Goldring Travel’s 2019 Culinary & Cultural Cruise -Part VII (Goldring Travel Grand – Scottish & English – Culinary Event, Galley Market Brunch & More)
As the Goldring Travel Culinary & Cultural Cruise on the Seabourn Ovation begins to wind down, the special events continue! After a Private Galley Tour with Chef Bert and a Private Bridge Tour it was time for a twist on the last big culinary event.
Rather than having a formal sit down lunch where usually pair wines of the regions we have traveled with the cuisines we have enjoyed, Chef Bert and I opted for a more informal buffet of all that Scottish seafood and meats have to offer. (Let’s face it pairings with Norwegian and Scottish wines wasn’t going to happen!)
|Taking a break from the food in order to watch the seals in the harbour.|
Rather than list all that Chef Bert created with his team, let’s take a bit of a photographic journey.
|Scottish Cheeses – Amazing!|
|Scottish Smoked Salmon|
with garlic, herbs and a light cream sauce
|Scottish Butties (bacon sandwich) with HP Sauce|
|Giant Scottish Scallops with Black Pudding & Quince|
|Scottish Cold Water Lobsters|
Broiled with butter and herbs
|English Yorkshire Pudding with Beef Tenderloin|
|Scottish Beef Tartare|
|Scottish Smoked Fish|
|Seabourn Caviar (of course!)|
In addition to all of those delectables, while Shopping with Chef Bert we found Pheasant, Whisky & Haggis Pie as well as Rabbit, Bacon and Black Pudding Pie. Both were outstanding, but I definitely give the nod to the Pheasant Pie.
And we must not forget English and Scottish Desserts
|Bread & Butter Pudding|
|Sticky Toffee Pudding|
Believe it or not, there were some additional items as well! Everyone truly enjoyed themselves.
- Norwegian cuisine and culture explored in our Olso Culinary & Cultural Walking Tour and our Penthouse Spa Suite Cocktail Party
- English cuisine and culture explored at Alnwick Castle and the following gourmet British Pub Lunch
- Scottish cuisine and culture explored while Shopping with the Chef, our Glenfiddich gourmet Scottish Lunch and Whisky Tasting and finishing up with the Grand Culinary Event
I think it is safe to say that the Goldring Travel 2019 Culinary & Cultural Cruise has been a success…and it isn’t over!
Believe it or not, the next day – being a sea day – Seabourn held its Galley Market Brunch. That’s right: Brunch. Running from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM, it certainly gave everyone enough time to enjoy it at their leisure…and leave room for dinner as it was the second Formal Night.
After being greeted with your choice of a Bloody Mary or a White Sangria
it was off to the Galley for a feast! (I limited myself to softshell crabs, calamari and suckling pig.)
I was fortunate to be invited to dine with Captain Stig Betten for the second formal night. After the Grand Culinary Event and Galley Market Brunch I was determined to have a light dinner. It didn’t happen!
|Roasted Carrot & Herb Salad|
While on the topic of the cuisine of the Seabourn Ovation, I did take the time to further evaluate (indulge is probably more accurate) my two favorite alternative dining venues: Earth & Ocean and Sushi.
Chef Anton (Tony) Egger – with his boundless energy – caught up with me almost every day instructing me to stop by Earth & Ocean so that I could try something new or a different preparation. The funny thing is, whilehe always brought me something new or different…and far too much of it – which I always ate because it was so delicious…it was hardly ever what he said he originally wanted me to try! That has been a lot of fun!!!
I have also made a couple of additional visits to Sushi; once for Ramen and once for a Gyoza Bento Box with a vegetable roll side. Truly world class!
Finally, but without limitation (I mean there is the Seabourn Square, Patio Grill, and Room Service), I did have to indulge in Afternoon Tea one time…again for research purposes only!
As a final culinary item, of the many that I have been enjoying on this Seabourn Ovation cruise, is Congee in the Colonnade on a few mornings.
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