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Photo(s) of the Week: It’s Ann Arbor Foodie Time at Frita Batidos.

Frita Batidos in Ann Arbor, Michigan offers Cuban inspired street food. My go-to there is the Chicken Frita topped with a sunny side up egg and shoestring fries. You can never have enough fries there so you’ll always find in front of me garlic cilantro fries alongside for the ride. It’s definitely Ann Arbor foodie time now!

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food

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, entrΓ©es and desserts most evenings. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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.

Ann Arbor: A Zingerman’s Breakfast Experience.

It was an early morning and I was thinking Ann Arbor to grab some coffee. Breakfast food was also on the mind. While in-route Zingerman’s Roadhouse came to mind. It’s a place I’d been to many times before, mostly for cocktails and dinner and always had amazing experiences. It was time to take-in their breakfast experience.

I arrived at my destination on the west side of town. The Roadhouse, which open in 2003, is one of several Zingerman’s businesses in the area which date back to the early 80’s. There is also a deli and creamery among other places.

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Following the signs to breakfast.

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan

I found myself a spot to sit. It was 7 am so coffee definitely was in order.

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan

A cup of Roadhouse Joe quickly made its way to my table.

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Roadhouse Joe coffee

For breakfast I decided on the American Breakfast. Scrambled eggs with peppers and 2-year Vermont cheddar. It came with country sausage, sourdough bread and strawberry preserve and breakfast potatoes. Everything is homemade. Not pictured is the freshly squeezed orange juice they gave me a sample of.

I found myself eating the preserves sans the bread. I wanted to be like Joey Tribbiani and dive into lots of jam, thinking of Monica’s jam plan in Friends. So good!

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan, breakfast

Along for the ride from left to right behind the breakfast was their version of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, the locally made Clancy’s Fancy Hot Sauce and the well-known McIlhenny Tabasco Pepper Sauce. I’m not a fan of hot sauces, but took a stab at each. Not to bad. I mostly ate the food without sauce to get the full flavor.

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan, breakfast

They must really known me haha. They kept my Roadhouse Joe mug constantly full. In fact, when I thought I was going to get the bill they brought me a to-go cup filled with it and a hot, right out of the oven doughnut topped with muscovado brown sugar. What a nice surprise.

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan, homemade donut, coffee

Gotta get an up close shot of the brown sugar deliciousness.

Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan, homemade donut, coffee

Along with samples as you can probably tell, the service was exceptional. Every step along the way I was told in cool detail about what I was ordering and eating, with some historical tidbits thrown in. Great times.

If it’s the early morning and you’re looking for great service, food with the freshest of local ingredients and a few surprises during the experience then get to Zingerman’s Roadhouse. Time to get back there for dinner again too!

Checkout their website and presence on Facebook. You can also see the range of businesses and foodie deliciousness under the Zingerman’s umbrella.

What is a good place for breakfast and coffee in your neck of the woods or that you’ve come across in your travels?

Happy Hour After Work, I Mean Travel, in New Zealand.

After a long day working, I mean traveling around New Zealand, it’s Happy Hour time. What’s my go-to? The same as for many other tourists and locales, frites and aioli (a garlic mayonnaise).

Alongside is a Monteith’s beer to wash it down. You’ll find only Monteith’s beer on tap in a lot of locations in New Zealand. I went with their Original Ale in this shot.

Frites, aioli, New Zealand beer

Another day, more frites and aioli deliciousness.

Frites, aioli, New Zealand

When I’m not in the mood for beer, I go with my favorite of Monteith’s, their Crushed Pear Cider. I need them shipped to the states stat. πŸ™‚

Monteith's Pear Cider, New Zealand beer

A desert beverage at Happy Hour? Why not? Nothing like a good old iced chocolate to relax you. I won’t say how many of these, from how many different places I’ve had in NZ haha.

iced chocolate, New Zealand

On a chilly late afternoon, I’ll be on the lookout for kumara soup. Kumara is a Māori term, meaning sweet potato.

kumara soup, New Zealand

If you can’t make Happy Hour and need a meal on the go, head to the local dairy and get a meat pie and V Energy drink. Time for some steak & cheese meat pies. Who’s that guy with the camera reflecting off the sliding glass door. πŸ™‚

meat pies, New Zealand

What are your Happy Hour beverage and snacks of choice when in New Zealand? Australia?

Photo of the Week: Relaxing along Sarasota Bay.

Tiki torches, palm trees, the sand, views of Sarasota Bay and boats, what more could you ask for to relax? Maybe a good rum tropical drink? Photo is taken from Oleary’s Tiki Bar and Grill within Bayfront Park (Island Park) in Sarasota, so tropical drinks were aplenty. πŸ™‚

Checkout Florida: Sarasota Bayfront Park Part II for more details on all the fun at Oleary’s.

Sarasota, Florida - tropical setting