Our wonderful vacation has come to a close. A cruise was really the perfect vacation for me because what I really needed a break from was not blogging, but THE INTERNET. Since my job is on the internet, I am quite obsessed with being online. Had we gone somewhere with internet access – the beach, Europe, a city – I surely would have been on my iPhone or laptop the whole week. So being in the middle of the ocean was perhaps the best place I could have gone to relax!
Day 6: Books + Booze
On Friday we said goodbye to Bermuda and headed back out to sea
I was feeling a little overstuffed from the late night chocolate buffet, so I had a simple fruited breakfast with yogurt and a bran muffin. This muffin was actually delicious and very fresh tasting – not greasy or oily at all. I didn’t finish my pear – he was too crunchy
We spent most of Friday in total relaxation. I must have read for about 10 hours! I finally finished Middlesex. The book was sooo slow to start, but it got better and better and had a fascinating ending.
I do NOT like tanning (all sun is bad sun!) and was slathered and sprayed in SPF 45. After a few unavoidable hours in the sun I felt like I was getting to much and covered myself with a towel (there wasn’t much shade up on deck!)
After a few hours of lounging by the sea, we decided to check out the formal lunch instead of the poolside buffet
Karen decided we needed to continue celebrating Andrew’s graduation with a bottle of wine I had a splash. I didn’t want to head into the afternoon dehydrated!
I had a little roll to go with it
All of the formal meals are 3 courses, so I ordered a fruit appetizer to start. It was pineapple with tropical fruits and a pound cake. I left half of the pound cake but loved the fruit
I also got a garden salad for some veggie nutrients
For my entree I ordered the Croque Monsieur, which I remember loving on a trip Paris many years ago. But I remembered the ham, cheese and bread dish as more of a fancy layered delight, and was disappointed to find this was just a regular ol’ grilled ham and cheese. It did taste good, but after my fruit + salad I only needed a few bites to be satisfied and gave the rest to the boys (had a fry or two too!)
Of course lunch comes with dessert. We got a cranberry crisp and a pineapple upsidedown cake for the table. I had a bite of each (OK, 3 bites of the oatmeal-like crisp!)
The rest of the afternoon was spent reading, napping (I think I drooled on my book!) and ended with a nice sweaty workout when our tennis shoes finally dried from the Bermuda monsoon. I ran around the deck for a while with my iPod and went in for a little elliptical when a lady got off the only machine and finally some weight lifting with the boys. It was nice to get in some exercise before dinner.
We decided to reverse our schedule and do the show first and dinner second (Karen had trouble staying up for the 9:45 show!) So we had some drinks while we waited for the show
I ordered an extra sweet Manhattan – yuuuuuuummmm!!! I love it extra sweet-style. I sipped it very slowly again and made it last all the way to the other side of dinner.
Andrew got some delicious pina colada drink in a fishbowl
The show was a variety of singing and comedy –
Here’s how much Manhattan I had left when we got to dinner an hour later. I could never drink beer or wine as slowly as I can a cocktail, so this was a good strategy to enjoy a drink over a long period of time –
Love me some rolls! I’m just like my mom – I live for bread! I tried to stick to half at a time so as not to eat too much before dinner.
We ordered a Syrah to have with dinner. I had one hefty glass. I really loved drinking wine WITH the food on this trip. Normally, if I am going to only have one drink at an event, I prefer to have it before dinner so I can focus on the flavor. But during this vacation I usually had one before and a little wine with my meal. It was so enjoyable to combine the wine + food as you’re supposed to do. Alcohol is a trigger for me, so I don’t think I’ll make it a habit, but I do think I should enjoy a little vino with dinner more often at home. They key word there being “little.”
First course was a crab + tofu soup, although I don’t think I found either of those in the broth!
My entree was a Goat Cheese Polenta!! SO GOOD! Norwegian really did well with the vegetarian dishes. As you all know, I’m not a vegetarian, but I love veg. food and the dishes are often more appealing to me than the meaty entrees in terms of flavor combinations. I ate about half of this square and all the spinach underneath and gave the rest to the table to try.
We shared food all week, and I had lots of bites of other dishes that I didn’t photograph. This night I captured the “Surf and Surf” and a wild mushroom risotto. I tasted each –
Dessert was a fruit + cream trifle. Ate all of this guy!
And a bite of Matt’s choco cake
After dinner we headed to a “White Hot Party’ at the disco
I ordered a Manhattan on the rocks, but I was starting to feel the drinks and after a few sips, I gave the rest to Matt, who was thrilled to take it over
Dance party for Kelsey!
Day 7: Last Day At Sea
On Saturday morning we decided to do another formal breakfast. It was fun to sit with other cruisers and get to know them at a big table of 8.
Karen and I sampled the pastry basket. I am not really a huge pastry person (they are too dry) but the muffin was great. I had about 1/4 of the muffin and two bites each of the other two.
I ordered grapefruit and plain yogurt for an “appetizer” (and got accused of being “too healthy”)
And ordered a waffle with banana syrup for my entree. I ate about 75% of this guy and left breakfast feeling a little weighed down after the pastries to start.
