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Top things I ate on Mariner of the Seas

When I look back to my first cruise ever on Mariner of the Seas last month, I think of the stunningly beautiful beaches, watching the sunset over the ocean from Deck 12, and, of course, the obscene amount of delicious food I consumed.

I’ll admit, I actually had quite high expectations for the food onboard prior to embarkation. Royal Caribbean heavily markets its dining options and I had heard a LOT about the food while editing videos on the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube channel.

So when I got onboard, I was ready to taste all that Royal Caribbean had

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Figs – fun ideas to use your bounty of fresh figs

It’s fresh fig season and if you are fortunate enough to have a fig tree then you are no doubt blessed with a bounty of figs. After you’ve made fig preserves and given them by the basket full to your friends and neighbors, what will you do with all those figs?  One of the best things about figs is that they are equally delicious in savory or sweet dishes.

Fortunately figs love to be paired with bacon, prosciutto,  Parmigiano Reggia, burrata, pears, honey crisp apples, honey and all of those fabulous fall flavors. So all you have to do is

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The Ocean House in Dennis Port has Pan Asian food, spectacular views

On a recent balmy and breezy Monday evening, The Ocean House’s executive chef, Tom Woods, and celebrity chef Ming Tsai worked to prepare appetizers for 80 at side-by-side tables in a tent outside the Dennis Port restaurant.

The event was a private fundraiser that brought in thousands of dollars and raised awareness on Cape Cod for the cancer support group Family Reach.

The impetus for Woods and Tsai working this fundraiser together started a long time ago with a story that also explains why a good slice of the Ocean House menu has a Pan Asian flair.

Twenty years ago,

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This Mukilteo wine bar has delicious drinks and unique appetizers

Cabernets and IPAs in Mukilteo features a wide selection of quality wine, local beer and fun appetizers. #k5evening

MUKILTEO, Wash. — Cabernets and IPAs in Mukilteo serves- as you might expect- a wide selection of wine and local beer. Owner and sommelier Elizabeth Stewart curates the rotating inventory, choosing Washington wines and bottles from around the world.

You can enjoy a glass on their wonderful deck, complete with a scenic view and fire pit, or you can peruse their wine wall for a bottle to take home.

Cabernets and IPAs also have a menu of sharable bites, salad and appetizers

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An appetizer idea book inspired by wedding cocktail hours

“Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook: 225 Simple, All-Occasion Recipes” (Chronicle Books, $19.99).
“Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook: 225 Simple, All-Occasion Recipes” (Chronicle Books, $19.99).Handout

For wedding photographers Kiera and Cole Stipovich of Concord, some of their favorite moments to capture are during the cocktail hour. That’s when the bride and groom begin to relax, says Kiera. Snapping also the wonderful collection of hors d’oeuvres served inspired the pair to write the “Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook: 225 Simple, All-Occasion Recipes” (Chronicle Books, $19.99). The chunky, short hardcover reflects the Stipovichs’s career photographing weddings and their roots and passion for cooking. “We both come from families that are food obsessed,” says Kiera, who previously ran a

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