Old and New Friends Found
Thank you all for your continued emails- they are great-thank you. Besides the food, many of you have been asking about the weather conditions on this northbound Canada and
New England cruise aboard the MS Veendam. Truthfully, I wish it was a bit warmer and a lot less rainy. Bar Harbor, Maine: rain and chilly-50F, Halifax, Nova Scotia : rain and chilly-45F and today in Sydney(no not Australia), once again rain and cool: 45F. And don’t get me started on the dense fog we have!! Lol. But in truth I am in great spirits and having a great time on the MS Verndam.
Let me tell you why! Firstly, I keep bumping into old friends. On the first day of the cruise, executive chef, Karl Eller, wrote to thank me for the cooking show we did with him last year aboard the MS Massdam. Chef Eller is currently in Germany on vacation till July when he assumes his culinary duties on the MS Princendam. Secondly my other old pal, Culinary Operations Manager, Ruben Kooiman, is additionally aboard. We met Ruben, last year as well on the MS Massdam. Ruben has a great job, he supervises food service, food preparation, stewarding, beverages and as well as making sure the ship is in compliance with US public health standards!! Wow!! And most importantly, he knows what foods I enjoy- yesterday he sent down to my cabin for breakfast a large platter of blueberry pancakes served with warm maple syrup and fresh whipped cream. They were delicious- Thank you Ruben!!!
As for new friends, it is always great to meet someone new over a great meal!! In fact, I was warmly greeted over a fantastic noon luncheon with Simon De Boer, MS Veemdam’s Hotel Director and Ida Bagus Sugiantha, MS Veendam’s Dining Room manager. Great talk and a wonderful meal held in the Pinnacle Grill.
And of course, here are some photos of the exciting dining experiences I have already sampled. I am still waiting to team up with Allen Prabhu Rajan, the MS Veendam’s Executive Chef in taping one of our Great Chefs Culinary at Sea segments and of course doing an interview with Captain Norman J. Christopher. As they say “stayed tuned” – more to come!!!