I haven't been through all 11 pages to check if this has been suggested yet, but QED makes their own custom blend from natural essential oils that's well worth checking out.
I'm partial to the B&B myself.
Also, get a brush gents.
As far as blades, it's sort of a personal thing. Feathers are great, but very sharp and probably not the best to learn with. Consider getting a sample pack from West Coast Shaving or someone like that. That way you can try out all sorts of different blades and find the one that works best for you. There is amazing variety. Don't assume the most expensive are the best. On that note, avoid the Merkur blades, which in my opinion are overpriced as hell for what you get....
United lost my bags twice on my last trip to Europe. Once on the way there, and then again en route home. I don't know if that's their fault or not, but their staff pretty much sucked in response to my problem. Poor me.
I would agree that their planes are generally not as nice, and the perks in Biz class seem a bit less refined. I will avoid them on my next trip, based on my last experience, though I can't say I'd write them off for good.
Pok Pok is a can't miss if you like SE Asian food at all. I agree, Beast is great. I love Le Pigeon as well. I visit PDX a couple of times a year, and it's hard not to eat every meal at Pok Pok, but I may just be obsessed.