Imaginative Food Choices in the Heart of Havana!

We took away a lot from our first trip to Cuba earlier this year, so much so that we are happily returning next year bigger and better than ever for our Drag Stars at Sea 2017: Cuba Adventure! Cuba has a lot to offer any traveler, with excitement in several cities and great people to meet along the way. Something in particular from Cuba stands out though: its amazing food. The Cuban people have a special pride about the meals they prepare, and it shines through in their best restaurants! We are going to explore a place in Havana, Cuba today that is known for having delicious food as well as being incredibly fun and trendy!

 

 

304 O’Reilly‘s creators did not use any creativity on this place’s name, its address, instead choosing to pour their efforts into making amazing food! The restaurant is open from noon to midnight and serves a variety of great food and drinks. One of the signature dishes is the fish of the day done up with a mixture of herbs served with fresh vegetables and plated beautifully, as can be seen below. The dishes offer a lovely spread of flavors across the board that are all well received. They also serve tacos that have been a smash hit, they are the talk of the town! Even better than just great food is the fact that the portions are notably generous and the price is absolutely outstanding, with meals ranging from eight to thirteen dollars on average! People leave here with their stomachs full and their mouths satisfied with all of the flavors to be tried!

 

The food is great, but this place is just as famous for the large variety and quality of drinks that they offer! The cocktails they offer are MASSIVE, and people rave about how delicious they are! It is highly recommended that you place a reservation before coming because while it is a great place to eat space is limited and with great drinks and food it’s not hard to imagine why this is one of the most bustling places in all of Havana. It is noted that the energy here is off the charts as well, with a staff that is visibly young, energetic, and always happy to serve with a smile, it will be very hard to find a more welcoming staff on the whole island! Even the owner will get in on the fun at times by sitting down with his guests and giving them an authentic Cuban cigar while regaling them with stories about art and food. It is truly a can’t miss experience!

Havana has a lot of hidden treasures to offer, and I am dedicated to finding them and sharing them with you all as we get prepared for the trip next year! It’s going to be a great time and an amazing opportunity to savor some local delights while you are there! Drag Stars at Sea 2017: Cuba Adventure is going to be a spectacular adventure, and right now we are taking bookings for past travelers as well as reservations for new ones! Get your place in line NOW by visiting here!

 

Piracy of the Caribbean III: Now a Trilogy!

Much like our trip to the Caribbean early next year, the history of the Caribbean is not only told on land but on the high seas as well. Piracy is not only the theme of our adventure, but it was a way of life for hundreds of years as men and women fought the law, and other law breakers, for the ability to live their lives the way they wanted as well as to line their pockets with an appropriate amount of coins. Today we are going to take a look at the legendary Pirates of the high seas and highlight some great stories!

Samuel Bellamy, better known by the moniker of “Black Sam” Bellamy, was an English pirate who roamed the seas in the early 18th century. Bellamy was born in 1689 to parents Stephen and Elizabeth in Devonshire, England. The youngest of six children he took up sailing very early in his life and by the time he was in his teenage years he had joined the Royal Navy and fought in many conflicts. He had a wild affair with a woman by the name of Maria Hallett, sometimes called the ‘Witch of Wellfleet’ for the belief that she used witchcraft to curse Bellamy when he did not return to her in a prompt fashion. Bellamy turned to a life of piracy and was very effective in the year he was active, even crossing paths with the man who would one day become known as Blackbeard! Bellamy would go on to capture or sink 53 ships in that short span and he became feared throughout the New World for his brilliant tactics and the ruthlessness that he managed to display. Just two months after acquiring the Whydah, a massive ship which was the largest pirate ship up until that point, it crashed off the coast of Massachusetts and claimed Bellamy’s life. Much of Bellamy’s fame came after his death, as it was calculated by Forbes that Bellamy was actually the richest pirate of all time, being worth over 130 million dollars at the time of his death when accounting for inflation.

Captain William Kidd was a Scottish sailor who sailed in the 17th century. He was tried and executed for piracy after returning from a trip that had sent him to the Indian Ocean. Many historians now believe that Kidd’s piracy charges were actually trumped up and that he was a mere privateer. What has contributed to the great myth about the man though is the belief that he left buried treasure behind to be found. This belief has penetrated popular culture for a long time, earning mentions in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Gold-Bug” and perhaps most famously in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

Have you decided the pirate’s life is for you? Fantastic! We are proud to be hosting the Black Pearl Ball, which is our welcome aboard Masquerade party!We want you looking like a proper, landowning pirate of course! Can’t have you show up in rags, what would the ‘Gentleman Pirate’ think of that!? For some good ideas for pirate outfits as well as accessories, go here. And for all of the details about our Drag Stars at Sea: Pirates of the Caribbean, go here.

