Books and Guides
Stay tuned for the release of our eBooks on travel reviews, dining experiences
Food and Flights was founded by us, Parmela and Robert Plein, in 2015 after a year long eye opening chapter in our lives. In 2014 we took our honeymoon to a luxurious tropical paradise in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and we were travel bug bitten. Our honeymoon was also a mouth opening experience as we were introduced to new culinary treats we hadn’t previously thought about trying. We continued our appetizing adventure in 2015 by organizing a fine dining club. While expanding our palate is great, doing so with the company of others who share your interests is even better. One thing we soon realised through meeting new people at home and abroad, the landlocked nature of the place we grew up had influenced us more than we knew. Over and over again we heard from people outside our community talk about how landlocked our culture was here. They said it was hard to get into people’s circles and to get people to go places. We realised we had strong roots but had not taken full advantage of them to branch out across the world. Our mission at Food and Flights is to open the eyes of others to what more there is to enjoy in life by sharing our stories and experiences with you. With our travels, dining and other new experiences we’ve begun to unlock life. We aspire to teach others to do the same, that there are finer things in life, there are more places to go and greater things to experience. Join us and we will show you how to unlock your life.
Hotels, events, landmarks, cruises, shops, and anything else a place has to offer we enjoy experiencing and writing about. Our articles will help travelers know before they go and give businesses insight into the current view of their establishment and competitors to help maintain an excellent level of quality.
Food is a critical component to everyone's enjoyment what ever they are doing, where ever they are doing it. We are a regular Midwestern couple who give honest reviews from our common Midwest palette. We enjoy trying new things, from the elevated infused culinary revelation to rustic made from scratch family kitchen offerings.
From growing up on a farm or lower middle class family our roots are well grounded in humble beginnings. Like so many others, of all ages, we are branching out from our beginnings to explore a greater world around us. And as we make our way we've discovered more like us and connect very well with them, no matter their beginnings or current status in life. We've helped others to push their boundaries and learned more areas to explore of our own. With our literature we're branching out further to continue helping others beyond our immediate circles to unlock life and live finer experiences.
Traveling and new experiences while helping others to do the same has become a passion of ours. Sharing what we learn and learning from what others share is the true key to enjoying life. We would love to collaborate with others who share our passion. Feel free to contact us about any opportunities you may have.
Behind the scenes
How do you get a hotel suite with a prime view of the Las Vegas strip for under $70 a night? Just ignore the Las Vegas resort fees.
Another fun NYE at the Crowne Plaza Clayton! I rated this four stars is due to the quality service and the nice room; it would have been three stars if I relied solely on my experience with the dinner and bands for the 2015/2016 NYE celebration. Having said that, this was our second year in a[…]
Another fantastic experience at Kemoll’s! We hosted our Fine Dining Meetup here for dinner on 12/19/15. We had a table for eight and it was a first-time experience for everyone except my husband and myself. We were seated at a great table (not a bad seat in the house) facing the Arch. It was a[…]
A memorable experience! Folks, this may be my new favorite! My husband and I hosted our Fine Dining Meetup here on Saturday night, 12/5/15, for 8. To give some background, we do this regularly and the people who are part of our group are true fine dining foodies. We’ve all eaten at some of the[…]
Well, I see I’m in the minority here. Sorry, folks. We had reservations for six people at 7pm on November 7th, 2015. None of us had been to Evangeline’s prior, so we chose it based on the reviews. This was a dinner for the Fine Dining Meetup my husband and I lead. Our experience started[…]
This hotel is a GREAT value for what it offers. It’s located within walking distance of many of downtown St. Louis’ attractions, it’s clean, archtechurally interesting, the staff is friendly and accommodating and maybe best of all…it’s not cookie-cutter. The rooms are spacious and appointed with more traditional groupings than you see in most “modern”[…]
I’m very torn about my rating of this restaurant. Some of our experience was wonderful…some was not up to the standard I expected of a $$$ steakhouse that calls itself Prime. Let’s start with the positives. The location, decor and layout are great! They sometimes offer valet service (did not on the Saturday night our[…]
My husband and I brought our Fine Dining Couples Meetup to Farmhaus on Saturday, October 3rd. The decision to go was a last minute one and that’s not easy to accomplish at Farmhaus due to their popularity and the few number of seats in the house. However, to my pleasant surprise, after a few phone[…]