Dinner #1 in the Vista Dining Room

My family loves to eat!  We couldn't wait to get to the Vista dining room on the first night to pick our favorite table at the back of the ship.  Menus in hand, we were ready to go.

Dinner menu on our Holland America Mediterranean Cruise

We like to try lots of different things, so we order accordingly and share.  If someone doesn't want to share, then we just order two of that thing.  My son thinks this is the most awesome thing.  As a teenage boy, he eats more than all of us.  And being able to order as much as he wants without worry of the price thrills him.

Fruit medley from dinner on our Holland America cruise

My daughter got the fruit medley with minted low-fat lemon yogurt.  YUM!  She loves fruit and was very pleased.

Proscuitto with melon and arugula from dinner on our Holland America cruise

Next up was the prosciutto ham with cantaloupe and arugula.  These are all the appetizers, by the way. 

Salmon terrine from dinner on our Holland America cruise

I decided to try the salmon-red bell pepper terrine.  The pink stuff is horseradish beet aioli which sounded interesting to me.  And it was just that...interesting.

Frog legs from dinner on our Holland America cruise

The last of the appetizers was my son's frog legs.  They were served on a risotto cake with a tomato-garlic concassee.  He loves meat of any kind and can now add frog to his list.

Gazpacho from dinner on our Holland America cruise

If I ever see an unusual item on the menu I like to give it a try.  This chilled pear, cucumber and melon gazpacho sounded intriguing.  The base is pineapple juice flavored with basil, mint and rice wine vinegar.  There was also a hint of jalapeno pepper.  I enjoyed it...would be great on a hot summer day.

Prime Rib from dinner on our Holland America Cruise

Can you guess whose this is?  That would be the teenage son who loves meat.  He downed this prime rib with green beans, carrots and a potato.

Penne Fresca from dinner on our Holland America Cruise

My daughter settled on something much lighter with this penne fresca.  Both my kids LOVE pasta and always have, so this was a hit.

Rainbow trout from dinner on our Holland America Cruise

I am always up for a good fish.  This was my rainbow trout with pasta and zucchini.  I don't care for fish skin, do you?  Tell me in the comments.  So it made it a little cumbersome to eat, but it tasted great.  I especially liked the capers and tomatoes on the top.

Eggplant Cannelloni Parmigiano from dinner on our Holland America Cruise

Lastly, my husband went with the eggplant cannelloni parmigiano.  Very delicious!  We ended up trading half way because I liked it so much.  Now, on to desserts, yes, plural.  :)

Dessert menu from dinner on our Holland America Cruise

What would you order?  I went with the lemon torte.  I love chocolate, but I also love the refreshing taste of lemon after a meal.  And it was so pretty.

Lemon torte from dinner on our Holland America Cruise

My son is obsessed with the crumbles that they serve every night.  So he went with that.  It isn't listed on the menu, but we have been on enough Holland America Cruises to know about it, so we asked.

Pineapple crumble from dinner on our Holland America Cruise

My husband went with the apple strudel.  He loved it.  I'm not really a fan of apple strudel in general. But the warm vanilla sauce was delicious.

Apple Strudel from dinner on our Holland America Cruise

My husband is a chocoholic and since he was sharing his strudel with our daughter, he asked if there was anything real chocolatey hiding in the back.  They brought him this chocolate concoction below. It was sugar free and I could tell.  He enjoyed it, but said it could have been a stronger dark chocolate taste.

Chocolate dessert from dinner on our Holland America Cruise

Not bad for our first dinner on the ship.  Stay tuned for many more dinners to come, including some in port with views like the one below.  I seriously took this picture while having seafood in an outdoor cafe for lunch.  Heaven!

Holland America Mediterranean Cruise with The Happy Travel Bug

This post linked to What I Ate Wednesday


Our Signature Suite on Holland America Cruise Line

Recently I've been sharing our time in Barcelona with these posts.  But did you know our time there was leading up to a Mediterranean Cruise with Holland America?

Our Holland America ship, the Noordam

My daughter and I spent several days pre-cruise in Barcelona, which I highly recommend.  My husband and son flew in on the day of the cruise and met us right on the ship.


How to NOT Overpack

How someone packs says a lot about them.  Do you procrastinate or pack a week in advance?  Do you shove everything in a bag not thinking about how it goes together or do you try on every outfit?  Do you look up weather where you are going?  Or do you even know where you're going?!

I am one of those organized packers that starts a week in advance.  I lay out all my ideas for outfits, and yes, I try them all on, including shoes and jewelry.  I actually make a daily schedule for trips that are longer than a week and I plan what I will be wearing each day.  I HATE to overpack!  I allow myself one miscellaneous outfit, just in case.  I get excited about finding something new to help me organize my suitcase.  My husband is the exact opposite.  This picture above describes us perfectly.  After 22 years of marriage I have finally let it go and don't worry about his methods.  

I recently bought a sheet of these from a local store.  I like to fill out the top and give them to my kids to help them pack without my help.  It is a good reminder to read through before you zip up that bag for good.  I recently watched a video on YouTube about how to not overpack from Ingrid Nilsen.  I liked the way she organized her things so I decided to share it with you.  

I want to know what kind of packer you are.  Please comment below and share.  Thanks!

This post linked to Do Tell Tuesday


Basilica Santa Maria del Pi: Barcelona, Spain

Of course you have heard of la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, but there are other cathedrals that you should visit as well.  One of the more well known ones is the Cathedral of Barcelona (easy to remember).

Cathedral of Barcelona, Spain

On the day we visited, there was a line to get in.  Not near the line la Sagrada had, but a line, none the less.  After waiting for some time, we found out that you can't wear shorts into the cathedral.  Bummer!  So we decided to come back another day with pants on...never happened.  Anyway, since we couldn't get into the cathedral we had more time to explore the Gothic Quarter where it is located. And guess what we found?  The Basilica Santa Maria del Pi
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