First Class on Thai Air means you have your own room and Dom Perignon (21) was served while still on the ground. The United flight had what must have been a 5 inch screen, but this one was more like two feet and high definition. The sound/video system was exceptional. There must have been a hundred movies and something called a juke box where you could program what you wanted to hear.
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Difficult switch, but back to cuisine, the next day I had lunch at Mani, making this the best two lunches in a row I've ever had. Here to the right with Chef Helena Rizzo.
I started with a caipirinha, the Brazilian national cocktail made with sugarcane liquor, sugar and lime. Her artistry is legendary. Litchi, foie gras, baby yucca, puxuri (a fruit), and pequi, supposedly a dangerous fruit. I guess this is their equivalent of fugu. Here, a simple salad:
For Pearl's Ash #22, I selected the city symbol, Christ the Redeemer, next to two yellow flowers at the base of the statue.