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Hop Over to Last-Minute Easter Gifts, Right at the Airport

Apr 7, 2017

Going home for Easter but not in the mood to pay luggage fees to pack gifts for the family? You don’t have to waste precious luggage space or worry about selecting gifts that will make it through security; these days, you can find fabulous gifts for your loved ones right at the airport, saving you shopping time and energy. Thankfully Easter is a pretty low-maintenance holiday when it comes to giving gifts (looking at you, Christmas and Hannukah), so a simple card and box of chocolates will suffice. Most stores have pre-made Easter baskets and boxes prepared, making your job even easier. If you’re feeling that extra “Spring” in your step, bring home flowers for mom – she deserves it!
Easter

Knowing where to go is half the battle. Plan some extra time at your departure airport or take a little time when you land to find yourself a chocolate shop and a Hudson Booksellers  to purchase cards. Because there are so many quality options at airports these days, you will surely find a gift to bring home for Easter that does not scream “last-minute.” Here is a list of chocolate and gift shops at various airports that will melt your heart (and theirs!):

EasterInsider Tip: While you nibble on that extra chocolate treat you picked up for yourself, use your time on the plane to express how much you care in each of the cards you picked up.  Everyone loves a heartfelt handwritten note!


Steak It to Me- Top Airport Restaurants to Enjoy Steak!

Jun 14, 2016

Charley’s Grilled Subs- Port Columbus International Airport (CMH)

 

Charley’s Philly Steaks are heating up the food court! Founded in the heart of Columbus, this cheese steak chain may not exactly be traditional (they serve lettuce and tomato on their sandwiches) but they do serve up a made-to-order tasty sandwich, and they do it with a smile. All sandwiches are made with 100% USDA Choice Steak or 100% All-White Meat Chicken Breast.

Insider Tip: You’ll want to order a refreshing lemonade to wash down that sandwich!

 

Elway’s – Denver International Airport (DEN)

 

It’s not often a city’s sports hero puts his name behind a steakhouse and the steakhouse happens to be one of, if not the, best in town. That’s the case with Elway’s, an amazing steakhouse that has followed the movement of other great Denver restaurants into the airport. Try any of the savory steaks that all have a succulent center coated with amazing homemade steak sauce! The experience here is everything Denverites have grown to expect at the Cherry Creek, downtown and Vail locations.

 

Insider Tip: Make sure to take a picture with the Super Bowl trophy before you leave the restaurant!

 

 

5ive Steak- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

 

Burger Joints are a trend that has found its way to JFK with 5ive Steak. Even though it is a delicious steakhouse, the burgers are a major draw. From the California burger on a brioche roll to the truffle fries, 5ive is brining notable food to terminal 5 in this New York Airport. The service and bar are spectacular, just make sure you try a variety of different items on this diverse menu.

 

Insider Tip: Try and experience the “sidewalk” seating for a different vibe while eating!

 

Burrito Elito- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

 

Spice things up with some steak while you wait for your flight at California Tortilla. This Maryland chain serves up set-menu burritos, quesadillas, tacos, and fajitas. Or, go wild and make your own tasty creation filled with yummy proteins like Carnitas, Grilled Mesquite Steak, or Blackened Fish a top tons of fresh veggies.

 

Insider Tip: Breakfast time? Breakfast burrito time! That spice will wake you up!

 

MASH – Modern American Steakhouse- Copenhagen Airport (CPH)

 

It might sound strange to eat at an American style steak house in Denmark, but MASH – Modern American Steak House- combines the steakhouse concept with meat cuts from all over the world to create something truly special. You can order Ribeye from Uruguay, Danish Dry-Aged Long Bone, or N.Y. Stripsteaks made from Omaha cattle. Served with classic sides like French Fries, Macaroni and Cheese, or Creamy Spinach, MASH makes any meal a special occasion.

 

 

Insider Tip: Order the Wagyu style Sirloin, made from delectable beef from Australia.

