Cruise Food

Posted on October 26, 2009. Filed under: Restaurant Recommendations |

We just got back from an 8 night Mexican Riviera cruise. We stopped in Acapulco, Ixtapa, and Manzanillo. Acapulco was the worst. Hated it! Ixtapa was our favorite. We would go back there in a heart beat and spend weeks there. Manzanillo has lots of culture, history and real working people. It isn’t just a tourist trap.

We went on Carnival. Which a lot of people said was just the party ship. If we did a 3 or 4 day cruise I could see that being the case, but on an 8 day cruise it is just a normal group of people. We had a balcony, which we won’t splurge for again. It seemed like people who smoke get balconies to be able to puff away their cancer sticks 24/7. We tended not to use our balcony because we did not want to be relaxing yet inhaling cancer, gross!

We had an AMAZING trip. We did lots of jungle excursions and had lots of beach/pool laying out time. So relaxing and enjoyable!

I had a double serving of steamed vegetable most nights for dinner. Look, I might love food, but I hate the feeling of being uncomfortably stuffed. So I had to eat in moderation and splurge only when it really deserved it. Not all of what i ordered was eaten. I would order it, try it and decide if it was worth my calories.

Along the way I took pictures of some of the food that either caught my eye because it was pretty or because it tasted amazing. Or because it was the typical cruise food; filet, escargot, stuffed mushrooms.

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms: Yep, that’s what they were. With a layer of melted cheese on top.
Chilled Strawberry Soup: they brought out a bowl with just about 1 tbsp of chopped strawberries. I was like, “Look, I know cruise food can be dainty, but seriously, THIS is what you call strawberry soup?” And then the waiter poured the ‘soup’ mixture over the strawberries. It was amazing! Like melted strawberry ice cream. But better.
Lobster. We ate it before we remembered to take the picture.
Warm Chocolate Melting Cake: Jon’s favorite dessert in the world. He ordered it 5 of the 8 nights! Like semi cooked brownies. Yummy!Spaghetti Carbonara: Spaghetti in a creamy parmesan sauce with bacon and caramelized onions. Delicious!
Pineapple Beet Juice: Not from the cruise. We went ona white water rafting excursion in Acapulco, and they made this for us. It was so fresh. I loved it!
Lemon Cake: Gross! Dry and not a strong lemon flavor. But a really pretty presentation with the little artsy design.
Kahlua Mousse: Bottom was chocolate mouse, then a small brownie topped with kahlua mousse. Good, but typical cruise desert. Sort of just a fluffy bowl of sugar.
Pumpkin ‘Ghost’ Cheesecake and ‘Bat’ Fudge Cake: They made a piece of puffed pastry to go over the pumpkin cheesecake and put a little ghost face on the top. I ate it with some butter pecan ice cream and that made it taste great! The Fudge cake had a little bat shaped pastry thing. It was rich, but not very good.
Filet Mignon with a Pumpkin and Onion Hash: The filet was just a normal filet. Now the pumpkin hash was freaking amazing! I will be remaking that this fall!
Escargot: Jon loves this. I tried it for the first time. I decided it isn’t the snails people like, it is the mounds of melted butter and garlic it is baked in that is desirable. You could bake the bottom of a shoe in that sauce and people would eat it.
Vanilla Chocolate Bread Pudding: Brioche bread with pieces of dark chocolate, then topped with a vanilla cream sauce. It had a slight lemon flavor. Which was really good. I would like to remake this, I liked it that much.
Baked Alaska: Everyone on a cruise waits for the night the baked alaska is served. Traditionally this is when the servers bring it out on fire and in some sort of parade fashion. Well, not anymore. They just slice an ice cream cake with a thin layer of flambéed meringue around it. Nothing spectacular or even tasty. Just Neapolitan ice cream. And no servers setting things on fire. So disappointing.
Eggplant and Zucchini Parmesan: This was the best dish I had on the cruise. It was their vegetarian offering one of the nights. Layers of sliced zucchini and eggplant with a marinara sauce loaded with additional veggies. Layers of mozzarella cheese. Topped with a thin piece of fruit breaded eggplant. I made myself sick I ate so much of it. Man, I think I might be craving this everyday of the rest of my life. Seriously so good.

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