Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Airport Foodies

Travel & Leisure Magazine recently published an interesting list of awards to Airport Restaurants and Food Vendors. Most of us don't associate good food with our experiences in airports but maybe if you're in any of the following you might want to give it another go. For instance, T & L awarded Seoul's Incheon International with the "Guilty Pleasure Award" for the Doughnut Plant featured above. Photos from T & L.

Singapore's Changi Airport is home to Ya Kun Kaya Toast, the spot for the "Power Breakfast Award". With breakfast being the most important meal of the day, it's not one you want to skip before getting on an airplane from Seoul.

LAX's Encounter Restaurant wins the "Front Seat Award". I have only dined here once in all my years living in L.A. but it was an pleasant experience. They have done some restoration to the historical landmark since I have been there so maybe it is time for another trip.

Hong Kong International is Asia's busiest airport. So with that, they received several awards. The "Eat + Drink Award" was shared by Cafe Deco, King's Palace Congee & Noodle and Saint Honore Cake Shop. The "Shop Award" goes to Muji, The Peninsula Boutique, and Shanhai Tang. And although we don't do much sightseeing in the actual airports, the "See + Do Award" was spread out amongst SkyCity Nine Eagles Golf Course, 4-D Extreme, Regal Airport Hotel and Om Spa, and the Hong Kong Transit Tour. Dayum.

The "Whiskey & Wagyu" Award goes to One Flew South in Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Supposedly you can enjoy lunch with a rare glass of bourbon, my kinda travel.

MochiCream in Narita International Airport Tokyo was crowned with the "Sweet Treat Award". So dark, it must be very sophisicated?

The "Bottle Service Award" goes to El Rincon del Pisco in Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru. Pisco is a grape-based liquor and Peru makes the best! I assume they sell airport bottles.

When in Texas try the Salt Lick Bar-B-Que in Austin-Bergstrom International for the "Southern Comforts Award" winning barbecue. Don't forget about the sides, like coleslaw, baked beans and potato salad. YUM!

JaDIE! Of course only Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports feature the heavenly delights of Laduree, the "Classic Confections Award" winner. My weakness is all things Laduree.

And if you have any room left, good ol JFK wins the "Lunch Counter Award" for La Vie, an intimate bistro serving an 11 seat bar. The same chefs brought us restaurants like Balthazar, Pastis and Minetta Tavern.


Arlynn said...

Okay, the Hubs & I will make it a priority to get to the ATL airport early next time, just to be sure we enjoy that rare glass of Bourbon.

Perhaps before our flight to Las Vegas in Octiber?!?! I think it's perfect timeing :-)

Jill said...

My husband and I used to commute from Houston to Pasadena, CA for 6 months. He was doing a fellowship thingy. Eating at LAX before our flight home was one of the highlights. The cocktails are fabulous!

The Townhouselady said...

Well, I just recently ate a room temperature faux-ish (scramblers or some crap) egg sandwich at 'Bistro' in the Newark Int'l airport so take that fine dining!

In all seriousness I gagged.

The Townhouselady said...

Oh yeah, that and a small bottle of water were $7.89.

Anonymous said...

Had breakfast at Ya Kun last October on my way to Indonesia. It was great! They had lots of good food, and it was being made FRESH from actual ingredients, nothing pre-packaged. And I got some good coffee at the coffee/chocolate bar near them. But the best thing? The prices were lower than everywhere else we ate in Singapore.

Really, this airport was totally cool. We stayed at a nice boutique hotel during our 6 hours layover - you book by the hour or day but no, it's not full of prostitutes and beds powered by pocket change. Plus, they have a butterfly pavilion and luggage carts that you can take OUT OF THE AIRPORT all the way to where you catch your taxi. My husband thought a miracle had occurred.