 

Paschal’s Restaurant- Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)

 

Make sure you have an empty stomach for this place because you’ll certainly be eating some southern delicacies. They’ve got large portions of fried catfish, country fried steak (the local favorite), macaroni and cheese, and the traditional fried chicken. So loosen your belts for a yummy dining experience you will never forget.

 

Insider Tip: Pair the country fried steak with hand cut french fries and a sweet tea for a local experience!

 


Top Mexican Restaurants among US Airports

Mar 18, 2016

Mexican cuisine is attractive to many individuals due to the savory and diverse range of ingredients. It is appealing to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, with a variety of dishes for any occasion. Given my fascination for spicy food coupled with my experiences in various airports across the United States, I figured that I would share my top restaurants for Mexican food at American airports. When I visit Mexican restaurants, I am almost always with other people, so I have a chance to try most if not the entire menu. The restaurants listed below are all must-tries if stopping for a layover, or simply before or after any flight.

 

Tortas Frontera- Chicago, Illinois (ORD)

Star rating: ★★★★★

 

Consistently regarded as one of the best Mexican airport restaurants in the country, Tortas Frontera 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 must have for any passenger at O’Hare. This Mexican cuisine is not as messy because the ingredients are packed into a savory sandwich.

 

Insider Tip: Pair the Pepito torta and the poblano corn chowder and dip it in to make the bread softer!

 

Source: http://chicago.seriouseats.com/2011/08/egg-chorizo-torta-from-torta-frontera-sandwiches-chicago-ohare-international-airport.html

 

Mesa Verde Bar & Grill- Denver, Colorado (DEN)

Star rating: ★★★★★

 

The Mile High city airport has plenty to offer in terms of authentic Mexican cuisine. Not only is this restaurant delicious, but also it is also very affordable. The inventive menu that begins with the brussels sprouts with vegan chorizo to the polenta, and while unorthodox, the taste is indescribable. Moreover, the service is spectacular allowing for minimal waiting time for food.

Insider Tip: Try one meat dish and one veggie dish. The vegetarian dishes vastly differ in taste in comparison to the non-vegetarian dishes.

Source: http://www.westword.com/restaurants/happy-landings-mesa-verde-grill-is-the-go-to-spot-at-denver-international-airport-5110704

 

Javi’s- Santa Ana, California (SNA)

Star rating: ★★★★

 

Javi’s restaurant in Santa Ana airport is not only known for its tasty Mexican food but also it’s very classy interior. The beef and bean enchiladas coupled with a spicy yet limey jalapeño margarita is a very popular choice. While Javi’s is more expensive than the other restaurants mentioned in the list above, the outstanding service and the freshness of the food make it a must-stop for any passenger in southern California. Unfortunately, Javi’s is very expensive, even for the quality of the food, which gives this airport restaurant only 4 stars.

 

Insider Tip: Get the enchilada, taco, chile relleno combo with different types of meat in each!

 

Source: http://javiers-cantina.com/mobile/airport.html

 

Cantina Laredo- Dallas, Texas (DAL)

Star rating: ★★★

 

From the heart of this Texas airport, Cantina Laredo’s Mexican restaurant exceeds expectations and invites customers to enter with an empty stomach, and leave with a more than full one. Their roasted salsa is incredibly tasty coupled with the warmth of their crispy tortilla chips. Not to mention, for any early bird travelers, their Asada y Huevos (grilled meat and eggs) are a healthy and filling start to any morning. The reason for the docking of one star is due to the service being very adequate, at least during the few times I visited.

Insider Tip: Fill up on the chips and homemade salsa! This is the highlight of this restaurant.

 

Source: http://www.cantinalaredo.com/location/dallas-love-field-airport-texas/

 

The Original El Taco- Atlanta, Georgia (ATL)

Star rating: ★★★

 

The Orginal El Taco in the world’s busiest airport is a prime exhibitor of authentic Mexican food. Do not let the small size of the restaurant fool you, because there is an ample amount of variation for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. One should consider trying various dishes, as each item has a vivid different flavor. However, this restaurant is also quite expensive, even for airport food. Moreover, even though the main meals are delicious, the sides (rice and beans, pico) are relatively tasteless.

