5 secrets about airline food

INFLIGHT FEAST: Singapore Airlines' economy meal.

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When good meals go bad

Airline food is getting healthier

Qantas' bigger, fancier meals

Christmas Markets: 6 treats gallery

Mulled wine

Our adventures through the Christmas Markets of Europe were a culinary quest with high and lows.

Hawker food steps up to the plate

Rickshaw noodles, Clifford Pier Restaurant.

A new generation of upmarket hawker food is transforming Singapore's dining landscape.

Best Viennese coffeehouses gallery

Cafe Hawelka: Tucked into a laneway in Vienna's Innere Stadt (old town) is one of its favourite coffeehouses. Cafe Leopold Hawelka has long been a meeting place for artists and writers and has a relaxed yet gloomy charm. Settle into one of its striped velvet booths by the window and linger over a "cafe melange" (an espresso with steamed milk, topped with whipped cream), which comes with a glass of water and a teaspoon on top, a Viennese tradition. There are newspapers to read (some in English) and when it's time to leave, your bow-tied waiter will simply add up your bill in his head and give you change from his belt-purse.

Long the meeting places of writers and thinkers, they offer an instant fix of caffeine, chocolate and cream...

When good meals go bad

Qantas's economy meal: Barramundi poached in a spiced coconut sauce with noodles, sugar snaps, choy sum and chilli.

Why is it seemingly so difficult to get inflight food right? Sally Webb talks to airline chefs to find out.

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