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Souvenir Sunday: Kit Kats at Narita Airport

Narita Kit Kat

Welcome to Souvenir Sunday, the day we take a look at some of the fun, locally-themed and inexpensive items you can buy when you’re stuck at the airport.

This week: Kit Kats picked up on a very short layover at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.

Wildly popular in Japan (where Nestle has a Kit Kat boutique), Kit Kats are available in dozens of unusual flavors in addition to the three – wasabi, hot Japanese chile and rum raisin – that we picked up at the airport.

Snack Saturday: Hello Kitty lattes

Those hearts your barista makes with the foam on your latte may be charming, but the 3D foam Hello Kitty and other cute characters that top the drinks at Chock Full of Beans in Singapore’s Changi Village neighborhood bring latte art to a new level.

Starbucks, take note…

Changi Village Hello Kitty_edited

Changi Village - 3D Foam latte

Changi Village Rose Latte

Iron Chef-style cook-off at O’Hare Airport

CHEF

If you’re traveling through Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on Tuesday, March 31, head over to Terminal 2 (across from Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi) at 11 a.m. for the live, Iron Chef-style cooking competition.

Organized by HMSHost, which operates food and beverage outlets at many airports (and along highways), the cook-off will feature the winners of a contest held earlier this year. (See the winning videos here.)

During the “Channel Your Inner Chef” cook-off at O’Hare contestants will have 30 minutes to prepare a dish using three “surprise” ingredients – a protein, a starch and vegetable –plus one additional ingredient plucked from the herbs and vegetables growing in the airport’s aeroponic garden.

The winner of the cook-off will have their specialty dish added to the menu at one of the airport’s HMSHost-operated restaurants and they’ll get a trip back to Chicago on May 4 to attend the 25th anniversary of the James Beard Foundation awards, being held outside of New York City for the first time.

Alaska Airlines shakes its Beyond

Alaska plane at Museum of Flight_edited

To show off its new “Alaska Beyond” package of in-flight amenities and services, Alaska Airlines parked a 737 out in front of Seattle’s Museum of Flight on Thursday and welcomed aboard a planeload of frequent fliers, reporters and bloggers for a two-hour flight over Oregon and Washington.

I got to tag along.

During the flight passengers could test out the new on-board entertainment options, which include both free and for-purchase TV shows and films that can be streamed on personal devices and new inflight entertainment tablets (rented in the Main Cabin for $8-$10 and free in First Class) offering access to new movie releases, selections from the Seattle International Film Festival, TV shows, music, digital magazines and games.

ALASKA digital tablets

The Alaska Beyond program extends to the buy-on-board menu, which now includes Canoe Ridge Wines blended especially for drinking at 30,000 feet and dishes created by Seattle’s three-time James Beard award-winning chef Tom Douglas, who was on board serving his BBQ chicken sandwiches and coleslaw and, afterwards, helping to gather up the empty wrappers.

Alaska Airlines - Tom Douglas on Alaska Beyond flight

Alaska says that by mid-April, 70 percent of its planes will feature all the Alaska Beyond amenities (which also include power at each seat and leather seats by Recaro with adjustable headrests) and all the airline’s 737s will offer direct-to-your personal-device-entertainment.

Why is Alaska doing all this upgrading now? Some say it has to do with Delta Air Lines’ aggressive push into the market. No doubt. But who’s going to argue against welcome improvements in services and in-flight amenities, especially those that remind Pacific Northwest passengers of home?

All-red dinner at Dusseldorf Airport

Dusseldorf Red

Germany’s Dusseldorf Airport has a fun, creative side: an outdoor airport terrace that has hosted an outdoor film night, a robot that parks cars and a monthly event in the pre-security shopping area that has featured everything from a circus to dance performances.

Following up on last year’s “Dîner en bleu” – which featured guests wearing blue clothing, blue decorations and blue-themed food, earlier this month the airport hosted “Dîner en rouge, with everything red: the clothing of the diners, the decorations and the 7-course menu, which included guinea fowl on beetroot-risotto with blood orange and champagne foam.

To be considered as one of the 100 invited guests, potential diners had to share a story about a special shopping experience a Dusseldorf Airport.

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