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Five Healthy Dining Spots at Nashville International Airport to Keep You on Track

Five Healthy Dining Spots at Nashville International Airport to Keep You on Track

Terminal A/B food court where many healthy options are located at Nashville International Airport.

Terminal A/B food court where many healthy options are located at Nashville International Airport.

It’s been a few weeks since the new year and the temptation to succumb to unhealthy food cravings is hard to resist on a diet, especially while traveling. Grabbing a burger and fries is appealing, especially since just about every other restaurant you pass by in the concourse sells them….and the salads fade into the background. Airport travel, however, does not have to be the reason for ruining your diet. There are a variety of healthy options that will leave you feeling more energized and satisfied as you board your next flight in the Music City. Here are five healthy food options in the Nashville International Airport (BNA) to keep that New Year’s resolution intact.

 

Berry Field Bistro (Concourse C, Gate 2)

Love eating local? Berry Field Bistro creates all of their meals with locally sourced ingredients, which means you can feel confident you are not only getting a fresh meal, but one that supports local businesses. The menu offers plenty of choices, ranging from waffles to sandwiches to an array of healthy dishes. For a salad with a little pizzazz, sit down and enjoy the Kale Caesar or the Beets & Greens. If you are on a tight schedule to depart Nashville, grab a pressed juice and a bran muffin on the fly to enjoy in flight. You’ll feel energized AND satisfied knowing you supported local business after this meal.

Gibson Cafe (Concourse C, Gate 20)

Gibson Cafe at Nashville International Airport is the place to get your protein in before an early flight. Their egg white omelet is sure to keep you going to until the next airport.

Gibson Cafe at Nashville International Airport is the place to get your protein in before an early flight. Their egg white omelet is sure to keep you going to until the next airport.

If you are traveling before 10 a.m. and feeling a little groggy., Gibson Café is waiting for you with coffee AND healthy breakfast options to wake you right up! The café serves an egg white omelet loaded with vegetables that is a perfect way to start your travel day. The yogurt and granola is an alternative if you need something easy to grab-and-go for the flight. They also offer salads and soups for those dining during lunch or dinner.

 

Freshens Smoothies & Yogurt (A/B Food Court)

A great option for an early morning flight or an effective pick-me-up, Freshens Smoothies & Yogurt offers about 15 different smoothies and açai bowls. Certain smoothies such as Mango Me Crazy and Caribbean Craze can be made “Light” for a third less of the calories. If you feel like you’re lacking your daily servings of greens but don’t want to purchase a whole meal, their High-Performance smoothies offer over one serving of greens in each smoothie. Add boosters for even more energy to get you through your travel experience.

Noshville Delicatessen (A/B Food Court)

Late flight ahead of you? You need a dinner that is filling enough to keep you away from indulging on dessert but is not going to ruin your day’s momentum of eating healthy. Noshville Delicatessen offers plenty of salads with a choice of protein. Add tuna, chicken, or egg salad to any salad for a boost that will keep your metabolism up through your travels. Filling up on a hearty salad is an effective way to resist grabbing guilty treats like potato chips or candy for your flight. If you really cannot say ‘no’ to eating something sweet after dinner (we can’t!) grab a piece of fruit for the flight or dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Provence Breads and Café (Concourse C, Gate 20)

Provence Breads and Cafe have all the to-go items you could need to eat on your flight. One of the many healthy options at Nashville International Airport.

Provence Breads and Cafe have all the to-go items you could need to eat on your flight. One of the many healthy options at Nashville International Airport.

So you hit traffic on the way to  Nashville International Airport and only made it through that never-ending security line with 20 minutes to spare? Provence Breads and Café is the place to hit up before running to your gate. They offer an array of prepared foods in their display such as salads and sandwiches. Grab a coffee and a piece of fruit for an early morning flight and you might just have a minute to charge your phone before you board!

 

Insider Tip: Planning for healthy eating can be tricky on the fly. Keep an eye out for the release of FlyInStyle To Go at Nashville International Airport, which will allow you to order food in advance and have it ready for pickup at your designated time, allowing you more time to browse menus, relax and enjoy your meal.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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!

 

Win My Stomach, Win My Heart: A Valentine’s Travel Guide, Vol 3

Win My Stomach, Win My Heart: A Valentine’s Travel Guide, Vol 3

The clock is ticking, and if you still haven’t planned a delicious Valentine’s Day food adventure for your significant other, I have one more tantalizing suggestion for you, and it’s not too late. Head to the Lone Star state and be still your beating heart with BBQ in Austin, Texas!

