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Coast To Coast Cuisine...Second Course

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I just got off the treadmill and I'm starving...Time to think about some Southwest cities and eating.  Since we last spoke, I have traveled tens of thousands of miles and polled numerous Crew Members to provide you with some "must try" food spots throughout the Southwest route system. So, if you find yourself in Portland, Oregon (PDX), two wonderful eateries come to mind (OK, one eatery and one drinkery).  First stop is at Pizza Schmizza, a Pacific Northwest pie shop that is awesome.  Give the Genoa a try, loaded with Genoa salami, mushrooms, pepperoni and Italian sausage.  Absolutely delicious!!  If you happen to be traveling with a Flight Attendant who wants to eat "lite," the Greek Salad is also first rate.  Need a coffee to keep you awake after that meal??  Slide over to Coffee People (another Pacific Northwest company) for a Velvet Hammer!!  This wonderful hot coffee beverage is spiced with Mexican chocolate, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg; my mouth is watering just writing about it. Since we are in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, we'll make Seattle, Washington (SEA) our next stop.  At the airport, give Ivars a try.  The fish and chips are crisp and flavorful, a great choice.  I always snag a bowl of Ivar's famous chowder to enjoy enroute to my next destination.  Speaking of chowder, if you go just off the airport property to the Doubletree Hotel, their Northwest clam and salmon chowder is incredible.  The salmon adds a wonderful twist to an age old recipe.  Don't forget to grab a world famous, warm Doubletree chocolate chip cookie on the way out!!  If you buy a tin of them, you can share with the Flight Attendants when you get to the airplane.  Hope this keeps you sated until we talk again...Please keep sending me your suggestions of great eateries in and around airports in the Southwest system.
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If you are at Austin Bergstrom (AUS) and a BBQ fan, you should try The Salt Lick . Hopefully you will get to hear some live music . AUS is one of the coolest airports I have been in, especially for a mid-sized city. The airport Salt Lick is not quite as good as their original location in Driftwood TX, but it's the best fast food BBQ I've ever had. In college on a Friday or Saturday I remember waiting almost 2 hours for a table in Driftwood, while tailgating in their parking lot, and it was always worth it.
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David - While you are on the topic of the Pacific Northwest, dont' forget Gustav's German Restaurant. They have the BEST schnitzel in the States. Also at the Doubletree in SEA, if you wait until 5pm local, you can get their grilled plank salmon which is to die for. See ya soon! James Malone MDW FA
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Go South, then East to Albuquerque. If you have some ground time in ABQ, perhaps changing planes connecting officially and ticked to LUV Field (YEA!!!), check out Comida Buena Gourmet Deli & Bakery (at the top of the terminal, in the Sunport's small food court). Now, don't just get anything there, order up a bowl of the Green Chili Chicken Stew. For those of you who are saying "I''ve had Mexican Food before", allow me to provide a 10 second food education. New Mexico boasts its own Unique style of food, which is independant of Tex Mex, or Mexican style food. Especially in the colder months to come, this flavorful stew is a welcome "warmer upper" for locals and travelers alike.
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Captain David, How very sweet of you to suggest picking up a tin of chocolate chip cookies to share with the Flight Attendants! Another reason why you are LUVed!
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I am a BWI based flight attendant from PDX. I MUST agree with your review of the food next to our gates. Pizza Schimizza: Genoa is the best, and the greek salad IS delicious. Coffee People: Forget Starbucks! This coffee is superior in all ways except the fact it isn't available (except of course online) outside Oregon & California. I HIGHLY recommend a "Mocha Shake w/Human Being Espresso (their organic espresso)" made "extra thick". It is has chocolate ice cream, some milk, and the wonderful espresso. If you're in a warm mood, the Velvet Hammer is mexican chocolate instead of a regular chocolate and it is velvety smooth! I get one with soy milk and the above mentioned Human Being Espresso. Coffee People is truly a delight, and for me, a VERY good excuse to fly all the way from BWI to PDX. Yes, I've done it. No, I'm not insane. Just crazy for Coffee People!!! 😄