British Airways – New Club World food

I’d read that British Airways was cutting costs on most things (you now get a food bar instead of a second meal at the end of a long-haul flight, and have to pay for food in economy on short-haul flights) but was upgrading their service in Club World, so I was excited to check this out…

There is now a larger tray, with a bread/butter/olive oil side dish…

And now, instead of choosing your appetiser from the menu, they bring a trolley around and you can check what it actually looks like before partaking…

I went for the mozzarella with tomato carpaccio, which was drizzled with olive oil and balsamic dressing in front of me. I have to say, the piece of mozzarella was huge, but delicious.

Then, I went for the artichoke ravioli, which was served with roast artichokes, roast cherry tomatoes, and a sage and butter sauce. It was nothing to write home about, but decent…

So? The atmosphere was slightly nicer, with the meal taking a bit longer to serve, but feeling much more civilised (and closer to the First Class meal than before). I’ll be back for more!

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Constanzer Wirthaus, Constance, Germany

After our very rainy day in the Austrian Alps, we decided to spend the next day on Lake Constance, as the weather looked like it would be much better there… and it was!

On our way, we drove through Switzerland, through beautiful, rolling fields and charming Swiss houses. On the way, we found a pumpkin sale on the side of the road…

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As we drove in Konstanz, we wanted to find a restaurant overlooking the river to have lunch… and the Warthaus, which claimed to be a large beer hall/ restaurant, was such a restaurant, with good reviews to boot!

So we parked ourselves and got a table outside….

We started with a mixed salad. I love mixed salads in Switzerland and Austria, with all sorts of different veggies mixed in and a creamy dressing… It turns out they’re exactly the same in Germany ­čÖé

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Andre went for the weiner schnitzel, served with potato salad… and once again, it was spot on.

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I went a bit more exotic and went for the ox-tail with onions and peppers in a tangy sauce and herbed butter… with roasted potatoes in a delicious crust. How was it? Okay. The best part was the deliciously roast potatoes, that tasted as they had been roasted several times.. crunchy on the outside and really soft inside… topped with that herb butter… mmm. The rest of the dish was fine.

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Then, we napped by the lake as our feathered friends walked by…

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What a beautiful day on the lake, after much chillier weather in Austria earlier in the weekend!

Mesnerst├╝ble Cafe-Restaurant, Schwartenberg, Austria

As a birthday weekend surprise, Andre took me to the Austrian Alps for a weekend of hiking and culinary stops along the way… unfortunately, it chucked down rain the entire time, so it was too dangerous to do the culinary hikes.

So, we took the advice of the hotel owner and headed to Schwartenberg, where she promised a good time as the Austrain cowboys brought the cows down from the mountains for the winter. And it was a fun time, watching the cowboys in their short leiderhosen and hats, herding the cows.

Here is Andre making friends… One of the cooler things about the architecture in this area is the tiles on the houses… they are small, scalloped tiles instead of square ones… what a cool pattern!

And our dessert at the local cafe, a berry tarte that was delicious. For lunch itself, we shared a large mixed salad, then had a Weiner schnitzel (when in Rome!) and a creamy stew of local wild mushrooms with dumplings as main dishes. Both were very good!

A very cosy cafe for a rainy Saturday afternoon… it seemed like the whole town was there, either eating, having some of their fancy, cream-topped coffees, desserts, or large glasses of beer!

Bistro Rosa, St Helier, Jersey

A day in Jersey for work… what a beautiful island! As you are landing, you see large patches of different green, and lots of swimming pools next to large houses!

Then, into town for the meetings, I had some time in between and headed to the fish market for lunch (we’re on an island, after all…)

Bistro Rosa was the first place on the left when you walk into the market, and looked the best of all the choices.

The atmosphere is low-key, the kitchen is visible, and the waiter speaks perfect French… what else could you ask for?!

