Oceania Cruises guest Brad B. from San Diego recently returned from a beautiful voyage aboard Marina that called on Mediterranean favorites such as Florence, Monte Carlo and Barcelona before ending in Lisbon. The journey featured all of the signature Oceania Cruises experiences – convivial gatherings with fellow travelers, warm personal service from world-class staff and of course, The Finest Cuisine at Sea™ at every meal. Below he shares his humorous re-adjustment to “real life” back in California.
By Senior Executive Chef Alban Gjoka
From the moment you step off the Ramblas in Barcelona, you hear the market stalls buzzing with people, you smell the fragrant fruits and freshly caught seafood, and you can almost taste the freshly pressed orange, pineapple, mango and coconut juice stacked on the shelves. No matter how many times I arrive in Barcelona, I never get tired of coming to La Boqueria market just off of La Ramblas. It happens to be one of my favorite markets in Europe, and in one of the European cities I love most.
Continuing our special series spotlighting our passionate and innovative Executive Chefs, we recently sat down with Senior Executive Chef Laurent Trias to discover his own unique culinary story. Below he reveals family influences, his “can’t live without” dishes, a few of his recent exciting culinary discoveries and much more.
Cuban cuisine is hearty, luscious, flavorful – and meant to be shared. One of the most classic Cuban recipes, vaca frita, is also one of my favorites. A close cousin of ropa vieja, it’s a vibrant dish featuring tender and crispy beef infused with garlic and island-fresh lime. Served with rice and black beans and a cold mojito, it’s the perfect taste of Cuba. ¡Buen provecho!
By Culinary Enrichment Director & Executive Chef Kathryn Kelly
One of my favorite places to travel to in Italy is the Ligurian coast. Nestled between the Mediterranean coastline and the majestic Alps, Liguria is a darling of Italian culinary aficionados and its dishes celebrate both the mountains and the sea. Known as “the land of pesto,” Liguria is home to the fragrant “green gold” of the region, aromatic pesto. Genovese basil, creamy pine nuts and fresh garlic combine with fragrant olive oil to create this treasured staple of Liguria. Here are my favorite moments from our popular Culinary Discovery Tour available from Portofino: Chef Market Tour, Pesto, Pasta & Lunch.