Versatile Vacationing Victuals

posing in front of the big boat

by JenniferA - Bread and Putter on February 9, 2012

Why, hello there. You are here!  I am here.  What do you know about that?  How’s it been going? Did you miss me?

Ahhhhhh, vacation.  How sweet it is.  Was. Damn, it’s over already.  I know, I know!!  I shouldn’t complain.  At least I got to go, and man, oh, man, did I need it!  And it was restorative.  I definitely feel a lot less stressed now.  We got back Saturday and I guess I still haven’t quite gotten back into that blogging swing, but it looks like  my sister gave me a little push.  She nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award, which is really more of a meme than an award, but this blog has never won any other awards, so I’ll take it! ;-)

Apparently, first I have to thank Karen for nominating me, then I have to tell her seven things she doesn’t know about me, which is hard with me being her sister and all.  So, I thought maybe I’d try to be clever and wrap it in with a post about vacation.  Maybe I can think of seven things that I did on vacation she doesn’t know about, even though she already saw all my pictures!

  1. I read four books while on vacation – Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton, which made me want to go to Italy even more than I already wanted to, or at the very least go to Manhattan and eat at Prune, Bossypants by Tina Fey, which reminded me of nerdier days, The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar, which I only wished was longer, and The Vintage Caper by Peter Mayle, which, like any other Peter Mayle book, made me want to go to France and drink lots and lots of wine.
  2. I was involved in an epic struggle of wills with our cabin steward regarding the soap dish by the sink.  Every time he came in and cleaned up, he moved the soap dish about 10 inches away from the sink.  Every time I found it there, I’d move it back right next to the sink.
  3. GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!  Okay, all seven of these were going to be about vacation but current events have shifted my focus.  There was just a SQUIRREL in my HOUSE.  A live, furry nasty little rodent in my house!!  There was an epic chase that involved my husband, a broom, an open door and me mostly just cowering and screaming.  You know how Indiana Jones feels about snakes?  That’s me with rodents.  GAAAAAAH!  Unclean, unclean!  My house is unclean!!   How did the squirrel get in??? WAAAAAAH!!!
  4. Hmm.  Ummm, wow, I have no focus at all now.  Let’s see.  Oh, I had a hairspray crisis on board the ship.  If you know me and my fine, thin, wimpy hair you know that me and wind aren’t friends but me and hairspray are really tight.  Somehow, I managed to only pack one small trial size can and then accidentally a can of mousse which I thought was hairspray.  I ran out on Tuesday and there was no hairspray to be purchased on board – not in the shops, not in the spa.  The irony?  There’s a Broadway show playing on board.  Know what it was?  Hairspray!
  5. OMG, OMG, OMG, WTF? Squirrel!!  Gaaaaaaah!!  (breathing. breathing. breathing.)  Ahem.  For breakfast three days in a row, I had a bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onion and capers.  Mmmmm.  And, we had lunch three times at the Park Cafe, and every time, we had unbelievably, unexpectedly ridiculously good roast beef sandwiches.
  6. Embarassing foodie confession – I’ve really never had good balsamic vinegar and never, ever understood what the big deal was.  To me, the low end stuff I’ve bought has just tasted, well, like vinegar.  All acidic and nasty.  That all changed on the ship!  We dined at Giovanni’s Table, the family style Italian restaurant on board and had the most wonderful balsamic as a bread dip with good olive oil, and also drizzled on the caprese salad.  I am a convert!  In fact, when I got home on Sunday and went grocery shopping, I even bought a pricey little bottle to give balsamic another try.
  7. And this one is just a segue into my next post because it deserves its own.  I for realz had one of the best meals of my life on the ship.  As in, easily top 5, maybe top 3. I never, ever expected it.  On Thursday night we had dinner at 150 Central Park and it was ridiculous.  Like, I’ll need some serious time here to come up with superlatives for all the courses. Pictures coming!

Okay, I am also supposed to tag other people and “nominate” them for this “award” also, but gosh, that seems like a lot of pressure for them and for me.  But, hey, if you’d like to tell me 7 things about you in the comments, knock yourself out!  I’ll just be over here hyperventilating in a corner and wishing I was back on the apparently squirrel-free ship.

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    Renae February 9, 2012 at 4:36 am

    All I can think of is this…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdiXSsFp29s

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    JenniferA February 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Ha ha ha! Yep, that was me, one of the screaming, running away, unhelpful types!

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    Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon February 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Hey, you’re back. Maybe the squirrel was just popping in to say that he had missed you both while you were off reading, having exquisite food, and searching in vain for hairspray???

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    JenniferA February 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    All I know for sure is that my cat is totally slacking on the job here and her predecessor would have smacked that sucker down long before my poor husband had to get involved in a broom chase.

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    Scott Thomas Photography February 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Squirrels withstanding, sounds like you had a great vacation. I’ll be doing a cruise later this year and can not wait. Looking forward to pics of that meal!

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    JenniferA February 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Oh, that’s wonderful, Scott! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. :-D

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    Sheri February 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Welcome back! Also: you’re adorable.

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    JenniferA February 10, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Thanks, Sheri! You are nice.

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    Karma February 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I think you are kind of cheating on the 7 things about me thing, but I’ll let you slide! ;-)
    That’s totally wild about the squirrel! I’ve had cats be the ones responsible for bringing live critters into the house before, yours doesn’t go out, so that’s a real puzzle.
    Looking forward to the fab meal post. Was that part of the included dining room food or a separate kind of thing?

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    JenniferA February 10, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Cheating schmeating.

    We think maybe it snuck into the garage while Larry was bringing wood in, and then maybe slipped into the house when I was bringing in groceries.

    This was a pay-extra dinner. Totally worth it!

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    Karma February 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Oh and I meant to say, dang – that’s a lot of books considering that you were on a cruise! I wouldn’t think I’d have enough time to squeeze in four on a week’s cruise. Did you use a Kindle/Nook?

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    JenniferA February 10, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Most of the books were actually pretty short and that time includes flights and three days at sea. Yes, I used a Nook. Love it for traveling.

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