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Old October 25th, 2013, 09:01 AM
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When you settle into the dining room and look at the menu, are you a risk taker, willing to try something different, that you wouldn't try if you had to pay on shore?

I tried chilean sea bass on a ship's tour in Boston,and loved it, while on one cruise I tried poached halibut,and wondered why anyone would think poached is a good idea.

What have you tried and loved,and what made you say, never again? It's easy to be a risk taker at sea...Are you willing to expand your pallette?
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Old October 25th, 2013, 10:01 AM
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Trip.....I always try something new on the ship.........so far the only thing I didn't like was the lamb......

If it's spicy I want it......





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Old October 25th, 2013, 10:19 AM
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I am always looking for something I haven't had before. On our first Celebrity cruise in 1996 I saw sweetbreads on the menu and had to try it. I knew what it was but had never had it. It was wonderful. I also had rabbit for the first time on a cruise - I think it was Princess.

I had fish on Carnival once - I think it was perch - and it was entirely too strong tasting for me. I'm not going to try it again.

My next goal is to try liver if I see it on the menu. My parents loved it and made it all the time. I could never get past the look of it raw.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 10:25 AM
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I will try anything once :-) With the portions being small as they are on a cruise I will try things I haven't tried before and order known favorites also in case I don't like the dish I am trying for the first time.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 10:36 AM
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No, I am the opposite - I am a chicken. In fact when in doubt, I always go with chicken, it is the one thing I always love, so it is usually safe for me. Besides the gluten-free issue, I also do not handle spices of any kind, so I do not take risks.

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I love to try new things..my GF and I will order opposite entrees on purpose so we can sample off each other's plate...She is a meat person..I am a fish person...I usually try 2-3 different. appetizers and always the chill soups offering
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Old October 25th, 2013, 12:46 PM
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I try 2 (or even 3) entrees at pretty much every meal.
It's something I would never do in a restaurant that I would have to pay for, so it's a great opportunity.

If I'm doing a back-to-back cruise, the second week I KNOW for certain what's good.
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Good question, Trip! I think Chilean sea bass is just about my favorite fish, and something I never have at home. In fact, it's things I don't have at home that I go for on a cruise! I've had pheasant and quail, osso buco, and soups made from a whole host of things that I otherwise would never have associated with soup.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 02:51 PM
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omg Trip - I am seriously at you being a risk taker and trying Chilean sea bass. [despite all the ethical reasons for not eating - its my absolute favourite! in some restaurants I have paid over $50.00 for this!]

@ Dave Beers - for me it was the smell. I could never get passed the smell of it cooking to consider it remotely palatable. I've always been puzzled by those who love it so much.


Generally, I am not a risk taker. I find cruising menus to be much tamer now than they used to be. I think there used to be more risky items like sweetbreads that I haven't seen in a long time. I think DH first tried frog's legs on a cruise, and I haven't see that in ages either.

On Oasis, I tried the lamb chop for the first time. I do eat enjoy lamb when I've had it Indian restaurants but I've never had it any other way. It was at the stern recommendation of the server (he said he would bring it out for me anyway!) that I tried it on Oasis - and it was delish!

As for trying new fish - this last cruise, I tried Barramundi cooked with harissa. I've seen barramundi used on top chef and iron chef - this was my first time trying it. I've seen many tv chefs cook with harissa paste, this was my first time tasting it. I liked it so much I enjoyed it two different sea days.
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I always try something different on cruises. Most things I try I like. I have tried several different Vichyssoise, just can't get with that.
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As long as it isn't fish, I will try something new. I will say, in most cases, I've liked it...Still don't care for the cold soups, although, I did try it :-)
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Royal Caribbean also has ceviche on the menu now. Our assistant waiter on Oasis was from Peru and it is their national dish, and he recommended it saying it was a very good version. It was indeed.

I do recall frogs legs on some menu but not recently. It was likely Celebrity back when the Chandris family still owned the line and the dinner menus were fairly sophisticated and dinner was always 2 hours long. I think they served foie gras in some appetizer too.
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Escargot (double order)...anything Greek (double order)...Mango chilled soup (2 bowls)....apple pie with ice cream (every night if they had it)
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I tried escargot on a cruise many years ago and found I love it! So anytime they offer on a ship, I always order it. But it's something I've never had on land!

I'm a risk taker and will try things I've never tried before when on a cruise. Chilled soup is another one I've grown fond over because of cruises.

I figure I don't have to pay for it, so might as while give it a try. And on many occasions I've been surprised and found I've liked something that I never thought I would like.

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You know me. I'll try anything. Good is good no matter if it's escargot, snake or prime rib.

Take a risk and don't let years of letting the "yuck factor" control your palette. You may just find that that "weird" food is pretty dang tasty.

My idea of hell would be having meat loaf on Monday, Spaghetti on Tuesday, Tuna Casserole on Wednesday, so on and so on for the rest of eternity.

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If the menu has a duck or lamb entree I'm getting it. Probably the best entree Royal Caribbean serves is their lamb shank. Why order roast chicken in the dining room? I haven't done so in a while. I can do that at home.
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Mike you must have read my weekly meal plan on my "fridge"...don't forget left over Thursday, fish and chips on Friday and pizza Saturday night and on Sundays...a plate from my Church's kitchen

No wonder we all enjoy dining on our cruise
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Mike you must have read my weekly meal plan on my "fridge"...don't forget left over Thursday, fish and chips on Friday and pizza Saturday night and on Sundays...a plate from my Church's kitchen

No wonder we all enjoy dining on our cruise

I think a LOT of families/households are in Mike's hell. Probably very common to fall into a routine.
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We do the safe, tried and true food now.
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Snoozeman...I agree, with both parents working full time jobs outside the home these days, it's easy to fall into a pattern
My cardiac rehab therapy really opened my eyes how unhealthy it is to slide into the habit of fast foods, eating out and eating anything in a can...next time you are shopping in WalMart read the label and see how much sodium and suger is in frozen and canned foods and just run right past the deli when it comes to how bad process meat and cheese is for your heart health and boycott the chips and soda aisle..read online how much sodium is in a McDonalds "healthy" fish or chicken sandwich (ahhhhh:-)

The good news is on a cruise, with just alittle effort, you can take advantage of multiple healthy options and even cheat and indulge in your forbidden vices (desserts) as long as you do alittle exercise...I wish I could bring a Carnival chef home with me after my cruise
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