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Featured Airport of the Week: LGA

Featured Airport of the Week: LGA

This will be the first of many posts highlighting top travel routes and airports out of Nashville International Airport (BNA).

Did you know that New York LaGuardia (LGA) is the number one route destination out of the Nashville Airport (BNA)? Despite not offering international flights, LaGuardia is a busy growing airport with plenty to do and see, so we want to be sure you don’t miss a thing.

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Celebrity Chef Inspired Airport Restaurants

Whether you are a food enthusiast or just looking for a savory meal, make sure to check out these celebrity chef inspired airport restaurants. Their vast menu coupled with their rich flavors will make these places a must visit for any passenger.

 

Rick Bayless- Chicago, Illinois (ORD)

Consistently regarded as one of the best Mexican airport restaurants in the country, Tortas Frontera by Celebrity chef Rick Bayless never fails to disappoint. From the warm flavor of authentic chicken tortilla soup, to the savory freshness of the chipotle chicken, roasted mushroom, and pepito tortas, this is a spot you should not miss. Nobody likes that guy on the airplane with a sloppy bag of food; this Mexican meal is packed into a savory sandwich so it won’t mess up your hands or relationship with your seat mates.

 

Insider Tip: For a longer layover, enjoy the full Mexican experience by pairing the Pepito torta and the poblano corn chowder. Dip the torta in the chowder and let your taste buds take off.

 

Jamie Oliver- New York, New York (LGA)

If you’re a fan of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, you’re in luck. He has four separate food venues in the airport, so there are ample opportunities to chow down Jamie-style. There’s a coffee truck right at check in to start your journey off on a caffenieted track, or a bakery with gourmet cakes and freshly baked pizza all packed and ready to travel with you. If you have a bit more time, sit down at Jamie’s Italian, where antipasti like cured meat plates and seasonal vegetables precedeclassic dishes a la Osso Buco, Lamb Chops Scottaditto, and Crab Spaghettini.

Insider Tip: Grab a British-style handmade hot dog inside Jamie’s Union Jacks. Try the Dirty Dog with pulled pork, barbeque sauce and crackling!

Roger Mooking- Toronto, Ontario (YYZ)

Brand spanking new restaurant Twist brings healthy flavors from celebrity chef, tv host, and cookbook author Roger Mooking. The restaurant will focus on gluten free, vegetarian, and sustainable options, and will source many ingredients from local Canandian suppliers. While the ingredients may be local, the flavors are bold and exotic, as in the Fried Chicken made with Japanese spices and Thai-influences crispy herbs.

Insider Tip: Indulge in the Splat Scones, made with Devonshire cream, lavendar honey, and peameal bacon.

 

Mike Isabella- Washington D.C (DCA)

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A sister restaurant to Mike Isabella’s Kapnos in Washington, D.C., Kapnos Taverna serves classic and coastal-inspired Greek dishes at Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA). The restaurant has classic traditional takes on the ancient cuisine alongside some of the biggest hits from Isabella’s modern ode to Northern Greece. Savor your taste buds on split roasted meats, Greek meze and seafood towers from the Greek Islands while you wait through your next layover.

 

Insider Tip: Enjoy classical liquid offerings that feature a Greek-heavy wine list and Mediterranean-inspired cocktails by Mike Isabella Concepts beverage director, Taha Ismail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relax in the airport in these new American Express Centurion Lounges

Relax in the airport in these new American Express Centurion Lounges

Tired of the hustle, bustle and noise at the airport during your layover or pre-flight waiting period? You already know that airport lounges offered by the airlines provide a well-needed respite from the maddening crowd wandering through the airport. Some are better than others – especially if they are FREE!

If you’re not lucky enough to be a top-tier elite airline frequent flyer or carry a premium ticket, American Express Centurion Lounges at the airport may be your answer! American Express is offering free access to these exceptional lounges exclusively for their Platinum Card® and Centurion® Members.

Right now, these new (all under three years old!) and upscale airport lounges from AmEx are only open in a few airports, but if you are lucky enough to be in Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth, New York-LaGuardia, San Francisco, Miami, and Seattle (an extension of The Centurion Lounge in a smaller setting), then visit you must! A new lounge is planned for the Houston (IAH) airport later in 2016.

From the moment you walk in, you know something’s different – in a good way. While all locations include standard amenities like showers and complimentary Wi-Fi and food & drinks, and a variety of seating, each has its own unique characteristics that provide a comfortable pre-flight or layover experience at the select airports. On the menu at each location – locally-inspired food and locally produced wines, beers and artisanal beverages. The cuisine at each Centurion airport lounge is prepared by world-renowned chefs known for showcasing the local flavors of the area. This is the way to kill the dead time you have to spend at the airport!

Let’s check it out!

