3/17/10

Flying Food (Part 3)

Cathay Pacific menu

My love affair with Cathay Pacific began in 1999 when I flew with the airline for the first time. It was a Jeddah-Manila flight. After enrolling in their Asia Miles program, I continued flying and amassing miles to the point that my membership was upgraded in 2004 to the Marco Polo Club as a Silver Elite. There were perks - business class check-in, priority baggage handling, access to the lounge, priority boarding, preferential seating and even a personal greeting from the purser once seated onboard!

Of all things I like, it has to be the upgrades that I was fortunate enough to enjoy even when I was booked on Economy Class. No, I never have to use my miles to upgrade. I was simply bumped up for operational reasons. In other words, the flight I was on was oversold that my name was on red alert for an upgrade to Business Class. Most of the time, I just find out about it at the check-in counter but there were instances were my Y boarding pass was changed to J right at the departure gate.

Who doesn't love an upgrade? God knows how I love an upgrade. All these Marco Polo perks has made me a Cathay Pacific fan forever!

starter: fresh seasonal fruit & garlic bread
drink: OJ & water
route: Hong Kong-New York
class: Business
aircraft: B777-300
rating: ***

dinner entree: seared beef fillet with truffled potato mash
drink: red wine
route: Hong Kong-New York
club: Business
aircraft: B777-300
rating: ****

dessert: chocolate mascarpone cream cake served with mango coulis
route: New York-Vancouver
class: Business
aircraft: B777-300
rating: ****

refreshment: pesto tortellini with tomato concasse & pesto sauce,
Bailey's Irish cream chocolate cake with raspberries,
and fresh seasonal fruit
drink: diet Coke
route: Manila-Hong Kong
class: Business
aircraft: B747-400
rating: ****

starter: marinated portabello mushroom with Maine lobster
dinner entree: sauteed prawns Wunan style,
egg fried rice and Shanghai Pak Choy
drink: diet Coke
route: New York-Vancouver
class: Business
aircraft: B777-300
rating: ****

refreshment: braised E-Fu noodle with chicken, mushroom & bean sprout,
seasonal salad, and passion fruit chiffon cake with pistachio
drink: Cathay Delight
route: Hong Kong-Manila
class: Business
aircraft: A330-300
rating: ***

starter: mesclun salad with marinated prawns
dinner entree: steamed Cod fish with black mushrooms,
egg fried rice, kai-lan and carrot
drink: white wine
route: New York-Vancouver
class: Business
aircraft: B777-300
rating: ****

12 comments:

  1. of the three posts, this set looks the most delectable. the salt and pepper container on the first two photos caught my attention. :)

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  2. Nasaan yung wine or whiskey that makes the food tastes better and the flight attendants look prettier? LOL. Just kidding.

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  3. wow, the perks of a frequent traveler. sarap naman!

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  4. gosh! they look so yummy!! ang swerte mo naman...

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  5. Amazing how you still remember all the food you were served. I look at my photos from my last trip and I couldn't remember what I ate :D

    You really know how to photograph food, well done. They all look tremendously palatable.

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  6. Wow. Lots of glamour in this post eh?

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  7. I have only been on the business class once, it was a free upgrade too. Thanks for showing all kinds of meals from the business class..Wow, the entertainment screen is much larger!

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  8. MOUTH WATERING....


    Nagutom ako dun!

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  9. it feels like Christmas everytime i get upgraded for free... i'm yet to experience CXs business class product though...

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  10. Anonymous8:54:00 AM

    I don't know how you do it. I've been flying cathay pacific since 1997. Enrolled in their Marco Polo Club for 2 years now and been flying every six months to the Philippines since then. I've never gotten an upgrade and I'm stuck on green. I love the service and the food though and the fast check in at NAIA.

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  11. Anonymous8:57:00 AM

    Dennis, the last message was from me. Kumusta na?

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  12. Amazing how you still remember all the food you were served. I look at my photos from my last trip and I couldn't remember what I ate :D

    You really know how to photograph food, well done. They all look tremendously palatable.

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