My Top 5 Bites on our European Cruise (described in 3 words)!
We set sail on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas in October 2017 for a 5-night cruise around Northern Europe. We explored Amsterdam, Bruges, Normandy and the Palace of Versailles … eating and drinking along the way. Here’s a recap of the best bites during the journey — both on and off the ship.
#5 — Baked Jumbo Shrimp: Buttery. Substantial. Luscious.
at Giovanni’s Table on Independence of the Seas
#4 — Bitterballen: Crispy. Velvety. Snack.
at Café De Zwart in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
#3 — Gold Beach Normany Oysters: Salty. Plump. Cold.
at Las Palmas in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
#2 — Flemish-style Beer-stewed Rabbit: Rich. Supple. Warming.
at Brasserie Mozarthuys in Bruges, Belgium
#1 — Succes Noisette: Hazelnut. Praline. Ganache.
at Angelina at the Palace of Versailles, France
Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce
Neige Premiere “Apple Ice Wine” from Quebec
Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney and Frozen Wine Cocktail featuring Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Carib Lager from Islands of the Caribbean
Trio of Artisan Cheese
Sweet Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Dust
Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel
Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise in Hawaii
Blood Orange Margaritas in Mexico
Hello from China!
Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Basmati Rice
Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket with Mint Raita
Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese
Lebkuchenherz: Decorated Gingerbread Heart
New England Lobster Roll
Prosecco in Italy
Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings
Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça
St-Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine and St-Germain Elderflower liqueur
Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley in France
Crème Brûlée à la Confiture de Framboises: Crème Brûlée with Housemade Rasberry Jam in France
Rose & Crown Pub in England
Braised Beef “Stroganoff” with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushroom, and Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce
My girl Shaina and I go way back — we’ve been friends for about 17 years — and every so often we plan a fun girls’ weekend together. This year we ate and drank our way around the world at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida. Everything was fantastic — from the weather and cocktails to the friendly people and live bands we encountered. Here are a few of our favorite festival bites.
My Top 5 Bites at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (described in 3 words)!
#5 — Braised Beef “Stroganoff”: Silky. Meaty. Noodles.
at The Cheese Studio
#4 — Schinkennudeln: Cheesy. Ham. Pasta.
#3 — Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings: Tender. Tangy. Spicy.
#2 — New England Lobster Roll: Fresh. Buttery. Succulent.
at Hops & Barley
#1 — Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon: Truffle. Butter. Sauce.
BBQ sandwich at Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge
Cheese plate at Chestnut
Potato and leek soup at Chestnut
Grilled petite filet at Chestnut
Hummingbird cake at Early Girl Eatery
Fried green tomato BLT and collard greens at Early Girl Eatery
Cheese plate at Biltmore Winery
Edison at the Omni Grove Park Inn
Smashed cheeseburger at Edison
Grilled cheese at Edison
Smoked trout spread at Edison
Homemade biscuits at Tupelo Honey Cafe
Fried okra at Tupelo Honey Cafe
Shoo Mercy Omelet (Fried green tomato, smoked ham, bacon, pimento cheese, pickled jalapeño) at Tupelo Honey Cafe
Goat cheese grits at Tupelo Honey Cafe
Cheddar Style Hamburger at Cook Out
Cheerwine float at Cook Out
My Top 5 Bites in Asheville (described in 3 words)!
This year on Fourth of July weekend we traded Florida beaches for Blue Ridge scenery in Asheville, North Carolina. We couldn’t get enough of the cool mountain temps, southern barbecue and farm-to-table eats.
#5 — Hummingbird Cake: Sweet. Moist. Sugar.
at Early Girl Eatery in Downtown Asheville
#4 — Smoked Trout Spread: Spicy. Creamy. Addictive.
at Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen in Omni Grove Park Inn
#3 — BBQ Sandwich: Meaty. Vinegary. Authentic.
at Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby, NC
#2 — Cheerwine Float: Sweet. Cold. American.
at Cook Out in Lincolnton, NC
#1 — Shoo Mercy Omelet: Southern. Cheesy. Stuffed.
at Tupelo Honey Café in South Asheville