Welcome to the first Tuesday of Taste (Tasty Tuesdays was already taken by the rest of the world). Every Tuesday, we will explore some combination of food and travel, whether it be an airline meal, a local dish, or a story about an ingredient that has found a comfortable home far away from its point of origin. But there’s no guarantee it will be tasty, since that’s 1) subjective, and 2) rather optimistic.
Nevertheless, for the first Tuesday of Taste, I’ve dug deep into the archives to present to everyone, my first digital photo of an airline meal. Spoiler: it’s not a good photo:
My, that’s a terrible photo.
In spite of the quality, I recall that the February 2005 flight was a China Airlines Airbus A300, going from Hong Kong to Taipei. The meal, although not terrible, was a carb lover’s dream– think noodles and surimi (imitation crab, usually made of haddock), butter cookies, and orange
At that point in time, I hadn’t traveled much, so just getting something partially edible on my tray table was good enough. (Bashfully, while living in Hong Kong at that point, airlinemeals.net was my homepage for a spell.) Though, nowadays I prepare snacks no matter where I’m sitting on-board, but back then I wasn’t even thinking about delays or cancellations.
Since we’ve now traveled back in time 18 years, I’ve got a couple of other anachronistic shots from Taiwan to share with you.
Wow, I haven’t seen the Naruwán marketing campaign in years. It’s a shame because it’s a greeting from the largest indigenous group in Taiwan, the Ami, or Pangcah.
When Taipei’s now-primary airport — TPE — opened in 1979, it was actually called Taipei Taoyuan International Airport. However, soon after opening, it was renamed for Chiang Kai-shek, aka the one who fought against Mao Zedong after World War II.
Due in part to Taiwan’s desire to improve relations with China, and to rename it to include the city in the title, in September 2006, TPE once again became Taipei Taoyuan International Airport.
Sorry about that Taiwan sidetrack, but I figured that it was a unique time to include those two nuggets. Anyway, stay tuned for more Tuesdays of Taste!
Do you remember your first photographed airline meal? (In fairness, I know that I took photos of in-flight food before this one, but they were only in tangible form. In other words, I forget where they are.)