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tgtg Jul 31, 10 6:28 pm

Important Info RE: Vegetarian Meals
 
Based on experience, and now through confirmation it seems that DL has Vegetarian and Non-Dairy Vegetarian backwards in their systems.

All their meal examples for Vegetarian do not seem to contain any dairy products. However, their example for Non-Dairy Breakfast is a Cheese Omelet (both egg and cheese) and the Non-Dairy Dinner example includes cheese.

Based on actual experience, when selecting Non-Dairy you get diary and when selecting Vegetarian you do not get dairy. This has been consistent for some time now.

Don't know when it will change, but for now it seems that DL has it backwards in their system.

Bon appetit!

-=tg=-

tfox Jul 31, 10 8:24 pm

I get vegetarian breakfasts, and they include yogurt. Yesterday for the first time it was actually vegetarian (no gelatin) yogurt. The only other difference between a regular breakfast and a vegetarian breakfast is you get a bagel instead of some other bread thing.

bennos Jul 31, 10 9:30 pm


Originally Posted by tgtg (Post 14399573)
Based on experience, and now through confirmation it seems that DL has Vegetarian and Non-Dairy Vegetarian backwards in their systems.

Interesting... whenever I put in VLML there is never any dairy, never thought to try VGML (which shouldn't have any). I usually just go with AVML :)

jredknapp11 Jul 31, 10 11:57 pm


Originally Posted by tgtg (Post 14399573)
Based on experience, and now through confirmation it seems that DL has Vegetarian and Non-Dairy Vegetarian backwards in their systems.

All their meal examples for Vegetarian do not seem to contain any dairy products. However, their example for Non-Dairy Breakfast is a Cheese Omelet (both egg and cheese) and the Non-Dairy Dinner example includes cheese.

Based on actual experience, when selecting Non-Dairy you get diary and when selecting Vegetarian you do not get dairy. This has been consistent for some time now.

Don't know when it will change, but for now it seems that DL has it backwards in their system.

Bon appetit!

-=tg=-

This has been a bit of a hot item for me, especially with DL. I've always pre-selected the veggie meal for my flights. DL in the past three of my Int. flights have served me some sort of half breed chicken dish that I wouldn't give to my cat or dog. I'll give the fa's respect because they will always give me something else and are usually overly sympathetic to my issue. However even when I'm served the proper veggie meal, it's been brutal, with the last two dishes being some sort of rice and bean concoction that tastes more like cardboard then food.

I've always enjoyed the veggie meal as the meals are usually perfectly suited for long distance travel in that they are usually loaded with lots of energy restoring nutrients. You're also served first on the plane and that's a plus for me as I hate having all of the dinner clutter around me and when normal meals are served I'm usually done and just hand my tray over when the pax next to me is served.

FWIW, the last meal I had on DL was a vegan meal... thought I'd try my luck and it was rather decent. I do miss the DL veggie curry dish, it's actually not bad, good amount of spice and flavor to it and it even came with a warm nan bread. Lately though the DL meals upfront or in the back have been a serious let down.

msntriathlete Aug 1, 10 9:43 pm

Yikes
 
Concerning, since I usually order vegan when I can, even though I'm vegetarian (sometimes they can hit you with a lot of dairy, which I try to avoid).

Then again, I'm glad DL has specialized domestic meals, as NW didn't!

longdrelation Aug 1, 10 9:57 pm

I have experienced the same thing, but had no idea why. I just thought that was DL's vegetarian option (which was not good at all). Apparently it was because it was a non-dairy meal instead. Thanks for the information.

tgtg Aug 1, 10 10:12 pm

Curious, DL does not list Vegan as an option for meals. The best I can equate is "Vegetarian - Non Dairy." How do you find Vegan.

This is right off the choices for a ATL-VCE (Venice) flight:

Special Meals
Asian Vegetarian meal
Baby meal
Bland meal
Child meal
Diabetic meal
Gluten Free meal
Hindu meal
Kosher meal
Low Cal, Chol, Fat meal
Low Sodium/No Salt Added meal
Muslim meal
Toddler meal
Vegetarian meal (dairy allowed)
Vegetarian meal (non-dairy)

Now, I do see at https://www.delta.com/traveling_chec...ite/dining.jsp that there is a vegetarian dish included in every BE flight. I'm sure that it is WAY better than the special meal.

What are the odds that I will actually be able to get one of these when I fly? I am thinking about rolling the dice as the "special" meals have been very "enhanced" lately.


