Today I decided to see what the food options would be like for vegetarian traveling aboard the Amsterdam.
For first breakfast I had the garden veggie omelette with two vegi-links. Both more than satisfactory
Honestly, it was good. Really good. But there were no super flavour stand-outs.
Lunch on board, although we were in Skagway for the day, I still wanted to test the veggie options for lunch so I did come back on ship at lunch time.
I was very pleased with the veggie lunch choices available at the buffet on the Lido deck. There was a definite flavour punch from the veggie curry that I had alongside a scoop of Jasmine rice. Add in the double scoop of broccoli, peas and carrots, and I was pleased with my lunch options.
Later in the day I went back ashore in Skagway and walked up Broadway to the Skagway Brewing Company where they actually brew the beer right there in the building.
A cool thing about Skagway, and perhaps all of Alaska, is that people can bring their children into what I would call a bar, as long as the bar is still serving food. So that means that families were coming into the Skagway Brewing Company to enjoy a beer and burger while their kids were sitting there with them. It was a very chill atmosphere. Of course when the kitchen closes at 10pm, the kids have to get out and it is adults only.
While at the bar I was pleased to see that they offer a Blue Top Porter. Seeing as the bag I am traveling with, my Bexar Goods Vagabond backpack has a brother called the Porter Satchel I thought it only fitting that the Vagabond had his picture taken with the Blue Top Porter.
I was back on the ship in time for dinner. Sticking to the test of the veggie options I started my meal with a puree of farm veggies. This soup was excellent with a complete flavour profile (I really don’t know what that means but I heard Guy Fieri say it once so it must be good). It was a good, rich tasting soup.
The dinner entrée was breaded and roasted eggplant slices with a scoop of onion couscous with a chunky tomato sauce. I was glad that I was not terribly hungry this evening because once again, although the dish was good, it just tasted somewhat uninspired. Good, not great.
My test of any meal is to ask myself, “Would I order it again?” I can say, I would not order that dish again.
About Skagway. It is a very funky little town. In the summer for the tourist season there are close to 4000 people living here. In the winter, after tourist season has ended, there are 500-800 people who stay the winter.
During tourist season there is a jewelry store for every man, woman and child who stays the winter. It is insane. It may be difficult for a local Skagway resident to buy groceries, but in tourist season that local could buy a diamond or tanzanite necklace any day of the week.
However, at the end of the day, I resisted the endless selection of watches, rings and necklaces and just got back on the Amsterdam. Perhaps I will find the selection of watches and jewelry more complete in Juneau. I will try and report out tomorrow.