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.
If you remember back to elementary school math class, you’ll remember that when talking numbers, mode is the the value that occurs most frequently in a given set of data. For this week’s Meal of the Week, we take a look at my “mode” airline meal.
It’s on United of course, the airline I fly more than all others combined…even Lufthansa. And it’s a premium cabin breakfast dish. Any historic frequent flyer on United will recognize this ubiquitous meal, served on both domestic and international routes from about 2010 to 2015 on United and even before that on Continental Airlines.
- Eggs (cheese omelet or scrambled)
- Cheesy potato wedge (sometimes with broccoli inside, sometimes not)
- Sausage puck (plus ham slice in the Continental days)
- Cherry tomato (cooked)
- Fruit (sliced fruit in a bowl)
- Yogurt (strained yogurt in a bowl until 2014, then a plastic container)
- Bread (cinnamon roll or croissant)
It was served on most domestic breakfast flights longer than 2.5 hours and as the pre-arrival breakfast meal on eastbound flights to Europe or westbound flights to Asia…even in first class!
Looking back through my airline meal library, I’ve had this breakfast no less than 60 times over the years. Here’s just a sampling of photos I took, with the added benefit of being able to see how mobile phone camera technology greatly improved between 201o and 2015:
I would not have ordered this over and over again if i did not like it. It was not a healthy meal nor was it a high-quality meal, but it was a delicious meal…something I looked forward to over and over and over again. When United “retired” the cheesy potato wedge in late 2015, I shed a tear. Thankfully, I have many happy memories…
What is your “mode” airline meal?