I had a salad to start, as the seafood lunches seemed pretty substantial…

And then the half lobster with scallops in butter and garlic… YUM. I also got a medley of steamed cauliflower and broccoli on the side… this was the perfect meal, especially as I got to use the fresh bread to sop up the butter and garlic in the plate once I was done!

Would I come back? Definitely. There was a great-looking lunch prix fixe and many other fish and seafood dishes that I would love to try!

Rifugio Blitz, Craveggia, Piemonte, Italy

A weekend in the Italian mountains, visiting some old friends in the most BEAUTIFUL setting. 45 minutes from Lake Maggiore, we are in for a treat! After a day on the lake on Saturday, we took it easy on Sunday, and had lunch at a local mountain restaurant.

We started off with the local charcuterie, which included salamis, coppa, prosciutto, and lardo… my favourite! Alongside this, some grilled aubergine (that didn’t have tons of taste) and a very nice bowl of white beans with celery which was pretty good.

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Then, as a main, we ordered one of each of the meats on the menu and a side of polenta for everyone. Check out that polenta, it looks like huge scoops of ice cream!

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And the meats… ┬áThere was a sliced pork in a brown sauce, a minced veal ragu, a veal in a citrusy, orange sauce (this was my favourite, and the┬áone at the bottom of the picture, served with the slice of orange), and a beef dish, with a heavier red sauce. All good with the polenta, but the only standout was the veal with orange!

For dessert, fresh blueberries with whipped cream and an espresso. Apart from being the only vegetables or fruit I’d had all weekend (!!) this was the perfect end to the meal!

After this, a hike up to the top of the mountain to see the other side, along with grasshopper catching along the way… what a gorgeous afternoon!

Pharma, Mykonos

On our way to Alemagou, one of my favourite places on Mykonos, we saw that they were having a private party and going to kick us out after an hour at the lunch table… so instead decided to try the new restaurant, Pharma, that had opened up on the same road. It claims to be the first farm to table restaurant in Mykonos.

We started with some freshly-baked bread…

Then went for the Greek salad. As all of their vegetables are grown in their garden, they are quite local… the waiter went on and on about the tomatoes, which would be the best I’d ever tasted… and you know what They hardly had ANY taste at all! Pretty surprising…

But, sprinkled with feta and seasoned with peppers, onions, and large, juicy capers, the salad was still very good.

Here’s Andre at the restaurant, he isn’t super impressed by the tomatoes either…

And then, the local “pizza,” which was thick with roasted tomatoes, onions, and herbs… it was pretty good, but I found that the thickness of the dough outweighed the taste of the veggies… they probably needed to put more on!

But both main dishes were slam dunks… at the waiter’s suggestion, we ordered the pork belly souvlaki. I usually am not a huge fan of pork belly, but this one was amazing, with the fatty bits not too overpowering, and the meaty bits perfectly juicy and moist. With the spice rub that they used… this was absolutely delicious.

Their aubergine dip was also quite good, and we used the extra bread from the “pizza” to sop it up.

And finally, the rabbit. Cooked in a tomato sauce, it was also delicious, perfectly tender with an earthy taste to the sauce… yum.

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Definitely a place to come back to, as the food was good and the menu (and specials, as we ate mostly from the specials list!) was large.

Hippie Fish, Mykonos

Back to one our favourite low-key places for lunch in Mykonos, and half of the restaurant had been rented out for a party!! Oh well…

But we got a table anyway and went for a light lunch… starting with the Mykonian salad, this version with lettuce, local cured ham, tomatoes, efta, and dried figs. Perfectly sweet with the figs and savoury with the ham…

Then, the sea urchin… Andre thought that it had a slightly weird taste, so I happily gobbled the whole thing up ­čÖé


And the roast octopus… slightly dried out, but good… sprinkled with thyme, it had a pretty good flavour.

Overall? Good to be back at Hippie Fish!

We went back another night for dinner, and I got my favourite pasta dish, the pappardelle with cream cognac sauce and king crab legs… this is the most decadent dish on the menu, and delicious!