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Euro Summer Might Be Cancelled, But You Can Still Feast On Plane Food

If that's your thing.

Sadly, the global pandemic has pulled the pin on many of our overseas travel plans and most recently, Euro summer – which would’ve seen thousands of Aussies flock to the Instagram-worthy islands of Greece and Italy from this month onwards. However, it’s not all bad news. If you can’t get rid of your travel bug, and you’re craving that mid-flight feeling – you can still feast on plane food for less than your morning coffee.

According to News.com.au, with countless flights grounded until travel restrictions lift, airlines are offering frozen packaged plane meals to the public for as little as $2 per dish.

It’s all part of an initiative from Gate Gourmet, one of the world’s largest in-flight catering companies who provides meals to Virgin Australia and a bunch of international airlines flying into Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Gate Gourmet’s official website offers pick up of vegetarian and non-vegetarian microwave-ready meal packs that cost between $20 and $40. The mixed lunch/dinner pack features a decent-looking lasagne, curry, noodles and more, while the breakie pack contains scrambled eggs, mushrooms, potato and spinach. 

Credit: Gate Gourmet

Interestingly, there is a warning that the food might taste different to what you’d expect 30,000 feet in the air. Apparently, high altitudes actually dull the taste buds, so extra salt and umami taste is added for flavour. 

Credit: Gate Gourmet

It’s a great way to get rid of the unused food, but plane food can be quite divisive. Not everyone likes their meat and three veg packaged and presented and perfect cubes with a mysterious-looking brown sauce. Plus, Gate Gourmet’s meal packs won’t come with the bread rolls or cheese and crackers that get thrown in mid-flight.

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The offer of plane food isn’t the only way folks have been curing their itchy feet. Back in April, when the pandemic was first upon us, Kirsty Russell and her family went to the effort of recreating their entire 15-hour flight to Germany – from home. 

The Russells mimicked everything from the plane seating to the tickets and even the security check-in process. 

It’s a lot of effort to feel like that dream overseas holiday is still a reality, but you know what they say about desperate times and desperate measures.

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Fancy Working Out In A Gym Pod That Looks Like The Basement From ‘You’?

"Who runs this gym??? Joe Goldberg????"

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease, fitness centres are beginning to reopen much to the delight of gym bunnies and gym junkies around the world. In order to stay COVID-safe, many gyms have invested in extra social distancing measures and leaning services – however, no one is taking those precautions quite as seriously as these California gym pods.

Inspire South Bay Fitness in Redondo, California has ensured gym members feel safe during their workout routines by installing clear plastic pods around the facility.

Credit: Getty

Speaking to CNN, owner Peet Sapsin said the gym initially considered mandatory masks for all members. “We tested it out on Zoom, though, and could tell that people couldn’t breathe. We felt really bad for them. Our clients are like our family. We were thinking, how do we want our family to feel?”

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Instead, Sapsin and his wife planned and built a prototype of the pods made of shower curtains and PVC pipes. Apparently, the whole project cost him less than $400.

“We sent the prototype to our clients, and they were very excited, and felt more comfortable knowing there was a clear wall between one person and the next,” he said. “Everything you need is inside your pod – bench, mat, dumbbells. There is also a disinfecting spray in there, so that after, everyone can clean up after themselves.”

It’s an incredibly innovative idea, but social media users can’t help but notice the similarities between Sapsin’s plastic gym pods and the book store basement cell in the Netflix series You.

Credit: Netflix

You’ve got to admit, these hygienic health pods do have a similar eerie vibe to Joe Goldberg’s secret dungeon. 

The pods also have people wondering, what happens if you work up a good sweat? Will the pod get fogged up? 

The good news is, COVID-19 can’t be contracted via sweat so the pods appear safe, in theory. But would you be keen to replicate a scene from You during your morning workout?

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Yep, Your Fave Childhood Breakie Cereal Is Being Accused Of Racism

"We do not tolerate discrimination."

The Black Lives Matter protests have taken a stance against racism and police brutality, but they’ve also encouraged the world to stop and critically analyse undercurrents of racism in everyday life. One former MP has taken that one step further by accusing everyone’s favourite childhood breakfast cereal Coco Pops of being racist.

According to multiple reports, former Labour politician Fiona Onasanya has written to Kellogg’s via email and social media asking for answers about the popular chocolate-flavoured cereal.

“@KelloggsUK, as you are yet to reply to my email – Coco Pops and Rice Krispies have the same composition (except for the fact that CP’s are brown and chocolate flavoured),” she tweeted. “So I was wondering why Rice Krispies have three white boys representing the brand and Coco Pops have a monkey.”

Kellogg’s eventually responded to Onasanya, explaining via Daily Mail UK, “the monkey mascot that appears on both white and milk chocolate Coco Pops, was created in the 1980s to highlight the playful personality of the brand.”

Kellogg’s also noted that they feature “a range of characters” on their cereal boxes, “Including tigers, giraffes, crocodiles, elves and a narwhal.”

“We do not tolerate discrimination and believe that people of all races, genders, backgrounds, sexual orientation, religions, capabilities and beliefs should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect,” the brand added.

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A number of Twitter users also responded to Onansanya’s Coco Pops query with theories of their own. 

One wrote, “the cacao tree from which cocoa beans and hence cocoa powder is derived is native to the Amazon Basin where there are monkeys.” 

Others pointed out the fact that the monkey is also featured on the white chocolate Coco Pops packaging, and that the “three white boys” on the Rice Krispies boxes are actually elves. 

It’s not the first time food products have come under fire for racist undertones. This week, there was a call for Australian cheese brand Coon and Margaret River’s Colonial Brewing company to be renamed. 

The Black Lives Matter protests are empowering people to speak out against racist acts, however, in the case of Coco Pops – the packaging design appears to be a harmless marketing decision.

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