8.046 Grilled Seafood Selections

8.046

20 (Mon) February 2017

Grilled Seafood Selections

3.25

aboard Turkish Airlines TK 85

-Manila to Istanbul-

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Mission to HQ, Day 1.

In Geneva.  Here to attend a Scoping Meeting on the Ethics of Vector-Borne Diseases – Thu to Fri.

7th visit to Switzerland (see most recently 6.310 Mana à la Manor).

In flight, the food was quite good.  Well-prepared, thoughtfully presented.  Tasty.  I even enjoyed the dessert.

At a literal level, the “chef” in uniform was a bit over-the-top – we know that she’s not actually cooking the food in a kitchen somewhere in the back of the plane.  But then again, business class should present an elevated experience, so why not put on a good show?

First time on Turkish Airlines.  I liked.

During the flight, I happened to watch the movie Inferno.  It’s about a madman plot to release a lethal virus upon the world, with WHO playing a small but recurring role in the story, concluding in Istanbul.  Meanwhile, I’m on a plane to Istanbul, on my way to attend a WHO meeting to discuss the ethics of addressing vector-borne disease.  Fact check: WHO does not have a jet, WHO does not have SWAT teams, and WHO does not have some kind of supranational policing authority to show up on the scene, flash a badge at local law enforcement, and demand a situation report.

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Self-service wine bar, including snacks!!!!

BEST IN CLASS – an on-going ranking of dining experiences on business class flights

  1. Qatar Airlines — MNL > DOH > DME (5.279 Assorted Hot Mezzah); DME > DOH > MNL ( (5.286 Chili Mango Prawns)
  2. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines — GVA > AMS > ICN (6.311 Beef & Beetroot Meatballs)
  3. Asiana Airlines — MNL > ICN (2.036 Shin Ramyeon…); ICN > MNL (6.048 Ssambap); MNL > ICN (6.305 Chicken Congee); ICN > MNL (6.321 Ssambap)
  4. Singapore Airlines — MNL > SIN > BNE (6.237 Coconut Panna Cotta); BNE > SIN > MNL (6.243 Ggongchi Kimchi Jjigae)
  5. Turkish Airlines — MNL > IST (8.046 Grilled Seafood Selections)
  6. Korean Air — ICN > NAD (5.175 Prestigious Repast); MNL > ICN (6.021 Bibimbap); MNL > ICN > NAD (6.101 Coconut Carrot Cream Soup); NAD > ICN > MNL (6.111 Asparagus Cream Soup); ICN > NAD (6.314 Bibimbap); NAD > ICN (6.319 Seared Seafood…); MNL > ICN > JFK (7.032 Manhattan); JFK > ICN (7.039 Sauteed Cod Fillet); ICN > MNL (7.041 Gom Tang)
  7. Etihad Airways — MNL > AUH > AMM (6.154 Shakshouka); AMM > AUH > MNL (6.160 Zaalou-Crusted Chicken Breast)
  8. Thai Airways — MNL > BKK > DEL (7.306 Fried Black Cod …); DEL > BKK > MNL (7.313 Braised Pork Balls)
  9. Philippine Airlines — MNL > MEL (5.335 Chicken Tausi)
  10. Deutsche Lufthansa — ICN > MUC > GVA (6.307 Chicken in Cream Sauce)
  11. Cathay Pacific Airways — HKG > MNL (5.182 Har Gao)
  12. Fiji Airways — NAD > HKG (5.181 Sliced Roast Lamb)

AMM = Amman / AMS = Amsterdam / AUH = Abu Dhabi / BKK = Bangkok / BNE = Brisbane / DEL = New Delhi / DOH = Doha / DME (Domodedovo) = Moscow / GVA = Geneva / HKG = Hong Kong / ICN = Incheon / IST = Istanbul / JFK (John F Kennedy) = New York / MEL = Melbourne / MUC = Munich / NAD = Nadi / SIN = Singapore

 

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Staying at Ibis Styles, across from Gare Cornavin.

Upon arrival, in search of lunch, I discovered a Turkish restaurant called Kebab Istanbul directly behind my hotel.  Of course I did.

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Kebab Pancake with Lamb (2.5)