9.336 Sea Bass en Papilotte

9.336

7 (Fri) December 2018

Sea Bass en Papilotte

3.5

aboard Turkish Airlines – TK 827

-Istanbul en route to Manila-

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With a lot of time to kill before my evening flight, I found a tattoo shop in the city.  When I asked the shopkeeper’s daughter – a girl of around 10 – to translate it into English, she struggled a bit, then offered “Ummmm … ‘good body?'” – close enough, kid.

Mission to Lebanon + personal deviation, Day 6 (see previously 9.335 Legendary Meat on Dough).

In Beirut.  Deployed to attend a Meeting of the Regional Parliamentary Working Group on Universal Health Coverage in the Eastern Mediterranean Region – Monday to Tuesday.  Now just hanging out for a couple extra days – who knows if ever I’ll be back in Lebanon?

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In the duty free store at the airport…
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…the most amazing selection of roasted nuts and dried fruits…
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…including pomelo rinds!

Lebanon was awesome, though I barely saw any of it.  Would love to come back for a proper visit to dig deeper into the country’s history and culture, especially the food.

But so glad to be going home.

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Lebanese Air Transit (LAT) Lounge

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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 (9.056 Pide)(8.052 Köfte + Piliç)
  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. LEBANON: Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport, LAT (Lebanese Air Transport) Lounge
  16. UNITED STATES of AMERICA: John F Kennedy International Airport, Korean Air Lounge (7.039 Sauteed Cod Fillet)
  17. SWITZERLAND: Geneva International Airport
  18. CHINA: Hong Kong International Airport (5.182 Har Gao)
  19. PHILIPPINES: Ninoy Aquino International Airport, MIASCOR Lounge (9.330 Parrot Fish with Sweet & Sour Sauce) (4.272 Chicken Curry…)
  20. FIJI: Nadi International Airport (5.181 Sliced Roast Lamb)

The Sea Bass en Papillote was excellent.  Juicy fish – making me wonder whether it was indeed cooked in the paper and reheated as is, rather than just wrapped in the paper after the fact, which is what the cynic otherwise would’ve suspected – delicately seasoned, pairing nicely with the shredded carrot-onion-peppers on top and the potato on the bottom.  Fortunately, the dish was offered Beirut to Istanbul and again Istanbul to Manila – can’t recall if that’s ever happened to me before.

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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); MNL > IST (9.330 Parrot Fish with Sweet & Sour Sauce); BEY > IST > MNL
  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 // BEY = Beirut // 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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