We are now over Australia's Tasman Sea enroute to Los Angeles. We had a flawless and on-time take-off from Sydney and United First Class service has begun.
Today because of good tail winds we are promised an early arrive in Los Angeles. They say we will arrive 45 minutes early. My connecting flight is at 2.15pm so that leaves me with almost a 3 hour connection. I hope they have a good lounge in Los Angeles. I wonder if I get to use the "International First Class lounge here since I arrived on a international first class flight.
Remember, the next leg of my trip is through Chicago with a connection to glamour capital of the world - Newark, New Jersey.
Our First Class service begins with our choice of 4 different wines, a Reisling from Alsace, France - an Edna Valley Chardonnay fron California - a Yea Valley Shiraz and a French Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne. I get the Alsace Reisling which is served with a little bowl of warm mixed nuts. I also have a bag of salt and vinegar kettle cooked potato chips that I've been munching on.
Oh, we've just had our hot towels. You can't start the meal service with dirty paws.
Tonight starter is sauteed shrimp on shitake polenta with roasted garlic and tomato sauce, beef and parma ham with grilled peppers and roast zucchini, eggplant and chickpea timbale. That's not a choice, you get a sampling of everything.
There are three choices for dinner tonight, a fish, pasta, chicken and beef. I selected the beef which is a filet in a poivre sauce served with oven roasted potatoes and green beans. I would have tried something different but chicken is usually dry, pasta boring and I don't do fish on planes.
For dessert we are offered a selection of international cheeses including blue, brie and cheddar cheese. After that we get ice cream sundaes.
The service today is actually very pleasant. The flight attendants are obviously seasoned United attendants assigned to First Class because of their years of dedicated service. Poor girls!
In First Class United offers about 5 videos on screen plus a library of video cassettes on demand. Of course I want to see "Sideways" and someone else already snatched it up!