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Stunning views, continental buffet, and other cravings that will make you want to experience Breakfasts on Cruise

Echoes of rustling waves caressing the shore, cloudless cerulean blue sky, and sparkling sunbeams reflecting on water, all while eating your morning dose of pancakes and fruits and enjoying the light lullaby of the ocean— sounds interesting to you? If it does, breakfast on cruise is one thing you shouldn’t miss in your lifetime!

Last September, my SO and I marked our first year together. And what’s a better way to celebrate it than going on a Bahamas cruise! With endless entertainment and activities all lined up for us, we definitely had a good time. But if there’s one thing that remained my favorite- it’s having breakfast while overlooking the seemingly infinite shades of blue. From the farthest sky down to the deepest part of the ocean, there’s something about this view that just quiets my inner self.

Our favorite spot in Carnival Victory was the Lido Restaurant. They open around lunch time, and since we woke up late most of the time, this has been our breakfast spot. They have plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, and the food options are unbelievable. Some features that I loved were Mongolian Wok (I’m Asian hello) Salad Bar, Chef’s Choice, and Pizza Pirate that’s open 24 hours! I remember Luis trying to stop me from getting pizza at 3am. He didn’t win though, my cravings did. There were Carnival Deli and stations for unlimited soft frozen yogurt that we weren’t able to try because in as much as we wanted to eat everything, our tummy couldn’t anymore handle all the food, but they look appetizing, too.

Those times that we actually got up for breakfast time, we had memorable munch at Seaday Brunch and Breakfast Grill. Made-to-order omelettes, fluffy pancakes, and sizzling bacon were of course part of those glorious mornings. Don’t try to miss their hotdogs! I was just shy to ask about the brand that they use, but it’s so juicy and full of flavor! Next time, I promise to ask. I’m just not sure if they’re gonna reveal that secret to me.

On top of that, all these buffets were included in our cruise package! What more can we ask for, right? Devour all the way! Who said something about diet, and figures, and waistlines? After all, those are just numbers! Kidding aside, if you’re on a diet, they have options for you, too. Veggies and calculated calories are on their menu. And the fitness center is located on the same floor! No reason not to maintain your shape or skip the gym.

With happy people around and overflowing food at every corner, it feels like celebration every day.

Also, I think the warm greetings from staff also added to this amazing vibe. I’m so glad we went for Carnival. In case you ask, we booked it at Priceline.com. They have good deals, we had many options and most of them are within our budget. I called them to verify our booking, and their customer service is fantastic. Didn’t have to wait for them to connect me to a representative, which was cool for me since I don’t have all the time in the world. I was hesitant at first because of some negative reviews from other customers, but since it’s cheap, I didn’t really expect much. I booked our flight there also, and guess what, even our shore excursions! It’s one big leap of faith for us since it’s the first time that we used their website. But I’m glad we did! It saved us a lot of money in the process.

So there. I think the rest of our cruise trip should be in another post. But for our breakfast fix, Carnival Victory offered us great food, breathtaking view, and one of a kind experience! ‘Til next time!

 

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The art of making salad

I’m not really the health-conscious kind of person. I know it’s ironic that I belong to healthcare team and not religiously observe balanced diet and proper exercise. I won’t even try to rationalize my food preferences- first off, I loovve pizza… annnd BURGERS. Who doesn’t? I also share the world’s addiction to sweets. And being Asian, I can eat rice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No holding off. So yeah, that sums up my food obsession.

This past month, though, it finally came to my senses that I’m gaining a lot of weight. I work graveyard so I can blame that to my slowing metabolism. But I know for certain that my food choices are terrible, in a way that it’s tasty but sinful. I sometimes cook for a ‘less sinful’ alternative but I find it hard to fit food prep in my schedule. If I work four nights straight, I’d rather sleep than cut meats and slice veggies. So I went grocery shopping for healthy options, and I found this salad brand that really surprised me. I thought, maybe, I can try having it as my lunch at work. I tried it the whole week I was working, and from a meat-lover, I converted to being a salad enthusiast real quick. Lol.

Here are some Taylor Farms salads that I got! My favorite is Ranch Chicken! Ya’ll should try it.