 

Pizza off the coast of St. Thomas and Smoothies in St. John!

One of the great things about traveling is the chance to experience different cultures around the world first hand, and there are few better ways to do that then to take a bite of someone’s food. Like music, food is a universal language. We all eat, we enjoy food in vastly different ways, and one person’s supreme meal is another person’s garbage.  I have been doing a lot of research lately when it comes to the highlights of the world, and quite a bit of that time has been devoted to various eateries. Today we rock the boat in St. Thomas and lean back and relax in St. John. 

 

Pizza Pi is not, by any stretch of the imagination, your ordinary pizza place. Captain Sasha and Chef Tara endeavored for something different from the start, and by all accounts they have managed to accomplish this with their vision of taking the concept of a food truck to the high seas and making it into a food boat! It took the two of them two years to redo the ship to be the perfect pizza making machine! The pair are dedicated to serving New York style pizza in a unique fashion while still ensuring that the product is top notch, and people who have gone on the boat don’t have any complaints! Patrons of the floating restaurant cite the amazing atmosphere of the surrounding water as being a big selling point when it comes to visiting this place. That being said let’s be clear here: the pizza is amazing as well. Made with fresh ingredients and all sorts of toppings the food here is as just as good, if not better, than you would expect of any pizzeria attached to land. Everyone is in agreement that Sasha and Tara are amazing people who deliver over the top customer service with big smiles on their faces at all times. They clearly love what they do here, and it shows in the quality of the food and the relationships they form with their customers.

Our Market Smoothies operates out of it St. John and is, in a word, fantastic. It is the number one rated place to go for a drink according to several metrics on the entire island! First off the customer service here is top notch, with Thomas the owner and the person who is going to be doing most of the blending throughout the day. People simply rave how his smoothies are quite possibly the greatest smoothies they have ever had. Not only that though but he takes the time to regale you with stories from around the island or playing a game with you while you are there. Thomas being a great guy aside though, the smoothies are the real star of the show. Expertly blended, crafted with fresh fruit in just the right proportions to be savory, almost no one complains about their deliciousness! Crowd pleaders include the BBC, made with Light Rum, Bailey’s Coconut, and a Banana as well as Love City which is a mix of Cognac, Passionfruit, and Strawberry. You owe it to yourself to give one of the many flavor combinations a shot when you visit St. John, you won’t regret it!

 

Whether you are in the mood for eating at sea or drinking on land, the above choices are excellent for anyone who is looking for a great time! Remember to check back to the blog as the weeks continue for more great foodie options from all around the world and so much more! If this article go you excited to go traveling then remember St. Thomas and St. John are just part of our amazing adventure known as Drag Stars at Sea: Pirates of the Caribbean! For all of the information we have on this exciting trip, go here.

Fortifying Your Knowledge of San Juan Landmarks!

We will be traveling to various places around the Caribbean as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Pirates of the Caribbean and we here know that people like a certain amount of adventure whenever they travel abroad. To that end we are going to look at some of the exciting prospects at our destinations and show you a few ideas for you to have a great time on this or any other trip to the Caribbean. Today we take in some of the landmarks of San Juan, where the people of the past are not forgotten!

Castillo San Felipe del Morro, otherwise known as Morro Castle, is a 16th-century citadel built by the Spanish. It is named in honor of King Philip II of Spain. The construction of the building and its surrounding walls began in 1539 on the order of King Charles V of Spain. Sometimes referred to as el Morro, or ‘the promontory’, it was designed to guard the entrance to the San Juan Bay as well as defend the city against seafaring enemies. During the Spanish rule of the island, from 1539 to 1898,  the fort survived several attacks from other major global powers spread throughout the years. In 1595 the English led by Sir Francis Drake attacked the city with his fleet but were repelled. Later the Dutch would capture the city by bypassing the Fort’s natural defense of the Bay and going overland. However the fort withstood the long siege and eventually the Dutch were forced to withdraw, although they did sack the city before leaving. The last bit of activity for El Morro came in 1898 during the Spanish-American war, where American naval forces attacked three times. Eventually this assault led to the Treaty of Paris, which gave Puerto Rico, among other Caribbean islands, to the United States. In 1983 the citadel was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. Over two million people visit it every year, making it one of the more popular tourist attractions on the island.

Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery is a colonial-era cemetery located in Old San Juan and construction began on it in 1863. Many of Puerto Rico’s most famous and well regarded citizens are laid to rest there. The location of the cemetery is central to the Puerto Rican belief in the barrier between life and death. The Spanish government who oversaw the construction of the cemetery viewed death with trepidation due to it being the great unknown. With this in mind, it was decided that the cemetery would be built to overlook the Atlantic Ocean in a symbolic gesture of the spirit’s journey to cross over to the next life. Many visitors come here every year to take in the beautiful work done on the various constructs all around the cemetery. Notable people laid to rest here include Aurora de Albornoz, Ricardo Alegria and José Ferrer. 

San Juan has a lot of history behind it, and that is shown in its buildings as well as how beautifully they honor their dead. However for all of its interesting past and intriguing places to explore, San Juan is just one of the many great places you can travel to as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Pirates of the Caribbean! For all of the information you could possibly want on this amazing trip, go here.

Going a nautical mile for fun in Southampton!

With approximately five weeks before the start of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars there is a lot to be done and planned before our cruisers begin their amazing journey. Each of our destinations within Europe has an overabundance of great activities and sights to take in before people are whisked off to the next leg of their adventure. This article is here to condense some of the information so that you, the ever busy traveler, don’t have to search all over for ingenious ideas on how to spend your time! Today we stop in Southampton, England, where ships tell the tale! 

The SS Shieldhall is a preserved steamship that operates from the city and is a major tourist attraction! She was built in October 1954 and weighs in at 1,972 tons! Before she was preserved for tourist purposes the boat was used a sludge boat, going regularly from Shieldhall in Glasgow, Scotland down the River Clyde to dump treated sewage sludge at sea. These types of ships regularly welcomed aboard day trippers and parties or passengers who wanted to tour the ships during these trips down river. To accommodate for this the Shieldhall was given open-crank engines which allow passengers to see all of the inner workings, which according to a lot of the people who visit the ship say is really fun. Those who take the day trip these days are allowed to explore all parts of the ship and people remark all the time just how friendly and welcoming all of the crew on board are. From seeing the engines in action up close to going to the bridge and talking to the captain of the ship, there’s a lot of fun to be had on the SS Shieldhall!

 

 

Titanic Engineer Officers Memorial is, as the name suggests, a memorial to the 35 engineer officers who steadfastly stood at their posts as the Titanic was critically struck by an Iceberg in 1912. The monument was unveiled on a sunny day in April of 1914 where over 100,000 people gathered in remembrance of the brave souls who gave their lives to buy the fleeing passengers precious moments to safely get to their lifeboats. The statue consists of bronze and granite and features Nuke, the Greek Winged Goddess of Victory. Many people visit this memorial yearly, and those that do remark how stunning the display is in person. It serves as a haunting reminder of the tragedy that struck so close to the heart of Southampton a century ago, many of those engineers living only a few miles at most away from the monument, and reminds all who visit of the sacrifice that was made.

Southampton is a fun place to explore with a lot of emphasis on the sea and the ocean, as the above locations indicate. We too are interested in the sea! It is why we are proud to present Southampton and so many other places as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! Be sure to check out all of the great information on this exciting trip by going here.

 

 

Taking in History in St. Thomas!

We will be traveling to various places around the Caribbean as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Pirates of the Caribbean and we here know that people like a certain amount of adventure whenever they travel abroad. To that end we are going to look at some of the exciting prospects at our destinations and show you a few ideas for you to have a great time on this or any other trip to the Caribbean. Today we are going to explore St. Thomaswhere history’s footsteps are planted all over!

Blackbeard’s Castle is a very popular tourist attraction in the city of Charlotte Amalie. It was built in 1679 by the Danes to be employed as a watchtower to protect the harbor as well as Fort Christian. The original name for the building was Skytsborg Tower, which translates to ‘Sky Tower,’ and is located at the highest point on Government Hill. The tower turned out to be the perfect complement to the fort as the vantage point negated the fort’s weakness of being at sea level, which made the fort very effective at sinking ships with cannons. It isn’t known when the name changed to Blackbeard’s castle, nor if Blackbeard himself ever used the building as a base. The lore states that he used the tower for many years as a lookout for his own nefarious pirate scheming, unconfirmed that it is. Tours around the site are available for those interested in seeing everything it has to offer.