 Option #3: Austin. I feel quite confident recommending a Valentine’s Day foodventure in Austin. After all, this is my new hometown and I have spent much of the last six months exploring every meat establishment on your behalf. I’ve also gained 15 pounds, so you’re welcome! Austin has it all: stunning hill country vistas, authentic BBQ, and live bands to satisfy any musical taste. Your romantic journey can begin before you even leave Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) at the legendary Salt Lick BBQ. Be sure to sample the mouth-watering Pork Ribs, but don’t go crazy! The plan is to sweep your lover off their feet by visiting as many BBQ joints as possible, and you don’t want to get too full right off the bat.

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Your next stop should be Franklin Barbecue, where you might have to stand in line for hours but trust me, it’s worth it. The tastiest Brisket and the moistest Turkey you’ve ever had in your life await you. Plus you can do some serious hand holding to pass the time while you wait.

But my personal favorite BBQ joint in Austin is The County Line. With cowboy décor lining the walls and plates overflowing with all varieties of meats, The County Line is a BBQ dream. Order up a combo plate of Brisket, Sausage, and Pulled Pork and share them a la “Lady and the Tramp”. With side options like Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni and Cheese, and Fried Okra rounding off the meal, you’ll be bursting (with love!) when you waddle out of this restaurant.

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Austin is more than just sweet, delicious meat. Take a stroll through the grounds of the Texas State Capitol and admire the way the sunlight reflects off of the golden dome. Afterwards, have a cocktail at the bar of the Driskill Hotel, which has been in operation since 1886 and looks like the set of a John Wayne movie. They make a mean Bloody Mary!

As the sun starts to set over the hills of Texas, grab some Mexican Vanilla ice cream from local favorite Amy’s Ice Creams and climb to the top of Mount Bonnell. You can take in the stunning panorama of downtown Austin and the Colorado River as you kiss your Valentine, who might still taste faintly of BBQ sauce.

Wherever you may travel this Valentine’s Day, I hope it’s full of flavor and absolutely delicious. Wishing you true love and tasty travels!

Pro Tip: If you loved Amy’s Ice Creams, you’re in luck! They have a shop located at Gate 12 at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Order up a dish and toast to a very sweet Valentine’s Day!

Image Credits: Lara Pasternak

A Taste of Spain and Cuba

Columbia CafeColumbia restaurant is a cornerstone of Tampa food culture and its airport location is no different, with a menu tailored to the airport location.  Inside the Tampa International Airport location, travelers can experience the mahogany bar, reminiscent of the one at Columbia Ybor City in Tampa. A full bar is available, including private label wines from Spain, California & Argentina and Columbia’s private label spirits like Don Casimiro Classic Silver Rum, Screaming Richard Tequila and Chacho Bourbon.

Don’t miss Tampa’s “Signature Sandwich”, the Original Tampa Cuban Sandwich – a century old tradition that will transport your tastebuds to old Havanna. Notorious for its authentic Cuban coffee and sandwiches, this place will give you your Cuban fix in comfort. Want a little of everything? Check out the tapas, which will satisfy even the the most diverse family of travelers.

The original establishment was found by a Cuban Immigrant in 1905 and it is currently the oldest restaurant in Florida. Looking for the perfect last minute souvenir? You are in luck; choose Columbia signature food items to take home, including “1905” dressing, Sangria mix, Columbia all purpose seasoning, hot sauce, and Columbia Cuban and American coffee. You can enjoy your trip even after you return home!

Pro Tip: For Breakfast- Eggs Malaguena. For Lunch – Any one of its steaming Spanish soup dishes or nationally critically acclaimed Original “1905” Salad. For Dinner- You called it: the Cuban Sandwich.

Columbia Restaurant Café is located in Airside E, serving Delta and Air Canada flights.

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DFW Airport: A Foodie’s Dream Connection

If you think the only meal the Lone Star State has to offer is sweet iced tea and brisket, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW) will make you think again! As the second largest airport in the U.S., DFW’s restaurant directory is impressive.  Whether you’re craving authentic Texas BBQ, modern Chinese fusion, or gourmet cereal (yep—they have that), DFW has you covered. You will fly out of DFW feeling full, satisfied and feeling like you’ve been to a local gem. Here are 8 picks that make our mouths just water:

  1. La Bodega Winery (Terminal A, Gate A15)
    Sit back and relax outside the buzz at this lovely winery. Enjoy a glass of Texas-made wine plus cheese tray pairings while you contemplate your next flight. The wine tastes so good that you might get carried away, so don’t forget to hydrate before boarding your plane!
  2. Raeta Grill (Terminal D, D33)
    Grab a tasty margarita and experience “airport Texas” at Raeta Grill. This legendary cuisine based restaurant uses the highest quality ingredients to combine Mexican and Southwestern spice dishes. Be sure to try the chicken-fried steak, tenderloin tamales, and the tortilla soup for a hearty meal that will leave you posting pictures on your Instagram account!
  3. Cousin’s Bar-B-Q (Terminals B, Gate B27 & Terminal D, Gate D28)
    Get down and dirty at this family-owned Fort-Worth barbecue chain. Cousin’s has been serving customers with its heavily grilled meat for nearly 30 years. Jump off your flight or arrive early to experience one of Texas’ best barbecue joints.
  4. Cereality (Terminal C, Gate C6) 

