Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without.
Name: David Latt
Occupation: Television Writer (prime time dramas and comedies), Food and Travel writer, Chocolatier
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Residence: Pacific Palisades, CA
Pinterest: David Latt
Short Bio: I’m a television producer-writer working on primetime dramas (won an Emmy for Hill Street Blues and nominated for a second Emmy for Twin Peaks) and comedies (Bakersfield P.D., Get A Life, EZ Streets, Stir Crazy). To stay sane I write about cooking and travel for Men Who Like to Cook, Men Who Like to Travel, NY Times Diners Journal, One for the Table, Traveling Mom, and Zester Daily, Peter Greenberg and NY Daily News, Travel Online.
How often do you fly: Sometimes, a couple of times a month.
How many countries have you been to: 11
How many continents have you been to: 4
Favorite American city: New York
Favorite international city: Amsterdam
Least favorite country: So far, I’ve liked all the ones I’ve visited.
Favorite World Heritage Site: Independence Hall; I’m looking forward to visiting more exotic sites.
Favorite airline: Qatar Airways, the long flight from New York to Doha isn’t long enough to enjoy all the creature comforts in Business Class.
Favorite aircraft type: Boeing 777; Looking forward to flying on the Boeing Dreamliner which I saw being built at the Boeing factory outside of Seattle.
Aisle or window: Aisle
Favorite airport lounge: Qatar Airways, Business Class Lounge, Doha, Qatar
Favorite international airport: Heathrow Terminal 5
Favorite hotel: Four Seasons, New York
Favorite island: Japan
Favorite fancy restaurant: Roux at the Landau, the Langham Hotel, London – exciting and innovative modern French cooking that isn’t fussy.
Favorite hole in the wall: Adana Restaurant, Glendale, California – delicious Armenian food and coffee
Favorite fruit: Fuji apples
Favorite food: Ramen with pork and kimchi
Least favorite food: Anything with rhubarb
Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Ice cold water or if it’s time to relax, a perfect Manhattan up with a twist
Favorite travel movie(s): Woody Allen’s films like Manhattan, Midnight in Paris and Vicki Christina Barcelona. He portrays New York, Paris, Barcelona, London and Rome in such a romantic way, he makes me want to visit and soak up all that beauty.
Favorite travel show(s): Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and The Layover; also Discovery Channel’s Frozen Planet
Right now I am reading: Articles, scripts and magazines like Saveur and back issues of the New York Times Magazine. I love catching up on my reading when I’m flying.
Five things you bring on a plane: iPad, Bose headphones, extra batteries, homemade sandwiches filled with egg salad, crisp bacon and capers on Oroweat honey wheat berry bread and a half-dozen mini-chocolate bars I make with dark and milk chocolate, salted peanut butter and crushed caramelized peanuts.
What do you always seem to forget: The travel toothbrush I fill with toothpaste and then leave on the bathroom counter.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? A bottle of really good mescal.
Favorite travel iPhone app(s): The Southwest app so I can get my boarding pass exactly 24 hours before the flight.
What’s your dream destination: Rome in the fall on an expense account or Tokyo during cherry blossom season on an expense account.
Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: Peter Greenberg
Best travel tip: Traveling in coach, bring your own food by stopping at a deli and picking up food you enjoy. Or, make your own meal, as if you were going on a picnic. Having your favorite food on the plane will transform an uncomfortable experience into a lot of fun.
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