Istanbul Part 1(Cheesecake on a Plane)

Anyone who knows me, knows my love of cheesecake. Cheesecake has become the thing that my boyfriend sends over instead of flowers. I don’t care how full I am, if there is cheesecake on the menu, I will order it.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well, because 2 weeks ago, I was invited to take part  in Turkish Airlines’ first ever media tour. I spent 5 days with some of fantastic people  and got to learn a bit about Turkish culture.

turkey, turkish airlines

But that’s for another post!

This post is about the food, more specifically, the food on the plane, and even more specifically, THE CHEESECAKE!

Now you might wonder why instead of writing about my entire Turkish Airlines experience I’m choosing to focus on just the food. It’s simple really; the quality of food speaks to the quality of service, and the quality of service speaks to the airline family and how much they care about their customers.

We had the opportunity to experience 2 different classes when on our trip to and from Istanbul. Even though we were booked in Comfort class for both ways, we were surprised to hear that our seats were bumped up from Comfort class to Business Class. Now Turkish Airline’s Comfort  Class has won quite a few awards so this was exciting in itself, but having the chance to be able to sleep on the way there was a bonus!

Maple Leaf Lounge in Toronto

Our party: ( Nicole from Dainty Girl,  Alex from Kenton Magazine, Jenn from Elle Canada, Tammy from Travel + Escape, Sabrina from Toronto Standard,  and our hosts Val from Charming Media and Tay from Turkish Airlines the guy behind the camera)

 

Sidenote: I travel A LOT for work, (almost 2-3 times a week) and most of my clients aren’t generous enough to pay for First Class. I have to say that this trip might have spoiled me for economy moving forward.

Anyway, back to the food!

The moment that we stepped on the plane and settled in, we were offered wine, juice, soda, or champagne. I don’t know about you, but I never say no to champagne. I also never say no to orange juice on airplanes as I can use ALL the Vitamin C I can get. 

We sipped our champagne happily as we got acquainted with our home for the next 9 hours. We had seats that converted into beds, and we had a catalogue of movies to choose from! This was turning into a great trip already! You can see pictures of the bed on Nicole’s post here.

Turkish Airlines Business class

Just as we all picked our first movie, our flight attendant came by to introduce our cabin chef! Yes, business class has its own chef!

Now if that isn’t luxury then I don’t know what is!

We were also handed a menu for dinner and breakfast, and after giving our orders, we settled in to watch movies. Then it started. The first round of some best food I’ve tasted showed up at my seat. I’m not talking the best airplane food, but the best all around!

We started off with a mix of nuts, and finger foods.

Turkish Airlines Business class

Turkish Airlines Business class

Turkish Airlines Business class

And that was just our dinner. After being fed, and we were left to our own devices. While not much of a sleeper on planes, I managed to watch 2 movies (plus one in FF) and adjusted my chair into a bed. I’m not sure when I drifted to sleep, but I did. Yes, the girl who never sleeps on planes FELL ASLEEP ON A PLANE! I have a feeling that it had to do with the fact that my chair was a bed, but that’s just a hunch.

Upon waking up we were offered breakfast as we watched Europe from the window. It was a beautiful sight.

Overhead shot of Turkey

 

While we weren’t bumped up to business class again, all of us were excited to see what Comfort Class had to offer. But, before we could board the plane, we had the pleasure of stopping by the Turkish Airline CIP Lounge. I really wish I had taken more pictures of how awesome that space was, but I was too engrossed with the cheesecake options.  The lounge has multiple wings, and a grand piano for those times where you want to show off your skills or practice porkchops.

Turkish Airlines Business class

 

Turkish Airlines Business class

In short, while Business class and Comfort class do have their differences, let’s just say that Comfort class did not disappoint. With the exception of the lack of beds, Comfort class was just as roomy, and the 9 hours flew by!

Again, our meals were fantastic, and the cheesecake for desert made the trip all that much sweeter!

Thank you, Turkish Airlines for an adventure of a lifetime!

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