Culinary Council Member Johnnie Boer recently hosted a special luncheon on Rotterdam with Master Chef and Culinary Council Chairman Rudi Sodamin to celebrate ‘A Taste of de Librije’ in the Pinnacle Grill. The lunch consisted of items from the “Taste of De Librije” menu, a five-course dinner served once each cruise exclusively aboard Rotterdam. De… read more of “A Taste of de…”
Celebrating the 140th anniversary of Holland America Line, we dedicated several events to this special occasion. First, a Dutch-themed dinner in the dining room, then a birthday party by the pool, and finally a special dessert extravaganza presented to our guests, showcasing the talent of our galley team, led by Executive Chef Daniel Hrgic and… read more of “Rotterdam…”
These dishes for Mother’s Day are designed around the idea of total beauty. Naturally, I think all dishes should be as pleasing to the eye as to the palate, but I selected recipes and presentations that are particularly lovely to behold, because the special women in our lives invariably notice and appreciate the little beautiful… read more of “Rudi’s…”
HAL blogger Gary Frink was sailing on board Oosterdam and this is the last posts from his voyage. Aboard Oosterdam en route to Honolulu to Vancouver. This is our last full day aboard the Oosterdam. We first found our way to cabin 4082, and the large orange life boat hanging three feet out our window,… read more of “Cruise Diary:…”
On the last day of our Passage to the Far East voyage, we said goodbye to our guests with a beautiful display of authentic Indonesian art, a rickshaw we brought from Bali and an Indonesian buffet presented by the lido team.
Recently ms Zaandam and ms Statendam met in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This gave me the opportunity to meet and share experiences and ideas from the new On Location* program Mexico with Alphonse, Statendam’s beverage manager. The ideas, laughter and camaraderie flowed through the short time we were together as we had to return to… read more of “Two Beverage…”
Thanks to Ryndam’s Culinary Arts Center Host Sydney Ellis for sharing with us this fun story about a young cruiser with great aspirations! Last summer on the Veendam, I met a lovely young lady by the name of Gabby. She approached me after a cooking demonstration and was curious about the “Party Planner” (now the… read more of “Culinary Arts…”
Here are some of the desserts we created to celebrate the 140th Anniversary today.