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
My Top 5 Bites in London (described in 3 words)!
Late October in London was magical … the fall foliage in Hyde Park. The royal legacy of Kensington Palace. Oh, and the food was as authentic as it comes. We hit up historical pubs and enjoyed afternoon tea in a palace. Does it get better than that? Cheers to our favorite English dishes!
#5 — Roasted Quail: Surprisingly. Not. Gamey.
at The Gilbert Scott
#4 — Sunday Roast with Yorkshire Pudding: Filling. Comforting. Authentic.
at The Wheatsheaf in Salisbury
#3 — Victoria Sponge Cake: Moist. Fruity. Delightful.
at The Orangery at Kensington Palace
#2 — Lamb & Veggie Pie: Warm. Silky. Hearty.
at Lamb and Flag
#1 — Lasooni Wild Tiger Prawns: Fiery. Succulent. Smoky.
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.