Day 36 – At Sea
The Hazel Omelet
Over the past few days, our tablemate Rick has been raving about the Lido Market omelet cook, Hazel. She created an omelet she named “Ricks Special Hazel Omelet”. This morning Rick and I met for breakfast to give this omelet a taste test and watch Hazel in action. Hazel is from the Philippines, near Manila and has a nice smile with a very friendly disposition.
Hazel makes the omelet using virtually every ingredient available – except seafood – and she adds pepper jack cheese to give the omelet a little kick. While she was making omelets for me and Rick, another guest, who was watching this exposition, changed his order and asked for a Rick’s Special Hazel Omelet instead. Who knows, maybe this will catch on as a special omelet for the rest of the cruise.
The omelets were very tasty, and we enjoyed them in the Lido at a nice table by the window.
Ruben Vilagrand was the guest for Coffee Chat this morning. He is a mime magician from Spain, but today he spoke for his interview with Hamish. He started out as a magician and developed his routine using mime skills so his show could be easily performed for a variety of audiences regardless of their native language. There is one trick he removes from his show if there are a lot of children in the audience – this is where he pretends to swallow dozens of fish-hooks and then pull them back up. It is a little unnerving to watch and I can only imagine children either getting scared or getting some bad ideas.
Judy demonstrated how to block gauge swatches in the Crow’s nest during knitting time this morning.
Judy wins the photo contest!
They announced the winners of the photo contest this morning and Judy’s picture won the Landscape category. There were probably over 30 entries in this category and the winner was selected by popular passenger vote. With so many entries, and there were many very nice submissions, we were pleasantly surprised when we saw that her photo was the winner. This photo was my feature photo for my Bora Bora post back in January.
Violinist Finona Pears was the featured performer for the special Spotlight show this evening. She put on another outstanding show and Judy was able to meet Fiona and her husband after the show.
Dinner with the Hotel Director
Henk Mensink, Hotel Director, joined us for dinner this evening. Henk is a delightful dinner companion and we all enjoyed our evening. Toward the end of dinner, the Dining Room Manager and Executive Chef stopped by to check on how everything went. Needless to say, everything was marvelous, which it has been all cruise.
The show this evening was a split bill featuring the magician Ruben and accordion player Annie Gong. Ruben’s show featured more sleight of and some amazing rope tricks. He spoke thru the entire show this evening and we enjoyed his performance very much.
Annie Gong finished the evening with another amazing display of her skill playing the accordion. She plays a wide range of genres and wrapped up the evening with some lively polkas while see marched thru the audience with some of the backstage crew accompanying her waving brooms. After her performance, Hamish asked her to return to the stage for a bow. Once back on center stage, Annie grabbed a surprise Hamish as she took him for a quick spin around the stage.
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