Starting with the “mini” version at the Seattle (SEA) airport, at the Centurion Studio, you’re treated with unexpected touches like premium healthy snacks and comfortable seating with high-speed Wi-Fi and outlets near every seat. The Studio is located in Concourse B, opposite Gate B3. The Studio is accessible from any security checkpoint and open 5 AM – 10 PM. (Photo Credit: Travel Codex)

AmEx opened its first Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) in 2013. Freshen up in well-appointed shower suite, and dine in decadence with cuisine by chef Scott Conant. Savor succulent dishes like Lamb and Beef Börek and Orecchiette with Eggplant. You can even enjoy a cocktail developed by one of the nation’s top mixologists, Jim Meehan. The Lounge is located in Concourse D, opposite Gate D1. The concourse is accessible from Terminal 1 or Terminal 3 via the transit system. Once you pass security, follow signs to D gates. Hours are 5 AM – 11 PM. Photo courtesy of American Express.

Next, let’s travel to the Centurion Lounge at the Miami (MIA) airport. This airport lounge provides a bright environment and even offers spa therapies! Once again, the locally-inspired food is incredible, with cuisine designed by James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein. The Latin-inspired Braised Chicken Thighs and Corn Soup with Roast Poblanos will have you shouting “Ole!” The Lounge is located in Concourse D, near Gate D12, on the 4th floor. The Lounge is accessible via the Skytrain in North Terminal- Station. Open 5 AM – 11 PM.   Photo courtesy of Miami Airport.

Stuck in LaGuardia Airport (LGA)? Then this Centurion Lounge is the place to hang out – and it’s even located pre-security, perfect for a pre-flight visit with a friend. Sip on wines handpicked by renowned wine authority Anthony Giglio, and savor the diverse New York City culinary offerings like Green Chili Udon Noodles and Italian Burrata on Crostini, designed by one of Zagat’s top 30 under 30 chefs, Cédric Vongerichten. The Lounge is located pre-security, on the 3rd floor between Concourses B and C. If your flight departs from another terminal, you can take the Route A or B airport shuttle on the arrivals level. Hours are 5:30 AM – 8 PM (Sunday – Friday) and 5:30 AM – 6:30 PM on Saturday. Photo courtesy of The Points Guy.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Airport is the third busiest airport in the country, so the Centurion Lounge here is just what the doctor ordered to escape the craziness – unexpected touches like spa therapies from exhale® and even a family room! Dining is also a pleasure, with cuisine designed by James Beard Award-winning chef Dean Fearing, including Tex-Mex dishes like Texas Migas with Chorizo and Sweet Onions. The Lounge is located in Terminal D, opposite Gate D17, on the mezzanine. The Lounge can be reached from any other terminal via the Skylink train and is open 5:30 AM – 10 PM. Photo courtesy American Express.

Last, but not least, is the Centurion Lounge at the San Francisco Airport (SFO.) Here, a Napa Valley wine tasting area and a well-appointed shower suite can wash away any of your airport travel stresses. Succulent dishes from Zagat chef Cédric Vongerichten await – like Fried Chicken with a Honey Lemongrass Glaze and Chocolate Mousse with Mint Cream. Yum! The Lounge can be accessed post-security from Terminal 3 or from International Terminal G. If your flight is not in Terminals 3 or G, visiting the lounge could be a bit cumbersome. Since all terminals are not connected post-security at SFO, if you are flying out of another terminal, you may be able to use your boarding pass to enter through T3 security – subject to approval by the TSA agent. After visiting the Lounge, you will need to exit through security, take the AirTrain or walk to your terminal and re-enter through security. Open 5 AM – 11 PM. Photo credit: www.alldonemonkey.com )

 

Who knows – on your next layover or pre-flight airport travels, these American Express Centurion Lounges can stand guard to protect you from travel insanity!

 

Access to The Centurion Lounge at these airports is complimentary for global Platinum Card® and Centurion® Members. To access The Centurion Lounge, the Card Member must present The Centurion Lounge agent with the following upon each visit: his or her valid Card, a boarding pass showing a confirmed reservation for same-day travel on any carrier and a government-issued I.D. The Centurion Lounge is a Day of Departure lounge requiring confirmed travel plans. Passengers holding standby tickets and non-revenue standby passengers, including airline or industry employees traveling on discounted tickets, are not eligible to utilize the lounge unless they have received a boarding pass showing a confirmed seat or zone assignment for the flight for which they are on standby. All other Card Members with a valid American Express® Credit or Charge Card are eligible to purchase access to the Lounge for $50 per day, subject to capacity. PLATINUM CARDS ELIGIBLE FOR COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS

Chocolate: The Cure For Airport Stress

Chocolate: The Cure For Airport Stress

Travel delays got you feeling down at the airport? Indulge in some tasty chocolate! The delicious snack will not only satisfy your sweet tooth cravings but also releases feel-good endorphins. Stress be gone!

Pro Tip: If there’s a Duty Free store in your airport, check for travel retail confectionary exclusives. You can score some great deals on delicious chocolates! We love Godiva.

