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A Cruise for the Gourmet Foodie
We each have our reasons for going on specific cruises. Mine vary, depending on the time of year and my mood. We recently returned from a Christmas Markets River Cruise down the Rhine River. My memories aren’t that of sugar plum fairies dancing in my head or spiked eggnog but, rather, those of sheer satisfaction that a foodie gets after having a meal that stands out from all others.
Once again, we cruised with AmaWaterways for several reasons. One being that they were invited to join the world’s oldest gastronomical society, La Chaine des Rotisseurs. Membership is by invitation only, extended only to those possessing world-class culinary acumen. It’s no surprise that all of AmaWaterways’ European ships are members.
While breakfast and lunch consisted of the usual buffet with the option of ordering off the menu, dinners were nothing short of being edible art. Don’t get me wrong, their buffets were lovely and the food was delicious. Still, in my eyes, dinners were the source of a gourmet foodie’s orgasm.
I love trying new foods and food combinations. What makes things even more interesting is the chef’s use of local products to create a menu that compliments the country we happen to be traveling through. Then, to top things off, a different red and white wine are served daily from local vineyards, complimenting the menu for the day.
Some of my favorite entrees were the “Medaillon d’Agneau” (herbs crusted lamb medallion w/rosemary jus), Schnitzel ‘Vienna Style’ (pork loin and turkey breast escalope w/cranberry jam) and Grilled Halibut Fillet & Tiger Prawn w/Lobster Sauce. I must also mention that, if I had my way, there were many of the appetizers and soups that I would have liked to have made a whole meal from. They were absolutely delicious and left me wanting more. However, much to my delight, the next course was then served and I was again in gastronomical heaven!
Last, but not least…
Finally, what tops off a fantastic meal better than a dessert that sends the taste buds soaring. We were delighted with Tiramisu w/nougat sauce and fresh berries, homemade Apple Strudel w/Vanilla Ice Cream (we had a strudel demonstration earlier in the afternoon) and Chocolate Parfait w/Chocolate Sand, Sesame Crossties and Raspberry Sorbet! Oh My Gosh!!! Both Ron and I have a sweet tooth and nobody had to encourage us to partake in dessert. We loved every bite of it.
So, if you enjoy good food and great service, you might want to consider taking a river cruise with AmaWaterways. I will admit that I did gain a couple of pounds while on the trip in spite of all the walking we did. But it was well worth it.
We are really looking forward to our next river cruise during Tulip Time (April, 2019). If you’d like to join us on this adventure or find out some of the specifics, just give us a call. We’d love to have you cruise along with us.