Trip Start Aug 07, 2008
11Trip End Aug 13, 2008
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
I was very tightly scheduled today and as soon as my meeting with Ray was over had just enough time to return to my room, drink some tea while downloading the video to my computer and then rushing off to the Britannia Restaurant where I was to meet Executive Chef Klaus Kremer for a galley tour. There is so much to the tour that
Towards the end of the tour the smells of food were starting to get to me and remind me that I had only had time for a plate of fruit that morning. Not a problem, I was in the best place in the world for a hungry pregnant woman to be and with the perfect host! Within seconds of my asking, a beautifully presented plate of cheese and crackers appeared. I nibbled
Rudi Lainer, Berndt, Mindy and I had become quite good friends over the course of the week and we were to enjoy a last lunch together. What better place then T.E.? I love the food here and indulged in Crab cake, a salad and salmon washed down with a mix of cranberry juice and sparkling water. Conversation flowed for well over an hour and a half but we didn't leave before dessert! Now, the perk to dining with the Food and Beverage Manager, who's only desire is to please, often means that just about any culinary wish can be granted and my greatest desire was met. What is normally only served at dinner was brought out for lunch...my love...my obsession...my moments escape to heaven...the Fallen Chocolate Cake in all of it's beautiful molten goodness was placed before me with a dainty cup of espresso to accompany it. As I took that first bite the room melted away from consciousness as the flavor filled my senses. Was someone talking to me? Was there a call to abandon ship? I would not have known or cared during that minute of sheer bliss. (I'm not over dramatizing, pregnant woman can get this way about food!) Eventually, somewhere between bite number three and five I popped a raspberry into my mouth and the contrast of chocolate sweet and tangy fruit helped wake me up from my cocoa stupor. I came back to join my lunch companions on earth who were looking at me with rather amused faces. The last taste was gone and it was time to say good bye. We exchanged email addresses and will be keeping in touch. For them it was off to pack, for me it was off to my room where I was met by a team from the Room Service department onboard who were going to help me in filming a special clip about the process of room service. Video's take quite a while to edit and upload and I will be working like mad once I get home to get caught up with them all and get them up!
At 3:00pm I was done for the day. I was also physically exhausted as the time change and busy schedule started to catch up with me. I packed most of my things and then while writing the first part of today's blog entry started to fall asleep. So, I set my alarm and enjoyed a 2 hour much needed nap.
I awoke much refreshed and just in time to get ready for dinner. I prepared for dinner early because I had some important work to do beforehand. I had to catch up on some important emails, meet with the purser about a few things and check my flight schedule for the next day. I was late for dinner at table 17 but I was glad that I had been able to dine with everyone one more time. The moon was shining and I had a lovely view of it over the water during diner. I was pleased to hear that they had indeed received the bottle of champagne that I had sent and enjoyed it and being the kind group they were wanted to hear all about my latest "exploits" since my last dinner with them. During the meal we received a special visit from Chef Kremer who stopped by the table to personally deliver a special envelope to me. Inside was something I will highly prize....the recipe to the Fallen Chocolate Cake! Word must have gotten around that I was obsessed with it! While I doubt that I will be able to perfectly replicate this intricate dessert I certainly am going to have fun trying!