United first class lunch

My United first class lunch from Houston to Las Vegas was an excellent beef soba salad.
My United first class lunch from Houston to Las Vegas was an excellent beef soba salad.

I have a confession to make. I… and I don’t know how to say this, but I… I actually like airplane food. I know this makes me guilty of some great culinary sin. I simply don’t care. Boarding a flight to Vegas, getting a drink, and having a meal is a nice way to spend several hours. I am writing this in the air to tell you about United first class lunch. This was a great meal.

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United vs. American domestic first class dining

Woodford Reserve bourbon and a ramekin of warm nuts on American Airlines
Flights are always better with refreshments. Happily, both American and United domestic first class dining includes warm nuts and a free drink.

I wrote earlier this month about domestic first class dining on United and on American. To be honest, they are very similar services. While the guidelines change every few month, lunch and dinner flights that aren’t premium transcontinental routes will typically have two choices. One of those options, particularly at lunch, is often cold. Both airlines start with a free drink and some warm nuts. So what is the difference between them?

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United domestic first class meal experience

Nuts and a drink start United first class meals.
Nuts and a drink start United first class meals.

I normally fly American, and I have previously reviewed their mid-con first class meal service. However, last week I took United on my way home from San Diego. What are United first class meals like? On a mid-con, the food and service are both pretty good. The challenge is that they don’t offer some of the options that American does.

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United First Class Meal and Service Between Houston and San Juan

United First Class Meal from Houston To San Juan.
United First Class Meal from Houston To San Juan.

Ok, as promised, here is a review of our United first class meal and flights to and from San Juan.  When we booked our cruise about a month from our sailing date, we immediately booked flights to San Juan.  Thankfully, the best deal for a flight, after some online searching, was through United. (At some point in the future I will discuss my trials and tribulations with the other major carrier out of my hometown, American Airlines, but I am still suffering from flashbacks).  We booked 2 coach class seats.  The route consisted of 2 flights each way, a Embraer EMB 175 regional jet between Midland and Houston and a Boeing 737-900 for the Houston to San Juan leg. Continue reading “United First Class Meal and Service Between Houston and San Juan”

Carnival Fascination Penthouse Suite Southern Caribbean Cruise Experience – Planning the Cruise

Mr. and Mrs. John Brawley Tophat in United first class on their flight to San Juan.
Mr. and Mrs. John Brawley Tophat in United first class on their flight to San Juan.

Hello all.  Mrs. Tophat and I just got back from an excellent Carnival Fascination Penthouse Suite cruise adventure to the Southern Caribbean.  Over the next few weeks we are going to share with you our entire cruise experience.  We sailed on May 20th from San Juan to St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and St. Marteen.  This cruise was about the ports of call.  We are gold cruisers with Carnival, having sailed with them many times out of New Orleans and Miami, so we were familiar with the Carnival experience.  We booked this cruise online via Carnival about a month before the sail date, so we had few options of cabins, and thus we ended up booking an extended grand suite on deck 6.  But, a few weeks before we sailed, the upgrade fairy called and offered us a Owners Penthouse Suite on deck 12. Continue reading “Carnival Fascination Penthouse Suite Southern Caribbean Cruise Experience – Planning the Cruise”