Delayed Flight Games: Airport Top Chef

We’re right in the middle of Winter Travel Hell™ (trademarked by pure evil itself), which means that flights around the country are getting delayed left and right due to terrible weather conditions. Those delays equate to far more time in the airport than you expected and for anyone who didn’t anticipate those delays, there’s a…

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Which Airline Had the Best Wines in 2013?

Which wine pairs best with tiny bags of peanuts? That’s a question to ask any of the 28 airlines that recently participated in Business Traveller’s 2013 Cellars in the Sky Awards. The competition, run annually since 1985, is based on blind tastings conducted in London in December 2013. Four judges independently score the wine, although…

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How to Eat for Free in Airport Lounges

Ah, the First Class Lounge; that shangri-la of tiny sandwiches, premium liquor, and showers that I’m not even that afraid to use. If I had access, I’d go every day. It would be my country club, my sanctuary, my really upscale Starbucks. The problem is, lounge access costs major dollars in the form of memberships…

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25 New Restaurants Coming to FLL

If you’re flying through South Florida in the next few years, you can look forward to brand new dining options thanks to airport restaurant mavens HMSHost. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is getting a major culinary upgrade in two phases over the next four years and that means you can finally snag some Starbucks as…

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The Wall Street Journal Gets into Airport Food

The Wall St. Journal just published a big story online about the current state of airport food and the business behind it. Definitely worth a read. Check it out here: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303465004579322690270418718 My favorite quote comes from Rick Blatstein, CEO of OTG Management, which operates restaurants at airports in the U.S. and Canada: “We operate restaurants…

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Marijuana Amnesty at COS

Uh-oh, did you forget to take your one hitter out of your pocket at home? Not a problem when you’re flying out of Colorado Springs [(COS) (home of BoardingArea HQ!)]. With the state’s new marijuana legalization taking effect as of January 1, a whole new host of unforeseen problems are popping up in regards to…

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Delta’s Getting Closer to Blue Smoke BBQ

Coming down taste-testing homestretch for @BlueSmoke in-flight meals on @delta. Passing muster! pic.twitter.com/cmZiQ3W9FR — Danny Meyer (@dhmeyer) January 10, 2014 Hey BBQ fans, looks like 2014 is going to be the Year of You on Delta flights. Big time restaurant honcho Danny Meyer (@dhmeyer) tweeted out this mouth-watering pic at the end of last week…

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LAX Loses Iconic Encounter Restaurant

Have you ever tried that weird alien-themed restaurant at LAX? If not, you never will. Encounter closed to little fanfare in December and the many kids who had their bar and bat mitzvahs there are weeping openly. I don’t know what kind of food they served and I don’t know if it was good or…

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