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Cruise Diaries – The Food

September 26, 2019
Independence of the Seas

Perhaps one of my favourite posts in the Cruise Diaries series, The Food. It's no secret that I like good food. I post enough photos of it on my Instagram and of course, you've seen the copious amounts of restaurant posts. It's a passion my family and Sam share as well. Which is simply another reason we have loved sailing with Royal Carribean. It's fourteen days of incredible food from virtually every cuisine you could think of. What really makes the main dining room experience is the waiters. You see them virtually every day and it's such a lovely atmosphere. This year our waiters were Clifford and Joseph as you can see above. I can't remember having giggled as much as I did this year ever before.

Fortunately, they have a gym on board because by the end of the holiday you need it!

Or you do what I did which was take my gym kit with the best of intentions, plan to use it and instead just wear the leggings on the way home. That was all the use it saw...whoops.

Worth it though.

Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas

I took photos of virtually every meal in typical blogger....and Katie fashion but I thought I'd show you three of my favourites.

Naturally, when the option of black pudding with a poached egg appeared I jumped at it. Well, I'll have anything with poached egg and hollandaise sauce. It's one of my favourite meals. Genuinely I could've had this every day. The smoothest and tastiest hollandaise I've had on holiday.

Beef Wellington. Another of my favourite meals and one I've helped Sam make before! There's something comforting about it, like a warm hug. It's very good on a cold night with lots of gravy... Admittedly I had this one in the middle of the Ocean whilst it was very warm but my love for it remains.

Fried Cheese. Need I say more?

Independence of the Seas

It's very rare that I have a dessert whilst away which must come as a shock to all those who know me and my insatiable sweet tooth. However, every now and again there's one I just can't say no to. Baked Alaska falls firmly into that category. Its a feat of engineering to start with but the taste is always fantastic. That light meringue paired with icecream, yum!

Below you can see a pecan tart and brownies. Simple and oh so lovely.

Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Sea

Whilst the main dining room is included within the price of the holiday the ship does have other restaurants to visit for an extra cover charge. A favourite of ours is Chops Grille, their steakhouse. The best steak at sea! You get so well looked after throughout the ship but there's something special about this place. And no I'm not just talking about the gruyere cheese tater tots...though they are pretty special.

The starters are out of this world. I think this is the thinnest carpaccio I've ever had. You could've used it in a stained glass window! With parmesan and a white truffle dressing.

It's a bit of a build your own meal, Lego food if you like, you pick your meat and how it's cooked, whichever sides you like and then the sauce. I went with a Filet Mignon, bearnaise sauce, the tater tots and some truffle fries. My perfect meal.

Independence of the Seas
Independence of the Sea
Independence of the Sea
Independence of the Sea

Another of the speciality restaurants and my personal favourite its Izumi. It's all Japanese food but the menu changes depending on which ship you're on. In some cases, it's purely ordering from the menu and having the food brought to you or there is the added element of the hibachi, where the food is cooked and served in front of you. Personally, the hibachi is a one time must. Once you've seen it, you've seen it but it's well worth that first watch.

I always go for the sushi. It's one of the best I've ever had, in fact until recently it was the best I've ever had! The cuts of fish are so fresh and the flavours are out of this world. I adore Salmon but my favourite is most definitely tuna. It's amazing.

As a main, I chose the Crispy Philly rolls which contain salmon, avocado and cream cheese flash fried in panko bread and served with champagne sauce and spicy aioli. I could've eaten another plate of these. They were gorgeous.

Have you been on a cruise?

What did you think?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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