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 Paris (described in 3 words)!
We spent three magnificent days in Paris this October, eating all the rich French food and drinking all the bubbly champagne and red wine our hearts’ desired. It wasn’t easy choosing between all the wonderful dishes, but here are the highlights.
#5 — Pain Au Chocolat: Flaky. Sweet. Delicate.
at Café des Beaux Arts
#4 — Escargot: Briny. Succulent. Garlicky.
at Le Carre Elysees
#3 — Vanilla Souffle: Subtle. Fluffy. Execution.
#2 — Confit Duck Leg: Sizeable. Tender. Crispy.
at Brasserie Lipp
#1 — Macaroni stuffed with Black Truffles & Duck Foie Gras: Out. Of. Control.
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