American Empress cuisine puts spotlight on Pacific Northwest

The American Queen Steamboat Company has  introduced a new culinary program onboard the American Empress, which began her inaugural season April 5, 2014. Staying true to her Pacific Northwest surroundings, the culinary team is taking full advantage of the region’s freshest seafood and produce including sustainable fish, free-range chicken and artisan cheeses along with seasonal fruits and vegetables.  In addition, guests have the opportunity to taste the top local beers, wines and liquors as the vessel passes …

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Ocean House in Rhode Island focuses on farm to table cuisine

Where is the kale? There’s plenty of spinach, arugula and lettuce but not the kale or the nasturtium the chef had wanted. Jan Dane doesn’t miss a beat as she looks over the carrots and the radishes, talking to the farmers at the indoor Saturday farmer’s market in Stonington, CT, buying cheese from one, eggs and corn meal from another. Dane, the mom of three, is a modern day Forager. That means it is her full time …

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Day One: First Night on Le Panache

There are really only two things that can make or break a cruise for me. I am not caught up in worrying about the thread count of my sheets, or the fragrance in my toiletries. And in my experience, most cruise itineraries are great if you approach them in the right spirit. But if the passengers are disagreeable, or the food is below par, I won’t be having a good time. The passengers on this sailing of …

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Evenings at the Bistro

Artisinal cheeses- Image courtesy of Crystal Cruises Crystal Cruises, well known for their exemplary dining venues and cuisine options (due in large part to Executive Chef Nobu Matsuhisa- who by the way will be on one of their cruises this spring) is expanding one of its most popular venue’s evening hours. The Bistro, with European-style sidewalk café ambiance, will offer “small bites,” desserts, and “midnight” snacks, along with premium wines and flavored coffees.  The new nightly café …

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Crystal Welcomes Mast Chef Nobu Matsuhisa Aboard

Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa courtesy of Crystal Cruises One of my favorite indulgences while cruising is fine dining… and the cruise line have some of the best cuisine to be found- both at sea and on land.  This is due in great part to the effort they put into recruiting the best chefs, as demonstrated by the fact that  Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa will be aboard Crystal Serenity in May as Executive Chef in Silk Road and …

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The French Barge Cruise: It’s All About The food.

Each day began with a breakfast that was a visual feast,with fresh croissants, pain au chocolat and a still warm baguette that Markwould have fetched fresh from the bakery earlier.  There was always quality jams, fresh butter,yoghurt ( a rhubarb one that I particularly liked) and good café au lait, aswell as fresh fruit, like figs, apricots or peaches, and muesli. Lunchtime was casual, and the time we ate varied dependingon the excursions we were engaged in. …

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Silversea’s “Relais & Chateux L’Ecole Des Chefs’ Cooking School

Without a doubt, one of Silversea’s strongest selling points is their fine wines and cuisine; they are absolutely superb.  The diversity and excellence of their dining options is due in large part to their relationship with the prestigious Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux, who not only influence their culinary offerings but also work with them to present the very popular L’École des Chefs cooking school. In response to the demand for their L’École des Chefs cooking school, …

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