 

Insider Tip: Get the Shrimp Diablo Taco. You wont regret it.

Source: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-original-el-taco-atlanta-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chocolate: The Cure For Airport Stress

Jul 14, 2015

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


Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats for Your Valentine Sweet

Feb 12, 2015

How sweet it is to be loved by you! This is your pilot speaking.

Valentine’s Day is this weekend and for those of us on the tarmac, time might be limited to find that special someone a little treat. I’ve compiled a list of places in major airports around the U.S. where you can find something special if time is tight. I have a bit of a sweet tooth and have first hand experience at most of these places. If I missed a favorite spot of yours I apologies. The list below is meant to also showcase something only found at that airport. There are two exceptions in The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Dylan’s Candy Bar which have franchises around the country. Rocky Mountain is your classic confectionery with treats for ever taste. Dylan’s offers a large selection of favorite brand name candies that you can 4314-Truffles36_79881_01v1Wmix and match as well as pre made gift boxes. A special note on Dylan’s: If you ever find yourself just east of Central Park in New York City you will find the flagship store that offers 4 stories of candy heaven. And if you happen to be flying internationally, don’t forget you can always find delicious limited edition Godiva Belgian chocolates at Duty Free Stores everywhere. Enjoy and safe travels as always!

The Aviator


savannahs applesAtlanta (ATL)

Savannah’s Candy Kitchen located in the middle of Concourse B.

Savannah’s offers a variety of hand made chocolates with a highlight in their pralines and candied apples. For Valentine’s Day the chocolate covered strawberries are a sure hit.

Chicago (MDW)

HappyTaste1- nutsonclarkNuts on Clark located in Terminal C near TSA

Nuts on Clark does many things well, offering a variety of seasoned and candied nuts. For me, their popcorn should come with a warning label for how addictive it can be. Any time I pass through Chicago my flight bag ends up with some of their caramel popcorn in it. The cheese and butter flavors are great as well. Get a tin as a Valentine’s Day gift and a bag for yourself.

Chicago (ORD)

Nuts on Clark. Terminal 1 near C19, Terminal 2 near E2, and Terminal 3 near H8.

Read above post from MDW. It’s a Chicago staple.

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Vosges Chocolate near gate B6

Vosges is a designer brand chocolate with many exotic and creative flavors you won’t find many other places-a sure hit for an adventurous foodie. Some favorites of mine? Thanks for asking: Chili Powder & Dark Chocolate and Maple Bacon come to mind. For Valentine’s Day check out the truffles which are always a perfect romantic sweet.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory near gate B14

Dallas (DFW)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory near gate D33

Natalies Candy Jar ChocolateNatalie’s Candy Jar near gate D15

A similar concept to Dylan’s, with pre-made boxes as well as the mix and match of brand name treats to give you sweet her favorite sweets.

Denver (DEN)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory near gate B52

Detroit (DTW)

Dylan’s Candy Bar across from A66; Cafe next to B18

This coffee bar also offers a chocolate case. The highlight for me are the truffles-a perfect Valentine.

Houston (IAH)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Terminal C near gate 42

Classic Red Heart With Assorted Chocolates

Classic Red Heart With Assorted Chocolates

 Los Angeles (LAX)

See’s Candy. Terminals 1,4,5, and north.

See’s Candy is distributed nation wide with headquarters in San Francisco. These old fashioned California treats are hard to resist. An assortment box will make a great Valentine’s Day gift.

Miami (MIA)

Icebox Cafe near gate D8

MIA excels in the retail of most things, but sweets seem to be lacking. In a pinch Icebox Cafe can put together a nice assortment of pastries and cookies for your Valentine.

Minneapolis (MSP)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

The center of the Minneapolis airport has an area referred to as ‘The Mall’, a large area of shopping outlets to fill a variety of needs. You will this store located in this area, and maybe something else to boot!

