Stilly River Sage wrote: I always feel like I'm being held hostage when I'm stuck in the airport and have only expensive food and drink choices.
A few years ago, after having experienced flight delays on a number of occasions and having had to buy the expensive and not particularly good food available at the airport, I added "food for the journey" to my packing list. Just like the Italian families, for example, who wouldn't dream of taking a train journey without their packed lunch. I've a small thermos flask for a cup or two of coffee as well.
I've only been to Starbucks twice, in Seoul, where we spent the local equivalent of a day's pay for our drinks, and NY, where they twice got our order wrong.