Seems like to me at least in my 14 years of cruising, the buffet food has gotten 100% better and way more variety.
The only 2 things I have noticed in the dining room, and may well be my imagination. Or just a bad serving, is the Seafood Newburg is less meaty and the Prime Rib slightly off from earlier cruises.
Frase, Thanks for bringing this up, and I hope you don't mind if I ask a question here.
Have a question for any foodies, on my first and second cruise they had this seafood dish that was sorta like Newburg. It was served in a Croissant type thing though. That was the most awesome thing. I have not seen it since, and I can't find the name of it.
In my opinion, cruise line food has improved 10-fold over the years.
There are no many new, creative minds out there concocting new and exciting dishes. (Ken, I'm talking about you!) The Food Network has enlightened people's senses and desire for delectable food. I enjoy watching and learning from the Iron Chef.
When we first cruised, sushi was basically, unheard of. Tapas is very big now. Creme Brulee' is an example of a dessert that wasn't well known until recent years. Who ever would have thought to put warm, chocolate mousse filling inside of a chocolate melting cake 20 years ago. Thank God for that one!
I love to watch Paula Deen, Ina Garten and Giada DeLaurentis. I then make their recipes in my own home. Now, I just have to get Chef Ken to let me in on a few of his "gems".
I think the food has gotten better as well. I've been cruising since 1978, so it's been a few years. I have noticed there aren't as many expensive dishes like caviar served any more, but the quality of food has improved. Rachel Ray is my favorite, then Paula, then Bobby, then Emeril, then Giada. I like Sandra's ideas too, take pre-packaged sugar cookies, roll them out, fill with cherries and pistachios, roll them into a log, cut and bake-pretty yummy. The Iron chefs amaze me with their creations, not sure I'd eat some of them, but how they can come up with so many creations in an hour is beyond me. I'm getting hungry!
I think the food on some lines has gotten better, and gone down a bit on others. Carnival has made the greatest strides in improving literally everything...buffets, dining rooms, specialty restaurants, etc. Celebrity has lost some ground.
"Rache"....I used to watch her but too much exposure has ruined it for me. "Everyday, with Rachel Ray" is about right. You can't seem to go or do anything without seeing her face. Sandra Lee....she does have some good ideas. I used to go to a foodie website full of snobs. You ought to read what some of those people think of her! I actually prefer the old shows with Tyler Florence and Alton Brown. They actually taught you something.
I'm glad Dave finally mentioned Alton Brown - my absolute favorite. I'm a bit of a foodie myself and he teaches how food works. Once you know that, you know how to create other dishes without making a mess. Plus, his show is different from all the other shows - not just "here are my ingredients, here is what you do with them"
Though, I have to admit, Sandra and Giada are much nicer to look at...
Did you see the show with Alton crossing the country on motorcycle? He had a wreck towards the end and was injured. I've read alleged reports of his being a jerk off the air, but you know how that kind of thing can be totally false yet take off on the 'net.
I would love to take a cruise where Alton did some sort of series of shows. But I have to admit he has taught me a lot about "food science" and I enjoyed it.
As for $40 a day....I read where Rachel admitted to one reporter that not all those meals were good. One way to tell was if she said something about "getting a lot of food for the money".