9.056 Pide

9.056

2 (Fri) March 2018

Pide

4.0

at Istanbul Ataturk Airport – Turkish Airlines Lounge

-Istanbul-

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Mission to HQ, Day 7 (see previously 9.055 Grilled Lamb Chop).

In transit.  Was in Geneva to attend an Inception Meeting on a Global Programme for Building Legal Capacity to Address Unhealthy Diet – Wednesday to Thursday.  After meetings in the morning, I’m on my way back home.

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To complement the costumed chefs on board, actual chefs on the ground …
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… cooking food on site.

Pide is a Turkish bread dish.  Flour dough, rolled long and thin, topped with various meats + vegetables + cheeses, oven-roasted.  The term “pide” shares etymological roots with “pita.”

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The pide was amazing. Perfectly crisp.  Perfectly balanced combinations of toppings.  Perfectly seasoned.  If I had to choose a favorite, perhaps the minced beef with cheese, but all were excellent.  And to think that these were made and served in an airport lounge at 1AM.

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BEST IN LOUNGE – an on-going ranking of dining experiences in business lounges:

  1. TURKEY – Istanbul Ataturk Airport – Turkish Airlines Lounge (8.052 Köfte + Piliç) (9.056 Pide)
  2. SINGAPORE – Singapore Changi Airport – Singapore Airlines Lounge (6.237 Coconut Panna Cotta)
  3. NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – KLM Crown Lounge (6.311 Beef & Beetroot Meatballs)
  4. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Abhu Dhabi International Airport – Etihad Airways Lounge (6.154 Shakshouka)
  5. AUSTRALIA – Brisbane Airport – Singapore Airlines Lounge (6.242 Scallops)
  6. JAPAN – Haneda Airport International Terminal (8.202 Clam and Spicy Tofu Stew)
  7. JORDAN – Queen Alia International Airport – Royal Jordanian Crown Lounge (6.159 Memories of Hummus)
  8. THAILAND – Suvarnabhumi Airport – Royal Silk Lounge  (7.306 Fried Black Cod …)
  9. GERMANY – Flughafen München – Lufthansa Lounge (6.307 Chicken in Cream Sauce)
  10. RUSSIA – Moscow Domodedovo Airport (5.286 Chili Mango Prawns)
  11. INDIA – Indira Gandhi International Airport (7.313 Braised Pork Balls)
  12. KOREA – Incheon International Airport – Asiana Business Class Lounge (Satellite Terminal) (5.363 Past + Sandwich for the Elite)
  13. KOREA – Incheon International Airport – Korean Air Prestige Lounge (Satellite Terminal) (6.090 Shin Ramyeon BLACK)
  14. KOREA – Incheon International Airport – Star Alliance Lounge (2.036 Shin Ramyeon…)
  15. UNITED STATES of AMERICA – John F Kennedy International Airport – Korean Air Lounge (7.039 Sauteed Cod Fillet)
  16. SWITZERLAND – Geneva International Airport
  17. CHINA – Hong Kong International Airport (5.182 Har Gao)
  18. PHILIPPINES – Ninoy Aquino International Airport – MIASCOR Lounge (4.272 Chicken Curry…)
  19. FIJI – Nadi International Airport (5.181 Sliced Roast Lamb)

 

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. Singapore Airlines — MNL > SIN > BNE (6.237 Coconut Panna Cotta); BNE > SIN > MNL (6.243 Ggongchi Kimchi Jjigae)
  3. Turkish Airlines — MNL > IST (8.046 Grilled Seafood Selections); GVA > IST (8.051 Fresh Herb Baby Chicken); IST > MNL (8.052 Köfte + Piliç); MNL > IST > GVA (9.050 Grilled Seafood Selection); GVA > IST (9.055 Grilled Lamb Chop)
  4. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines — GVA > AMS > ICN (6.311 Beef & Beetroot Meatballs)
  5. Asiana Airlines — MNL > ICN (2.036 Shin Ramyeon…); ICN > MNL (6.048 Ssambap); MNL > ICN (6.305 Chicken Congee); ICN > MNL (6.321 Ssambap)
  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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