If you’re going to Blackbeard’s Castle you first have to make your way up the 99 Steps, which is actually 103 steps but apparently no one was counting. Referred to as step streets, of frigangs by the Danes, the steps connect several portions of the town to one another. Many visitors note that the elevation of the steps is a remarkable place to snap photographs of the harbor and various buildings and the stairs themselves are often described to be picturesque. The bricks used to construct the steps are from Denmark and were brought over in in the hulls of ships. Originally the steps were named ‘Store Taarne Gade’ which translates to Greater Tower Street.

Something of particular interest to me is the Pirates & Ghosts Night Kayak Tour which is as awesome as it sounds. You will take a glowing kayak through the murky night as the background of 1500 foot mountains shrouds the water in shadows. A guide will talk about the Virgin Islands’ spooky history as you paddle past the many haunting sites of pirates and ghosts of yesteryear! This is certainly an exciting experience for anyone who loves pirates! This tour takes place in Frenchtown, which aside from the amazing kayaking adventure also enjoys a wonderful nightlife and many restaurants which have a certain charm to them.

St. Thomas is a beautiful island with many great sites to see and places to explore. Its rich history and scenic views blend in beautifully together to make an amazing experience. You can visit this grand island, and so many other great places, as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Pirates of the Caribbean. For information about this excursion, go here.

 

Showing off the Soul of Paris Food!

One of the great things about traveling is the chance to experience different cultures around the world first hand, and there are few better ways to do that then to take a bite of someone’s food. Like music, food is a universal language. We all eat, we enjoy food in vastly different ways, and one person’s supreme meal is another person’s garbage.  I have been doing a lot of research lately when it comes to the highlights of the world, and quite a bit of that time has been devoted to various eateries. Today we go to Paris France, where you can find delicious meat and veggie options for good prices!

 

Balls. I’ll just let you ruminate on that for a second. Has the snickering subsided by now? Fantastic, let’s continue then. Balls has a remarkably simple concept: put food into a vaguely spherical-like blob shape, make it delicious, and then serve it to you. The balls come in five different recipes: beef with persil and onion, chicken with estragon and lemon, lamb with coriander, cumin and pine kernels, pork with fennel and paprika, and finally if eating meat isn’t your desire you can have a veggie option which comes with chick peas. By all accounts every one of the dishes is expertly crafted and delicious, so it is really about choosing what entices you most. On top of the great food their wine menu which is said to be superb as well. The food, while amazing, is simple so it doesn’t take long to prep meaning you won’t be waiting for long for your food, which is always nice. The owners of the establishment are attentive, but not overly so. If you are looking for a little something extra at night the venue doubles as a very trendy bar with all sorts of delicious cocktails and, yes, the meatballs are still available then as well. With a great atmosphere, delicious food, and prompt service Balls is certainly worthy of a venture into.

 

Soul Kitchen, whose name is a lot more boring than the previous restaurant, is a great place to eat in its own right. It is a cafe-restaurant which is run by three spirited and inspired lady chefs. The environment is, in a word, welcoming. It has been described as the type of place you can come in during the morning and have a nice relaxing coffee while reading your newspaper. It isn’t just about the environment, of course, the food is said to be delicious as well. The key to note about this place is, unlike the above restaurant, it is completely vegetarian! The lunch menu is constantly changing with the only thing that remains the same is their commitment to using their homemade recipes that is made using organic local produce. They have a winter squash super which has fried onions in it which has been raved about quite a bit! One of their signature dishes, ‘Granny’s pichade’, is a thick French pizza with pesto and tomatoes and is said to be absolutely fabulous. You can order quite a bit here and it will barely set you back 10 dollars despite the high quality, making this place an absolutely fantastic deal!

One of the fantastic things about a city as grand as Paris is that there is going to be something for nearly everyone. Whether you consider yourself more of a carnivore or you prefer to munch on vegetables, both of these places have a lot to offer without emptying your wallet too much! Of course, places like this are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the fantastic city of Paris! Experience it and so much more as part of our 7 day Taste of Europe pre-stay, which leads into our Drag Stars at Sea: European Allstars! For all of the exciting information about this trip, go here.

 

A ‘Dam’ Fine History Lesson!

Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it, or otherwise just not know as many neat factoids about the areas they travel while visiting around the world as they perhaps should. Whether it be doom or ignorance, I’m here to help cure the ailment. Today I talk about Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, whose rich history is perfectly paired with its artistry!

