Flying Cathay First – Cathay Pacific First Class Review 777-300ER

Flying Cathay First – Cathay Pacific First Class Review 777-300ER

We’ve flown international business class on some of the top airlines. We’ve only flown international first class, though, a few times. When we had the chance to cash in some American Airlines miles to fly Cathay first class from Hong Kong to Frankfurt, we were thrilled. In this post, we share our Cathay Pacific first class review, focused on the Cathay Pacific 777 first class cabin and service. Cathay Pacific Airways consistently ranks as one of the best airlines in the world. A young modern fleet of mainly Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A330-300s. A focused dedication to the passenger experience both on the ground and in the air. They are known for exceptional in-flight service. We previously experienced Cathay Pacific Business Class flying from Chicago to Hong Kong. We were eager to experience Cathay Pacific First Class as we set off to Germany. Booking The Cathay Pacific First Class Cabin We wanted to use our American Airlines miles for our flight to Europe. Our initial goal was to fly from Hong Kong to Frankfurt, in Cathay Pacific Business Class. Because it’s hard to book Asia routings using miles on American’s website, we called American Airlines Reservations. Because we were using American Airlines miles, we were not able to call Cathay reservations directly. We knew it would cost each of us approximately 52,000 American miles for a one-way Business Class ticket. We were pleasantly surprised that for an additional 18,000 miles each, we would be able to experience Cathay Pacific First Class. This was music to our ears. With the average Cathay Pacific first class price hovering around $17,000 a person, an additional...
Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Hong Kong – The Pier Review

Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Hong Kong – The Pier Review

The battle between international airlines to win over premium passengers isn’t just reserved for the in-flight experience. On our trip from Hong Kong to Frankfurt, we had the pleasure of experiencing a revolutionary new design and passenger experience at the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge at their home in Hong Kong International Airport. Dubbed “The Pier,” this one of a kind airport lounge provides first class passengers with a wide range of services all set in a simple yet contemporary setting. In this post, we will share our review of the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, the Pier, along with tips on how to make the most of your luxury travel lounge experience. Unfortunately, our Cathay Pacific First Class flight to Frankfurt was scheduled to leave Hong Kong just after midnight. Fortunately, because we came from Macau by ferry, we had about 7 hours to kill before our flight. That was plenty of time to make the most of our Cathay lounge experience. We managed to figure out how to experience every luxury travel lounge experience offered at the Pier Lounge, the best Cathay lounge in Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific Lounge Hong Kong Cathay Pacific maintains over a half dozen lounges at Hong Kong Airport, spread throughout Terminal 1. With names like “The Wing,” “The Bridge,” and “The Pier,” each lounge offers premium passengers a space to unwind before their flight. For me, it’s another time to make the most of our business class or first class flights. Which is the Best Cathay Lounge Hong Kong? The best lounge in Hong Kong airport for Cathay Pacific Airlines passengers depends on...
Cathay Pacific Business Class Review 777 – Cathay Pacific Reviews

Cathay Pacific Business Class Review 777 – Cathay Pacific Reviews

Cathay Pacific Airlines has a pretty great reputation. For Americans who are used to traveling on the US legacy carriers, it’s a breath of fresh air. Our Cathay Pacific business class review includes the highlights and some lowlights of our Cathay Pacific 777 business class experience.  In this post, we share our Cathay Pacific business class review 777, as well as information on the Cathay Pacific business class service, meals, and amenity kit. Our focus is on the service on the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong to Chicago flight. Flying Cathay Pacific Business Class Chicago to Hong Kong We booked our Cathay business class flight using American Airlines miles. Eric called American Airlines every day, and sometimes twice a day, for a week, to score us a miles saver ticket for Cathay Pacific business class. I protested that I would have been fine in Cathay Pacific economy class. But after seeing Cathay Pacific business class pictures I knew I wanted the experience. Particularly for a 15-hour flight, Chicago to Hong Kong Cathay Pacific business sounded like a perfect use for our accrued miles. It would have been 35,000 miles in economy and only 55,000 in Business, with a continuation to Singapore. Totally worth it. I was thrilled for this Cathay Pacific upgrade to business class, courtesy of the husband. For us, the Cathay Pacific business class price cost 55,000 miles. At the time, I believe I priced the cost of purchasing the ticket at a little less than $5000 a person. Learn how to earn miles to book your own Cathay Pacific 777 Business Class Flight Cracking the Code to Travel...
Aceto Balsámico in Italy – Acetaia Pedroni di Modena & Osteria di Rubbiara