-=tg=-

dereiziger Aug 2, 10 9:09 pm


Originally Posted by tgtg (Post 14405100)
Curious, DL does not list Vegan as an option for meals. The best I can equate is "Vegetarian - Non Dairy." How do you find Vegan.

This is right off the choices for a ATL-VCE (Venice) flight:

Special Meals
Asian Vegetarian meal
Baby meal
Bland meal
Child meal
Diabetic meal
Gluten Free meal
Hindu meal
Kosher meal
Low Cal, Chol, Fat meal
Low Sodium/No Salt Added meal
Muslim meal
Toddler meal
Vegetarian meal (dairy allowed)
Vegetarian meal (non-dairy)

Now, I do see at https://www.delta.com/traveling_chec...ite/dining.jsp that there is a vegetarian dish included in every BE flight. I'm sure that it is WAY better than the special meal.

What are the odds that I will actually be able to get one of these when I fly? I am thinking about rolling the dice as the "special" meals have been very "enhanced" lately.


-=tg=-

the last few times i have flown MSP-AMS in coach I have pre ordered the Veg Meal Non-Dairy and actually gotten it.... I think it might also depend on your station of departure....

Miniflyer Aug 24, 10 5:46 pm

another disgusting veggie meal
 
Delta is trying really hard to keep me on the weight watchers diet--there couldn't have been more than 200 calories total. I guess my vow to stop the twix diet won't end tonight. This meal from ATL-SEA, 8/24 was the worst ever. Supposed to have--yet again--a dairy vegetarian meal, but it was nothing more than a meager serving of rice and a turnip, red-pepper, and golden raisin curry, with green salad and a couple of pieces of fruit. No protein whatsoever. Oddly enought, they offered a vegetarian pasta as a regular choice--that has never happened. Not being one to complain to the FA's, I accepted the meal I had specially ordered. It's a good thing I get to Seattle in time to get a proper meal. When will they ever get it right? Or, more to the point, when will I give up and eat before I leave?

jackplum Aug 24, 10 8:42 pm

Both my daughter and I have experienced the occasional dairy vegetarian meal when a non-dairy vegetarian meal was selected.

Unfortunately, the problem usually resides with the local catering vendor. In each of those instances, the FA has put together a special plate of items from unused trays.

Now and then I have had some superb meals in BE on TATL flights but I had one recently that consisted primarily of something green and looked like an ice cream scoop molded it.

Overall, I think DL really needs to review their offerings in this area.

msntriathlete Sep 4, 10 9:54 am

Vegan meal MSP-SFO worked out
 
I flew MSP-SFO on 2 Sept in F, and had pre-ordered a vegan meal, listed as "vegetarian non-dairy" on the website. Afterward, it just showed up as "vegetarian" on my itinerary, but a call to SMS confirmed it was in the system as vegan.

I was flying with a group of 4, and when the FA served lunch, one tray at a time, he turned to me and said, "You're going to be the envy of the whole cabin, your lunch is in the oven and smells amazing." When he served my tray, he apologized that he didn't have a menu description.

It was definitely vegan, and definitely fresh, healthy and tasty! I still have no clue what it was. There was a square plate served hot with a spinach thing, a cabbage stir-fry, and some kind of grain that I think was bulghur that was beautifully-spiced. There was a brown onion sauce on the side. The tray also had a side-salad, a roll and a plate of cut fruit for dessert (different from the fruit bowl on the standard meals).

Interestingly, on the tray was a card that called it a "vegetarian-pure meal" adding to the vegetarian-vegan confusion.


As a funny aside, my mother, sitting next to me, had the Greek salad with grilled chicken, also a nice lunch. She kept trying to get me to take some of her chicken, since she couldn't finish it all, and since my meal didn't seem to have any meat on it! I gave up trying to get her to understand why I eat this way a loooong time ago!

Statguy Oct 20, 10 2:40 pm

I always request the Vegetarian (non-lactose) meal, but I ALWAYS get lactose in my meal (e.g., cheese w/ crackers, food cooked in butter).

jbcarioca Oct 20, 10 2:52 pm

For years DL has served milk and yogurt with breakfast on LH Business class flights. I wrote and called and begged for VGML to be as advertised but it never ever has worked. Lately I just carry so soy milk with me together with a MD note and it always makes it through security, except in the US where it is hit or miss. The other meals have been consistent for me, not always very good, but consistently what I had requested.


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