Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Tapas Lifestyle Star Princess

I have a struggle every time I return from a cruise. I am so excited about our travels that  I want to shout out to the world what fun we had. On the other hand I try to temper my enthusiasm so as not to be repetitive and boring. We have been blessed to be able to take a number of cruises and sometimes they blur into memory. We last cruised on the Grand Princess and now on the Star Princess. The ships layout is almost identical so it was easy to maneuver our way around. I wrote about "food 101" before and most everything applied on this trip. The biggest difference, food wise,  was the absence of Alfredo's Pizza. You can still get wonderful pizza on Lido deck but in the place of Alfredo's there is Vine's. I was initially sad about this but Vines turned out to be our go to place for the evenings. They have a large list of wines by the glass and with your wine you can have tapas or sushi. The selection of food changes often, so no boredom here. The Vines bar is staffed by the team of Valeriya and Chris who make you feel like you are family. We chose the late dinner time and Vine's filled the gap between lunch and dinner. We noticed there was a number of couples who were regulars each night. I dubbed this fun as "the tapas lifestyle."

 Back at home I have tried to recreate the tapas lifestyle on Friday nights with little savory bites, bubbly for Avril and sauvignon blanc for me. Bringing home memories of fun we had on our cruise.
Vines - Star Princess
I can't help but to put our first night's dinner on display. Our choice of late seating dinner meant no available sunlight but with my trusty Lumix travel camera I was able to come up some good photos with the indoor light.
First night dinner - Star Princess Mexico Cruise


Zoomie said...

If you like tapas, drive up to Healdsburg and have lunch at Chalkboard. Take some friends so you can try several dishes. We pigged out!

Chilebrown said...

Presentation is very nice. It is like your eating little picture post cards of food porn.

Greg said...

Zoomie- I think I may have eaten there. The best part of this experience was the tapas were free. Free is the best price :)
Chilebrown- Food porn is my life! ;)