Blind Item! Guess The Mimosaless Celebrity In Delta One

Last week I flew Delta One from Los Angeles to New York (trip report to come shortly, as it was on the 767 — a vastly different experience than Delta’s 757 transcon service).

There was a supremely talented celebrity two rows in front of me, who was by all means an absolute delight in flight, very contrary to a diva-type persona. It’s no surprise this person flies Delta, since this celebrity is from a Delta hub city.

However, something made my jaw drop. It was a morning flight, so prior to takeoff the flight attendants came by with trays of orange juice and mimosas. “Orange juice? Mimosa?” (I chose a mimosa, even though — sigh — the champagne was hardly American’s new transcon Lanson — work on that, Delta!)

“What’s a mimosa?” the celebrity asked, quite earnestly.

“That’s… orange juice and champagne,” the flight attendant replied.

“Oh, I see. No thank you, then.”

There’s something so utterly charming yet so utterly baffling that this person did not know what a mimosa was, since: (a) this person is not unfamiliar with alcohol, and (b) MIMOSAS ARE, LIKE, A THING. A really, really common thing, no?

"What's a mimosa?"
“What’s a mimosa?”

Any guesses? It’s a blind item, so look out for clues — and be nice!

Comments

  1. If it makes your day that bit better, I don’t know what one is. I know of one, but couldn’t tell you what the ingredients were, as I’ve never had one before. This is from a guy who lives in a country (England) where drinking is essentially mandatory.

  2. I’d never heard of one until I started reading this blog. Seems they’re similar to Buck’s Fizz.

  3. Can you give us a hint? Is it a *real* celebrity (someone with talent or a skill) or some reality tv show celebrity?

  4. This is ridiculous. May as well guess Bob Marley.

    A supremely talented from a Delta hub city who is not unfamiliar with alcohol? Nick, you need to give us an actual hint here…

  5. Nick, I don’t even know how to respond to this. We only have a few small and useless hints. I guessed bruno mars, but please through us a bigger hint.

    I can appreciate the humor in this post, and all of your posts tend to make me chuckle.

  6. That’s odd it was back on the 763. Did they do a last minute swap? If so there must have been a lot of gate upgrades since the additional F seats would have become available.

    How was the experience?

  7. Probably not Prince. He was a first class passengers, sitting in 1A, on a Northwest flight I worked many years ago from MSP to LGA. He never spoke one word to me during the meal service. All two-way communication was through his ‘aide’; a stunning blond hunk seated in 1B.

  8. It’s a little tacky to put this person’s business out there for public consumption.

    As much as I am curious to know who it is, please do not reveal his or her name….allow people some privacy!.

  9. @Jordan

    I am sure you are a nice person; and your post was in no way rude or pot stirring, however
    IMO, you’re being very OVER sensitive.

    For starters, it is a celebrity- and while they are certainly entitled to a private life, this isn’t a situation where someone is peeking through their windows or combing through their trash to dig up some information on them.

    This is someone sharing their observations of something/about someone that occurred IN A PUBLIC SETTING- where even for the unrecognized masses, there is no expectation of privacy.

    I’m not seeing the violation that you seemed so concerned about…
    That the celebrity in question was gracious and not demanding?
    That they were on a plane going from point A to point B?
    That they did not no what a mimosa is?
    That they didn’t want one?

    Honestly, what’s the problem?

  10. Perhaps they’re not American. I hadn’t heard of a mimosa before reading this blog. We call it bucks fizz (essentially the same, slightly different ratio).

  11. So surprised that mimosas are an unknown to anyone! Would have thought anyone who has ever gone to brunch almost anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere would have been offered a choice of a mimosa or bloody Mary.. However, learning new info daily myself. Must be a total teetotaler and non West Coast brunch attendee- ha-ha! 🙂

  12. Not the artist formerly and once again known as Prince unless he was sitting on three phone books. Back in the day, it wasn’t too rare to fly with stars out of or into LAX on CO. That was when Bob Six was still running the airline and his Hollywood/Beverly Hills pals all flew CO. Now that was an airline. Kinda the Emirates of its day with a lounge on the upper deck of the 747.

