Sunday, September 02, 2007
Tracy Arm Champagne Brunch. Dad & I were honored with a treat from the Executive Chef, Joseph Strummer and his wife La Tin of a full champagne brunch in our stateroom the morning of the venture into Tracy Arm to see the glacier and wild life along the fjord. I snapped the above view as we were making our way out of the fjord. The unfortunate thing was that the icebergs were so thick, unusually so, that we could not go far enough in to see the glacier. A disappointment, but better than hitting an iceberg and ending up like the Titanic!
I did see some 'wild life' on the top deck and snapped a photo quickly. They were so cute in their 'fur' coats, I just couldn't resist.
The day before we landed back in San Francisco, I attended a cooking demonstration led by Josef, who is shown in his hat and with awards around his neck. He's a much decorated chef, and it shows in the excellent food which unfailingly was served at our table.
Now the champagne brunch - room service knocked on our door with no less than THREE trays laden with food. The first one had coffee, orange juice and a full bottle of champagne!
You can see the daunting eating task before us! And I didn't take a photo of the matching tray on the bed behind me!
First up we each got the above plate of Alaskan King Crab Legs, Quiche Lorraine, Baked Tomato with Herbed Cheese, Beet and Green Salads. This alone would have been enough!
Next we each tucked into our fresh plate of loks.
We believed the lobster rolls were to go with the loks. One each.
Then we shared the plate of breakfast breads... we couldn't finish this one, as delicious as these were. Not pictured is the lovely medley of fresh jams and marmalades which accompanied this plate.
And well over the top was the fabulous fruit plate, one entire plate for each of us! I also have to mention that all the fruit on the cruise was served at its peak freshness and flavorful ripeness. I was impressed. I often ordered a fruit plate as either my appetizer or dessert on this cruise since it was unfailingly perfect. This fabulous champagne breakfast treat went a long way in making up for the disappointment of not seeing the glacier.
PS. And can you believe that I only gained 2.4 lbs on this 11 day eating extravaganza!