Airports friendly to dairy free? PCRM report shows the way!

The 2011 Airport Food Review of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine rates domestic U.S. airports based on healthful options offered at their restaurants and cafes.  Fortunately, many of the specific offerings from airport restaurants the report mentions appear to be dairy free!  For example, my mouth waters just reading about the smoked tofu burrito on the menu at Wipeout Willy’s in Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport.  And I can’t wait for a chance to visit San Francisco so that I can try the organic smoky split pea soup at the San Francisco Soup Company and the beet salad and tofu wrap at Plant Café in San Francisco International Airport.

I found it a little disheartening that the PCRM report does not include any of the New York City area airports.  Is the food here really not that friendly to the dairy free?  Well, there are reports that Cibo Express Gourmet Market in Jetblue‘s Terminal 5 of JFK International Airport has some great vegan offerings.  And Delta‘s Terminal C at La Guardia Airport opened its Delta NY Experience recently, with many promising new restaurants like Kombu (sushi rolls, rice bowls and noodle dishes) and Vuelo Taqueria (tortas and tacos from well-known chef Aarón Sanchez).  Delta is also building a new Terminal 4 at JFK Airport that is due to be completed in 2013 – a video on the undertaking promises “new restaurants” but there are no details yet.  We can only hope that before long, the positive reports of the amazing food at New York-area airports will be so plentiful that the PCRM will have to include New York in future Airport Food Reviews!

About Karl Peterson

Karl Peterson is an avid traveler, passionate about food and food-related entertainment, completely allergic to dairy. He is founder, owner and principle contributor to "The Dairy Free Traveler" blog. The Dairy Free Traveler perfectly dovetails two of his greatest areas of interest: traveling near and far, and searching for great cuisine (especially dairy free!) The Dairy Free Traveler publishes original material about the dairy free lifestyle, eating the best food in the most interesting destinations around the world. Karl's tours take him from thriving New York City, to exotic Marrakesh, to elegant Paris bistros -- (yes! even Parisians have gotten on the dairy free bandwagon.) The Dairy Free Traveler himself also engages with independent dairy free food producers, highlighting new dairy free product launches and events that support dairy free entrepreneurs. Peterson is among the top 4 most widely read Trip Advisor reviewers in New York City and is repeatedly cited as a Top Contributor at Trip Advisor. His reviews have garnered more than 140,000 readers -- half in the U.S., and half among the many countries he has visited around the world. When asked to describe himself, Karl says: "A frequent traveler, I enjoy writing about my experiences both at home and abroad, finding great food that accommodates my dairy allergy. My goal is to engage a community of foodies and travelers in a lively exchange and debate. I learn as much from my readers as I hope they do from me." Also a trained musician with degrees from Columbia University and Wagner College and an active member of the New York City Continuo Collective.
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