  13. OK, let’s be clear on a few things.

    Blind items are fun and meant to be a guessing game. The celebrity in question was gracious, but I thought it was absolutely hilarious that she (another clue!) had never heard of a mimosa.

    She’s from a Delta hub city, so she’s American. A few people on here have guessed it correctly. And yes, a blind item means finding clues in choices of words, etc. It’s fun!

    And for the various snarky/British commenters who claim mimosas are uncommon, congratulations, and color me surprised you get internet service at the rock you’re living under. Seriously. And it’s not even an American cocktail, people! The mimosa is French, and has been adopted worldwide. It’s champagne and orange juice — not rocket science.

  14. @Ray – Wouldn’t a sober person turn down a drink? They would if they were sober. How about Debbie Allen?

  15. @Jodie: The celebrity in question has already appeared in the comments (more than once). But you’re warmer than most of the guesses on here…

  16. Folks, the near-certain giveaway is his use of the word “supremely” before talented because Nick likes to be clever; it’s Diana Ross. Also not surprising that someone of her age range might not know what I mimosa is. Many of contemporaries don’t.

  17. Wow, a touch sensitive there perhaps, Nick?! 😉 Folk were just stating the fact that in many countries (not just the UK) the term isn’t in common usage, whereas in the USA it is a very commonly used term. If the mystery person wasn’t American it therefore wouldn’t have been such a surprising revelation that they had to ask what it was.

  18. @Alan: not sensitive, just exasperated at the people who think that “from a Delta hub city” means this woman is anything other than American.

    @George @Jennifer @Greg H @Shane: Not Salt Lake.

    And it’s not Prince. But it’s been nailed on here, quite decisively.

  19. Diana Ross, the dva herself. It is hard to believe she’s never had mimosas. Maybe she wasn’t full awake. Even though she is from Detroit it is still surprising she flies delta or commercial airlines.

  20. To everyone saying “Diana Ross”-

    While there is plenty to suggest that you are right- I am have a hard time rapping my head around it because she obviously known to be a Diva and the things I have read about her makes her out to be dismissive and nasty to people.

    If it turns out you are right, it will be a happy surprise for me.

  21. “And for the various snarky/British commenters who claim mimosas are uncommon, congratulations, and color me surprised you get internet service at the rock you’re living under. Seriously. And it’s not even an American cocktail, people! The mimosa is French, and has been adopted worldwide. It’s champagne and orange juice — not rocket science.”

    Yikes! Defensive, much? No need to bring out your inner bitch if not everyone here has heard of something. Equating not knowing about your cocktail of choice with people living under a rock is neither funny nor all that mature. Mimosas appeal to a certain group of people (those a little on the bougie side of life who like to brunch, to be honest), but its ok and understandable if not everyone has. But hey, kitten has her claws out anyway, so, whatever.

  22. “And for the various snarky/British commenters who claim mimosas are uncommon, congratulations, and color me surprised you get internet service at the rock you’re living under.”

    Others may dig the hole but you really must stop jumping into it feet-first EVERY time. Step back from the keyword.

  23. @Nick: “And for the various snarky/British commenters who claim mimosas are uncommon, congratulations, and color me surprised you get internet service at the rock you’re living under. Seriously. And it’s not even an American cocktail, people! The mimosa is French, and has been adopted worldwide. It’s champagne and orange juice — not rocket science.”

    That’s a little rude, don’t you think? Unprofessional, too.

  24. @Nick get off your high horse and less of the snarky comments aimed at your commenters please – it’s not dignified.

  25. “and color me surprised you get internet service at the rock you’re living under”

    That statement took the fun out of this. Sorry for your loss. Some people (me included) will stop reading your stuff.

    Where is Benny?

  26. Have to agree that the snarky comment about the British commentators was a bit off. It’s interesting how internet boards, even when there isn’t complete anonymity,brings out an ugly side of people. Not to mention that it supports a certain bias about Americans that we are culturally insensitive and a bit (or more) oblivious that the rest of the world doesn’t live in the 50 states.

  27. @TEX277 @Adam @Danny: it’s a blind gossip item on a Sunday, not a New York Times investigative report.

    @Mark: the Mimosa is French, not American.

