What is the first thing you think of when you think of a cruise? FOOD! Unlimited quantities of food. When ever I told someone I was going on a Disney Cruise, they would say, “No dieting on a cruise ship! You can eat 24 hours if you want! Make sure you get your fill!” And, of course, a Disney Cruise provides exactly that. Thus, this article is NOT about making wise food choices, but all about making DARING food choices!
Most of the time, when we dine away from home, we choose a restaurant based on our budget and what we are hungry for. And, likewise, we make our food choice with great care, because we sure don’t want to waste our money on something we might not like. I normally choose to dine in restaurants that serve foods I can’t or won’t cook at home. Like french fries and pizza. I just don’t like frying and that pizza dough is beyond my talent! I generally don’t frequent restaurants where I can’t pronounce the food on the menu. The more syllables in a food item name, the higher the price.
On a Disney Cruise, your food is included in the price. So, basically, that’s like calling it free! And I love that word. “Free!” What more perfect opportunity to try some new cuisine, (or “Fancy Food” as I like to call it) than on a Disney cruise. The Disney Cruise Line uses a rotational dining system. You’ll rotate to one of three themed restaurants each night while your servers follow you from venue to venue. So, mind your manners, for your servers have good memory retention!
On my recent cruise aboard the brand new Disney Fantasy, happenstance turned that cruise into the perfect time to try some new and different foods. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be wasting my dime! And there was always Mike Wazowski’s Eye Scream Treats with “So many flavors it’s scary.”
My first dining experience was in the Enchanted Garden. The Enchanted Garden is a delightful dining room reminiscent of a beautiful French Garden. The menu in here was described as “market-inspired” to reflect the fresh, airy ambiance of this dining room. In other words: Fancy.
Looking at the menu, I gazed upon food items I had never seen before. Of course, I recognized some familiar foods disguised with newer and fancier names, like, Pureed Tomato Basil Bisque, which is really just tomato soup. So, don’t let a fancy name scare you. It was really delicious and much better than Campbell’s! I hadn’t really planned to be experimental at this point in the cruise. I was just hungry and looking for something “safe.” I did venture out on a limb by ordering Ahi Tuna & Avocado Tower with Crispy Noodles and Wasabi Dressing. It was the avacado and wasabi that hooked me. And, I guess I expected a “Chicken of The Sea” sorta tuna. I kinda forgot about Ahi Tuna being raw until the waiter set the artful creation before me. Cautiously, I tasted a small bite. It was love at first bite! My mouth was so excited by this new flavor combination that it asked me for more! Really! It was then that I decided to try out new flavors and foods at every meal I ate. Because I had already ordered the meal before my ephiphany, the rest of this meal, while delicious and artfully served, was rather safe. It consisted of tomato soup, pork tenderloin, and Banana Foster Sundae. Who is Foster anyway? And, of course, everything had very fancy names. Remember, don’t be afraid of food with fancy names!
From then on, I chose a daring food item or two at every meal. Crab claws and sushi for lunch! Yes! Me! Sushi! Check out these fancy foods I ate.
Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast With Gewürztraminer Gelée and Pomegranate Glaze
(Duck was a first EVER for me and mouth watering! (Sorry Donald) Also, it had these cute little, tiny cubes of clear jellied wine. (That’s the English tranaslation for Gewürztraminer Gelée.) Can’t make that at home!)
(Okay, maybe not so daring, but you can’t deny it has a fancy name!)
On one evening, they had two dessert offerings with peanut butter in the name. Peanut Butter? It’s the butter of the gods to me. I couldn’t decide which one to order. So…I ordered BOTH! Yes! You can do that on a Disney Cruise!
(The big surprise here turned out to be that the Mango Cheesecake was my favorite! I do love me some mango and the ripe mango flavor was infused perfectly throughout the creamy cheesecake. How about that? I can even talk fancy about food now!)
And, one lovely morning, I had pre-breakfast, mid-morning breakfast and brunch! After all, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day!
So, go ahead! Be daring with your food! Try something new on your next Disney Cruise. And, when you can’t make up your mind what to have…have both! Bon apetit!