New York (JFK)

Dylan’s Candy Bar in Terminal 5

Salt Lake City (SLC)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Located in Terminal 1 on the second level and Terminal 2 near gate D5.

San Francisco (SFO)

Embarcadero Treats near gate G93

This stoplush_cocoa_bear_12sqsre has the feel of an international market place. Chocolates and other treats from around the world are available so you are sure to find something distinct for your well-traveled love.

See’s Candy and Ghirardelli have multiple independent locations as well as supplies in most basic stores in the airport. Both these companies were founded in the Bay Area. Find just the right gift box from either or make your own collection for your significant other.


Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats for Your Valentine Sweet

Feb 12, 2015

How sweet it is to be loved by you! This is your pilot speaking.

Valentine’s Day is this weekend and for those of us on the tarmac, time might be limited to find that special someone a little treat. I’ve compiled a list of places in major airports around the U.S. where you can find something special if time is tight. I have a bit of a sweet tooth and have first hand experience at most of these places. If I missed a favorite spot of yours I apologies. The list below is meant to also showcase something only found at that airport. There are two exceptions in The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Dylan’s Candy Bar which have franchises around the country. Rocky Mountain is your classic confectionery with treats for ever taste. Dylan’s offers a large selection of favorite brand name candies that you can 4314-Truffles36_79881_01v1Wmix and match as well as pre made gift boxes. A special note on Dylan’s: If you ever find yourself just east of Central Park in New York City you will find the flagship store that offers 4 stories of candy heaven. And if you happen to be flying internationally, don’t forget you can always find delicious limited edition Godiva Belgian chocolates at Duty Free Stores everywhere. Enjoy and safe travels as always!

The Aviator


savannahs applesAtlanta (ATL)

Savannah’s Candy Kitchen located in the middle of Concourse B.

Savannah’s offers a variety of hand made chocolates with a highlight in their pralines and candied apples. For Valentine’s Day the chocolate covered strawberries are a sure hit.

Chicago (MDW)

HappyTaste1- nutsonclarkNuts on Clark located in Terminal C near TSA

Nuts on Clark does many things well, offering a variety of seasoned and candied nuts. For me, their popcorn should come with a warning label for how addictive it can be. Any time I pass through Chicago my flight bag ends up with some of their caramel popcorn in it. The cheese and butter flavors are great as well. Get a tin as a Valentine’s Day gift and a bag for yourself.

Chicago (ORD)

Nuts on Clark. Terminal 1 near C19, Terminal 2 near E2, and Terminal 3 near H8.

Read above post from MDW. It’s a Chicago staple.

Image

Exotic Heart Collection

Vosges Chocolate near gate B6

Vosges is a designer brand chocolate with many exotic and creative flavors you won’t find many other places-a sure hit for an adventurous foodie. Some favorites of mine? Thanks for asking: Chili Powder & Dark Chocolate and Maple Bacon come to mind. For Valentine’s Day check out the truffles which are always a perfect romantic sweet.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory near gate B14

Dallas (DFW)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory near gate D33

Natalies Candy Jar ChocolateNatalie’s Candy Jar near gate D15

A similar concept to Dylan’s, with pre-made boxes as well as the mix and match of brand name treats to give you sweet her favorite sweets.

Denver (DEN)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory near gate B52

Detroit (DTW)

Dylan’s Candy Bar across from A66; Cafe next to B18

This coffee bar also offers a chocolate case. The highlight for me are the truffles-a perfect Valentine.

Houston (IAH)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Terminal C near gate 42

Classic Red Heart With Assorted Chocolates

Classic Red Heart With Assorted Chocolates

 Los Angeles (LAX)

See’s Candy. Terminals 1,4,5, and north.

See’s Candy is distributed nation wide with headquarters in San Francisco. These old fashioned California treats are hard to resist. An assortment box will make a great Valentine’s Day gift.

Miami (MIA)

Icebox Cafe near gate D8

MIA excels in the retail of most things, but sweets seem to be lacking. In a pinch Icebox Cafe can put together a nice assortment of pastries and cookies for your Valentine.