I really wanted to provide a version of salads for you so I googled some easy steps for ya’ll to enjoy!

 

What you need:

Lettuce (or spinach if you want)

Veggies you love (bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers)

Meat (grilled chicken bits, tuna, bacon)

Toppings (cheese, nuts, croutons, avocado)

Dressing (vinaigrette, ranch, thousand island)

  1. Wash lettuce in cold water. This is to prevent it from being soggy. Dry it with some paper towels.
  2. Slice your meats and veggies into cubes. Makes for an easy packing, in case you want to bring it for lunch like what I always do!
  3. Toppings are what make your salads look pretty. LOL. I personally want croutons and nuts because it adds crunch and crisp to every bite!
  4. Only put your dressing when you’re already ready to eat your salad. Or you’ll risk having a very sad and soggy salad. I’ve made this mistake before and I had the ugliest salad ever 🙁 So don’t try, I warned you!
  5. There are many available salad dressings that you can play with, but I copied this simple recipe from WikiHow in case you want to make your own version of balsamic vinaigrette:

    The ratio of oil to acid is often 3:1. This means for every three tablespoons of oil, you would use one tablespoon of acid. A basic dressing is simple and painless.

Mix:

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon any variety fruit jam or jelly (optional)

 

  • For dressings or vinaigrettes, the gold standard of oils is extra virgin olive oil. You can also use canola oil, peanut oil, avocado oil, or sesame oil for Asian-style dressings.
  • The gold standard of acids is lemon juice or balsamic vinegar. Also, any citrus juice (orange juice and grapefruit juice) works well with vinegar (apple cider or white wine vinegar).
  • Whisk olive oil and lemon juice together (about 30 seconds). Add salt and pepper. Whisk the jam or jelly into the emulsified dressing (optional). Serve!

I like that salads are easy to make. It fills you right up, it’s healthy, and Taylor Farms offers a wide range of options. So there, my new favorite lunch! Wuhuu!

Must-try signature San Antonio food

1. Biga on the Banks

Great unique restaurant where you can enjoy an exceptional dinner on the balcony overlooking the river! Suggested by a business associate, this is an upscale experience of game meat. Nice wine selection, excellent apps (jerk scallops with grits), grapefruit salad and lamb. Pro tip: Take full advantage of their 4 course dinner with wine pairing.

2. Bliss

Every item is prepared with creativity and superb execution. Lovely atmosphere. A great place for a special evening. Food and service were excellent. Portions aren't overwhelming like most restaurants. Wedge salad was crisp and fresh. Scallops are delicious. Beef tenderloin was amazing and the potato gratin was very good. Key lime pie will melt in your mouth! Pro tip: Make reservations, this place isn't very large and fills up quickly.

3. Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse

This is a typical Brazilian steakhouse in which they come and serve the meat at your table. There is a large salad, cold meats and a variety of cheeses area. Staff are amazing and super friendly. Great atmosphere for business meetings, date or just commemorating a birthday. Pro tip: Don't waste too much plate space on salads since it will fill your belly and you won't have enough space left to try everything.

4. Wildfish Seafood Grill

This is one place where they know their seafood. They cook everything the right way, bringing all the flavors together. The shrimp dishes are cooked to perfection, still crunchy but cooked all the way. The swordfish which can easily be overcooked was done perfectly. The only thing negative thing about this place is the noise. Because it is very popular, it is also a very noisy place to dine. If you want a quiet place to dine, this is not the place. Pro tip: Ask for Chef's selection, and try their Bananas Foster.

5. The River edge's Cafe

If you Go to the old established Hilton Hotel at the Riverwalk, you will find this very special place where you can get excellent cocktails! It's a little bit outside the Center of the City walk, so it is not packed like many other places. Great mexican food, delicious guacamole as starter. The atmosphere is so inviting and a fun place to people watch. Pro tip: Try their Mac and cheese because it's a spot on! Their Chicken and grits, too!

There are many other food places that you can try in SA, but these five are dear to me! Oh wait, don't forget to visit Tower of the Americas! It is quite expensive but the view is just spectacular. Wouldn't trade that for anything, especially when it's dinner with my boyfie. 🙂

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