A Tale of Two Buffets

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IMG_2639This past Sunday I flew to Berlin via Brussels and was very lucky to be upgraded on Brussels Airlines (which uses the Lufthansa Lounge at JFK for their Business Class passengers).

Over the years I have used miles to upgrade myself when possible – which isn’t as often as I would have liked!  As I age I find I’d rather use miles to upgrade than to buy a free ticket.   This trip so far has been a real experience in pampering which is represented, for me, by the extent to which the food has been so good.

Historically I have upgrade on Continental/United:my experience of US based Airline lounges is that they have a bar, bagels and some plastic wrapped cheese.  Not so Lufthansa and this was the business lounge upstairs was the First Class lounge. so you can imagine…IMG_2642IMG_2645 The above menu describes the selection of salads and sandwiches.  I was really surprised to see the word “Organic” used even though it only was to describe the salad dressing, but very glad to see that plastic packets of orange cheese were not represented 😉  Even the “junk” food selection was somewhat balanced and came with a sense of humor – apologies for the out of focus Gummy Bear picture – I sometimes get worried that someone is going to tell me not to take pictures so I always am trying to do it on the sly and quick!IMG_2649  

IMG_2641My favorite thing about this experience were the two towers of sweating chilled agua frescas – classy touch and perfect for a 90 degree NYC Summer day.

My hotel breakfast buffet has to be one of the most elaborate buffets I have ever experienced. Everything is thought of.  What makes this so exceptional to me is that my hotel is not expensive it is $137 a night which includes this breakfast, WiFi and they even left a complimentary plate of fresh raspberries and macron in my room upon arrival.  These pictures don’t need any narrative, the diabetic jam is a nice touch and the soft-boiled eggs on offer where transcendent, somehow the yolks are thick, not running and not hard: amazing.IMG_2707 IMG_2711I love the heavy dark German bread!IMG_2716

IMG_2712 Like the above is really breakfast food – oh well it’s a vacation.IMG_2717  IMG_2715 These folks make you eggs anyway or waffles.  And speaking of the staff, this morning was my second breakfast and I was greeted by name and the hosted had remembered my room number. AMAZING.IMG_2709

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About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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