I’m looking back fondly this morning on one year ago, when I enjoyed a tasty breakfast in United’s Los Angeles (LAX) Polaris Lounge after a 13-hour flight from Sydney, Australia.
Christmas Eve Breakfast @ LAX United Polaris Lounge
In what seems so long ago, I embarked on a mileage run December 22-24th last year to Australia…for a great cup of coffee…and to secure 1K status (for what turned out to be two years).
I left Sydney on the afternoon of Christmas Eve and arrived back in Los Angeles early morning on the same day: thank you International Date Line!
Rather than proceed directly home, I decided to have breakfast in the United Polaris Lounge (United allows departing and arriving passengers access to its lounges, when traveling on a United longhaul flight in Polaris business class).
I was welcomed as the first passenger of the day in the lounge. Although I had already reviewed the lounge earlier that year, I took a moment to take a few pictures:
Then proceeded to the juice bar for and a glass of Naked Green Machine and to the bar for a barista-made cappuccino.
I smiled at the gingerbread house and other holiday treats:
After catching up on email, I headed over to the restaurant for breakfast.
First, I ordered the breakfast burrito, which featured vegetarian chorizo, scrambled eggs, potatoes, cheese, and pico de gallo. It arrived wrapped in paper like you would find at one of the many taco trucks that dot the city. It was delicious too and I could not tell the difference between the faux chorizo and the real thing.
Next, I ordered stuffed almond crunch French toast, filled with lemon ricotta and drizzled in lavender honey. This was even better and I could have easily eaten another order, but figured I had just consumed more than enough calories.
I wished the staff a Merry Christmas and headed home…a perfect conclusion to a wonderful mileage run.
One year later, I look back and smile. Oh what a difference a year makes. On this Christmas Eve, the lounge is closed. It has been closed for nine months and I doubt it will re-open anytime soon. We live in a new world…but at least I can look back and smile.