Each week, my Meal of the Week feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal served over a decade ago.
This week’s Meal of the Week recalls my first-ever first class meal on Alaska Airlines.
It was 2007 and I had just finished my bachelor’s degree. I headed to Washington, DC for a conference and decided to treat myself to an upgrade on Alaska Airlines. At the time, Alaska had a monopoly on the permiter-controlled nonstop flight between Los Angeles (LAX) and Washington National (DCA).
Like today, the Alaska Airlines first class seat then was not all that comfortable. There was no in-seat power, either. To give you an idea of how far we have come technologically, this was the IFE:
But service was warm and kind. And how would the meal be?
Service began with a packaged snack mix and choice of beverage.
A green salad followed with warm bread. Notice the prayer card on the tray. Alaska abandoned prayer cards in 2012.
For the main course, the choices were cheese tortellini pasta or pork served with mashed potatoes, raisins, and sautéed vegetables. I chose the pork, which was a huge mistake. The pork was dry and tasteless, the gravy had a canned taste, and the mashed potatoes were not warm enough. So much for a culinary adventure on Alaska…
Dessert followed: puff pastry with whip cream and chocolate sauce.
About an hour before landing, warmed mixed nuts were served in a plastic ramekin:
I’m almost ashamed to admit I have not had another meal on Alaska Airlines since this flight over a decade ago. It wasn’t that this flight scared me off, it was just loyalty to Northwest/Delta/American/US Airways/United all made more sense. But I’ll try Alaska again soon enough.