10 Courses at Remy on the High Seas: Part 1 – Wine and StartersOUR FOODIE, SERIES, STAFF, Theme Parks — By Ann McElfresh on November 1, 2012 at 01:01
Story by staff writer Ann McElfresh. Photos Copyright © Ann McElfresh.
In August our resident foodie, Ann McElfresh, and her friend and fellow Milliver’s Travels staff member, Betsy Villanella, were the lucky ducks who got to cruise on board the Disney Dream. We’ve got several stories for you from their cruise (see Related Posts to your right). This one—presented in three posts to cover an amazing ten-course meal—is the follow-up to Ann’s story Enchanted Dining on the Disney Dream.
THERE ARE CERTAIN events in your life that serve as a marker in time. I remember where I was—spellbound—when Princess Diana married. I measure life Before and After the time I served in the Marines. Life sadly, unquestionably, received another marker when the Twin Towers fell.
My life will forever be (happily) measured by the day I had the best meal of my life, at Remy on board the Disney Dream. Being a devout foodie and former food blogger, this meal was the highlight of my cruise.
Remy is the flagship restaurant of the Disney Cruise Line and, I later learned, the number one restaurant on the high seas. That’s right, folks. Disney does it better once again! I’m thrilled to share this meal in pictures with you and I hesitate to apologize for its length . . . this meal deserves more words than I can provide!
Within 24 hours of making my reservation, I received a call from Disney Dining to schedule an appointment with the sommelier to discuss my wine pairings. Okay, I gotta be honest, how cool is that?!
I don’t know much about wine (except I enjoy a glass with a meal) but when I met Rei, who is part genius, part alchemist and part mad scientist, I knew this was gonna be great!
I explained that I’m a wine novice. Rei is NOT! He only—and I mean ONLY—works with the Top 100 Restaurants in the world. Guess what?! If you’re number 101, you don’t get Rei.
He’s a Master Sommelier and he collects fine wine as a hobby. (Being a foodie, I GET that!) In his wine cellar, you literally need a bicycle to ride from one end to the other, and he’s the nicest, sweetest, most gracious advocate of the art of wine.
I told him to surprise me with delicious choices that a novice would enjoy. Each glass was a perfect pairing and truly enhanced the meal. It was worth every penny, every sip and the headache I knew I would have later. A different glass with eight of the ten courses.
But, believe it or not, the headache didn’t come. The food and wine gods were smiling!
A DELIGHTFUL START
When I entered Remy I was transported to a more elegant world than I had ever been to. I was warmly greeted by our head server, and he introduced me to those who would be at my service. The maître d’, the sommelier, and two back waiters: everyone wore full tuxedos and I couldn’t wait to get started! I was walked to my table by the maître d’.
As I sat in a cushy, high-backed booth chair facing the sea, I was poured a greeting cocktail table-side. Crisp, light and refreshing, it was a mix of mint-infused pear vodka and Tattinger champagne poured into a glass with bruised mint, a blueberry and a piece of dried apricot. Which made the champagne fizz until my drink was finished!
While I was sipping my drink, contemplating my good fortune and anticipating the meal, I was handed on a silver tray—compliments of the chef—FRIED SOUP! No kidding. She explained the temperature wasn’t too hot and it was meant to be picked up and popped in your mouth. Crispy on the outside and tomato soup on the inside—amazing. I was already impressed. I didn’t take a picture. It was delicious and I was too eager!
Selections of freshly-baked French breads were offered along with unsalted French butter and fleur de sel (French sea salt) served on the side. I had a baguette, whole grain bread and brioche. I tried them all, but the baguette was the winner. I also adore salt on my buttered bread!
A BIG SURPRISE
It seems the latest trend in the culinary world is amuse-bouche. In French, that’s literally “mouth amuser.”
(I dunno, but it sounds like an appetizer to me!)
I was wary, but also game to try anything. It didn’t sound as incredibly delicious as it was. It’s flavor defies description. Salted caramel and macadamia nuts with a foie gras foam and a sprinkling of black pepper. Soft, wispy, salty & sweet, it disappears in your mouth like vapor and leaves you wanting more.
The amuse-bouche delighted my palate, woke up my taste buds and had me sitting up straight. I never understood, I never GOT it until now. . . .
Dip your spoon in, savor, and when it’s gone, amuse-bouche has done its job. It left me wanting more and anticipating what was next in equal measures.
Coming tomorrow . . . The Favorite, Clouds of Wonder, “Something I Was Always Too Afraid to Try” and more!
Ann McElfresh has had the opportunity to travel and live overseas during the course of her husband’s career in the military and they didn’t stop after he retired! An enthusiastic home cook, she has an extensive “bucket list” of places to see, foods to eat and dishes to cook. A former popular food blogger at Cooking Healthy for Me, Ann is now enjoying retirement with her Honey Bunny.