Saturday, March 2, 2013

Raymond, we love you!

The Fine Dining is one of the best parts of a cruise.  I love dessert and I love dark chocolate.  It was heaven.


Provence Dining Room Menu

Appetizers
Crab, Scallop and Shrimp Salad featuring a Duo of Caviar, Papaya Dressing
Vegetable Paté with Baby Greens and a Lemon Grass Vinaigrette
Asparagus with Tomato and Italian Bacon with Hollandaise Sauce
Soups and Salad
Chicken and Vegetables in Fortified Broth
Roasted Tomato Cream Soup, Brioche Croutons
Ice-Cold Peach and Mango Smoothie with Dried Apricots
Belgian Endive, Boston Lettuce and Tomato
Choice of Homemade and Low-Fat Dressings
Main Courses
Pan-Fried Filet of Rockfish
Creamy Potato and Leek Casserole, Truffle Oil
Broiled Lobster Tail and King Prawns with Lemon Butter
Grilled Asparagus and Rice Pilaf
Roasted Pheasant in Pan Juices with Caramelized Shallots
Bean and Bacon Bundle, Basted Potatoes
Beef Tenderloin Wellington
Truffle-Madeira Demi-Glace, Duchesse Potatoes
Home-Style Cuisine: Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs Hearty Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes
Baked Crepes with Roasted Pumpkin and Walnut Mascarpone Thyme-Cream Sauc
Princess Signature Pastas
Veal Ravioli in Creamy Porcini Mushroom Sauce
Veal Jus Fettuccine Alfredo, The All-Time Favorite from Rome
Alternative Choices
Shrimp Cocktail with American Sauce
Classic Caesar Salad
Seared Salmon Cutlet with Herb Butter
Broiled Chicken Breast with Natural Juice
Grilled Beef Filet Medallions with Black Peppercorn Sauce


Dessert Menu

Baked Alaska on Parade
A three-flavored ice cream cake topped with Baked Merengue
 and served with Chocolate Sauce

Passion Fruit Souffle
Princess Cruises extraordinary specialty
Enhanced with a warm Cointreau Orange Sauce

Black Forest Torte
A rich chocolate sponge soaked with Kirsch Wasser
and surrounded by Black Cherries and Fresh Cream

Swan Chantilly
Swans filled with Fresh Fruit and Chantilly Cream
Swimming in a Lake of  Blended Fruit Coulis

Princess Love Boat Dream
A Rich Dark Chocolate Mousse
with Raspberry Sauce and Fresh Cream



Our head waiter and assistant waiter, Roy and Raymond

 Raymond began every evening with, "Ladies and gentlemen, I have a very special offer for you tonight.  It is a delicious Irish Coffee that I will make for you.  It is wonderful.  You will like it very much."  

"How much is the coffee?" someone would ask.  

"It is only $7.95, a special deal just for you", Raymond would reply.  

Martha, who fell in love with our tour guide earlier, was of course, in love with Raymond.  She had to order a coffee because Raymond got "points" for selling the coffee.  I have to admit that it was pretty impressive to look at.  It looked like a dessert with whipped cream and a cherry on top.  This is before we even start to eat what we've ordered from the menu.  



My favorite dessert:  Princess Love Boat Dream




Passion Fruit Souffle'















 Jon's favorite that he ate every night, Creme Brulee'.

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I never went to the gym but I took the stairs from Deck 8 to Deck 15 as often as possible.

Linda, Martha and I have decided to start up a support group for people who have left their cruise and need help trying to adjust to cooking their own meals and eating Kraft Macaroni and Cheese every night. I think it could be profitable. 





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