Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A lot of people consider fulfilling their gastronomic needs as a highlight of the cruise. For some reason, food just tastes better out on the water. It must be like camping. Food tastes good on a camp out too. Anyway, we put a lot of thought into what we were going to have to eat on our first voyage. I think in some regards you have to. You have to make sure that you have everything on board that you plan to eat as there aren't many places to stop along the way to run in and buy something you forgot.

So, we had each and every meal planned down to the last crouton. Each night had its own theme. First night was steaks and potatoes. Second night, Italian. Third night was hamburgers and the fourth was leftovers (how'd that get in there?) For the most part, we liked to use the groovy little gas grill that is stationed off the aft deck. It is the perfect size for two people and two steaks. We do a lot of grilling at home, so this worked out fine.

And, no cruise would be complete without a fully stocked bar. Ours isn't fully stocked just yet as we were sticking with wine and beer for this go round, however I am sure that if Captain Stubbing can spare him, "Issac" will be joining us next time.

We really liked this meal planning thing. It takes a lot of the stress of deciding what to cook out of the equation. You know a week ahead what you are having for dinner, so there is no discussion or flip flopping on what to prepare. You just get into the galley and make it happen.

The last night before we headed home, we snuck over to an Outback that was nearby the marina for a nice meal. Sitting in that booth, we both felt like we were still rocking back and forth as we did on the boat. When the bill came, we wished we were.

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