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Posts from SunTrip 2018

This is a collection of posts from my cruise on December 14-22nd originally posted to Facebook.

14 December 2018 – 19:04

So there is an episode of mayday where the prop flies off the wing and takes out a seat. I’m in that seat. 😳

14 December 2018 – 22:11

Thought it was going to be checked the whole way but $12.50 is not bad for luggage storage for the night.

15 December 2018 – 03:29

There’s a guy in the way of the stairwell smoking and cooking his crack pipe.

15 December 2018 – 04:04

Two very drunk men can barely stand on the standing room only night bus. Toronto should follow Vienna and London’s night tube on weekends.

15 December 2018 – 07:08

Overheard Air Canada Rep: Just follow the signs with the American flag. Passenger: Is that the one with Stripes and Stars? 🤦‍♂️

15 December 2018 – 08:49

“Don’t line up until your Zone number is called” works as good as looking for volunteers to check their bags.

19 December 2018 – 14:31

Life’s a struggle right now. Apparently, there is a snowstorm home right now.

19 December 2018 – 14:35

There is a very bad storm and we are skipping Great Sturrup Cay. Apparently, Friday afternoon and evening could be fun. But we now have a full day at St. Thomas.

21 December 2018 – 23:55

Back home tomorrow, I love travel days.

22 December 2018 – 12:36

Flight is delayed for about an hour. Apparently, there were tons of flights cancelled yesterday.

22 December 2018 – 19:08

Every time I look at this board I ask myself not where am I going but, where would I rather be going?

Pearson Flight Board
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IG: Food Instagrams

This is a collection of Instagram posts over the last 5 years involving food.

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Starting the Getaway

The second day of the trip started on a beautiful sunny day. Everyone was talking about how cold it was from a cold front and it was still shorts weather for me. I woke up at 7 and went downstairs for coffee in the lobby and a Guava Cheese Danish that was to die for. I returned to my room and watched the best of Sunday morning TV. It was one of the cooking shows where I learned that the Agave syrup I like in my tea at David’s Tea is the same plant that is used to make Tequila.

I had booked the early embarking at 10 AM online in the check-in to the cruise-ship. However, when I got to the hotel 12 noon was the only shuttle time left. Since the shuttle was the cheapest option, I reserved it. The hotel also had a noon checkout time, so I took a long shower and relaxed until 11:30 when I went downstairs and got on the shuttle.

Miami looked not much different from San Juan, and I was not wowed to want to spend more time there. When we arrived at the port, I dropped of my bag to the longshoremen who stated adamantly and more forcefully then San Juan or Charleston the “A tip is expected for this!” Therefore, I gave him $1.

I walked to the door to the terminal and after about a 4-minute queue I entered the main hall. I was asked if I needed a wheelchair but I declined and limped into the hall. I filled out the health form and then went to the handicap line where you can sit down and wait. It took about 15 minutes to get checked in and I got my ship key card proceeded up the escalator and had my photo taken (that wasn’t available at the photo shop on the ship.)

Then I boarded the ship, after my first encounter with the NCL “Washy Washy” team. I was hungry and the rooms were not ready yet so I went to the buffet and sampled a bit of as much as possible. I sat on the side watching Miami Beach and had a great view while joining another couple for lunch.

As I finished lunch the room was ready so I went down to settle in and get off my feet for about an hour. Then it was time for the safety drill. My spot was A5 in the main theatre since it was down steps the crew said I could sit with the A11 people at the top. It was hilarious all the people being told they couldn’t bring their drinks into the safety demonstration. It went by in less than half the time as Carnival’s demonstrations.

After the safety drill, I did some exploring of the ship and then made it to the Mojito bar where it just happened the Single/Solo cruiser group was meeting. After talking to some people, a group of 6 of us ditched the Solo group and went to dinner at Taste. The service that night was the slowest of the entire cruise we arrived at 6:30pm-ish and finished the third course after 9 pm.

After the dinner, I went to the Welcome Aboard show which was really good. Especially the comedian Dean Edwards, he was incredibly funny stereotyping the type of people on cruises.

After the show, I called it a night and had an amazing sleep.

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Haddock and Potato Dinner

Haddock and Potato Dinner

Haddock and Potato Dinner

I thought I would take this opportunity since I have not posted anything lately to post a food success story. Unlike the horror stories of the past. The potatoes are my typical mashed potatoes. The was partly derived from my sisters variant.

2 Yukon Gold Potatoes
1/4 cup 2% Partly Skimmed Milk
1 Tbsp. Margarine
Several dashes of Curry Powder
Freshly Ground Peppercorn Medley

The fish is Highliner frozen Haddock but any fish could work. The fish is then coated and rubbed in Honey Mustard, fresh lime juice, canola oil, salt, and fresh ground peppercorn medley.

Then finished off siding the plate with canned cream corn and Sweet Pickles (with cauliflower.)

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The Tale of Two Frozen Bananas

The Two Frozen Bananas

The Two Frozen Bananas

This past week I was reading a new post on my friend Andrea’s blog. Where she posted about making a dairy free ice cream substitute by pureeing some Bananas. I thought to myself that sounds good especially with the peanut butter they suggest. I also have a can of coconut milk that has sat in the pantry for a while now. In hindsight it now occurs to me that I never read the directions properly, or at all, as I seem to missed an important step. I bought the bananas last night and took two and put them in the freezer. Now what I am stuck with is two perfectly frozen bananas. I missed the part about peeling and slicing before freezing them solid.