matt has Crofter’s.


I also sliced up the last of our veggies into stix


We also each get an apple. Easy to pack, easy to eat.


And because US Airways doesn’t quite get it…



Romantic lunch for two <3


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1 shannon (the daily balance) December 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm

you are so fancy with your little ribbon tied around your veggie sticks – LOVE IT! too cute 😉

cute food always tastes more delicious, doesn’t it?


2 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Those veggies look so colorful! Love all the pics!

Have a great time in Boston!


3 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 9, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I bet all the passengers were majorly jealous of your lunch…especially the dessert :).


4 Dorry December 9, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I’m up in the air right now, too! We’re on our way to L.A. We always bring food with us on flights – make things so much easier/cheaper/healthier. Safe travels!


5 Maria December 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Your veg looks cute all done up with ribbon.


6 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks December 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Wish I had packed lunch for my flights/airport time last weekend.

Though the flights themselves were short (Only going from San Francisco to Orange County, so about 1.25 hours), I wound up running short on time when heading out to the airport on Friday morning when departing for my trip. I was STARVING and couldn’t wait, so I had to buy airport food when I got there. Then my flight coming home got delayed so I had to eat at the airport again. Talk about mucho dinero spent that I could not afford!


7 Erica D @ Gratitouille December 9, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I’m so glad you agree that spinach is neutral! I made a lot of peanut butter and spinach sandwiches this summer to take hiking, and none of my coworkers got it. I got them to try my green monsters, but they wouldn’t believe that sandwich could be tasty.


8 Mads December 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Adorable! You’re such a great planner!


9 carrie December 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I would love to do Sunday evening at 8 in the back bay. Need some suggestions? Looking forward to it… SAFE TRAVELS!


10 Kath December 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm

We’re meeting at Expresso Royale, 44 Gainsborough Street at 8PM on Sunday. Pass it on!


11 Christin@purplebirdblog December 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Love your accessorized veggies!!


12 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm

That is the cutest little lunch you packed. Everyone else will be so jealous!! And Congrats to Matt on the Duke acceptance!! My cousin went there for her MBA and loved it.


13 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm

i would love to go to boston sometime…it seems like such an amazing city! hope you guys have fun!


14 Pam December 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Love the artwork! Tell your sissy and bf..good luck! Enjoy and be safe!


15 grocery goddess jen December 9, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Very romantic indeed! Love the yellow ribbon tied round the old veggie sticks.


16 hippierunner December 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm

What a pretty lunch!


17 Lauren at KeepItSweet December 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm

have a great trip! that looks better than just about any airport meal i’ve ever had:-)


18 Christine (The Raw Project) December 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Such a pretty and fancy lunch, I usually end up taking crappy cell phone pics on the flight – your pics are much better. :-)


19 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I love your little veggie bundle!! Bet you guys had the best meal on the plane lol :) I’d love to visit Boston one day. Have fun!


20 RhodeyGirl December 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm



21 Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm

ahhh so lucky you got wifi on your flight (unless this was from the airport). i was dying for wifi on our flights to c’ville and back. four airplanes total, 0 wifi.

have fun in boston!


22 Suz December 9, 2010 at 1:32 pm

You really think her boyfriend is studly, eh? You mentioned it twice.


23 Kath December 9, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Oops! Copy and paste error!


24 Katie (The Boston Marathoner) December 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

I’ve never tried cheese + jam! I bet it is a delicious combo.


25 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete December 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm

OK the ribbon on the veggies is so cute :)

Have a safe flight!


26 sarahMTSBB December 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm

love the veggies with the bow… maybe you’ll start a new trend- “give the gift of veggies for a healthy life”. 😉 (if that doesn’t work, i have pondered starting a national adopt a rabbit campaign: “eat more veggies than your small rabbit!”.) have fun in boston! have lots of dunkin’s french vanilla regular to keep you warm!


27 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Haha! How cute! I’ve never thought to bring my own food for the plane, but now I will! :)


28 Josie @ Skinny Way Of Life December 9, 2010 at 1:58 pm

how cute are those veggie sticks!? very colorful : )


29 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 9, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Packing lunch is so much fun! It always tastes better than at home, too. lol

Have a safe trip!!


30 Lisa Fine December 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I love packing meals for plane and car trips. So fun, and your lunches look so cute.

Wish I was in MA while you’re there to join for the meet up. Have a great time in Boston.


31 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I so pack my hobo snacks when I travel! I hate not being able to find food and I am not nice when I am hungry! Apples are the perfect take along food as are sandwiches and veggies! Nice lunch and I hope the flight is going well!


32 Kiran December 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Love the idea of photographing food before flight :) And look at how colorful those foods are!!!!! Yumm!!


33 Julie @ Honey B. Nutrition December 9, 2010 at 3:35 pm

SO much better than eating the food they give you on the plane. If you can call it food! I love that you make it look cute.


34 Heidi - apples under my bed December 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I LOVE your lunch :) Especially the cute veggie stick bundle.
Heidi xo


35 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Have so much fun in Boston!!

Yes, that lunch looks MUCH better and MUCH fresher than any airport food!


36 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) December 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I need to try this jam + cheese combo!


37 Namaste Gurl December 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Have fun in Boston!


38 Allison K. December 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Ha Ha. Love your drawing! Boston is in one of my top 5 “places to visit.”


39 Jill December 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Now that is the perfect plane lunch that is not so plain.


40 Christie @ Honoring Health December 9, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I love the veggies tied in a bow,that is really cute and would be great for parties.

Travel safe!


41 Amanda December 9, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Have a great time visiting your sister!


42 annie December 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I am almost positive I just saw you ay Starbucks on boylston, but I didn’t even know you were in Boston so I looked on my phone wondering and you are! Weird


43 Kath December 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm

THAT WAS ME!!!!!!!!!!


44 Sara December 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Oh oh! I had to tell you… the last Alaska Air flight I was on passed out Biscoff cookies. First time I have had one!


45 kate December 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I love that you wrapped the veggies in ribbon. Such a cute touch!


46 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Your veggies look so cute all wrapped up like that!


47 ashley nicole December 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm

what a cute lunch! the ribbon is so precious!


48 Shannon December 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I adore Boston. I can’t wait to see what you all do there!


49 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I heart Boston! It’s one of my favorite cities. 😀



50 Hannah December 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Why won’t airplanes start serving food like that? Would definitely make the 30 hours trip from my city to the East Coast of America far more pleasant…


51 Mimi December 9, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Is it just me, or does Larbs’ boyfriend look like Matt? Haha.


52 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama December 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm

I love the ribbon tying up the veggies. So cute. :-)


53 Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 9, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Hmmm that English muffinwich looks sooooooo good!!!


54 Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 9, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I love the way you tied your veggies up. Sure makes them look too cute to eat!


55 Lee December 9, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Airtran had Biscoff when I flew to DC from ATL for Thanksgiving, but they didn’t have it on the way back. Only pretzels. Boo.


56 Kristin December 10, 2010 at 9:39 pm

What kind of cheese is that? It looks good!


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