Rockstar Travel: From NY To LA And Back In A Day

This week, James and I traveled like rockstars in a jam packed 24 hour transcontinental trip to celebrate Delta’s newly upgraded non-stop services from JFK to LAX.

9:15 a.m.: Arrive at JFK, Terminal 
From the moment we arrived at the gate we knew the next 24 hours would truly be- Non-Stop. We were greeted with Mimosas, balloons and dance music being mixed by DJ Theory.

Mimosas before the plane

All Aboard The Party Plane!

10:45 a.m.: Board Delta flight #212

Equipped with THE best  flight crew I have ever had the pleasure of flying with and 80 super fun Delta winners and guests , Delta Flight 212 kicked off our in-flight celebration with wine tasting and a 4 course Napa style meal by Delta’s gourmet chef Chiarello.

Delta212 NonStop NYC

pictured above: @SeanMeeh42 / photo credit: @MariaMMouna



By far this food was the best food I have ever had on a plane. That cheese and salad platter (top left) had an ah-mazing parmesan dip. If they sold bottles of it in flight, I’d have bought it. It was that good.

Chef Chiarello’s meals were specially created for Delta and are served in the Elite cabin on cross country flights– which will soon also have flat bed seating! So, save those Skymiles®, my friends!

Being airline loyal pays off- BIG TIME –Skymiles® are my family’s top travel secret. Racking up miles from business travel and using our Delta Amex card every chance we could is how our family of 4 flew out to Maui last year and how we are flying out to Oahu, HI this summer. True story.

And while, cross-country flying is something many dread due to jet lag (and if you are like me, anxiety), the views are like no other. Where else will you get to see views like these of the Colorado Rockies and Grand Canyon?

Transcontinental flight delta 212

3:00 p.m.: Arrive at LAX & Depart for Malibu

Can’t lie. I did not want that flight to end– and I am a typically a super nervous flyer. If more flights were laid back and fun like that, I think it could totally curb the anxiety I typically feel  before  traveling.

Private stand up show by Aziz Ansari

5:30 p.m.: Surprise performance at Pepperdine University

We were treated to a private stand up performance by Parks and Recreation star, Aziz Ansari that took place Pepperdine University. This campus overlooks the Pacific coast Highway, and it is gorgeous! My fingers are crossed one of my kids goes to school there so I can go visit.


Aziz performed a hilarious set about dating in the age of text messaging.

Ladies who love Aziz Ansari, this much I know… he is single… and its all because of smart phones. So if you want to win his heart ladies, don’t text- pick up the phone.


Dinner at NOBU Malibu

6:15 p.m.: Private cocktails and dinner at Nobu Malibu 

– How does one pack when going from a 5 hour flight to NOBU in Malibu, CA? {find out here}

NOBU (co-owned by Robert Dinero), is famed for it’s Asian Fusion cuisine and it’s regular A-list patrons including, Madonna, Halle Barry and The Kardashians.

When we arrived we were welcomed by Chef Nobu himself and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvre on the patio with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

Chef NoBu Malibu

The menu for the night was a parade of NOBU’s signature dishes that were out-of-this-world delicious.

Nobu Malibu Menu Delta212


During dinner, Chef Nobu came around to each table to see that everyone was enjoying their meal and also gave each of us an autographed copy of NOBU: The cookbook – that includes his recipe for the lobster spinach salad we ate that night… and let me tell you, that salad is to die for! I can’t wait to try and prepare it at home.

SLS Hotel , Beverly Hills

10:00 p.m.: Check into the SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills 

After dinner we headed to the posh SLS Hotel, where we would be staying for the night. Part of the Starwood hotel family, the SLS is a luxurious four diamond hotel located in Beverly Hills.


SLS Beverly Hills Hotel Room

Photos credit: SLS Beverly Hills

The “reflection” on the left of the hotel room pic, is not a reflection at all.  It is actually the flatscreen TV inside of a mirrored wall; with the TV off, you could barely see it was there.

Everything from the decor in the lobby to these ultra-modern rooms was first class. I only wish our stay was longer.

Exclusive private performance by FUN.

10:45 p.m.: Private concert by GRAMMY® nominated band, Fun.

Delta NonstopNYC FUN Performance

FUN. played the perfect 45 minute set that included their hits Some Nights, Carry On and We are Young. The concert was so intimate and casual that the band and the guests were having conversations from the stage.

The band shared their love for Delta’s classic safety video {Smoking is noooot allowed on Delta flights} and FUN guitar player Jack, joked about how he would love to see the band make a cameo in their next safety video.

11:30 p.m.: After-party at The Bazaar by José Andrés

(Note this is 2:30 am, “our time”)

The after party at Bazaar was the ultimate ending to this whole celebrity-like experience. DJ Theroy played music, even more delicious food and drinks were passed around (seriously, how are celebrities so skinny?)

This station at the after party drew me in right away- he was making a margarita sorbet from liquid nitrogen!

At around 12:30am, James and I had to call it a night because we were loopy and had exactly 3 1/2 hours to catch some Z’s in that posh hotel room of ours before hopping on our flight back home- which departed LAX at 6:30am.

We came came home, got the kids and passed out with our Delta sleep masks.





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  1. Stefanie says

    That looked like crazy fun! Glad you covered this story about Delta. It’s always an airline I’m curious to try but haven’t yet.


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