I’m a little bit late in picking up the new issue of Monocle, the frumpy/august British mash-up magazine of arts, ideas, manifestos and debate.
The December/January Forecast issue looks out and across 2010 and beyond. But even more interesting for the purposes of this blog is the Travel Top Fifty insert. With typical editorial flair – and candor – the Monocle travel desk chooses the Best pre-flight meal: JAL’s fiery beef curry; the most promising hub: Munich; the best inflight freebie: Icelandair’s Nordic-inspired playing cards; and the Best life improvement: ANA’s upcoming TOTO washlet bidet bathrooms aboard the airlines’ new Dreamliners. The editors even boldly go so far as to pick a Best flight attendant: Frau Wakamoto, who services the first class cabin on Lufthansa’s Munich-Tokyo route.