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Vital Travel News: Tom Douglas' Food on Alaska Air; Delta Has Good Beer

Fly the food-friendly skies.

You only get so many meals in a lifetime, and we don't want to waste a single one. That's why we've made it a rule to never order food on an airplane. But now we might have to make an exception.

Eater Seattle reports that Alaska Airlines has partnered with Tom Douglas, the Emerald City's biggest name in food, to offer a hot meal good enough to eat even if you weren't starving and trapped on a plane.

Douglas' Cascade Brisket Chili is described as "tender, smoky chunks of brisket in a mildly spicy ancho chile tomato sauce. It's topped with melted cheese and a charred [padron] pepper, served over a baked Yukon Gold potato." Most important: There are no beans.

Eater Seattle gave it a taste test. "The verdict: the chili is good. Really good. Better than anything I've tasted in an airplane. The meat is shockingly tender, the sauce bright and flavorful and the potato comforting and creamy. Lick the bowl clean good."

The chili is only available on flights longer than 2.5 hours departing Seattle after 9:30 am and costs $8. That means Portlanders can only get a taste when Seattle serves as their layover, not destination.

This is just the first in a series of dishes from Douglas, which will include miso-glazed chicken on flights to Hawaii, a salmon Niçoise plate, oatmeal, and omelettes.

In other food-related flight news: If you're on Delta flying to JFK through Seattle, you now have seven craft beers to choose from. Sadly and surprisingly, no Oregon breweries are in the lineup:

  • San Diego's Ballast Point Brewing Company
  • Long Island's Blue Point Brewing Company
  • Brooklyn's Brooklyn Brewery
  • Petaluma's Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Southern California's Stone Brewing Company
  • Massachusetts' Newburyport Brewing Company
  • Atlanta's SweetWater Brewery