Nothing better to start the new Year with than champagne – right ?
Well, plenty of it in my first post of 2013 …
This picture gallery starts and ends with my former work horse, the B-747-400, that took me very comfortably to Hong Kong.
As always, when enjoying the Business class on long haul flights, I see that I start the journey with my long time favourite drink, Jack Daniels and Ginger Ale. Call it a ritual, I tend to enjoy the refreshing taste before settling into the flight.
From there the beverages depend on the menu and this time, as always for Christmas on LH, it was goose, red cabbage, Knödel and red wine.
The return trip was entirely seafood for me and, except for the cheese selection and a glass of red, it was Sauvignon Blanc for the tuna and the salmon.
Might explain why I slept more than half of the flight time on each long sector …
Hong Kong was a whole different chapter in gastronomic delicacies and the list of champagnes drunk with my host, himself a devoted gourmet and top notch connoisseur and collector of the best vintage champagnes.
As can be seen ( and not all the bottles we drank were photographed, among them the Salon Blanc des blancs of which we blind-tasted the 1995/1996 if I remember correctly) the 1996 vintage, both in Champagne and Bordeaux is a current favourite of my host.
Other than Champagne, my favourite beverage in Asia will be beer, specially the Tsingtao brand, which in my humble opinion will compliment the local food perfectly.
All the food was delicious, plentiful and enjoyed in the best “slow food” tradition, mostly taking over 4 hours for dinner.
Even the last lunch, taken at the members only Kowloon Cricket Club and consisting of Fish & Chips was a leisurely 3 hr affair and involved a vintage Fonseca Cosacos and a Punch ER Asia-Pacific Super Robusto before heading to Chep La Kok airport and the flight home.
Most memorable among all the excellent food were the Abalone, the Scottish oysters, the duck, the chicken, the smoked pork knuckle…. – but then, the experience itself of these long lunches and dinners followed by vintage cigars was in itself memorable.
Here are some images of my journey.