Thanksgiving Dinner at 40,000 Feet Above the Atlantic

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I’m normally with family when it comes to Thanksgiving Dinner. But with the inaugural Etihad A380 JFK-AUH flight being moved up to November 23, it looked like I was going to have to skip traditional Thanksgiving celebrations.

Thanks to the Brian Kelly, The Points Guy, and Enrico, possibly my favorite in-flight chef ever, I still got to celebrate! When Brian, who was in The Residence, found out we would be on the same flight he invited me to join him for a once-in-a-lifetime Thanksgiving dinner.

His menu had a roasted turkey option — and good eating and good fun ensued.

the points guy thanksgiving drumstick credit the points guy

Credit: The Points Guy

The turkey which had been partially cooked on the ground and finished in the air was served two ways — breast meat with stuffing and multi-purpose drumsticks, served with various special sauces courtesy of Enrico (mine was in truffle oil).

Etihad A380 Thanksgiving Dinner Points Guy

Etihad A380 Thanksgiving Dinner Drumstick truffle oil

Brian’s awesome butler Eren did a blind wine-tasting for us where we worked our way through small pours of every wine on the list (I’m good at pinot, bad at Italian blends), ending with a comparison of the First Class Bollinger and the Business Class Mumm, both good.

Etihad A380 Thanksgiving Dinner Drumstick Eren wine tasting

To finish out our red tastings we got a beautiful cheese plate with fruit.

Etihad A380 Thanksgiving Dinner Cheese Plate

And for dessert there was a trio of nutmeg focused(yay!) pumpkin pie, pineapple, and strawberry cream shortbread — rather like a slightly sweet cornbread.

Etihad A380 Thanksgiving Dinner dessert

The food on Etihad is always good, but getting to share a special meal with friends old and new, 40,000 feet in the air, was truly a once in a lifetime experience!

Etihad A380 First Apartment JFK-AUH inaugural the points guy heels first

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have these spontaneous experiences, for the points and miles that make them happen, the health to enjoy them, and for the friends and family that have encouraged me in my “craziness.”

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, may the coming year be filled with blessings.

More from this trip

Etihad First Class Checkin & the New Etihad Lounge at JFK
Flying in the First Apartment on the Inaugural Etihad A380 JFK to Abu Dhabi
First Impressions of Dubai in Pictures
Sunset Camel Treks & Champagne Toasts
Riding Arabians and Dune Bashing in the Desert

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