    Did you miss your favorite breakfast in your rush to the airport? No problem! Take it to the next level, leaving your taste buds crying, “More custom crunchiness!” after each spoonful of custom-made cereal. Featured on Food Network’s hit show, “Unwrapped,” this eatery serves your cereal hot or cold.
  5. M Lounge (Terminal D, D23 *outside security)

    Ease your mind after a business meeting or long flight at this upscale venue. M Lounge will serve your favorite cocktail, wine, or microbrew along with mouth-watering sushi. Just because you are stuck in the terminal doesn’t mean you can ‘t have a sophisticated meal at this airport a-list venue.
  6. Cool River Café (Terminal D, Gate 25)
    Locals know this place well.  The elegant and warm atmosphere accompanies an extensive bar and wide selection of world-renowned wines. Fill up on Cool River’s grilled salmon, fantastic steaks, or primerib quesadillas.  Fusion at its finest.
  7. Tigin Irish Pub (Terminal D, Gate D20)
    Unwind from your flight at this traditional Irish pub. Catch a Premier league game while sipping on a pint of Guinness or savoring one of Tigin’s delicious dishes.  They taste as good as they look.
  8. Grand Met (Terminal D, D23 * outside security)
    This fab restaurant is connected to M Lounge, offering Mediterranean and Pacific Rim inspired multi-course meals. Sitting at this bar may make you forget that flight and think you are in a hot bar so mind your watch.  Grand Met is located at the Hyatt, a top choice for lodging at the DFW airport, so if you happen to be spending the night-relax and enjoy!

Tell us your favorite spot to FlyInStyle on Twitter or Facebook and we may feature it in a future post. Bon Appetit!

 

Travel Tip for Delta Passengers

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So you’ve survived checking in for your flight, the overly friendly pat down from TSA, and you made it to your gate on time. Congratulations! Your reward….watching your plane pull up to the gate, deplane, and then hear a gate agent key up a very loud speaker and announce: “Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has just informed me that we need maintenance to come out and look at something, I will get back to you when I have more information.”

First off don’t freak out. The plane is safe. More than half the time it’s a computer system needing to be reset, or a broken seat belt. You will probably be on time and still make that connection. Now let’s say it’s a bigger fix. After all, these planes spend more time in the air than on the ground. Replacing a tire can take at least an hour. We’ll get into missed connections and how screwed up your day just got later, but let’s find that silver lining. Delta Airlines has a rule they don’t advertise.

If your flight leaves the gate an hour or more late because of a mechanical delay the bar is open…. in moderation. Bad weather in New York won’t get you anyextra peanuts, but that tire change means you can have any cocktail in coach for free. All you have to do is wait till the inflight beverage service starts and order away.

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Free Wi-Fi: Where, When, and Why!

how-to-get-free-wifi-in-airportsIf you know anything about the term #FOMO—the Fear Of Missing Out—you know how real it is when you DON’T have access to the Internet (Note: FOMO is not to be confused with travel separation anxiety). I, more specifically, experience MAJOR email #FOMO when traveling. What if while I’m sans connectivity my bank sends me a ‘fraudulent activity alert’ email? How will I ever know who wants to connect with me on LinkedIn?! Torture, truly. Thus, (free) Wi-Fi has become a staple, and fortunately, airports are picking up on this fact.

Mikey Tierney reports in an article that of the nation’s 30 busiest airports, 12 offer free Wi-Fi! And why the gradual switch to demonetizing internet access, you may wonder? “A pleasant experience for travelers, which can include Wi-Fi, could spawn fresh businesses,” Tierney writes, and “some lost revenue [on Wi-Fi] would be recouped through more spending at airport establishments.” So money saved on W-Fi is money spent on…shopping. Hey, we’re not complaining!

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Airwatchdog.com does a great job of compiling a comprehensive list of U.S. and international airports that offer free Wi-Fi. Their list also includes airports that still charge for access and their prices. However, you should always double check the list’s accuracy—although it says Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport charges $4.95 per day for access, as of late, it’s actually free!

So since you’re getting deals on airport Wi-Fi, go ahead—download our free FlyInStyle App and find more exclusive deals on your favorite airport shopping!

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