So here’s something that happens all of the time. I hear the news that someone, somewhere, is offering gluten-free sustenance. I get way excited. Said gluten-free food sucks the big one. Then, I’m left feeling grateful yet depressed. I don’t really know if I say, “Hey good job on that thing you totally suck at,” or take the other tack of, “Are you effing kidding me? You think you can cash in on this trend with this shit?”
This particular trip I just took put me in this particular bind yet again. However, the first time I flew to Europe via Canada, I was very pleasantly surprised at the gluten-free meal. This one (not the one seen above, more on that later).
Yes, I said pleasantly. Honestly, the chicken business was not at all bad, and the gluten-free bread was absolutely passable. The cookie? Even good. The quinoa and corn salad was damn near inspired. You guys, when I told my husband about my meal he was jealous. Plus, when you request the “special” meal you get served before everyone else. Take that, first class.
So yeah, I was pretty impressed with Air Canada’s gluten-free meal. At least on my outgoing flight. Let’s take a look at what I was in for after a week of near starving in Paris, shall we?
So let’s talk about that entire plate of fish products in the first photo. While my husband was all, “What’s your gluten-free problem?” I couldn’t eat that one either. I personally don’t trust fish unless I cook it myself or dine in a farm (sea?)-to-table type restaurant. Yes, I know I shouldn’t have so many food hangups. When you’re a begger, or a gal with high expectations from her airline food, you have to take what you can get. Yet, I turned my nose up at this gluten-free meal for ridiculous reasons. I know.
Needless to say I got to the Toronto airport and ate the first cheeseburger sans bun that I could find. You know, since my cheese from France I had stuffed in my carry-on was getting a little ripe.
But now you know the deal. That is the Air Canada deal, about gluten-free airline dining. Yep, you should still pack your own.