    This has very little to do with “American cultural insensitivity” than the fact that it’s a post (on a US-based blog) about an American celebrity flying an American airline within America, where mimosas are as ubiquitous as ice water and coffee.

  28. @Nick: “@TEX277 @Adam @Danny: it’s a blind gossip item on a Sunday, not a New York Times investigative report.”

    So that means you get to be rude to your readers? You ought to be quietly apologising for your offensive tone, not doubling down.

  29. @Nick – so that explains the snark?
    Agree with @Adam – when you act like a jerk, you should probably recognize and acknowledge it.
    We all make mistakes (well, apparently not you).
    Somehow, the fun of this blog is slipping away…

  30. Nicholas ,you sound tired dear.Maybe cut back on the Mimosas and go for a bracing walk.

  31. “@TEX277 @Adam @Danny: it’s a blind gossip item on a Sunday, not a New York Times investigative report.

    @Mark: the Mimosa is French, not American.”

    @Nick – If you feel the need to defend the article, then go ahead but Adam, Danny and I were not criticising the article! They were taking exception to your YOUR snarky comment and I was pointing out that perhaps it would be best if you didn’t jump upon your commenters with such frequency.

    I really think you should take another read through the comments to this article. At no point can I see any comment that warranted your anger/frustration and that response (i.e. “the rock that you live under”). Given that the post calling you a “grubby c***” in that other article was never deleted, I doubt that any such offensive/inflammatory posts have been deleted here and therefore really just can’t see what has provoked you this time.

    Some people obviously appreciate your contribution here but I’m just requesting politely that you should avoid antagonising the readership irrespective of their nationality. As Ben says, nasty comments say more about the poster than the intended target. Unfortunately, on this occasion it looks to me like you’re the one making the nasty comments!

  32. I’m all for a certain degree of snark but not knowing what’s in a certain cocktail isn’t all that surprising. Mixed drink ingredients aren’t exactly part of a school curriculum unless it’s a bartender’s school 😉

  33. Nick: I think your comments and replies to people are hilarious.

    Anyone who takes offense to what you’ve been saying it way overly sensitive. This is a blog on the internet about premium travel. I’d be disappointed if there wasn’t any snark.

    I don’t think at any point Nick has been rude. You don’t like his tone? Don’t read the post. Move along. You don’t deserve an apology. You’re not paying for anything. Get off your high-horse.

  34. @Jordon,

    “You really need to get a LIFE” said the guy who said he wants to know..but he doesn’t want it on who was on an airplane because would be a violation of someones privacy.

    I bet when you are at the grocery store and they ask you if it’s paper or plastic, it causes a real dilemma for you.

  35. @Nick @TEX277 @Adam @Danny You’ve been great and hilarious on this thread, Nick. Don’t worry about the ersatz Brits complaining; real Brits love sarcasm and showing off their stiff upper lips. The complainers are probably recent arrivals or American college exchange students who’ve spent their whole lives protected by padded surfaces and trigger warnings.

    The only real Brits that get het up over national identity insults are the UKIPpers and I’m sure there aren’t any of those around here.

  36. @Owen

    You couldn’t be more wrong even if you tried. Lumping all people who dare to disagree with something someone else wrote as being sheltered losers is just about one of the weakest counterarguments anyone can come up, right up there with “haters gonna hate”.

  37. And we wonder why politicians are bland as milquetoast. They dare not offend anyone. Look at these overly sensitive commonwealthers completely losing their shit over Nick’s follow up comments. Jesus. If you’ll let a guy you’ve never met affect your emotional state, you have much bigger problems you should be taking care of, instead of reading a dumb travel blog. Fuck you all. #teamnick

  38. @Nick – coming from my 15 year old perspective: Your comments made me ROFL. Just keep on going, don’t let these overly-sensitive Brits stop you from being hilarious. I love your posts and your sense of humor.

    I would love to confirm whether it was Diana Ross or Oprah or Whitney Houstons ghost.

    These are my favorite kind of posts.

  39. is it a sign of a post gone wrong when the comments descend into abuse (“fuck you all”, “get a life” etc.), and there’s more discussion about the nastiness of the author, rather the subject of the post ??

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