Okay, this is not an advertisement for Carnival Cruise Lines, it's just that the only two cruises I have been on so far have been with Carnival. My first cruise was a retirement present from my sister and we went with a large group of friends. That was a great time to the Bahamas where we stopped at Freeport and Nassau. Here is the ship we traveled on last month, but the pictures of the food on the cruise are the real reason we're here!
These were two of my favorites. The pizza was an all around favorite and it was also from a 24 hour pizza bar! Heaven! The pizza crust was made with an Italian flour, which I am going to buy, and the pizzas were baked at a high temperature in an oven with a conveyer belt. The crust was thin with a little crisp and char. Delicious! Sis and I had our favorite a few times, the prosciutto pizza, with fresh mozzarella cheese, roasted garlic, prosciutto and rucola (known to us as arugula) pizza. They also had margherita pizza, funghi (mushroom) pizza, quattro formaggi (four cheese pizza, and pepperoni pizza, and all were wonderful!
The sopes (pronounced "soap-a's" to the best of my ability) on the right were handmade at a taco and burrito bar, Blue Iguana. Sopes are like thick corn tortillas with a little more corn texture. They had every kind of protein and veggie toppings you could think of for burritos, fajitas, tacos, sopas, or to eat by themselves. The bar also included a variety of salsas, in all kinds of spice, from mild to habanero hot! These two food bars are good enough reason to take a cruise. Yeah, that's a little silly, but it's almost true!
For dinner we arranged fixed seating for dinner at 6 p.m. each evening, so we had the same table and same waiter and waitress all week. This is Luca, from Croatia, a European state on the Mediterranean Ocean (on the map you can see Italy across the ocean), and Yupar, from Myanmar, a Southeast Asian state that borders Thailand. If they can slow down a little from their busy tasks, the staff on the ship are from all over the world and are very interesting to talk to. They presented us with menus with appetizers, entrees and desserts, and you could order one item or everything on the menu. There were a couple of nights I ordered more than one of each from each category, but I had to try them, and it was all paid for in the cruise package! Don't judge me.
I made some notes, and I lost them, so I cannot remember what night we had some of these, and what exactly goes together, but I'm going to caption the pictures. This is not all my food, there were four of us!
Guess which dessert was one of the favorite desserts here! It rhymes with hazelnut and chocolate!
If I remember correctly, this Greek Salad was one of Sis's favorites. Guess who ordered the tacos!
Believe it or not, one of my most favorite dishes was the Red Beet Carpacchio! I did find my notes on it! It includes red beets, arugula, Feta cheese, red grapefruit segments, thin radish slices, and a grapefruit vinaigrette! I haven't made it at home yet, but I fully intend to. It was marvelous! That is a thin cheese crisp on top, maybe parmesan. Those are so easy to make, too. Just use some parchment paper on a sheet or cookie tray, plop little mounds of shredded cheese onto the paper (I've only done cheddar and parmesan, but a lot of different kinds should do), stick them into a 350 degree (universal temperature) oven until melted and a tiny bit brown. Take them out and let them cool. Voila!
The French Onion Soup was delicious, too! I'm going to try a crockpot recipe I have since Vidalia onions are in abundance right now. Click on the picture for that recipe! Sorry for not wiping the bowl off before taking the picture. I was probably hungry or I was holding someone else up from eating their dinner. I'm known for that.
Believe me, this is just a sampling of the food that these ships carry. They have an on-board excursion that is not advertised where you can tour "behind the scenes" on the ship, and that includes a tour of the kitchen and the Executive Chef prepares an exclusive lunch. It also includes the engine room, and all the other parts of the ship that I can't remember the names of. This was on Friday, our last day at sea, and it was $99 and it was three hours long. I wish they had an exclusive kitchen-Chef excursion, I would have liked that!
That's all of the pictures I have from this trip. I hope you have enjoyed them, and maybe you'll get the hankering to take a cruise! I think everyone should take at least one!
Until next time, Dished With Love! Denise
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