Image credit: By André Karwath aka Aka (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Home Sweet Airport

When does a journey truly begin? Does it start when you’re sitting at your computer, buying plane tickets and researching hotels and restaurants in faraway cities? Or is it when you’re trying to decide how many outfits you can cram into your suitcase and still have room for five pairs of shoes? For me, any journey, whether business or pleasure, begins when the automatic doors of my home base airport open and whisk me into a world of excitement, anticipation, and yes, sometimes frustration.

Like bookends on a shelf, your home airport is both the launch pad of your next great adventure and the first glimpse of return when that journey has ended. Whether you travel occasionally or you’re George Clooney in “Up In The Air”, the experience of a home base airport can be a constant and a comfort. You know that after you snake through the security line, there are familiar restaurants, bars, and gift shops awaiting you. You know just where the comfortable padded seats are, the ones with charging stations and prime views of the planes taxiing and taking off on the tarmac. You’ve located the clean bathrooms, and you know the best place to buy your preferred plane snack (trail mix with M&Ms, of course). If your flight happens to become delayed, you might grumble but now you have time for a burger and a beer at the bar of your favorite restaurant. And when you see the twinkling lights of your airport’s runway from the plane window on your return journey, you know you’re finally home.

For the past ten years, Laguardia has been my home airport. I was a New York City schoolteacher, so air travel to me meant winter breaks to visit my mother in Florida and epic European summer adventures. I lived only ten minutes from the airport, so I really considered it a beacon of home. I had my pre-flight routine: Post security in Terminal D, I’d load up from the surprisingly tasty Food Court Salad Bar and Buffet if I was attempting to be healthy, or order a decadent Custom Burger by Pat La Frieda with a fried egg on a potato roll if I was not. After my meal, I’d buy a sweet snack and some gum for the plane. Well stocked, I’d settle in at my gate, updating my Facebook announcing the start of my travels.

But life has a way of surprising you, because now my new home airport is Austin-Bergstrom International smack dab in the middle of Texas. Six months ago I followed my heart and the love of my life to Austin. I’m now a journalist and my business travels take me near and far. Adjusting to Texas was one thing, but I find myself also taking in my new home airport. There’s no Pat La Frieda but there is Salt Lick BBQ, which a girl can certainly get used to. There’s also live music “keeping Austin weird”, local favorite Thundercloud Subs, and gift shops selling up bottles of hot sauce and dry rubs. I’ve even found the comfy seats from which I can enjoy my trail mix with M&Ms, which I now buy in the largest size because hey, everything’s bigger in Texas.

The world is changing and air travel is no longer a luxury but the norm. As such, airports have upped their game to become exciting venues filled with top-notch restaurants, quirky bars, and specialty shops with local food and beverage gifts. In many ways, airports are ambassadors for the regions they represent, offering their own flavors to those who are passing through. Come along with me on this journey as I explore the food and fun of not only my new home airport but all home airports around the world. Wishing you tasty travels!

Here I am in all my glory, patiently awaiting my flight.  Where’s my trail mix?

Here I am in all my glory, patiently awaiting my flight. Where’s my trail mix?

Image credit: Top Image -Joe Mabel [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0), CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bottom Image: Lara Pasternak

 

Beats Executive: Headphones for the exclusive traveler (InMotion locations)

Beats Executive: Headphones for the exclusive traveler (InMotion locations)

The Beats Executive headphones will take you from the boardroom to the jet lounge. The legendary sound quality of these headphones has been redesigned with the traveler in mind for this set. They balance noise canceling technology with comfort needed for transatlantic flights, and the signature Beats by Dr. Dre sound profile. This Executive box includes batteries, audio cable, airline adapter, Apple remote microphone, hard shell carrying case and a Beats by Dr. Dre cleaning cloth. More

Collector’s Chocolate Set from Bridge Brand

Collector’s Chocolate Set from Bridge Brand

Bring a sweet version of San Francisco home with you. Or Chicago, Philly, LA, Vegas … These Landmark special collections by bridge brands chocolate contain one, three or six signature tins showcasing the most popular images of the cities we love. Depending on the package, the tins contain either milk chocolate, dark chocolate or both. One-tin sets cost $7.50, three-tin sets cost $19.95, Six-tin sets cost $39.95.

The Landmark One-, Three-, and Six-Tin Sets are available online and at select Hudson retailers.

This great promotional offer comes from one of FlyInStyle’s trusted retailer partners.

Surf, Order, Dine, Relax (LGA Terminal D)

Mixing technology and delicious cuisine, this Provencal inspired bistro is one of the most unique restaurant concepts you’ll see. Order from an iPad (pay from it too), play on the internet and charge all your devices while you enjoy the menu created by New York Chefs Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson – the famed duo behind Balthazar, Pastis, Schiller’s and Minetta Tavern. The restaurant is simply French country and Bisoux Market offers the entire menu to-go, plus traditional French gourmet items from Cibo Express Gourmet Markets. More

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