Your LA Travel Diva Examiner is getting ready to fly Virgin America to Newark so naturally my ears perked up when I got a release from the San Francisco, California-based company that they just launched a new ‘Flight Bites’ menu of fresh tapas-style salads and small tastes.
Having flown in coach and Main Cabin Select and eaten the fare I can honestly say that Virgin America’s culinary offerings have always been a taste above other domestic airlines economy class service (will be checking out its First Class section on this flight). But everything can improve.
The delightfully different ‘Flight Bites’ are are being launched on select routes now (primarily Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Newark and will include:
- Marinated Mozzarella with Roasted Tomato–Ciliegine mozzarella marinated in olive oil and basil tossed with roasted tomatoes and capers.
- Edamame and Ginger Tartar–salad of fresh tomato, edamame, green onions, and ginger tossed with a ponzu dressing.
- Lebanese Chickpea Salad–chickpea salad tossed with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.
- Chili-Rubbed Shrimp–marinated in arbol chilis and served over a vegetable ceviche.
- Spanish Chicken and Artichoke Salad–grilled chicken breast tossed with artichoke hearts, peppers, green olives, basil, oregano, capers, and fat free balsamic vinaigrette.
- Butterscotch pudding—like momma used to make but served pudding with a bourbon-vanilla mascarpone topping.
For further gastro-enjoyment the airline offers a selection of cocktails such as English Mary – Bombay Sapphire Gin, bloody Mary mix and a squeeze of lime; The Cosmopolitan, Absolute Vodka and Cranapple with a squeeze of lime; Rock & Roll, Absolute Vodka and Rockstar Lemonade with a squeeze of lemon and the Funkin Margarita made with Sauza Hornitos tequlia and Funkin Mix with a squeeze of lime. You can also order a Tequila Shandy which is made with Sauza Horintos Reposado Tequila, Funkin Maragrita Mix, Bud Light and a squeeze of lime.
All you have do to place you order is hit the entertainment screen in front of your seat, select what you want and enter your credit card and then just sit back and wait for the flight attendant to serve you (usually pretty fast in my experience). Hey, and now you can even treat a fellow passengers to food and drink with a newly-added seat-to-seat delivery feature.
Virgin America offers a menu focused on fresh items sourced locally in California such as fair trade coffee, local cage-free eggs (the airline offers only 100% cage free eggs) and companies like Gordon Biersch beer and Popchips. The airline recently earned accolades as Global Traveler’s 2013 Wines on the Wing Top North American First Class Red Wine for its Fantesca Estate & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, California.