Matt was feeling a little sluggish from our late night (he was out 2 hours later than me!) and had OATMEAL for breakfast! He added muffin, brown sugar and raisins.
We were such foodies that when we left each meal we checked to see what would be on the menu for the next meal. Oink!
Saturday’s weather was rather dreary so we did some reading by a window to digest
After it stopped raining I went up on the Promenade Deck and walked around the track with my iPod. The wind was blowing and there was nothing to see by sky + water (that’s a famous quote by my dad from a previous cruise!) and I actually watched a storm move across the ocean and onto us. The sheet of rain was so cool! It was one of my favorite moments of the cruise.
When it started raining I went inside to do some ellipticaling and then ran around the track when the sun came out. Then it was lunchtime!
I had a big salad plus some side dishes
Some cheese tastes
Indian Spiced Tofu + Peas, Coconut Rice + Pecan Pumpkin (!!!)
For dessert I had a little Cream of Peach soup!
In the afternoon we went to a “Guess My Odd Job” game show. I put my name and job (‘food blogger’) in a hat and got chosen to go on stage and try to stump a panel of yes or no questions about what I do. I won!!! I think they were quite surprised when I said I take photos of my food for a living
Later on we got dressed for dinner. I finally got to wear my new Macy’s dress – a long one.
The boys and I headed to a lounge to play some cards – and found free popcorn! I had a bit for a snack to hold me until dinner.
I wasn’t going to order a drink, but Andrew got one of those delicious Sex At Sunsets and I had a taste and changed my mind (my plan was to do another “sip through the evening” with it).
But before I knew it, our friend Jim, an elderly man with whom we made friends the first day, sent over a round of drinks!!! I had a glass of pinot, but I shared this with the boys.
Wish he’d sent over the round before we ordered our own! We had to carry them all to dinner!!! But you can’t turn down a kind offer like Jim’s
There were bar nuts scattered around the ship (the boys liked to call this a nut bong. As in “Hey, can you pass the nut bong”) *Shakes head disapprovingly* 😉 Anyways, I had a few nuts before dinner each night that helped tide me over while we were in the shows.
Here’s our friend, also Matt, who served us wine each night!
Cheers! “To Andrew’s Graduation” was the theme of the week, obviously
For our final dinner I had a cup of Chilled Black Cherry Soup (ate most)
I also had a tomato + mozzarella salad
Matt got the escargot and gave me one. It was delicious due to the BUTTER all around it!
My entree was Pecan Crusted Snapper in a Gumbo Sauce (ate 2/3)
My family was in a hurry to get to a Beatles singalong and left before dessert. I was NOT about to skip dessert on our final night so I stayed behind!!
Two lovely desserts, just for me Almond torte and coconut soufflé. I only had a few bites of each – the chocolate off the torte and 2 bites of souffle, which was too eggy.
Then I headed to the Beatles to find Karen having the time of her life!!
I was still sipping my cocktail from earlier
We ended the night with some karaoke – that’s Matt singing “Down On The Corner!” (I wasn’t brave enough…)
Day 8: Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay
I had a bit of “it’s my last night and I need to eat + drink + live it up” syndrome last night 😳 Not sure if it was eating too much, 2.5 drinks, or the horrible night’s sleep I had from the luggage banging around as the crew picked it up all night, but I did not wake up feeling very good at all! Booooo.
We had an early final breakfast up on the deck overlooking a parking lot
Muesli, plain yogurt, prunes, a peach, a fig, and mini wheats – with tea.
We went straight to the airport for our noon flight. I had a Clif Bar – Maple Nut – to tide me over for a late lunch. I didn’t really care for this flavor that much. It was a bit bland and had that chalky protein taste to it.
We arrived home at 3pm to find a perfectly clean house. Kelsey did a fabulous job house and bearsitting. Her blog posts had me rolling on the floor laughing!!!!!!!!!! Those silly bears!!!
I’ve caught up on my comment reading – thanks for everyone’s support for the guest bloggers!
I am happy to be home and I can’t wait to eat 1,000 vegetables and get creative cooking this week. I have the week off before I start my internship next Tuesday.
We were starving and obviously there was little to no food in the fridge. We didn’t have time for a grocery store trip, so I scrounged together what veggies I could find to make a quick lunch:
The carrots were rubbery, so I made a greens + corn BBQ mix in a pot.
- 1 can greens, drained
- 1/2 cupish frozen corn
- 2/3 cupish frozen lima beans
- 2 tbsp mustard-style BBQ sauce
- Red pepper flakes
- Maple syrup (1 tsp?)
+ half an apple with Barney Butter!
And a few Food Should Taste Good Olive Chips. Yum!
We received the very sad news that Matt’s grandfather passed away this morning. We will likely be traveling to his funeral on Wednesday. Luckily he died peacefully in his sleep. He was a darling man and will be missed by all of us.
Unpack + Restock
I’m off to finish unpacking and then am walking to the grocery store for dinner supplies and a little exercise. Can’t wait to make oatmeal tomorrow!