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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #30 on: September 08, 2015, 06:48:55 PM »
What was the situation like in the Newark lounge terminal b? Kosher food spread?

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #31 on: September 08, 2015, 07:35:32 PM »
Any chance I can go on vacation with you next time? You sound like a barrel of laughs!! Thanks for the installment!
Well said!

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #32 on: September 08, 2015, 09:55:33 PM »
Great TR so far. Maybe a subsection for TRs with kids is in order.

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #33 on: September 08, 2015, 10:55:40 PM »
What was the situation like in the Newark lounge terminal b? Kosher food spread?

Sandwiches, chips, cookies and a salad bar. Some warm food. Kosher wines, champagne(?) in addition to the standard espresso machine and beverages.
If I correctly recall the kashrus is by Vaad Harabonim Of Queens. It's not a restaurant, but it is a nice place and the fact that it is kosher is a welcome change from the usual lounge experience of beer/coke/ChivasRegal/orange juice/bananas variations.

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #34 on: September 08, 2015, 11:09:28 PM »
LOL
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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #35 on: September 08, 2015, 11:49:44 PM »
Sandwiches, chips, cookies and a salad bar. Some warm food. Kosher wines, champagne(?) in addition to the standard espresso machine and beverages.
If I correctly recall the kashrus is by Vaad Harabonim Of Queens. It's not a restaurant, but it is a nice place and the fact that it is kosher is a welcome change from the usual lounge experience of beer/coke/ChivasRegal/orange juice/bananas variations.

Great, good to know.

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #36 on: September 10, 2015, 06:49:50 PM »


At Art & Lounge, we make up for the breakfast missed at home by sampling the sandwiches and salads laid out. I elevate my blood pressure by downing a few lattes, and then lower it to a healthy level by sampling the kosher wine selection (donít try this at home). We leave the lounge in a more buoyant mood then we entered. We head back to Terminal C, sail through security with our GE/TSA-Precheck Ė no pat downs no nudo-scopes - and onto the plane.

Now, this is where our luxuries end. The United birdís interior is quite worn-down, reminds me some 3rd world flights from the past. Actually, Air Asia in Cambodia was much nicer. However, I donít want to be critical, this is what we paid for. We settle in to our seats. Mrs. Shwarmabob safely sits across the aisle, while I sit next to our brood Ė three of us in a row.

If flying in Y for 14 hours is something that was erased from your memories ages ago, let me remind you, it IS painful.

The two ladies manage to sleep a couple of hours. I remind Shwarmabob Jr. to watch appropriate movies only - so he watches American Sniper four times in a raw. If he maintains the same enthusiasm for Abaya veRava I am looking at a future gadol.

I do laps around the plane every hour. My biggest disappointment is that the flight tracking map is not working and I really wanted to see our flight path live.

The time passes and "Layehudim haysa ora v'simcha" we land at Narita Airport early afternoon. We totter off from the plane. Mrs. Shwarmabob wants to know if our GE helps us here. How easy it is to get spoiled! Ė I would say if it wasnít for the previous 14 hours.

I am a bit nervous about smuggling in our dried kosher meat. I read that in Japan once you are arrested you are presumed guilty until proven innocent Ė they donít hold by the Justinian Codes. But nothing of the sort happens.

I am attaching the pics our budding photographer took before and after watching American Sniper.

Manhattan from the sky


Approaching Narita a day later

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #37 on: September 10, 2015, 07:00:23 PM »
Nice pictures shawarma! Yes sitting so long in Y is brutal, last I did was on etihad AUH-JFK.

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #38 on: September 10, 2015, 07:03:26 PM »
Nice pics!
I checked out the Art lounge and thought it was lame, but I didn't know it was kosher, so I just had the regular...
Funny that I've never heard it's kosher before this tr. Thanks for the info

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #39 on: September 10, 2015, 07:04:24 PM »
Nice pics!
I checked out the Art lounge and thought it was lame, but I didn't know it was kosher, so I just had the regular...
Funny that I've never heard it's kosher before this tr. Thanks for the info

The lounge was made for ElAl customers, IIRC.

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #40 on: September 10, 2015, 07:14:11 PM »
The lounge was made for ElAl customers, IIRC.
I just saw it on LoungeBuddy and decided to check it out. Knew nothing about it. Iirc the "teuda" is not prominently displayed (as in I didn't see it on my to the bar) nor was I informed. Both of which I don't blame them.

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #41 on: September 10, 2015, 07:16:35 PM »
Woo-hoo! Finally getting to the Japan parts!

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #42 on: September 10, 2015, 07:47:22 PM »
I remind Shwarmabob Jr. to watch appropriate movies only - so he watches American Sniper four times in a raw. If he maintains the same enthusiasm for Abaya veRava I am looking at a future gadol.

ALOL ;D

I love your writing style!!

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #43 on: September 10, 2015, 08:52:49 PM »
You've got us salivating for more :)
Excellent TR so far

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #44 on: September 10, 2015, 10:29:02 PM »
Love the abaye vrava line