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)

 

As always, I am grateful for and respectful of the opportunity to travel, especially via business class.  Any comments here, even the negative ones, are simply relative to other business class experiences, not complaints per se.

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); ICN > MNL (8.261 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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