Monday, June 18, 2007

Training Meals

Some people I know close to the situation roll their eyes at Sheena when she expresses moderate affection for the food on Via Rail. First class that is. Come on, now.

While it's no Jamie Kennedy, it sure as hell is better than anything encountered on any North American commercial airline in the last 5 years.

Three trips in the last week, had the same menu twice. Went for the cold plate both dinners after a little freshening up with the microwaved hot towels.

Cheese and fruit plate to start (including dried apricot and figs...)
Beef tenderloin on bed of celeraic slaw, with blue cheese and artichokes.
Fresh fruit for dessert

Oh yeah and a digestif.

But it's all just warm up for the inevitable swoon: the Via Rail chocolate. Still thinking about filing an ATIP request to find the manufacturer. (Once Crown Corps are actually covered by ATIP.. that is...)


At 10:37 PM, Anonymous spy said...

mmmmmmmmmmm looks nice... better than airplane food I've eaten

At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...looks nice except for the unappealing urine sample in that clear cup.....

At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am an employee of VIA Rail, at HQ in Montreal.

We are all very pleased that you liked our meals. Your post was forwarded to the responsible for meals in first class trains, and to the chief of Marketing planning and communications.


Jean-Philippe D.-Laporte
VIA Rail Canada

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Marky Mark said...

You should think about a top ten list of fvourite restaurants and another for gourmet shops. The Cheese Boutique has been a real find for us!

At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Rodrigo said...

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At 1:37 AM, Anonymous Jason Bo Green xoxoxoxo said...

Sheena, that is THE best looking and sounding meal I've come across in a month. Wow - I'm amazed.

These chocolate cups you adore - are they available in all the cars or just first class?

At 1:43 AM, Anonymous Th'PonyToBetOn said...

Fresh Fruit?

Probably your congenial attendant!

At 10:43 AM, Blogger Sheena said...

Wow, Thanks Via Rail Marketing. Does this kind endorsement now entitle me to 2 chocolates? They never come around with leftovers I notice.

Marky Mark, glad to hear that you have discovered Cheese Boutique at my recommendation. You're at least the 3rd one now. I will henceforth be asking for referral discounts.

A top ten list would be fun, but it is too mood dependent for me. I see equal value to mankind in the Taquito as I do in a truffled foie gras.

Jason: the chocolate is ONLY in first class. Perhaps one day the G8 protesters will do something productive with their time and break down this crushing social barrier.

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Crazylegs said...

Sheena - on this we do agree. I always enjoy my sojourns down the London/Trawna corridor because I know that VIA1 will take care of me. Always a lovely breakfast in the monring, and always a lovely dinner in the evening. And my wine glass is NEVER left empty.

At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi again,

I would like to thank you all for your positive comments.

I also had to search on our website a little bit, but I finally have it:

It is the address of our manufacturer for the VIA1 chocolates.


Jean-Philippe D.-Laporte
VIA Rail Canada

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Sheena said...

OH MY! Jean-Philippe you are an angel. I feel honoured to have received such a treasured secret.

At 11:16 AM, Anonymous idler said...

Chocolate only on first class VIA??!!

Where the fuck is that video to show how to derail those motherfuckin' trains!!

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Sheena said...

Geez, idler. Way to get yourself on the no-rail list.

At 12:13 PM, Anonymous idler said...

Way to get bought off by the man, sheena

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous sooey said...

Where have all the fossilized bagels gone?

At 1:49 PM, Blogger Deb said...

looks very doable


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