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Okay, I'm back a full week and 3 days now and I am still missing Menhenie bringing me my afternoon coffee on the veranda and Armando surprising me with how the kitchen was able to adapt my already healthy meals to non-dairy.  

Honestly-if we didn't have the "wedding" rehearsal dinner next May (2010, son is going to be a husband to the most wonderful young lady in the world), hubby and I would have booked another cruise before we got to our first port of San Juan!  But since we can't-our goal is to try to make it for our 30th anniversary in 2011.  

On to the food-Hubby tried every piece of beef in the place-TWICE.  I, on the other hand, tried 2 salads made with the same ingredients, but tasting and looking totally different.  I also tried soft blue shell crab (now I know what all the fuss is about, lovely), lobster tails with roasted organic fingerling potatoes and roasted organic sweet peppers and pear tomatoes.  I dined on shell fish ceviche-Asian style.  Organic lamb chop salad.  Pork chop salad with apricot vinaigrette.   Pumpkin gnocchi with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, capers and asparagus.

I loved the ideas on how to serve old favorites too-simple, but fun!

Crab martinis-simply a mini-martini glass filled with crab salad as an appetizer.  Fried calamari with the usual dipping sauces but served in a wax paper cone ala fresh fries.  French fries seasoned with smoked paprika and chili powder.

The next is really fun and tasty as a twist on a healthy dessert!  Because of my dairy allergy and my love of healthy eating, I chose sorbet for dessert.  They had sugar free ice creams that even satisfied my husband, low fat brownies, lichees is a gelee-but I was told, despite my love of lichees NOT to order it, as well as floating islands, rum cakes, crème brulees of various flavors and many other items.

Now my sorbet-just so you know, was not served in a little old dish with the ubiquitous mint spring-dear Armando (or the waiters in the specialty restaurants) brought my sorbet-of-the-day with berries and POP ROCKS!!!

I know several of you are snickering-but it works.  Cold and creamy sorbet, the tart berries and the explosion from the pop rocks was just great!

I came home wanting to try and recreate many of the meals-now does anyone know where to buy pop rocks?



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