Pre-boarding snacks – United Club

Pre-boarding snacks - United Club
Coffee, chocolate cookie, cheese and crackers. Complimentary
United Club, San Antonio International Airport (SAT)

Flying is always more enjoyable when you can have free snacks before boarding. It was too early to grab a cocktail though and I wasn’t in the mood for a bloody mary.

Breakfast of champions – Red Carpet Club

Breakfast of champions - Red Carpet Club
Rose Kennedy cocktail (vodka, cranberry, splash of soda), coffe, blueberry mini muffin. Complimentary
Red Carpet Club, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Airports always become less stressful when you have access to airline lounges. I love getting complimentary drinks and snacks, and most importantly free reliable wifi.

Ham and scrambled eggs – Philippine Airlines

Ham and scrambled eggs - Philippine Airlines
Hash browns, mushrooms and tomato, pineapple, cranberry raisin bar, roll, orange juice. Complimentary
Manila (MNL) to San Francisco (SFO), Philippine Airlines

Ugh, not the best way to end a vacation – with subpar breakfast food from PAL. The ham was a bit salty and the hash browns were super mushy. I never expect much from airplane eggs so I really didn’t dock PAL points for them. Oh well…

Manila Bay
Ominous skies over Manila Bay.

Chicken inasal – Philippine Airlines

Chicken inasal - Philippine Airlines
Grilled chicken, steamed vegetables, rice, chicken jicama salad, dinner roll, mango parfait. Complimentary
Manila (MNL) to San Francisco (SFO), Philippine Airlines

Chicken inasal is a well known Ilonggo dish of marinated chicken that’s grilled. I don’t think I’d ever had it before, but this airplane version wasn’t very good. I don’t know what spices they used, but it was kind of sour and unpleasant tasting. I’m not sure how authentic the PAL version was, but I don’t think I’d eat it again if that was how it was supposed to taste.

Filipino street food cart
Filipino street food cart with banana cue, potato wedges, and what I think are large lumpias?

Green ice flake ice cream – Philippine Airlines

Green ice flake ice cream - Philippine Airlines
Milk ice cream with toasted coconut. Complimentary
Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to Manila (MNL), Philippine Airlines

Green ice flake ice cream - Philippine Airlines
I don’t know if this frozen dessert would technically qualify as ice cream, but it’s not a big deal. I still enjoyed eating it. It surprising didn’t have that much flavor probably because it was just milk flavored. The toasted coconuts were great for adding both texture and flavor though!

Betelnut and betel leaves
Betelnut and betel leaves, Cholon (Chinatown).

Sweet and sour fish cake – Philippine Airlines

Sweet and sour fish cake - Philippine Airlines
With steamed vegetables, rice, crab salad, and dinner roll. Complimentary
Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to Manila (MNL), Philippine Airlines

Eh, this could have been sweet and sour “anything” really. It tasted fine, but the highly processed fish cake wasn’t the best. They actually advertised it as sweet and sour “fish” so I was disappointed when it came out as fish cake instead although it made more sense to serve fish cake on a plane.

Reunification Palace
Reunification Palace.

Chicken adobo- Philippine Airlines

Chicken adobo- Philippine Airlines
With scrambled eggs, sauteed mushrooms, tomato, fruit, sweet roll, dinner roll. Complimentary
San Francisco (SFO) to Manila (MNL), Philippine Airlines

I’m sure most people wouldn’t think of chicken adobo as a breakfast meal item, but it is, lol! I don’t think there’s much difference in the kinds of foods that Filipinos eat for different meals. I’m all for it!

Ayala Blvd murals
Street murals, Ayala Blvd, Manila.