March 27, 2015

Cruise Ship Food

by pyrad
Categories: Diet, Non-Running
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As I mentioned in this post, I was on a cruise aboard the Celebrity Century through the South China Sea for most of March. As promised, I’m sharing a post of just pictures of the food. It’s like Instragraming dinner but on a much more epic scale!

I wish I had taken pictures of the menu each day. They had really fancy descriptions of each dish. I’m afraid the captions on some of these plates is rather lacking, and I’m grasping at what I think it was.

WARNING, the rest of the page contains pictures of tasty food, most of which I wound up eating. Viewing these images may result in hunger, salivation and/or envy. Viewer discretion is advised.

(as always, click on any image for a larger resolution version)

 

Shrimp cocktail, a typical appetizer
Shrimp cocktail, a typical appetizer

Fish over rice and spinach
Fish over rice and spinach

Steak
Steak

 

Some sort of pate appetizer... nicely presented though
Some sort of pate appetizer… nicely presented though

Caesar Salad
Caesar Salad

Beef?
Beef?

Many entrees in one picture: Flank Steak, Beef Wellington and Spaghetti
Many entrees in one picture: Flank Steak, Beef Wellington and Spaghetti

 

 

Breakfast: Toasted bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese
Breakfast: Toasted bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese

Breakfast: Two eggs, sunny-side up, American bacon, hash brown and sauteed mushrooms
Breakfast: Two eggs, sunny-side up, American bacon, hash brown and sauteed mushrooms

 

Lunch Appetizer: Cream of Mushroom Soup. I don't know how they make it but it's AMAZING!!
Lunch Appetizer: Cream of Mushroom Soup. I don’t know how they make it but it’s AMAZING!!

Salad. It had a fancy name but I can't remember it...
Salad. It had a fancy name but I can’t remember it…

Roast Chicken
Roast Chicken

Frozen Yogurt (FroYo)
Frozen Yogurt (FroYo)

 

Shrimp, I think...
Shrimp, I think…

Cream corn soup ??
Cream corn soup ??

Shrimp Pasta and Lamb Shanks
Shrimp Pasta and Lamb Shanks

More FroYo
More FroYo

 

Top Chef Inspired Menu

It seemed that Celebrity Cruises has some sort of partnership with the cooking Reality TV show “Top Chef.” So, for one dinner the entire menu was based on dishes cooked on the show.

Menu inspired by the cooking reality show 'Top Chef'
Menu inspired by the cooking reality show ‘Top Chef’

Tuna Tartare
Tuna Tartare

Flank Steak
Flank Steak

Vanilla Tres Leches Cake
Vanilla Tres Leches Cake

Some sort of very well-presented pastry
Some sort of very well-presented pastry

 

Back to more non-Top Chef plates.

Fish with Pasta and Steak
Fish with Pasta and Steak

Desert Roll
Desert Roll

Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cake

 

Typical menu
Typical menu

Half a chicken. Yes, an entire half-chicken!!
Half a chicken. Yes, an entire half-chicken!!

Chocolate lava cake
Chocolate lava cake

 

Seafood Crepe
Seafood Crepe

Venison Appetizer
Venison Appetizer

Chocolate and creme dessert?
Chocolate and creme dessert?

"Beggar's Purse"
“Beggar’s Purse”

 

Salmon Appetizer
Salmon Appetizer

Pad Thai
Pad Thai

 

Cream of Tomato Soup
Carrot Soup

Escargot
Escargot

Shrimp Appetizer
Shrimp Appetizer

Tuna Steaks
Tuna Steaks

Prime Rib
Prime Rib

Moose Dessert?
Moose Dessert?

