The Long Flight:

The good news – I was able to get a free upgrade to business class, the bad news – it is still 14 hours in a tin cigar with wings.

After 2 TV Shows (1 MadMen & an episode from Arrested, that was actually not bad),  1 movies (The Expendables, that was actually really really bad), 1 New Paper (USA Today), countless e-mail, and some food and drink, I landed in Tokyo.

If this is your first exposure to one of my Blogs, you should begin to see that I cannot type, do not proof read and talk a lot about the food and the drinks.

American Airline Restaurant review:

The Lunch menu:  A cup of warm mixed nuts, followed by a teriyaki beef appetizer and garden salad.  For the main course; wasabi crusted salmon topped with sweet papaya pineapple marmalade paired with potatoes and sautéed vegetables.  To finish,  desert was a nice mixed fruit plate that I selected over the Ben & Jerry’s Fair Trade chocolate ice cream topped with marshmallows and chopped walnuts. I know this might sound better than the bag of nuts they give out in the back of the bus, but trust me it was only a small step up (I still recommend picking up your own lunch before getting on a long  flight).  The snack they gave us just before we landed was no bad and the Port was a Vintage Graham’s. All in all it was ok airline food
One highlight – The Cabernet Sauvignon was a very nice Napa Valley, actual of some of you have had it my house before.  Let’s see who can name it?  It showed rich, intense aromas of currant blackberry, and ripe cherry with a hint of toasted oak.  Leather and nutmeg coalesce with plum and vanilla in the concentrated mid-palate and settle into a chewy finish (For the Tennessee crowd, it was red and good).

With a little over 10 hours left in the flight, I find myself over Hudson Bay (that’s in Northern Canada Sue F. – Yes we fly North not East or West – the polar route) and it was time to try and get a good night sleep.  Knowing I would need to stay awake for the layover and the last 6+ hour flight so that I could sleep when we in Hi Chi Minh City (HCMC) at 10:35PM on Thursday February 17th .  That is after security, transportation and checking into my hotel – maybe bed by 12:30 or 1:00AM, Friday morning local time.  Ok, how do you fall asleep at 3:00EST if you are not a Mills – Simple, ask your doctor for a good time release sleeping pill and then take two.  (Do not take Percocet, Oxycodone or Vicodin unless you have experience, sorry it should have said unless you have a doctor’s note and do not drink with any of them as it might cause drowsiness).

Tokyo Narita Airport – 3 hour layover before my final flight – Japan Airlines flight 759 Tokyo – HCMC) If you think a US-based airline does not give you much leg room in coach, you should see this flight.  I did not expect to be able to open my PC, but never though I would have trouble opening my iTouch!

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
This entry was posted in Food, Travel, Vietnam and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s