Through its LAX Shop & Dine website, travelers at Los Angeles International Airport can pre-order and pre-pay for meals from one or more food nearby food vendors, then just swing by, skip the lines, and pick up their order.
Now a new service named Breeze has been added to the order-ahead list.
The Breeze menu is full of healthy meals, including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, but don’t go looking for it in the terminal.
Breeze has no physical dine-in space.
Instead, Breeze uses a ghost kitchen – a cooking space used only to prepare food for one or more delivery venues – and delivers food to a kiosk on the T2 dining terrace for pick-up.
Orders can be made via the Breeze app, the LAX Shop & Dine site or via text and picked up within minutes. Orders can also be made up to 24 hours ahead, with a specified pick-up time. Say, right before you’re about to board a flight.
Sound tasty and convenient? Breeze and services like it may soon expand the use of ghost-kitchens to other LAX terminals and other airports.
The airport is partnering once again with HMSHost and inviting chefs of all abilities from across the country to enter the Channel Your Inner Chef competition.
Entrants may be “aspiring, connoisseur, or otherwise.”
The event takes place at O’Hare on March 24, 2020. And while you don’t need to be a master chef to enter this live cooking competition, you do need to get busy.
Entrants need to make an up-to-five-minute video of themselves preparing a favorite original recipe. The video entries need to be submitted by February 17 at the Channel Your Inner Chef website.
Five finalists will be selected from the video entries. Those finalists will be flown to Chicago to compete in a live cook-off in front of an audience and a panel of judges at O’Hare on March 24, 2020.
During the 30-minute cook-off, finalists will be challenged to create an original recipe using some of the food ingredients laid out before them.
The winning dish will be featured on the menu of an O’Hare restaurant.
The grand prize winner will win a VIP experience for two to the James Beard Awards Gala being held on May 4, 2020, in Chicago. The winner will also get two roundtrip airline tickets for a flight anywhere within the continental U.S.
StuckatTheAirport.com was on-site for last year’s competition. We got a kick out the fact that, after competing against each other, the contestants got together to cook themselves a feast with some of the fresh fish, meats and other unused ingredients that had been fanned out for them.
“We’re cooks,” one contestant told us, “We not going to let good food go to waste.”
Here at Stuck at the Airport, we are all about cool amenities and shops and restaurants that reflect the local community.
So, we’re curious to check out the newest addition at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport: The Cocktail Room at 18th and Central in Terminal 1 Concourse A.
between HMSHost Tattersall Distilling, The Cocktail Room at 18th and Central shows
off the craft distilling movement in Minnesota and beyond.
The new bar gets its
name from Tattersall Distilling’s location in Northeast Minneapolis, and one of
its most popular drinks.
Tattersall Distilling is a nationally acclaimed Minneapolis-based craft distiller, which makes organic vodka, straight rye whiskey, apple brandy, aquavit, gin and an extensive portfolio of liqueurs, all with an emphasis on using local ingredients and sustainable practices.
In addition to the unique drink options and specialty cocktails on the menu created for the MSP venue, many of the bar bites and plates are made from locally sourced ingredients.
Signature items menu items include smoked salmon, lemon pepper wings, house-made onion dip, and chicken bacon flatbread.
There’s also house popcorn, so we’re totally
month, TSA also collects and catalogs 90,000 to 100,000 other items that are
perfectly legal to travel with, but which are inadvertently left behind at
airport checkpoints by harried and distracted travelers.
items range from scarves and sunglasses to laptops, smartphones and some odd
“How did they forget THAT?” items such as bowling balls, violins, gold teeth
and urns and boxes filled with human cremains.
On a post-holiday tour of TSA’s Lost & Found room at Reagan National Airport, we spotted plenty of those items, as well as multiple bags filled with left behind IDs.
We also saw shelves lined with ballcaps, CPAP breathing machines, winter coats, car key fobs that will cost $200 or more to replace, car seats, canes and fully packed carry-on bags.
easy to see how hats and scarves get left behind in the bins, but what about
laptops, entire carry-on bags and other essential items?
the “people are in a rush,” factor, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein has some
it comes to laptops, many brands are grey and the same color as the checkpoint
bins, so it can be easy to overlook your laptop,” says Feinstein. “Also, if a
bin has an advertisement in the bottom, travelers’ eyes may be drawn to the ad
and cause them to miss the driver’s license and keys still in the bin.”
The number of bins people use may also contribute to the pile-up in the Lost & Found. If you’ve scattered your stuff across multiple bins (coats here, electronics there, a flat laptop and an ID in another bin), you may overlook items in the last bin as you rush to take your stuff out and stack up the used bins.
The pile of canes?
“It’s not that we have so many miraculous recoveries at TSA checkpoints,” says Farbstein, “I think attendants and family members helping wheelchair users who also have canes often forget to pick up the canes once they’re through the checkpoint.”
your stuff out of Lost & Found
TSA keeps items left behind at security checkpoints for a minimum of 30 days and posts phone numbers on its website where travelers can contact the Lost & Found department at each airport.
in mind that airports and airlines will have their own lost and found
procedures for things left in the terminals and on airplanes.)
To improve your chances of getting your stuff back – or not
losing it in the first place – Farbstein offers these tips:
Tape a business card or some other form of ID to
your laptop or smartphone. “So many models are alike, so this can make all the
difference in getting yours back,” said Farbstein.
Before you get to the checkpoint, or while
you’re standing online, take time to consolidate all your miscellaneous items
(i.e. scarves, hats, gloves) and take everything out of your pockets (keys,
phones, wallets, etc.). Instead of putting small items in a bin, put them in
your carry-on in an extra plastic bag you’ve packed just for that purpose. If
you don’t put loose items in the bin to begin with, you eliminate the chance of
leaving anything in the bin on the other side.
Pay attention to everything you put in the bins,
including things that may have a high emotional value. “A laptop may cost thousands of dollars, but I can assure
you that an old beat-up stuffed animal that a child has left behind is valuable
to the parent who is now dealing with a crying child,” says Farbstein.
Help is on the way
Looking forward, as part of a $96.8 million contract
awarded last year to Smiths Detection, in 2020 most large and major airports in
the United States will be getting computed technology 3D X-ray scanners at the
checkpoints. This new machinery will allow travelers to keep their electronics
in their carry-on bags and reduce the chance of so many laptops and other
gadgets getting left behind.
(My story: “How to avoid leaving stuff behind at the TSA checkpoint” first appeared on CNBC in a slightly different version)