(Editor’s Note: This is a Guest Post) One of the best things about going on a cruise is the fact that you don’t have to do anything while you’re away. You board the ship and everything is laid on for you to enjoy, with everything from evening entertainment to personal pampering. You’ll also be able to enjoy the wonderful cuisine prepared on board, as well as the local delicacies available at your port calls.
Last year I went on a cruise around the Mediterranean, which was absolutely divine in terms of culinary experience. I mean, it was fantastic all round, but the food was really exquisite. There’s usually a choice of times when it comes to dining, so you should have a think before you go about when you’d like to eat. Maybe you prefer the early slot so you can enjoy the evening’s entertainment. Or if you’re hoping to fit in a lot of sightseeing during your port calls, a later dinner might be better so you don’t have to worry about missing a meal. From my experience I’d probably recommend avoiding the buffet on offer; not because there’s anything particularly wrong with it, I just found the food in the restaurant to be of a higher standard.
On board the ship we were offered traditional restaurant fare, but the nice thing about changing location every day is that you can sample food from several different places within the space of your journey. Our Mediterranean adventure meant that we stopped off in France, Spain and Italy amongst others. Italy was a personal highlight for me. I tried truffles for the first time here, over carpaccio with olive oil. I thought I might die of delicious. Fortunately I didn’t, so now I can recommend it to you! Affogato was also a very decadent treat – gelato immersed in coffee. It may sound a bit odd, but I really enjoyed this little treat.
Our stop in France gave me the chance to try something I’d been curious about for a while; Le cuisses de grenouilles. Any guesses? Frogs legs! And the rumours are true; they really do taste like grilled chicken! Be careful in France if you’re watching your weight though; everything is very indulgent – lots of butter and cheese and few vegetables. But you’re on holiday, so why not go wild for a day?
In Spain I had a fantastic Tortilla Espanola, which, in plain terms is a Spanish omelette. The basic recipe consists of egg, potato and onion, and from what I can tell, they vary from restaurant to restaurant in terms of texture and thickness. You’ll really be spoilt for choice wherever you end up. I’m sure your taste buds just won’t know what to do with themselves!