2019 World Cruise - Day 40

Monday 02.11.19 -  Auckland, New Zealand
 Arrival at 8:30pm 
Usual Temp = 62° - 76°

I woke way too early, took a shower & began working on the blog. Around 8am, I went up to the breakfast buffet, where I got an omelette, cheddar cheese, sliced ham, & an English muffin.

12pm Lunch from the “BBQ” grill

I had a jumbo hot dog & fries - I like how they split the dog and grill both sides.  Pro-tip: If you like crispy fries ask them to twice fry or extra crispy.

Shelly had a cheeseburger & fries - what I was craving a juicy meaty burger.

2pm Movie of the Day: White Boy Rick
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, R, 1hr 51mins.

Back to the room to watch TV & work on the blog

5:30pm Nibbles - Shrimp Fountain with American Cocktail Sauce

6:30pm Cabaret Showtime Starring Tracey Shield
Showcasing music from around the world.

8:30pm Pacific Princess is scheduled to arrive in Auckland, New Zealand

9pm Reservation at The Culpeper

Here in the United States, we have a drink that we call lemonade. It's made with water, lemon juice & sugar. It's a nice refreshing drink, especially on a hot summer day. I heard that in New Zealand & Australia, that they refer to Sprite or any other lemon lime sodas as lemonade. 
So when we booked this cruise, I just knew I had to test this out. Sure enough, it's true! 

We ordered three drinks:
“Lemonade” AKA Sprite - LOL this is so weird to me. 
Hibiscus soda - good a lil sour acidity 
Golden Lager - afterwards, our waiter told us that this was his least favorite brew. I thought it was a good beer. 
Golden Lager - A golden malty lager with mellow hop characters and cashew nut smoothness.
Hibiscus soda from Six Barrel Soda Co. - Our hibiscus is a floral plummy original number. We use organic hibiscus flowers for a deep red colour and a rich floral and stone fruit flavour. Hibiscus is a popular flavour for drinks in the Caribbean and Central America. Try it with a wedge of lime, with sparkling wine or in tequila or rum drinks.

Hot Wings - Loved em, our waitress said that she told the kitchen to make them extra spicy. 1-10, these were about a 6.5

Brisket tacos - these were pretty good. Loved the flavors, but I think a thicker tortilla would keep them from becoming soggy.   The brisket had a good smokey taste and melted in your mouth. The jalapenos, sour cream, and guac blended well.
Caramelized onions, black beans, chipotle, jalapeno, sour cream, avocado

Pork belly - this may have been my favorite dish. Super tender pork, with a thin crispy exterior.  The corn salsa went well with the fatty pork.
served with jalapeno, corn and tomato salsa and smoked sour cream

Lamb sausage - tiny sausage that packed a big flavor. I liked the texture. Sometimes you get a sausage that’s too smooth, almost like a pate on the inside. This was perfect.
special sausage of the day

½ dozen raw oysters - big juicy oysters. Clean and meaty in beautiful half shells. The thin wafer crackers were a nice accompaniment. 
Natural - Freshly Opened Oysters

Purple slaw - the lemon mayo made for a grade salad. This worked wonderfully with all the rich heavy meats. 
lemon mayo

Cornbread - they grilled this crazy good skillet cornbread. This was terrific!

After this stellar meal, we returned to the ship. We needed to get to sleep, because we have a full day exploring Auckland tomorrow.

2019 World Cruise - Day 40, Monday 02.11.19 -  Auckland, NZ


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