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.
Sandwich (noun): an item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with meat, cheese, or other filling between them, eaten as a light meal.
There’s nothing like a sandwich, is there? Across cultures, languages, and geographic locations stands this simple invention that has also stood the test of time. Over the years sandwiches have represented comfort food in its purest form for me. Even on airplanes, where food is rarely as tasty as it is on the ground.
I recently flew from Warsaw to Munich on Lufthansa. It was a 5:00 P.M. flight and I had eaten breakfast at 6:30 A.M. and skipped lunch. Thus, when flight attendants offered a sandwich onboard, I happily accepted.
The choices were a ham sandwich or cheese sandwich and I chose cheese.
A flight attendant handed me a gouda cream cheese sandwich with herbs on sunflower bread. It was fresh and tasty: the bread itself (very “German” tasting), the sliced gouda, and the herb cream cheese spread. What a perfect little treat. And unlike some airline sandwiches with a shelf-life of several months, this one had a “use by” date of only three days later.
While the sandwiches have changed over the years, I admire Lufthansa for its consistency. The first sandwich I had onboard a Lufthansa flight was in September 2006 from London to Frankfurt aboard an A300-600.
It was a ham sandwich which I also fondly remember because the bread was so tasty (it’s easy to impress an American when it comes to bread…).
And perhaps that is why Lufthansa simply hasn’t changed its snack in well over a decade: why not just leave well enough alone?
I’m not always hungry when I fly Lufthansa and routinely skip the sandwich, but when I am hungry a sandwich always hits the spot.
Do you appreciate a sandwich on Lufthansa or would you prefer something else?