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Being a Foodie, Celebrity Cruise Style!

I’ve been a foodie at home, while road tripping and abroad. I’ve always been a foodie on land, well that was until we went on an Alaskan Celebrity Cruise this past summer. On a Celebrity Cruise, like others, you have the option to formally dine every evening on the ship. We took full advantage.

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Below was just a sample of what I consumed at dinner the seven nights abroad the Celebrity Solstice. You name it I probably had it. The best part was that it was all-inclusive. I could have ordered the entire menu and they would have brought it to me. I did in fact order at least two appetizers, entrées and desserts most evenings. 🙂

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Frog legs? They could have told me it was chicken and I would have believed them.

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Oh I forget to mention the soup. I choose to start every meal with a bowl of French Onion covered in layers of cheese. 🙂

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

The presentation was outstanding. The wait staff was extremely knowledge making suggestions every step along the way. If you didn’t like something they would take it back and bring you something else quickly. Because of that I tried lots new things on the cruise, like raw scallops. Definitely prefer the cooked one sitting next to the lamb chop below.

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Sometimes I didn’t order multiple things off the menu, but instead two of the same dish. Two Thanksgiving Day meals please!

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Just keep those cheesecakes and other cakes coming. 🙂

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

I don’t know where I found the room to eat it all. I hadn’t even mentioned the continuous buffet they had going on morning, noon and night. Wound up in the buffet lines mostly in the early morning hours to load up on breakfast food. Poached eggs, omelets, corned beef and lots of bacon every morning sitting at the stern of the boat, perfect!

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Celebrity Cruises, cruise food, foodie

Being around the main dining area at dinner on the Celebrity Solstice resulted in so much good food being brought to the table with so little time to eat it all. 🙂

Have you ever been on cruise? If so, what was your eating philosophy?

Checkout the time I’ve spent being a foodie at home, while road tripping and abroad and on land.

#ElCafeDe2013: Diving into the ATL Coffee Scene.

Lot’s of non-chain coffee to be consumed this year. Atlanta, one of my home bases, will be playing a big part in #ElCafeDe2013. I’ve hung out, consumed caffeine and worked at various non-chain coffeehouses before, but on a late-January day I got a first taste of coffee in the ATL this year at two new stops.

The first stop in the early afternoon was in the Grant Park neighborhood, right across the street from the historic Oakland Cemetery in The Jane at Grant Park. I walked into a packed Octane Coffee.

#ElDeCafe2013 - Atlanta, Georgia, Octane Coffee

There was lot’s of pour over coffee to be made. Every cup is brewed fresh to order in a french press.

#ElDeCafe2013 - Atlanta, Georgia, Octane Coffee

The choice on this afternoon was a basic latte to go. I wanted to grab something that I could carry as I checked out Oakland Cemetery, after exploring Octane. Naturally a seat opened up as soon as I got my coffee. A bonus though was that I liked the design of the cup with logo front-and-center, versus getting a undescript white mug.

#ElDeCafe2013 - Atlanta, Georgia, Octane Coffee

Made sure to checkout the cream/sugar station. Love comparing and contrasting them from place-to-place.

#ElDeCafe2013 - Atlanta, Georgia, Octane Coffee

They carry quiches, croissants, other sweet goodies, salads, sandwiches and snacks…

#ElDeCafe2013 - Atlanta, Georgia, Octane Coffee

…and not just coffee, but also beer, wine and cocktails. Octane Coffee is known throughout the United States having been recognized by Bon Appetit and Travel and Leisure magazines.

#ElDeCafe2013 - Atlanta, Georgia, Octane Coffee

Later on during Happy Hour I ventured over to Peachtree Street in the Buckhead neighborhood to checkout Café Intermezzo.

#ElDeCafe2013 - Atlanta, Georgia, Cafe Intermezzo

It had the feel of a fancy, European coffeehouse inside. Lot’s of people were dressed up and sitting at regular tables. I decided to sit at the bar…

#ElDeCafe2013 - Atlanta, Georgia, Cafe Intermezzo

…and mix it up by getting a Bailey’s Coffee, topped with whipped cream. Just what the doctor had to order after a day of running around the ATL. The Bailey’s (the alcohol) came separately from the coffee so I sipped some on the caffeine goodness before pouring the alcohol in. 🙂 There were hundreds-upon-hundreds of choices of drinks in their beverage book which is always changing.

#ElDeCafe2013 - Atlanta, Georgia, Cafe Intermezzo

I’d heard great things about their desserts and specifically their cheesecake so I walked over to their dessert case (display) and they kindly asked me if I had any questions. I only had one. Chocolate? They pointed me to the chocolate cheesecake. It was delicious!

#ElDeCafe2013 - Atlanta, Georgia, Cafe Intermezzo

The first Café Intermezzo location opened in 1979 and they offer a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They had exceptional service, asking me how I was doing every few minutes. Definitely a place for a first-date, a drink after work, or a nice meal with friends and family. They have higher price points, but the experience and atmosphere more than made up for it.

Octane Coffee and Café Intermezzo was a great way to kick off the coffee drinking year in the ATL. What places in Atlanta, Georgia and the South would you recommend for my next cup?