Review: American Airlines Flagship Business In-Flight Dining – The New James Beard Menus

by Paul Riegler

Airline food.  Ask anyone and at best you’ll hear it’s a necessary evil, at least on longer flights. That hasn’t stopped numerous airlines from trying to move away from what – in 2008 – Oliver Beale, an advertising executive. famously called a “culinary journey of hell” in a note to Sir Richard Branson.
While many airlines have partnered with so-called celebrity chefs, American Airlines has taken a different path. American was the …

5 Tips to Combat Text Neck and iPhone Elbow

by Jeremy Del Nero

As I write this, I feel a dull pain in my neck, even though I am perfectly positioned in my ergonomic desk chair with my MacBook Pro on the desk at the recommended height.  It isn’t the chair, nor is it the Mac. Rather, it’s stemming from the time I spend hunched over my phone, looking at news, social media, and just keeping tabs on the world.
While FBT Editorial Director …

Ready to Ring in the New Decade? You May Have to Wait Another 12 Months

by Jonathan Spira

Ready to celebrate the new decade and the start of what may be the Roaring 20s when ringing in the New Year in a few weeks?
Not everyone is.
The 1920s was a decade of economic growth and prosperity with distinctive cultural developments.  Known in France as the années folles, or crazy years, and also referred to as the Jazz Age, it was the decade that saw the advent of commercial aviation, …

5 Tips for a Safer Uber or Lyft Ride

by Anna Breuer

With recent headlines that include over 3,000 allegations of sexual assault by Uber drivers in 2018, many passengers are justly concerned about their safety when using a ride-hailing service such as Uber or Lyft.
Here are five tips that will help keep passengers safe.
1.)       Compare vehicle info before entering the vehicle.  All ride-hailing apps provide information about the color, make, model, and license plate number of your particular ride.
2.)       Verify driver …

Restaurant Review: Mishiguene at Intersect by Lexus, New York City

by Jonathan Spira

Mishiguene.  The Argentine transliteration for the Yiddish “meshugene” (in Yiddish, משוגעןע), i.e. crazy.  This is the name Chef Tomás Kalika, known for his interpretation of dishes of the Jewish diaspora, chose for his restaurant in Buenos Aires, and for its outpost in New York City at Intersect by Lexus.
Don’t speak Yiddish? Neither does the wait staff but you probably know more Yiddish than you may think.  Bagel, blintz, glitch, kvell, …

Why You Should Start Your Day Off with Oatmeal or Müesli

by Paul Riegler

Like the movies “Sunset Boulevard,” “Citizen Kane,” and “Casablanca,” oatmeal and müesli are classics.  Although travel can be hectic, it’s especially important when on the road to start off the morning with a healthy meal that will set the pace for the remainder of the day.
Oatmeal and müesli are both rich in fiber, which regulates the digestive system and can help with weight control.  They are both loaded with important …

December Travel News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Past Month’s Headlines

by Paul Riegler

How up-to-date are you with travel and aviation news from the past month. Take our travel news quiz and you could win a piece of airline and travel history including items from Pan Am, Cunard, and TWA.
In last month’s quiz, the question about which two airlines recently dissolved their frequent-flyer partnership (the answer was American Airlines and Alaska Airlines) had the highest share of correct answers, with 84%, but only …