Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas has more than enough dining venues on board to keep any passenger very well fed throughout their cruise. I recently reviewed their highest level fine dining restaurant, Chef’s Table. But what if Chef’s Table’s limited availability has made it impossible for you to snag a reservation? What if you want a more intimate fine dining experience with your significant other, without fourteen other strangers at the the table? Or what if you just don’t want to drop another $170 per couple on a dinner when there are cheaper options, including numerous free venues across the ship? Assuming you still want that fine dining experience, but with just you and someone else (or several others if you have a group you want to dine with), there are plenty of options. Continue reading Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas: 150 Central Park
When boarding my cruises, I prefer to avoid the masses that tend to swarm to the buffets on board. For Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, that would be the Windjammer venue. While the ship can hold over 6,000 passengers, for the most part the crowds are minimal as the ship itself is huge, and people are always spread about doing different things during their days at sea. There are a few exceptions to this, and one is during boarding day. During this approximate five hour period, all 6,000+ people are doing virtually the same thing; boarding the ship and heading to lunch. With limited dining venues open during boarding, the majority take the easiest route which leads them to the buffet, and allows them to begin their week of included (seen as free to many) food by indulging on all-you-can-eat grab and go options.
There are many like myself, that prefer to avoid the masses, and enjoy a quieter, slower paced meal. In the past I have chosen Park Cafe, but on this trip I decided to try something new. I went with a for-fee dining venue, Giovanni’s Table, which was open for lunch during boarding at a reduced rate of $15 per person. As with all fee based restaurants, this would include all the appetizers and desserts I wanted, and my choice of entrée. I could still feast, but the small fee would keep the area a little quieter than others on the ship. Continue reading Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas: Giovanni’s Table
It’s time for another edition of City Cafe snacks, and this one is a feast. I picked up several treats from my favorite local bakery to bring home and eat. As this was a to-go order, I’ll get right down to business and show you my selections. After this run, I only have a few items from their case to try, other than the rotating cakes and pies that are constantly changing. Continue reading Comprehensive Review: City Cafe, Part 5
Like most cruise ships today, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas has many specialty dining options for a nominal fee. The most expensive of the 26 dining venues is the exclusive Chef’s Table at $85 per person. By the end of this review, you’ll hopefully see the bargain in this price and what it brings you. There is only one seating per night, and each seating can only accommodate 16 guests. That means that on each cruise, only 112 of the approximately 6,500 passengers get a chance to attend this unique dining experience. It’s important to lock in your reservation as early as possible if you’re interested in participating. I’ve eaten at Chef’s Table twice, and both experiences were very similar in style, but differed in the food served. Continue reading Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas: Chef’s Table
Located a couple blocks from the Fayetteville square in Georgia, a popular local restaurant is packed with diners every night of the week. At Broadway Diner, it’s not uncommon to see folks waiting outside for a seat, even in the middle of the week. Usually the wait isn’t any longer than twenty or thirty minutes, but that’s an indication of something. There must be something people find special about this place. After all, it is a diner, and people wait here like they would for the big chain restaurants.
Because of their exceptional gluten-free options, you will probably see a future review here on their meal options, but for today it’s just about the desserts.
Broadway Diner has a single dessert case that isn’t large at all. Fortunately, that doesn’t stop them from stuffing it with huge cakes and pies offering some of the most incredible flavors around. My wife and I stopped in after dinner to pick up a couple slices to bring home for dessert. Just like Frank’s at the Old Mill, the portions here are quite large, and to top it off, they’re only $5.95 a slice!
I recently made another stop at City Cafe while running errands. My wife and I stopped here on the way home to pick up some desserts to sample. Previously, I started this comprehensive review by enjoying a lunch, then I came back for some desserts, and then back again for another meal. I didn’t stay long enough on this stop to get any new information on the restaurant, so this will simply be a quick review of some treats we brought home to enjoy.
A friend of mine was up in Concord, NC at the Great Wolf Lodge Resort. At some point during his trip he stumbled across a dessert from one of their dining venues that was so amazing, he couldn’t resist texting me a photo and telling me that he “met his match.” Knowing my love for unique and amazing foods, he purchased an extra one and brought it back for me to try.
My wife and I often drive up to Brookhaven, GA to shop at Costco. Every time we go up there we pass a small café-looking place called Sugar Shack. If you know me, you know I can’t see a place with the word “sugar” right in their name, and not at least take a peak inside. On our last trip up there I finally got permission from my wife to stop the car and go in.
Sugar Shack is a café and bakery combo that has some display cases filled with unique and delicious looking desserts. Everything including pies, cakes, cupcakes, cookies… you know what, let’s just call it the works. I wanted one of everything, but since my wife was waiting in the car, this would be just a quick grab-and-go stop to pick up a couple things to bring home.
It was February, and the temperature outside was in the low 70s here in Georgia. I decided it would be a great time to take my first walk over to City Cafe for another sampling of food.
Last time, we featured some food from the 2014 Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World’s Epcot resort. I started with about half of the kiosks before taking a break to wander around Epcot and let my food settle. You can read Part 1 here.
After two hours of enjoying other parts of the festival, it was time to get back to the food and see what the rest of Epcot’s World Showcase has to offer.