Countdown to Quantum: Chef Michael Schwartz Takes on Big Role

Michael Schwartz is a James Beard Award-winning chef of international renown. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, his Miami-based flagship restaurant that focuses on fresh, locally sourced food, is packed pretty much every day of the week, filled with diners who love sharing plates of items like kimchi, crispy hominy and deviled eggs.  Now, foodies and [...]

Wining & Dining: What’s Your Cruise Food Obsession?

Food and cruising go hand in hand. Whether it’s seeking out the best martini at sea or savoring the same mouth-watering dessert night after night, we all have our culinary obsessions. I have never understood the passion to devour copious amounts of lobster onboard cruise ships. Likewise crab claws, Alaskan or otherwise. Whether they’re ‘free’ [...]

Wining & Dining: Setting Up a Seder on a River Cruise

Tauck passenger Marcy Silverman makes fried matazh for me the first morning of Passover aboard ms Inspire. Try explaining a Seder plate to someone who barely understands what Passover is. Not an easy task but one I found myself undertaking on a recent river cruise aboard Tauck’s newest boat, ms Inspire. The second-to-last night of [...]

Wining & Dining: Celebrity Cruise’s Executive Chef Dishes on Top Chef and More

Chef John Suley seems to be everywhere on the foodie scene these days. Celebrity’s associate vice president for food and beverage operations has led a team that cooked at the prestigious James Beard House (twice), headed pop-up restaurants in New York City and San Francisco and still manages to develop menus for Celebrity’s fleet at [...]

Shellshocked: Are Cruisers Losing Out On Lobster?

For many of us, one of the best parts of a cruise holiday is that we have every excuse to eat what we like, whenever we like. It’s our time to indulge in lots of tasty treats. But could it be that cruise lines are cutting back on our favorite food offerings? Many passengers view [...]

Wining & Dining: Fresh or Frozen?

A recent post on the Cruise Critic Message Boards from a member expressing her shock that the food on her cruise was – wait for it – frozen, got a lot of responses from members. Most of them were very gently ribbing her about fresh fish caught at night with nets strung from the back of the [...]

Wining & Dining: The Truth Behind Cooking on Cruise Ships

A few weeks ago, I was in Houston to visit the Bayport cruise terminal, which on Tuesday welcomed Caribbean Princess as its first homeporting ship since 2006. During my stay at Royal Sonesta in the Galleria section of the city, I learned that the hotel’s executive chef, Peter Laufer, spent nearly a decade working in [...]

Wining & Dining: Celebrity Cruises Hits NYC

For members of Foodie Nation, like me, a meal represents much more than sustenance. We refer to celebrity chefs by one name (“Batali,” “Besh” “Ripert”) and collect Michelin stars like baseball cards. Our reservations are booked well before our plane tickets, and our bucket list includes multi-course tasting menus. Among the mainstream cruise lines, Celebrity [...]

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