Wildlife Sighting at Airport Restaurants

I had extra time to kill in the airport on Friday night. My flight fell right over the dinner hour and I’d had an early lunch. Airport offerings are hardly lauded (Food and Wine Magazine did do an article on good eats at airports, but alas, I wasn’t at any of their featured locations). I wanted to sit, not grab and go and eat on my lap. My two options were mostly the same, offered the same fare, and had primarily the same populations sitting in them: men.

I parked myself with my iPad and ordered a beer. Did other women shun the mediocre food at airport restaurants in favor of healthier fare available at stands? I wondered if men were more willing (or had more travel money) to pay for a beer and sit in an airport restaurant. Perhaps women were just less present as business travelers (see my post on the lack of women in business class). For whatever reason, I was the lone woman (see another post of mine about eating alone). The available restaurants, a steak and chops joint and a sports bar even target a male audience. With our increasingly food-interested culture, better restaurants should become more available in more airports. 

Perhaps it was just a sports bar on a Friday.

My companions at a sports bar in the international terminal in Montreal. 1/18/2013.

My companions at a sports bar in the international terminal in Montreal. 1/18/2013.

About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.

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