 

Thinly sliced beef appetizer
Thinly sliced beef appetizer

Squash soup
Butternut Squash soup

Deserts
Deserts

 

Lobster Ravioli
Lobster Ravioli

Salmon Appetizer
Salmon Appetizer

Spring Roll
Spring Roll

A divinely delicious duck entree
A divinely delicious duck entree

 

Salmon Pate Appetizer
Salmon Pate Appetizer

Fish Entree
Fish Entree

mmm... dessert: Bananas foster, frozen yogurt, and chocolate lava cake
mmm… dessert: Bananas foster, frozen yogurt, and chocolate lava cake

 

Pate appetizer
Pate appetizer

Scallop presented in a shell
Scallop presented in a shell

Prosciutto and salad
Prosciutto and salad

A really, really good tomato soup
A really, really good tomato soup

Lobster Tail
Lobster Tail

Baked Alaska
Baked Alaska

 

Chef Demonstration 

While on the chef, we attended two demonstrations by the Executive Chef. The first was “How to Cook the Perfect Steak”. This demonstration was interesting because he cooked it very slowly at a low temperature.

 

Handout from "How to Cook the Perfect Steak"
Handout from “How to Cook the Perfect Steak”

Executive Chef demonstrating how to cook the "perfect steak"
Executive Chef demonstrating how to cook the “perfect steak”

 

The second demonstration we attended by the Executive Chef was “How to Cook the Perfect Fish”

Handout (part 1) of "How to Cook the Perfect Fish"
Handout (part 1) of “How to Cook the Perfect Fish”

Handout (part 2) of "How to Cook the Perfect Fish"
Handout (part 2) of “How to Cook the Perfect Fish”

Executive chef demonstrating "How to Cook the Perfect Fish"
Executive chef demonstrating “How to Cook the Perfect Fish”

Chef's results from "How to Cook the Perfect Fish"
Chef’s results from “How to Cook the Perfect Fish”

 

Vegetable Carving Demonstration

 

Carving Demonstration: Face from a watermelon
Carving Demonstration: Face from a watermelon

Carving Demonstration: Bird from lemon, orange, and other fruits and vegetables
Carving Demonstration: Bird from lemon, orange, and other fruits and vegetables

Carving Demonstration: Penguin from Eggplant and other fruits and vegetables
Carving Demonstration: Penguin from Eggplant and other fruits and vegetables

Vegetable Carving: Bunny
Vegetable Carving: Bunny

Vegetable Carving: Chick
Vegetable Carving: Chick

 

Now for something a little different. We went on a Shore Excursion in Hue, Vietnam organized through the Cruise Ship. It included lunch at a hotel in Hue. It was a pretty good 7-course meal!

 

Cover of menu from Hotel Saigon Morin in Hue
Cover of menu from Hotel Saigon Morin in Hue

Description of the 7-course (!!!) lunch we were served in Hue
Description of the 7-course (!!!) lunch we were served in Hue

Very creative use of a hollowed-out pineapple to hold spring rolls
Very creative use of a hollowed-out pineapple to hold spring rolls

"Rice Pancakes Hue Style". Kinda like tacos
“Rice Pancakes Hue Style”. Kinda like tacos

"Fried shrimp with crumb"
“Fried shrimp with crumb”

 

And for something completely different…

While in Borocay, Philippines, my aunt organized a special meal. While we were at the beach she borrowed some money from us and said she was going to get lunch ready. She had done this before. She bought A LOT of fresh lobsters, shrimp  fish and other seafood from a local market and then effectively rented out a “cooking kitchen.” The result was a lunch feast for the six of us.

 

The restaurant my aunt effectively rented out
The restaurant my aunt effectively rented out

There are at least 6 lobster on the table...
There are at least 6 lobster on the table…

Lobster
Lobster

 

So, that was A LOT of good food during the vacation. I hope you enjoyed this collection of pictures of plates!

Much to my surprise I only gained a couple of pounds throughout all this. In an upcoming post I’ll talk about my crazy fitness activities during the cruise that helped me from packing on the pounds.


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6 Comments »

  1. […] have hundreds of photos and stories to share. I’m thinking of having an entire post on the food. I have dozens and dozens of photos of plates of food. Here’s a little […]

  2. macnic says:

    Best part about cruising is the food. People who have only done AI’s really don’t understand.

  3. Mark Young says:

    Yum!

  4. Robin says:

    wow! Yummy!

  5. Zorbs says:

    bun bo hue is my favourite Vietnamese dish. I would have inhaled piles of it if I ever went to Hue!

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