One of my highlights from my Europe honeymoon was actually the British Airways lounge inside London Heathrow Airport. I had so much fun here that I asked DH if we could just stay in the lounge our whole honeymoon. I’m pretty sure I would have been happy there for quite a while.
Since we were on our honeymoon, we decided to splurge and travel business class. I wanted it to be just like how you see it in the movies. Once we decided on this, I did a lot of research into the different airlines to find the one that would give the most perks for flying business class. My decision to fly British Airways was due in large part to the description of the lounge and I was not disappointed.
Our first lounge stint was actually in the American Airlines lounge, which is what is offered for our flights out of Paris and San Diego. It was small, with a few snacks, light meal, open bar. Nothing much to talk about and I didn’t really take any photos. But when we arrived in Heaththrow for our two hour layover, that is where the magic was.
There are actually several lounges available, I’m not sure if they are all equally as magnificent as we rested in the same one both times, nearest to after exiting the plane. Once inside, it’s ridiculously large. Like a small airport terminal in itself.
There is a fancy coffee machine, waters, little fridges stocked with sodas and beers, a library of wines too many to count. Multiple help yourself wine bars were stationed, each with racks full of different options.
There are snacks like cookies, biscuits, muffins, multiple chip flavors, pretzels. There’s a cold food bar with cereals. And there’s a hot food bar too, with soups, pastas, breads, cake.
From the outside these look like ordinary muffins, but break one open and you’ll find a whole egg inside. The muffin batter has cheddar cheese and anything else you’d like such as bacon and ham. Together, you can have all your breakfast favorites rolled into one.
The muffin batter actually tastes like cheese biscuits because of the cheese and because it’s such a thin layer around the egg. Still tasty though. And I love finding a surprise in the middle.
After a hot day at the beach, I had a sudden craving for hot pot. I don’t know why. We decided to visit E & Drink again, also giving me an excuse to try out the egg waffles now offered which I had spied in a picture from Pink Candles at Ridgemont High’s post.
Since its opening, business has been pretty steady. It seems to be the most popular restaurant inside Ranch 99. While I don’t think it’s the best place for individual Taiwan hot pots (the Boiling Point chain in LA is better in my opinion), it’s the only one around in San Diego so I can understand why customers flock to it.
Upon entering, we were greeted warmly by the staff who are dressed in all-white. It must be a pain to have to dress in all white when working around food.
During lunch, a choice of sweet black or green tea comes with the meal. Since we were dining for dinner this time with no free drink, we decided to try some drinks from their long drink menu.
Oolong Milk Tea
They really love to use the oversized beer mugs here. It does remind me of the cafes in Taiwan though. DH was excited by the Batman coaster.
Taro ice cream milk
I couldn’t really tell that ice cream was used as opposed to just a regular taro powder slushie.
Spicy Beef Hot Pot
DH opted for the spicy beef, and requested only “tiny spicy.” There was a good amount of ingredients in his pot, including beef slices, tofu, napa cabbage and beef balls. The broth also contained actual pieces of beef stew meat as well. At the bottom were clear vermicelli noodles.