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Old Sep 3, 08, 5:04 pm
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The Dreaded Fruit and Cheese Plate

I would like to state that domestic 2 class F service has become quite abysmal at non meal times. United's favorite choice is the dreaded fruit and cheese plate which is simply inedible and gross. The F cabin was even served this on a night flight returning from Hawaii to the US mainland as the only meal. In contrast, the daytime HNL flight at least had good fish and chicken offerings. Would others please chime in? Thanks.
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Old Sep 3, 08, 5:07 pm
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Not what you want to hear, but I like the fruit and cheese plate! Add a little port, and I sleep well!
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Actually, they have recently changed the fruit plate to the deli plate. Essentially the fruit plate + a couple slices of ham and turkey (going with CO's recent enhancement of their snacks). I had it over the weekend. It wasn't that bad.

The rule of thumb is to always low fat meal during snack flights to receive the chicken plate.
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I decided awhile back that all FC gets you is a slightly larger seat and a bit more leg room. I have now taken to eating before the flight or bringing my own something on board. And when I bring my own I usually get looks of envy from those around me!
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Originally Posted by chitownflyer View Post
I would like to state that domestic 2 class F service has become quite abysmal at non meal times. United's favorite choice is the dreaded fruit and cheese plate which is simply inedible and gross. The F cabin was even served this on a night flight returning from Hawaii to the US mainland as the only meal. In contrast, the daytime HNL flight at least had good fish and chicken offerings. Would others please chime in? Thanks.
This is news? This has been the case for quite some time -- years, in fact!

Personally, I haven't found the fruit and cheese plate to be inedible and gross at all. However, it is rather repetitious -- luckily, they sometimes add a few slices of deli meat (as mentioned by Bliss above) for a little variety.

Considering all the other changes made RECENTLY (last few months), this issue would come pretty close to the bottom of my list of things to complain about with UA.
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Old Sep 3, 08, 5:27 pm
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I actually enjoy the new fruit/deli plate. It's a light meal, relatively healthy (skip the cheese if you must) and has always been fresh and tasty in my experience. I understand it's not worth nearly what an F ticket or upgrade costs, but then again no meal would be on any airline.
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Originally Posted by chitownflyer View Post
I would like to state that domestic 2 class F service has become quite abysmal at non meal times. United's favorite choice is the dreaded fruit and cheese plate which is simply inedible and gross. The F cabin was even served this on a night flight returning from Hawaii to the US mainland as the only meal. In contrast, the daytime HNL flight at least had good fish and chicken offerings. Would others please chime in? Thanks.
once confimred in f and at least 48 hours out, you could always request a low fat (LFML) meal
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Old Sep 3, 08, 5:44 pm
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Originally Posted by goalie View Post
once confimred in f and at least 48 hours out, you could always request a low fat (LFML) meal
I believe it's 24 hr and have already mentioned in my previous post.

http://www.united.com/page/middlepag...,51499,00.html
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I like the fruit and cheese plate.
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Originally Posted by izzik View Post
I like the fruit and cheese plate.
Me too.
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Originally Posted by izzik View Post
I like the fruit and cheese plate.
It not too bad...could be worse.
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Originally Posted by KathyWdrf View Post
This is news? This has been the case for quite some time -- years, in fact!

Personally, I haven't found the fruit and cheese plate to be inedible and gross at all. However, it is rather repetitious -- luckily, they sometimes add a few slices of deli meat (as mentioned by Bliss above) for a little variety.

Considering all the other changes made RECENTLY (last few months), this issue would come pretty close to the bottom of my list of things to complain about with UA.
I agree...the red-eyes have had the fruit/cheese plate for a LONG time...I recently had it on the SFO-IAD red-eye (longer than SFO-HNL btw) and thoroughly enjoyed it...especially with the addition of the cold cuts...how can it be "inedible" when it's just fruit, cheese, and cold cuts...they didn't do anything to it to make it inedible, it's very simplistic and frankly A LOT healthier than the prepackaged snack foods being sold in the back. Frankly, I've never had anything in UA F that I didn't eat but I suppose if you haven't been in Y for awhile, one could become a bit picky...lol
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Yuck. You can have mine if you want.
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Old Sep 3, 08, 7:04 pm
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In most of my experience, the fruit is stale and the cheese is also bad, so this is why I do not care for this snack. If I do order the low fat meal, will I likely receive a chicken plate?
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Old Sep 3, 08, 7:11 pm
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Don't like it either ... I'll pick through the fruit at most, but usually just put in/on ear plugs and eye shades and try to get some sleep.

... but as another poster said, this is near the bottom of my list of problems.
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