Dinner at the Crown Grill

Written at 8:21 AM local time, July 12

Last night, Jen, Jason and I had dinner reservations at the Emerald Princess’s other specialty restaurant, the Crown Grill. The Crown Grill is known for it’s steak and its lobster, but since we had already had lobster (and discovered it was prepared the same way at all places on the ship) we opted for the steak instead.

Our reservations were for 8 PM, we were seated right away and proceeded to have a leisurely dinner that lasted nearly three hours. I think we all got a little silly too, probably from our drinks–certainly I did. After my massage yesterday evening, I went straight to one of the pools, ordered a hot dog and a Dos Equis and ate and drank quickly. Add to that the fact that I had the biggest margarita I’ve ever seen in my life at dinner, to say nothing of the glass of red wine and you will get an idea of why we were a little silly. But it was a lot of fun.

I started with the black tiger prawn and papava salpicon, with mustard seen aioli. The soups also looked good so I had for my soup dish the “black and blue” onion soup. This was like a French onion soup, but was called “black and blue” because of the Jack Daniels and Roquefort cheese in the soup. For my main course, I had the 8 ounce filet mignon, medium rare. It was served in a wine sauce with butter on top. (Jason, more daring than I, had the 22 ounce Porterhouse and managed to eat the whole thing, too!) We had several side dishes, which we shared, including garlic and herb French fries, grilled asparagus, creamed spinach, and sauteed, wild mushrooms. And if that wasn’t enough, I had a delicious dessert: a molten Dutch chocolate fudge obsession served with double chocolate ice cream.

When we finally left the restaurant (quite giddy and making rather crude jokes amongst ourselves) it was nearly 11 PM. I decided to make it an early night last night. Jen and Jason wandered off and I headed up to my stateroom.

We’re in Rhodes, Greece this morning and I am going to do a little site-seeing today. This stop represents the easternmost point in our trip, as well as the farthest east I have ever been.