Minneapolis (MSP)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

The center of the Minneapolis airport has an area referred to as ‘The Mall’, a large area of shopping outlets to fill a variety of needs. You will this store located in this area, and maybe something else to boot!

New York (JFK)

Dylan’s Candy Bar in Terminal 5

Salt Lake City (SLC)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Located in Terminal 1 on the second level and Terminal 2 near gate D5.

San Francisco (SFO)

Embarcadero Treats near gate G93

This stoplush_cocoa_bear_12sqsre has the feel of an international market place. Chocolates and other treats from around the world are available so you are sure to find something distinct for your well-traveled love.

See’s Candy and Ghirardelli have multiple independent locations as well as supplies in most basic stores in the airport. Both these companies were founded in the Bay Area. Find just the right gift box from either or make your own collection for your significant other.


Start Tracking Your Fitness (Hudson News locations)

Oct 28, 2014

Even if you can’t squeeze a workout in during a business trip or vacation, it’s good to start thinking about how to get (or stay) in shape when you come home. The Polar Beat system is the smartest training app on the market. It combines rich data analysis with heart and distance sensors to help your workouts from the planning, training and analyzing phases.

Polar offers three unique sensors. The H6 is a comfy sensor that provides accurate heart rate info to your mobile device. The H7 streams to your phone and is compatible with pieces of smart gym equipment, and the Stride is a Bluetooth device that measures speed and distance at all times.

Polar Beat sensors are available at Hudson News locations at dozens of airports, including this one.

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


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

Oct 23, 2014

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.

Beats Executive Headphones are available at In Motion retailers at dozens of airports, including this one. Click here for a full list.

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


Duty Free Savings (Concourses A&B)

Sep 4, 2014

Liberty Tax & Duty Free is a full-service duty-free shopping experience, offering a wide range of liquor, tobacco, perfume, beauty and other designer brand products.

Liberty Tax & Duty Free has a full store in Concourse A (center core) and a kiosk in Concourse B near gate B39


Jerky: A Colorado Treat (All Concourses)

Sep 4, 2014

Colorado is by no means the birthplace of jerky, yet it is a staple at roadside stands throughout the state. Climax Jerky, made in the mountains, brings the best of Colorado’s fresh made jerky, with beef, buffalo, elk, venison, turkey and salmon options. All made in Colorado.

Pro Tip: Free samples. Need we say more?


Find Your Admirals Club

Oct 1, 2014

The luxury lounge offered by American Airlines is available in more than 50 airports (including this one) worldwide. These private areas offer a mix of casual and professional amenities to transform your airport experience. Memberships are available annually (starting at $400), monthly ($99) and daily ($50).

The Admirals Club is located in…

United States & Canada:

  • Atlanta (ATL)  is located in Concourse T near Gate T10,
  • Austin (AUS) is located near Gate 13
  • Boston (BOS) is located in Terminal B, upper level and serves Gates 4-13
  • Buffalo (BUF) is located near Gate 6
  • Charlotte (CLT) is located in Concourse B (Gate 3-5), and the intersection of Concourses C & D
  • Chicago (ORD) is located in Terminal 3, Concourse G near Gate G8 and Terminal 3 in the crosswalk between Gates H6 and K6
  • Dallas (DFW) is located in Terminal A near Gate 24
  • Denver (DEN) is located in near the pedestrian bridge to main terminal
  • Honolulu (HNL) is located in the central lobby of overseas terminal .
  • Los Angeles (LAX) in Terminal 4 (Gate 40) Terminal 4 Regional Terminal (Gate C)
  • Miami (MIA)  in Concourse D (Gate D30) and (Gate D15)
  • New York (LGA) is located in Terminal D near Gate 1

Central & South America:

  • Buenos Aires (EZE) is located in Terminal B near Gate 9.
  • Caracas (CCS) is located between gates 23-24 .

Denver International Aiport’s Free WiFi Policy

Sep 4, 2014

Denver International Airport offers free WiFI throughout the airport. Connect to “DEN Airport Free WiFi,” agree to the terms and start surfing.

