Lobby Bar – January 17: Restful Vegetarians, Being Bond, Trivial Airline Trivia, and Whiskey-powered Automobiles

By Jeremy Del Nero on 17 January 2014
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The name is Bond… James Bond.  A group of pilots takes James’ Aston Martin Rapide S for a test drive.  Tragedy struck when a pilot, in an attempt to turbo-boost the engine, released a stealth missile that blew up the last remaining Twinkie factory in the U.S.  No one was hurt, but the streets ran white that night with Twinkie filling.

Say that ten times fast.  Christian Stampfer reports on the latest cool-mobiles from the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  Rumor has it that one of the new cars was taken off display because of a potentially dangerous missile misfire.

Pleased to drink you.  Jonathan Spira flies out of Warsaw on LOT’s Dreamliner.  The flight was delayed more than once, but this only strengthened a budding relationship between Spira and the intoxicatingly beautiful Žywiec temptress.

Ugly duckling.  Join us for a joy ride through the Tennessee mountains in Nissan’s 2014 Rogue, which, compared to its predecessor, looks a little less than a pair of axles with some car parts thrown in between and much more like a normal car.

Comfort food. Ramsey Quebein checks into the extended-stay Residence Inn Manama Juffair in Bahrain.  The hotel staff was well prepared for Ramsey’s visit, equipping his room with two dozen boxes of macaroni and cheese and Pokémon posters on all the walls.

Don’t forget me!  Jeremy Del Nero checks out some of the more interesting tech gear to debut at CES 2014.  This time what happens in Vegas is everybody’s business.

All mixed up.  Delta is upgrading a number of its amenities on premium transcon routes.  Now you can enjoy Westin Heavenly In-flight multi-seed coconut cookies and a vegetarian lie-flat bed.

Money to burn.  Alaska Airlines took delivery of its 100th Boeing 737 next generation aircraft this week (and ordered two more 737-900ERs).  At $91 million a pop, I’ll take four on behalf of Global Air.

Forgotten child.  American Airlines’ subsidiary American Eagle is changing its name to Envoy, creating a whole mess of confusion.  Is Envoy a dessert topping or a floor wax?

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