Hello! I’m writing this on an overnight flight to Frankfurt, since I’m working abroad this week. I wasn’t planning on writing blog posts on the road but I wanted to report in on the Air Canada VGML meals I just had.
I used to fly to Europe on a yearly basis so my expectations of the plane meals were low. Imagine my surprise when dinner came ’round and I received a completely vegan tray of food. I’m not sure how Air Canada came to make these improvements to their VGML meals, but it’s really nice and they’ve obviously changed suppliers.
The dinner entrée was a Dahl curry made of brown lentils and potato, served with a sweet, mild chutney. It was heavily spiced and I wasn’t able to tell if it needed salt. It was pretty dry but I fixed that with a bit of margarine.
In the past, the margarine was not necessarily vegan (Becel brand). But now, the mini tub explicitly says 100 percent vegetable oil.
The bread roll was grainy, probably whole-wheat, but cold, tough and dry. Apparently, according to this post, it’s hard to get bread right for plane meals. The dessert was, surprisingly, a Sweets from the Earth small chocolate chip cookie.
The breakfast was labeled a “cold breakfast box” which contained a small vegan pumpkin bagel and margarine. That’s it.
However, this is a HUGE improvement over the old breakfasts I used to receive, which were a bad joke: a rice cake served with Becel and light jam alongside a grape-ridden fruit salad. Despite the lack of frills, the bagel is definitely more substantial.