About Us

Hello! Welcome aboard!

We are Mandy and Eric, parents of four precocious kids and one sweet Bernese Mountain Dog. We live in the upper midwest of the US when we aren’t somewhere else. Eric is originally from Norway, has lived in 7 countries, and is a pilot for a major US airline. Mandy grew up in Tennessee, has lived in 8 states, and was an international flight attendant for 15 years. We had logged 70 countries between the two of us before having children, and couldn’t wait to share some adventures with them once they were here. One of the most gratifying parts of parenting, for us, has been showing our kids the world. Teaching them how to navigate it, meeting new friends, and experiencing destinations all over again through their eyes is what it’s all about!

Enjoying a pre-kid brew in Copenhagen.

Flying Family

We set out straight away. Kid #1 was just a few weeks old when she flew to Tennessee for the first time. By 6 months she’d been to Norway, Milan, and Sardinia!

#1 tests business class to Oslo!

Turbulence

We were off to the races and having a great time until I got very sick after #3’s birth. At my worst, I simply had no mental, physical, or emotional energy for a trip – for myself, let alone with our small children! A trip to the grocery store was all I could muster.

Eventually, we learned that I (and kid#2) needed to be gluten free. Moreover, we realized that we were both sensitive to minute traces of gluten. A little bit of cross contamination at a friend’s house or a restaurant could leave us both in recovery mode for weeks. I was ready to resume our adventurous life, but the fear and worry were ripe. It was time to shift our tactics. We stopped booking typical hotel rooms and instead opted for rentals with kitchens, and we even went a little overboard and bought a motorhome! But for long distance air travel, the question remained: How could we not only survive but thrive during a 24-hour travel day without depending on airlines or airports to feed us?

Recovery

I decided to combine my cooking skills and commercial flying experience. We needed a plan to carry enough food for a 24 hour travel day that met these requirements:

  • Is TSA-friendly
  • Is airplane-friendly
  • Doesn’t require heating
  • Keeps safely in a small cooler
  • Is super tasty
  • Is nutritious and satisfying

It occurred to me that my daughter and I weren’t alone. Over the years, I’d served countless passengers who either couldn’t or wouldn’t eat the airline fare – even when it was actually good! I knew that a lot of people could benefit from this information, and it was time to share it.

A Perfect Landing

So here we are, at our little table for six, at the intersection of family travel and food. We’ll take you along on our trips, feed you well in transit, and bring the local flavors home to inspire new dishes. Getting back on our adventurous track has been life-changing, and I adore that I get to combine all of the people and things that I love most in this blog. Helping you makes it gratifying and worthwhile. I want you to know that yes, you can travel big! – even with big families full of small people. And yes, you can eat well while doing it!¬†Whether you can eat everything or have a restrictive diet, we’ve got you. We field-test everything that you see here. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, we’ll share that too. We want to hear what works for you and your family, too! So pull up a seat at our table and dig in!

A Hawaii 5-0 vacation for Eric’s 50th birthday.

“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.”
~Caskie Stinnet

4 Comments on “About Us

  1. Love this endeavor! Can’t wait to make the grilled pineapple curd!

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