Premium WiFi upgrade available through Boingo. Existing customers can login and new customers can choose between several different hourly, daily and monthly options.


Currency Exchange (Concourse A&B)

Sep 4, 2014

The Currency Exchange carries more than 85 foreign currencies. It also offers other services including cashing of foreign or domestic travelers checks, Colorado Lotto/Lottery and PowerBall tickets, Money Gram and notary.

Foreign Money is located in the Center Core of Concourse A.

Currency Exchange is located in the Center Core of Concourse B.

World Money Exchange is located on the fifth level of the Jeppesen Terminal (pre security)


Top Mexican Restaurants among US Airports

Mar 18, 2016

Mexican cuisine is attractive to many individuals due to the savory and diverse range of ingredients. It is appealing to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, with a variety of dishes for any occasion. Given my fascination for spicy food coupled with my experiences in various airports across the United States, I figured that I would share my top restaurants for Mexican food at American airports. When I visit Mexican restaurants, I am almost always with other people, so I have a chance to try most if not the entire menu. The restaurants listed below are all must-tries if stopping for a layover, or simply before or after any flight.

 

Tortas Frontera- Chicago, Illinois (ORD)

Star rating: ★★★★★

 

Consistently regarded as one of the best Mexican airport restaurants in the country, Tortas Frontera 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 must have for any passenger at O’Hare. This Mexican cuisine is not as messy because the ingredients are packed into a savory sandwich.

 

Insider Tip: Pair the Pepito torta and the poblano corn chowder and dip it in to make the bread softer!

 

Source: http://chicago.seriouseats.com/2011/08/egg-chorizo-torta-from-torta-frontera-sandwiches-chicago-ohare-international-airport.html

 

Mesa Verde Bar & Grill- Denver, Colorado (DEN)

Star rating: ★★★★★

 

The Mile High city airport has plenty to offer in terms of authentic Mexican cuisine. Not only is this restaurant delicious, but also it is also very affordable. The inventive menu that begins with the brussels sprouts with vegan chorizo to the polenta, and while unorthodox, the taste is indescribable. Moreover, the service is spectacular allowing for minimal waiting time for food.

Insider Tip: Try one meat dish and one veggie dish. The vegetarian dishes vastly differ in taste in comparison to the non-vegetarian dishes.

Source: http://www.westword.com/restaurants/happy-landings-mesa-verde-grill-is-the-go-to-spot-at-denver-international-airport-5110704

 

Javi’s- Santa Ana, California (SNA)

Star rating: ★★★★

 

Javi’s restaurant in Santa Ana airport is not only known for its tasty Mexican food but also it’s very classy interior. The beef and bean enchiladas coupled with a spicy yet limey jalapeño margarita is a very popular choice. While Javi’s is more expensive than the other restaurants mentioned in the list above, the outstanding service and the freshness of the food make it a must-stop for any passenger in southern California. Unfortunately, Javi’s is very expensive, even for the quality of the food, which gives this airport restaurant only 4 stars.

 

Insider Tip: Get the enchilada, taco, chile relleno combo with different types of meat in each!

 

Source: http://javiers-cantina.com/mobile/airport.html

 

Cantina Laredo- Dallas, Texas (DAL)

Star rating: ★★★

 

From the heart of this Texas airport, Cantina Laredo’s Mexican restaurant exceeds expectations and invites customers to enter with an empty stomach, and leave with a more than full one. Their roasted salsa is incredibly tasty coupled with the warmth of their crispy tortilla chips. Not to mention, for any early bird travelers, their Asada y Huevos (grilled meat and eggs) are a healthy and filling start to any morning. The reason for the docking of one star is due to the service being very adequate, at least during the few times I visited.

Insider Tip: Fill up on the chips and homemade salsa! This is the highlight of this restaurant.

