Saturday, July 01, 2006

Dinner at David's Supper Club on the Carnival Pride

Although 99% of the food on the Pride was free, the exception was David's Supper Club, for which you pay a $30 fee per person for a higher quality dining experience. The food was better than the food in the dining room, but ther service was worse.

Herb Butter, Paprika Butter and Truffle Butter
The truffle butter was by far the best.

Mushroom "Cappucino"
Lukewarm, but the flavor was great.

Not a highlight, way too much filler. Alexis beleive that the ideal ratio of crab to filler/binder in a crab cake is 90/10. This was more like 50/50.

Baked Onion Soup
Very flavorful, if not boozy.

Beef Carpaccio
Superfresh. Very tasty.

"Trio" of Escargot
This was a bit more than a trio and sadly, the escargot was masked by the other flavors in the various preparations.

Caesar Salad
The fresh anchovies were a nice addition to this pleasing salad.

Creamed Spinach
Very watery. They should have squeezed the water out before adding the cream.

Surf and Turf
The lobster was very, very good. The filet mingon was also cooked well.

Porterhouse with various salts
A very good, very big steak.

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ice Cream
Quite good.

Chocolate Tarte with Banana Ice Cream
It should be stated that Alexis HATES bananas. She was fooled by this dessert and accidentally took a bite. She was not happy.

Not authentic, very light in texture and flavor.

Breakfast on the Carnival Pride

Fruit Covered in Chocolate
The fruit was very good, the chocolate was not of great quality. Alexis ate it all anyway.

Cheeseburger with Bacon, Fried Onions and Guacamole
Pretty decent burger. The Guacamole was not made from scratch though.

Proscuitto, artichoke heart, calamari, marinated portobello mushroom and tomato. The proscuitto was fresh.

Seafood Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
Mediocre, but certianly edible.

Wanton Soup (fine) and Eggroll (had a lot of filling, but it was pretty salty.

Breakfast on the Carnival Pride

Bacon and Fried Egg

Veggie, Ham and Cheese Omelette with Bacon
Bland eggs and chewy bacon.

Veggie Scramble with Ham and Hash Browns
The hash browns were the best thing on the plate. The ham was tough and old tasting, the eggs bland.

Soft Boiled Eggs with Bacon
The eggs were almost totally raw.

Midnight Buffet on the Carnival Pride

The midnight buffet is a staple of cruise ships. It is elaborate for sure, but never tastes good. This leads us to the conclusion that they are just trying to get rid of the random leftovers.

Welcoming Carved Fruit

Lots of rolls and terrines in aspic.

Dessert Buffet

Tower of Fruit Balls
Fresh fruit.

Lots of mediocre cheese

Following are the parts of the buffet that we actually ate...

Cream Puff-blech!

Smoked Salmon, Asparagus, Hearts of Palm, Turkey

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans, Fresh Fruit, Crab Salad, Potstickers, Roasted Duck, Roast Beef, Deviled Eggs (Alexis' are way better).

Friday, June 30, 2006

Dinner on the Carnival Pride

Broccoli Cheddar Soup
The brocolli was hard and undercooked, adding a weird texture and not much flavor. The cheddar broth was very tasty, though.

Langoustine Etouffe
The langoustine sauce was not flavorful enough and the zuchinni cake was way too salty, but when eaten together in the same bite, they balanced eachother.

Tiger Prawns with Peas and Cabbage in a Curry Cream Sauce
Decent, but nothing special. The cabbage was nice and subtle.

Prime Rib
Gelatinous jus again, but the meat was very good.

Carmelized Apples with Puff Pastry and Caramel Sauce
Bad, all around.

Diet Apple Pie
Made with sugar substitute, this warm pie was actually quite good.

Mid- Afternoon Snack on the Carnival Pride

Shrimp Quesodilla
Not bad, actually.

Beef with Gravy

Scallop and Eggplant (a little weird), Mussel (decent), Trout with Wilted Spinach (pretty good)

Calamari with Black Bean Sauce
Rubbery with a canned tasting sauce.

Tortilla Soup
Like canned tomato soup with a few tortilla strips.

Lunch at El Pescadore in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

We had lunch at a great seafood place that we ate at the last time we were in Cabo, El Pescadore. It is an open air restaurant with a friendly staff and great prices. And there was Thundercats playing in Spanish on the TV mounted in the corner. What more could we ask for?

Guacamole (gratuit)

Salsa (gratuit)
Very fresh and spicy.

Seafood Coctele $8
Octopus, shrimp and scallops in a shrimp broth.

Lobster Special $15
A lobster tail with either shrimp, fish or scallops (shown here) served with garlic butter. A very good value, and quite tasty.

Shrimp with Toasted Garlic Sauce $11
The last time we were here they told us that the secret to this incredibly good garlic sauce is mayo. Hard to beleive, but who cares because it is so good. Also there were about 15 shrimp on the plate, so you can't beat the price.

*If you are ever in Cabo, this place is at the corner of Ninos Heros and Ignacio Zaragoza. We highly recommend checking it out.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 1

Breakfast on the Carnival Pride

Tasted like banana...gross.

Bagel with Lox and Cream Cheese

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Dinner on the Carnival Pride

Seafood Cocktail with Pineapple and Tomato Jam
Decent, if a bit strange.

Lobster Bisque
Way too salty.

Filet Mingon
Very tough--not good at all.

Chestnut and Chocolate Mousse Napolean with Mandarin Orange Slice
Mousse was good, the rest was not.

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