The origins of Amsterdam make perfect sense, given its name. In the latter half of the 12th century locals of the river Amstel built a bridge over and a dam across the river, thus the name ‘Aemstelredamme.” The name is quite literal! An important year in the city’s long history is 1275. The ruling Count of Holland granted traders, sailors, and fishermen exemption from the high tolls all across the region. This gave the citizens the right to travel freely throughout the land without having to pay any tolls at bridges, locks, and dams. The richness of the city can be traced back to this granting of rights because merchants from all over Europe could come to the city and sell their wares at a more competitive rate than anywhere else. Amsterdam is a rather young city compared to many of the other cities in the Netherlands, not being granted city status until early in 14th century. After the miracle of Amsterdam occurred Amsterdam saw many pilgrimages from the Roman Catholic Church in order to celebrate it. The city has suffered through two major fires, one in 1421 and one in 1452. After the second one, where three quarters of the city was destroyed, the Emperor at the time ordered it to be rebuilt.

In the 16th century the Dutch rebelled against the king of Spain, Philip II. One of the main issues of concern, outside of the lack of political power for local nobility, was the Spanish’s marked intolerance when it came to religion. The Dutch believed, and to this day still believe, in the free exercise of religion and chuffed at the attitude shown by the king. As the religious wars raged through Europe over the decades many religious groups sought refuge due to the great tolerance of the Dutch. The 17th century marked what is considered to be Amsterdam’s Golden Age. Ships from the city sailed to locations all across the globe and by doing so established a worldwide trading network. The merchants of the city, incredibly wealthy as they were, financed expeditions all over the world and acquired possessions which would later form the basis for the Dutch colonies.

 

No discussion of Amsterdam can be completed without talking about two of its most important artists. Rembrandt, born in 1606, is widely regarded as one of the best painters to have ever lived. One of the characteristics of his work was the theatrical employment of both light and shadow in his works to express the mood of the painting. He had a flair for the dramatic as well, and his compassion for mankind shone through in his work. Vincent Van Gogh was born in 1853 and his life was always a struggle. The horrors of mental illness always seemed to be awaiting around the corner for young Vincent, whose anxiety dogged him at every step. Critics note that while his early work is marred by his inconsistency, his later work has a sense of control that speaks to a man who was able to keep his demons at bay, even if only for a time. One of his finest works is the Starry Night, pictured above, which is considered by many to be one of the most recognizable additions to the Western culture.

Amsterdam has a lot of history at its back, as well as people who have made the Dutch people synonymous with cultural impact. We are very pleased to be able to take you there as part of our taste of Europe pre tour, which leads you into the Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! For all of the information about this great trip, go here.

Introducing the Scoundrel to Spain, Sir Francis Drake!

Much like our trip to the Caribbean early next year, the history of the Caribbean is not only told on land but on the high seas as well. Piracy is not only the theme of our adventure, but it was a way of life for hundreds of years as men and women fought the law, and other law breakers, for the ability to live their lives the way they wanted as well as to line their pockets with an appropriate amount of coins. Every Monday we are going to take a look at the legendary Pirates of the high seas and highlight some great stories! Today I am highlighting one legendary man, who led many successful campaigns within the Caribbean as well as all over the world.

Sir Francis Drake is a man of contention between the English and the Spanish. To his people in England he was a national hero, and why wouldn’t he be? He led several attacks against their enemies and was a capable ship captain. Not only that, but he became the first Englishman to lead an expedition that circumnavigated the globe successfully. In a strange note about the man’s mannerisms it is said that before he had a supposed mutineer, Thomas Doughty, beheaded he granted the man’s request for communion and while they were eating they both laughed like old friends and kept good cheer despite the circumstances. Drake’s greatest early success is undoubtedly the raid he perpetrated at Panama in 1573. It was hard fought, and involved the Spanish dogging their steps, but eventually they made out with several tons of treasure to bring back home. Drake, having been sent ahead and looking quite a mess, played a joke on his men who were awaiting him off island by appearing disappointed before pulling out a necklace of Spanish gold and giving them the good news.