 

Source: http://www.cantinalaredo.com/location/dallas-love-field-airport-texas/

 

The Original El Taco- Atlanta, Georgia (ATL)

Star rating: ★★★

 

The Orginal El Taco in the world’s busiest airport is a prime exhibitor of authentic Mexican food. Do not let the small size of the restaurant fool you, because there is an ample amount of variation for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. One should consider trying various dishes, as each item has a vivid different flavor. However, this restaurant is also quite expensive, even for airport food. Moreover, even though the main meals are delicious, the sides (rice and beans, pico) are relatively tasteless.

 

Insider Tip: Get the Shrimp Diablo Taco. You wont regret it.

Source: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-original-el-taco-atlanta-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats for Your Valentine Sweet

Feb 12, 2015

How sweet it is to be loved by you! This is your pilot speaking.

Valentine’s Day is this weekend and for those of us on the tarmac, time might be limited to find that special someone a little treat. I’ve compiled a list of places in major airports around the U.S. where you can find something special if time is tight. I have a bit of a sweet tooth and have first hand experience at most of these places. If I missed a favorite spot of yours I apologies. The list below is meant to also showcase something only found at that airport. There are two exceptions in The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Dylan’s Candy Bar which have franchises around the country. Rocky Mountain is your classic confectionery with treats for ever taste. Dylan’s offers a large selection of favorite brand name candies that you can 4314-Truffles36_79881_01v1Wmix and match as well as pre made gift boxes. A special note on Dylan’s: If you ever find yourself just east of Central Park in New York City you will find the flagship store that offers 4 stories of candy heaven. And if you happen to be flying internationally, don’t forget you can always find delicious limited edition Godiva Belgian chocolates at Duty Free Stores everywhere. Enjoy and safe travels as always!

The Aviator


savannahs applesAtlanta (ATL)

Savannah’s Candy Kitchen located in the middle of Concourse B.

Savannah’s offers a variety of hand made chocolates with a highlight in their pralines and candied apples. For Valentine’s Day the chocolate covered strawberries are a sure hit.

Chicago (MDW)

HappyTaste1- nutsonclarkNuts on Clark located in Terminal C near TSA

Nuts on Clark does many things well, offering a variety of seasoned and candied nuts. For me, their popcorn should come with a warning label for how addictive it can be. Any time I pass through Chicago my flight bag ends up with some of their caramel popcorn in it. The cheese and butter flavors are great as well. Get a tin as a Valentine’s Day gift and a bag for yourself.

Chicago (ORD)

Nuts on Clark. Terminal 1 near C19, Terminal 2 near E2, and Terminal 3 near H8.

Read above post from MDW. It’s a Chicago staple.

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Exotic Heart Collection

Vosges Chocolate near gate B6

Vosges is a designer brand chocolate with many exotic and creative flavors you won’t find many other places-a sure hit for an adventurous foodie. Some favorites of mine? Thanks for asking: Chili Powder & Dark Chocolate and Maple Bacon come to mind. For Valentine’s Day check out the truffles which are always a perfect romantic sweet.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory near gate B14

Dallas (DFW)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory near gate D33

Natalies Candy Jar ChocolateNatalie’s Candy Jar near gate D15

A similar concept to Dylan’s, with pre-made boxes as well as the mix and match of brand name treats to give you sweet her favorite sweets.

Denver (DEN)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory near gate B52

Detroit (DTW)

Dylan’s Candy Bar across from A66; Cafe next to B18

This coffee bar also offers a chocolate case. The highlight for me are the truffles-a perfect Valentine.

Houston (IAH)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Terminal C near gate 42

Classic Red Heart With Assorted Chocolates

Classic Red Heart With Assorted Chocolates

 Los Angeles (LAX)

See’s Candy. Terminals 1,4,5, and north.

See’s Candy is distributed nation wide with headquarters in San Francisco. These old fashioned California treats are hard to resist. An assortment box will make a great Valentine’s Day gift.

Miami (MIA)

Icebox Cafe near gate D8

MIA excels in the retail of most things, but sweets seem to be lacking. In a pinch Icebox Cafe can put together a nice assortment of pastries and cookies for your Valentine.