Aceto Balsámico in Italy – Acetaia Pedroni di Modena & Osteria di Rubbiara

Over our years traveling to Emilia Romagna, Italy, we’ve learned all about how they make Balsamico di Modena, the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena. I now consider myself a bit of an expert on the process. One of our favorite places to visit also happens to be one of the most well-known producers of Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena DOP, Acetai Pedroni di Modena. In this post, I will talk about the history of Acetaia Pedroni Modena. I will also share how Aceto Balsamico tradizionale is made and what the difference is between Aceto Balsamico di Modena IGP and Aceto Balsamico Tradzionale di Modena DOP. Also, I will share what it’s like to eat as Osteria di Rubbiara, Pedroni’s historic restaurant in Nonantola. Learn more in our Emilia Romagna Food Guide – Every blog we’ve written about Emilia Romagna in one place What is Aceto Balsámico Di Modena The first step to understanding traditional balsamic, or Aceto di Modena, is to understand the production process. This is a very high level overview. There is a lot more detail in my book, The Food Traveler’s Guide to Emilia Romagna. In order to make traditional balsamic, grape juice is heated on a fire and cooked in open air for about 24 hours. About 100 kilograms of grapes are used to produce about 75 liters of liquid. After the heating process, only 35 liters remain. The reduced liquid is placed into a series of a minimum of five barrels, called a batteria. Over time the balsamico Modena is transferred from one barrel to another, from the largest to the smallest barrel. The increasingly smaller amounts are due...
Heritage Le Telfair Mauritius – A Top Luxury Mauritius Resort

Heritage Le Telfair Mauritius – A Top Luxury Mauritius Resort

I realize I say this a lot about trips that we take or meals that we eat, but in the case of Mauritius, I really had no idea what to expect. Having taken our first trip to the Maldives last year, Mauritius was really just another island on my Indian Ocean bucket list. But, what I found out was that we were headed for a luxury Mauritius resort, with way more to do than I anticipated, and with character entirely different from the Maldives. A week in Mauritius at the Heritage Le Telfair Mauritius was just what was needed.  Heritage Resorts Mauritius includes Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort, as well as its neighbor Heritage Awali, provided the perfect Mauritius escape. Together they are easily some of the top Mauritius resorts. Planning For Our Week at Heritage Mauritius I let Eric plan this trip. I was busy working on launching our online social media training school right up until the very end. In this case, a PR company asked if we wanted to promote a trip to Mauritius just after our business launch. We jumped on the opportunity for a well needed holiday at a Mauritius resort. Eric did all the planning, choosing the flights, and everything else. I knew nothing about Mauritius before we arrived, other than a quick Mauritius Wikitravel search. And, I kind of liked it that way. I was so unknowledgeable that a few days before we left, I had to do a Google Maps search to see exactly where the island was. I knew “off the coast of Africa” but that was about...
El Celler de Can Roca Menu – 2018 Can Roca Menu Update

El Celler de Can Roca Menu – 2018 Can Roca Menu Update

The meal that requires more than one blog post. I wrote about our surreal dining experience at El Celler De Can Roca. But, I wanted to dive more into the menu items, for the true food lovers out there. Here is a recap of the over 30 different courses and bites we had during our 4 hour El Celler de Can Roca menu, in Girona Spain. We also include an update at the bottom about the El Celler de Can Roca Menu 2018. We chose the Feast Menu, with about 15 named courses. The other alternative is a tasting of their classic menu. The tasting menu is about 7 courses, where you have a choice for two of the courses. Of course, we went all in. The Can Roca Feast Menu with wine pairing.  And, I did the best I could with photos considering the lighting, and I did not want to disturb the diners nearby. Bear with me.   Want to learn more about Catalan cuisine? Check out this traditional Catalan Cooking Class in Girona or our Ultimate Guide to Girona Restaurants The Can Roca Menu: Snacks We started with The World, a paper lantern, ceremoniously untied at the table, and opened to reveal 5 bites reminiscent of flavors from all over the globe. In this case, our world included: From Thailand, Thai chicken, with coriander, coconut, curry, and lime From Japan, miso cream with nyinyonyaki, the Can Roca version of a fried, breaded snack From Turkey, focaccia with lamb, yogurt, cucumber, onions, and mint From Peru, a Causa limeña, or a potato-based bite with avocado From Korea,...