Cruise Recaps – part 2 – food highlights
There are a few things that should be very obvious even before I write this recap;
– there is no shortage of good food in Europe
– I know how to source great food no matter where I am – one of my special talents
– I would not sail on a ship with bad food
There is no way I can describe my 14 days of food experiences with you in a timely manner, but I will give you my standouts in chronological order.
(Photo Grid going row to row from left to right.)
1. Poppies Fish and Chips – delish first night; traditional.
2. Brick Lane is where our Airbnb was located – interesting neighborhood.
3. Latte from our local coffee house, “Nude Espresso.”
4-5. Food Trucks in the neighborhood.
6. Borough Market – not to be missed if you are going to London!
7. Doughnuts are really yummy in London – they definitely have it figured out.
8. Scottish Egg that John & Claudia ate – much braver than I was.
9. Prosecco Spritzers for breakfast! Lovely!
10-12. Neal’s Yard Dairy, more below …
13-15. Harrods – a small indulgence of caviar, oysters and salmon. The food hall is stunning.
16-19. St. John – read below for more …
20. POP Brixton – a container-food truck-retail-music-barber shop – funky-hipster corner in BRIXTON (ramen, pizza, vegetarian …)
21. Brixton Village – cool sidewalks lined with cafes, retro vintage shops – could have spent the day here.
22. Chutney Mary – nice Indian Food restaurant, beautiful interior – first night to meet most of the group – excellent food.
23. Brick Lane on Sunday opens to an Open Air Market, no cars, food vendors and everything imaginable, including this adorable Black Cab Coffee Co.
24-25. More Donuts – this time at Spitalfields Market – again could have spent a few hours here instead of a quick jaunt.
Neal’s Yard Dairy
I have had the good fortune of tasting these cheeses and even offering them on occasion at the restaurant. However, to be able to taste and purchase the cheeses near Borough Market in London was a real treat (much less expensive in London, and you can’t say that about too many things). We tasted at least ten cheeses, comparing and contrasting them before making out selections. This was a deliciously smelly place to be.
If you have time – here is a great 7 minute video about what Neal’s Yard Dairy is about.
When I asked John where he wanted to eat in London, he only had one place and that was St. John’s. St. John is know for its extreme Head to Tail eating experience. Indeed it was. The dining room, as you can see, is as stark as it can be – simple and rustic. The food presentation matches the decor, but the flavors are intense and deep and rich in flavor. And that is why you go to St. John.
ANTWERP – The Jane
This meal was absolutely stunning! If you find yourself in Antwerp for any reason, I would definitely recommend going to The Jane. I can say that I loved every single course and I did not want this meal to end. You absolutely must make reservations in advance. They have an upstairs and a downstairs, giving you two different options on menus and pricing.
Everywhere Else …
1. Bill’s birthday cake on the ship.
2. Prawns in the Crystal Dining Room
3. Special Chocolates at The Chocolate Line in Antwerp.
4-5. Menu Items from our Winemaker Dinner in the Lido on the Crystal Symphony.
6-7. At the FESKEKÔRKA, having a fish smorgasbord in Goteborg.
8-9. At Stora Saluhallen picking up cheese, (also had a Swedish meatball that I forgot to take a picture of) in Goteborg.
10. Outside of Cafe Husaren having pastries in Goteborg.
11. Food trucks in the Haga District in Goteborg
12-17. Copenhagen Street Food on Paper Island
18. Another outstanding food hall; Torvehallerne in Copenhagen.
19-22. Stedsans farm to table street cuisine
23-24. Lovely, organic, continental breakfast buffet at Avenue Hotel in Copenhagen
25. Tiles at South American restaurant Llama in Copenhagen.
noma – Copenhagen
I had the extreme pleasure of dining with Cindi, Marie and Erich at Noma the last night we were in Copenhagen. I can imagine for most chefs, farmers, foodies…this is one restaurant that is on the bucket list – it certainly was on mine. It was an AMAZING experience, food that I have never experienced, creativity that I will never comprehend and flavors that came from the earth and brought back childhood memories of summer camp and hiking in the forest.
As I will always say, a meal is really only as good as those you share it with, and the company at the table made this dinner a very special evening – one that I will not forget soon if ever. #gratitude
If you want to visit noma before you can actually visit the restaurant in Copenhagen, watch the film, noma, my perfect storm; it is available on Netflix.