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Thursday, June 4, 2009

CHOMP! goes International!! ^.~

Wow…I’ve been so behind on updating this blog…

Well, May has been a busy month! It turned out to be “vacation” month…full of fun, sun, and eating!!

I went on a 3 night cruise to the Bahamas at the beginning of May. It was my first cruise and I was definitely excited that food was all-inclusive! :P

There’s wayyyy too many pictures to post so I’ll keep the text to a minimum. A description of the dish and what I thought of it overall…

Mambo Café – Miami:
- Vaca Frita (flank steak grilled and smothered with onions served with white rice, beans and yucca) $11.95~ SUPER delicious…tender meat, sweet yucca, great combinations of flavors!

Royal Caribbean – Majesty of the Seas:
- Windjammer Marketplace – Buffet
o Build your own salad bar – fresh ingredients, not bad at all
o Breadstick, steak, sautéed veggies, garlic bread, fried rice, tomato salad, pasta salad, grilled Portobello, pasta with sundried tomatoes – pretty good for buffet food
o Build your own Risotto bar (mushroom, tomato, spinach, corn, parmesan, broccoli) – FREAKING awesome! Creamy, flavorful, delicious!
o Pound cake, chocolate/peanut butter cake with toasted almonds, tiramisu, chocolate mousse cake, chocolate layer cake - looked SOOOO good…yet they were a huge disappointment… :( all of them…
o Coffee ice cream with chocolate shavings - creamy and very tasty!

- Room Service
o Pizza Florentine – just ok…it was a little too doughy and the texture was kinda weird
o Bacon Cheeseburger with coleslaw - pretty dang good…we finished all of it :P
o Raspberry Cheesecake – not good; didn’t have texture of cheesecake, more like mousse, but BAD mousse…
o Chocolate Chip Cookies – stale, stale, stale…like they put it out for a couple days before serving it to people

- Main Dining Room – Formal Night
o Caesar Salad – good but average
o Shrimp Cocktail - seemed fresh and was cooked nicely
o Lobster Bisque – not good at all, no lobster in it
o Medium Rare Sirloin with mushrooms, asparagus and mashed potatoes – meat was tender and cooked nicely but sauce tasted like cafeteria food…blah!
o Roast duck with red cabbage and potatoes – nice flavor combinations; duck was not too fatty, my favorite dish of the night
o Sea Bass with spinach and capers – fish cooked nicely but sauce, again, was no good…
o Grand Marnier Souffle - not bad…definitely not as good as the one’s I’ve had around Dallas, but I enjoyed it
o Strawberry Cheesecake – really good! creamy but not too heavy
o Cherries Jubilee with Vanilla Ice Cream – meh…
o Chocolate Ice Cream with biscuit – really creamy and yummy

- Midnight Poolside Buffet
o Assorted cakes – again…BAD desserts…dry, wrong textures… Sigh~
o Chocolate and Pecan Praline ice cream – YUM, they can get rid of all other desserts except the ice cream :P

- Compass Deli – best food place on the ship!
o Chocolate Banana Crepe – made on the spot, delicious! Can’t go wrong with bananas and chocolate!
o Build your own salad bar – fresh ingredients, lots of options
o Smoked Salmon Crepe – also made on the spot, fresh ingredients

- Main Dining Room – Last Night
o Spinach Dip with Tortilla Chips – not bad
o Potato Gnocchi with ham and peas in cream sauce – gnocchi was overcooked and too soft, cream sauce was quite heavy, but overall the flavors were good
o Chef Special: Shrimp and Mahi Mahi Tempura – best dish of the night! Nicely battered and cooked, sauce was slightly sweet, great pairing with the seafood
o Sirloin with tomato, mushroom and mashed potato – generic steak, nothing special, needed more flavor
o Vegetarian Biryani with yogurt sauce – not bad, a little dry
o Chocolate Brownie Sandwich – really tasty, rich brownie with creamy mousse middle
o Banana Parfait with nuts – not really a parfait but very very good; light, layers of different textures


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