As much as such successes made him a hero to England, it equally made him a villain to the Spanish people. He led successful attacks on Vigo and Santiago before selling across the Atlantic and sacking Santo Domingo and capturing Cartagena de Indias, which is present day Colombia. To top it off, he raided the Spanish fort of San Augustin in Florida. So angered was the Spanish King Philip II he ordered the invasion of England. Drake, not nearly having finished with the Spanish yet, launched a pre-emptive strike and ‘singed the beard of the King of Spain’ in 1587 by going into Cadiz and Corunna, two of Spain’s most important ports, and took the harbors. Afterwards he patrolled the Iberian coasts and disrupted the Spanish supply line in a major way. Due to the nature of these attacks the Spanish invasion force was delayed by nearly a year. When the Spanish Armada finally made its attempt to invade England Drake, a vice admiral at the time, won many battles for the English and contributed mightily to the defense of his homeland.

All good things must come to an end though, and so Drake’s success against the Spanish would as well. In his fifties he failed to conquer the port of Las Palmas, and led a disastrous campaign against Spanish America where he suffered numerous defeats. In his final conflict he led an unsuccessful attack on San Juan, Puerto Rico, eventually losing the famous ‘Battle of San Juan.’ He survived the encounter, but died weeks later of dysentery while anchored near Panama. With his dying breaths he asked to be dressed in his full armor and to be buried at sea. His wishes were respected and he was buried in a lead coffin near Portobelo, where explorers still search for the infamous coffin to this day. A hero to some, a villain to others, Sir Francis Drake left an indelible mark on history.

Have you decided the pirate’s life is for you? Fantastic! We are proud to be hosting the Black Pearl Ball, which is our welcome aboard Masquerade party! You have to do Sir Francis Drake proud of course, you can’t be looking like a scoundrel now can you? For some good ideas for pirate outfits as well as accessories, go here. And for all of the details about our Drag Stars at Sea: Pirates of the Caribbean, go here.

An excellent culinary experience in San Juan!

One of the great things about traveling is the chance to experience different cultures around the world first hand, and there are few better ways to do that then to take a bite of someone’s food. Like music, food is a universal language. We all eat, we enjoy food in vastly different ways, and one person’s supreme meal is another person’s garbage.  I have been doing a lot of research lately when it comes to the highlights of the world, and quite a bit of that time has been devoted to various eateries. Today’s treats come from San Juan, where local ingredients are turned into something special!

Marmalade is a truly thrilling experience that any person who enjoys food should treat themselves to while in the city. Not to be mistaken for a wholly casual experience, sandals and shorts aren’t part of the dress code but the ambiance more than makes up for having to get dressed up. Customers note that the service is fantastic with friendly and knowledgeable staff. It was a consistent trend that the bar tenders here know their drinks and create absolutely delicious concoctions to be enjoyed! Speaking of drinks, this restaurant has won six awards of excellence when it comes to wine pairings, so you can expect very high quality wine that suits the food you are eating here.

 

There is a special pride here about how they go about their business. On an island where over ninety percent of the food is imported for consumption, they aggressively pursue and support small producers and local farmers who share their ideals for organic and sustainable means of producing and eating food. They have plenty of vegan options but what is the true common denominator in all of their food is the commitment to excellence and the explosive flavors they pack into every dish. For fish lovers they have the Queen Red Snapper, which is poached in a Thai style curry and coconut broth and then served over a bed of jasmine rice and spiced shrimp-sesame dumplings. Customers rave that the flavors mix beautifully and create a marvelous seafood experience. The Heritage Berkshire Pork Cheeks are another delicious item, served with barbequed black bean puree, garlicky greens roasted peanut and lime emulsion, and a Californian peach-pablano marmalade. The mixture of flavors are talked about as quite the delight!

 

No fine dining experience is complete without some delicious dessert, of course. One of the featured item is the Millionaires Ice Cream, which is churned with fresh French summer truffles on the inside and served with honeycomb & hazelnuts along with shaved truffles on the outside. It is a truly amazing ice cream experience that customers keep coming back for time and time again! For something truly organic one only needs to look towards the Blueberry-Lavender “No-No” cake. No gluten, no eggs, no dairy, no nuts, no refined sugar of any kind, no GMO’s… everything organic! Needless to say it also tastes absolutely fantastic and is one of the most ordered items off of the dessert menu! They also have a peanut brittle ice cream that wasn’t talked about much but that I personally would love to try, as a lover of peanut brittle!

Marmalade is an interesting and creative restaurant that is clearly striving to bring something amazing to the people of San Juan. Their commitment to excellence oozes off all of their decisions, and their welcoming staff proceeds what is world class food. You should stop in whenever you are in town, and you can get in town as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Pirates of the Caribbean! For all of the information for this amazing cruise, go here.