Minneapolis (MSP)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

The center of the Minneapolis airport has an area referred to as ‘The Mall’, a large area of shopping outlets to fill a variety of needs. You will this store located in this area, and maybe something else to boot!

New York (JFK)

Dylan’s Candy Bar in Terminal 5

Salt Lake City (SLC)

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Located in Terminal 1 on the second level and Terminal 2 near gate D5.

San Francisco (SFO)

Embarcadero Treats near gate G93

This stoplush_cocoa_bear_12sqsre has the feel of an international market place. Chocolates and other treats from around the world are available so you are sure to find something distinct for your well-traveled love.

See’s Candy and Ghirardelli have multiple independent locations as well as supplies in most basic stores in the airport. Both these companies were founded in the Bay Area. Find just the right gift box from either or make your own collection for your significant other.


Vegetarians and Vegans Delight at Modmarket

Jan 24, 2015

It’s easy to eat healthy on-the-go with Modmarket. This Colorado-based eatery features a seasonally changing menu with fresh salads, whole-grain pizza, home made soups, and sandwiches. Modmarket also serves a wide range of gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan foods to satisfy all!

Pro Tip: Try the Superfood salad to get your fill of healthy Kale, Quinoa, Feta, and Fruits and Veggies.

Image Credit: www.modmarket.com


Denver’s Favorite Hotdog (Concourse B)

Sep 13, 2014

This local hot dog shop is one of the great quick eats spots on Denver’s famous Colfax Boulevard. The airport offshoot of Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs is every bit as good as the brick and mortar location serving tasty gourmet hot dogs all day long.

Pro tip: Order the deep fried green beans.

Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs is located in Concourse B, near gate B22


Field to Fork (Concourse C)

Sep 4, 2014

One of Denver’s hottest restaurants opened an airport offshoot in 2013, and its creative farm-fresh menu and amazing restaurant design followed from downtown location. The décor is aviation inspired with reclaimed globes and other items that make it feel like a trendy spot — not an airport hangout. The Colorado Sweet Corn Chowder is a favorite.

The burgers are insane, salads fresh and everything else what you’d expect from a foodie restaurant experience.
Pro tip: The express takeout offers the complete menu, fresh to order. You are welcome.

Root Down is located in the Center Core of Concourse C.


Craft Cocktails, Denver Style (Concourse C)

Sep 4, 2014

One of Denver’s hottest restaurants, Root Down opened an airport offshoot in 2013, and the bar program was designed by the man behind the downtown version. That means a carefully selected drink list following the restaurant’s field to fork mentality.

One of the best choices: The Beet Down. It’s a mix of dry gin, aperol, ginger liqueur, lemon, mint — and beets. It offers a zing and refreshing quality. The bar itself feels more downtown than airport. It will transform your experience.


Craft Beers for DIA’s Smallest Gates (Concourse A)

Sep 4, 2014

Usually when your flight is leaving from the “puddle jumper” area of an airport, it means you’ll be devoid of good eating or drinking options. That problem was solved in Denver when New Belgium Brewing Co. set up New Belgium Spoke. This bar features several of the award-winning brews made just up the road in Fort Collins.

Yes, Denver is a beer town and the airport shows that.

Food options available.

New Belgium Spoke is located in Concourse A near gate A61


Duty Free Savings (Concourses A&B)

Sep 4, 2014

Liberty Tax & Duty Free is a full-service duty-free shopping experience, offering a wide range of liquor, tobacco, perfume, beauty and other designer brand products.

Liberty Tax & Duty Free has a full store in Concourse A (center core) and a kiosk in Concourse B near gate B39


Connected Kids (Concourse A)

Sep 4, 2014

Global Colorado, We’re All Here is a photo exhibit that features more than 100 pieces by Littleton, Co., photographers Dr. Richard and Michele Steckel.

It’s part of the Milestones Project, a nonprofit initiative designed to help parents teach their children to value and respect people who are different from themselves. The photos celebrate childhood around the world and tell the story about how we are all connected.


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