This week’s Meal of the Week takes us back to 2011 and a hot lunch I enjoyed on Ryanair.
It was a crisp, spring day and my brother and I had booked an incredibly cheap fare from Frankfurt Hahn (FHN) to Pisa (PIS).
Reaching the airport required a fairly long bus ride from Frankfurt. By the time we boarded, I had worked up an appetite.
Onboard, FAs were hawking everything from food to perfume to lottery scratchers to e-cigarettes.
As an aside, Ryanair is the only true smoking flight I’ve ever been on. While my China Eastern flight from Los Angeles to Shanghai may have been magnitudes worse, smoking was “unofficial” there. On this flight, FAs were actively selling vaping equipment and encouraging passengers to smoke onboard (“feel free to smoke onboard with these smokeless cigarettes…”). This policy, by the way, has now changed and vaping is banned.
I noticed beef chili was on the menu for 9EUR. It looked hearty and I was hungry, so I ordered it (with low expectations). It arrived in a box.
And certainly did not look appetizing:
But it turned out to be very tasty: an excellent early lunch. The beef (maybe it was horse…the product was made in the UK) was spiced nicely and there were some potatoes in the mix. The only thing missing was cheese.
Eating chili with beans may not ever be a wise move on an airplane, but I figured the flight was only 90 minutes and I could deal…well, rather my brother sitting next to me…could deal with any consequences.
If you ever see beef chili on the menu again on Ryanair, give it a try.