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Comment by Patricia on April 25, 2015 at 7:04pm

We had theme dinners, Italian night, Mexican night, etc., but the big thing everyone wanted was Alaska King Crab......didn't get it. But still, the food was delicious & well prepared & presented. All sorts of eating spots all over the ship, & it was all good.

The Celebrity was just ok, & nothing special on any dinner.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 25, 2015 at 6:58pm

Daniel, I love pierogies! Save one for me! Save one for me!

Randy, what a disappointment about the food! There should have been some dazzling cabbage salads, turnip pickles, pickled onion, kohlrabi refreshers, to go with the meat and potatoes. Do write a letter to their headquarters, and if there is a newsletter, send an op-ed piece to it. If people go to Germany for that wonderful cuisine and get what you describe, others will not book seats and they will have to make basic changes. I suppose some old folks like their vegetables cooked to mush. That is the way my grandmothers cooked because of the home canning dangers. However, those days are gone if canning is done properly.

Bertold, I love spätzle! with a nice, light white sauce called geschnetzeltes over spätzle. I don't use veal, but brown mushrooms, onion, garlic, and fresh sage out of my garden, just to develop the flavor and then proceed.

sk8eycat, when my husband was at the U of WA in Seattle we had a very limited budget. Every Saturday night we and a group of friends went to a waterfront hoffbrau haus for a pint of German beer, a bowl of potato soup and a rustic homemade bread. It was delicious and a lot of down and out people, "skidrow types", ate there as well. We sang danced and played pool. Quite an interesting period of my life. 

Good dining and entertainment on the cheap was fun relaxation after a very difficult week.

Patricia, my Royal Caribbean cruise through the Panama Canal from San Diego on the Pacific side to Ft Lauderdale had very fine dining or casual cafes. The food was a combination of Caribbean flavors, including African, East Indian, The Netherlands, Chinese, Aztec, Arab and others who colonized the region.

Ingredients included rice, beans, sweet potatoes, coconut, chickpeas, bananas and plantain and all kinds of  trpical fruit.

The dishes included such names as Ropa vieja, Callaloo, and Erwten Soep, a soup that came with the Dutch to Aruba.

I highly recommend this Royal Caribbean line and destination.


Comment by Daniel W on April 25, 2015 at 6:17pm

I think shipping containers would be the modern equivalent.

Comment by Gerald Payne on April 25, 2015 at 5:04pm


Comment by sk8eycat on April 25, 2015 at 4:52pm

My word!  You've never seen one?

Comment by Gerald Payne on April 25, 2015 at 4:15pm

I've just got to know what a Quonset hut is Daniel.

Comment by Patricia on April 25, 2015 at 1:44pm

We did 2 Alaskan cruises, & Royal Caribbean had wonderful food, not over-cooked, but lousy coffee. Celebrity had really good coffee, but most of the food was not so great, & portions ranged from large to microscopic form meal to meal.....we just never knew.

Our table mates were mostly from the US & I was amazed at how many shoved the vegetables aside, no matter how well cooked & tasty, only ate the ''meat & potatoes'', pigged out on dessert, & asked for seconds, men & women alike.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 25, 2015 at 11:52am

Randy, what a disappointment in the food department. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 25, 2015 at 11:48am

Randall...I thought those river cruise ships were supposed to feature local specialties of whatever region they were sailing through.  That's what their glossy brochures say, anyway.  Whatta bummer. 

(Of course, I have also heard that the cruise ships themselves are not always as advertized.  A friend went on a French river trip that had been arranged as a group tour by a single travel agency , and she said the boat smelled like it had previously been a garbage scow, and the "staterooms" were tiny. The water was rationed. She wouldn't talk about the food; she just made a face.  Of course that was more than 20 years ago....)

There used to be a "famous" hoffbrau haus-type restaurant in Los Angeles, and the food was pretty much like what you've described....  Maybe that IS "local" German-style cooking.  Gah!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 25, 2015 at 10:10am

Randall, did you have any spätzle? They're one of my favorite foods in the world.


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