Checking in first class with TAM Brazil means a staff member leads you through on fast track to the Start Alliance First Class Lounge. What a selection of scotches in this lounge. I settled for a Highland Park, accompanied by a Bloody Mary and Pannier Champagne:
I will not be breaking any records on this leg for two reasons. It is an overnight flight, but more importantly, I reached a life-changing decision in Japan: I need to better protect my body now and into the future.
My flight will arrive in Sao Paulo at 6AM, and I have arranged to have lunch at D.O.M., the #7 rated restaurant on the Pellegrino list and one of two South American establishments in the top 50, the other being Astrid Y Gason in Peru, my luncheon date the day I leave South American to return to the USA.
The plane landed at 9:30AM, I thought in good time for my noon lunch at DOM. Everything went swiftly except that San Paulo has a world-class traffic problem. Only 16 miles away, it can take 3 hours by car. My driver indicated this was a miracle when we arrived after an hour, which by then was 11:30AM. I hurried to check in and got a taxi to DOM at 12:02PM. The meal continues in the next posting.