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A Food Paradise Aboard the Carnival Horizon

When it comes to planning a cruise, Carnival Cruise Line is always at the top of the list.

In 2018, Carnival set sail to the Carnival Horizon. The newest ship in the Vista-class ships from Carnival. The Carnival Horizon offers fun, comfort, dining and awesome destinations.

In October of 2019, I got a chance to sail on the Carnival Horizon with my family for a week of fun, amazing eats and all around an outstanding week. The Carnival Horizon was sailing to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico.

I hadn’t been on a cruise in over 6 years, so I didn’t know what to expect or about all the changes to the cruise industry over the years including all the new dining options available. Nonetheless, we were excited for the week ahead.

We step onto the ship and head to our room.

Our room was located on Deck 6 and had a balcony. I’ve never been on a cruise and stayed on a balcony room, but I can tell you it’s amazing and makes your own experience so much better.

Upon leaving our bags in the room, before sailing off for the week, we decided to take a look around and see everything the Carnival Horizon has to offer.

The Carnival Horizon is the everyone ship. For kids and adults alike, there is a waterpark on-board called Dr. Seuss WaterWorks. Dr. Seuss WaterWorks has all kinds of different water features to play and interact with including two slides and a huge bucket that drops water on the park every couple of minutes. I can tell you, my family and I personally spent most of our days in this area. My son loved all the slides and different water features. I do have to admit, I loved the water slides too!

For a break, the Carnival Horizon has a full sized IMAX theater. I headed over to see what films were being played and the Joker was showing. I bought my tickets, loaded up on popcorn and a beer and sat back to enjoy the movie. It’s insane to think you’re watching a feature film that’s out in theaters on a cruise ship.

Every night, there are also Dive In Movies shown on the pool deck. This is really fu and they show a variety of movies and you can enjoy popcorn poolside while watching a movie on a lounge chair.

If you’re looking for a little adventure, check out the SkyRide, which is a bike ride above it all overlooking the water. You can use the SkyRide as a workout or just to cruise and take in the view.

Playlist Productions puts on amazing shows you cannot miss.

For adults, there is a Serenity Adult-Only Retreat and Cloud 9 Spa. There is the Havana Bar and Pool that offers Cuban cocktails for you to enjoy poolside.

Now to what’s important… the food. The food on-board the Carnival Horizon is really, really good. There are three dining rooms on board plus extra restaurants that you can enjoy for an added charge, but worth it!

Let’s break it down by night.

On night one, we checked out one of the main dining rooms on board called Meridian. We had Chilled Vietnamese Roll, Shrimp Cocktail, Fried Calamari, Sweet & Sour Shrimp, Flat Iron Steak & Tiramisu.

On days at sea on-board the Carnival Horizon, brunch is served in the Meridian Dining Room. Here you can order fresh press juices like this Green Juice we had.

Green Juice

Plus we had Smoked Salmon, Hueveos Rancheros, Fluffy Omelet, 12 Hour French Toast, Signature Tower with Egg Salad, Ahi Tuna Salad, Skillet Pancake and more.

For lunch, we enjoyed pizza which is offered 24 hours a day on the Carnival Horizon.

On night two, we checked out Jiji Asian Kitchen. At Jiji Asian Kitchen, you can find your pan-Asian favorites. Shrimp Dumplings, Peppered Beef, Kung Pao Chicken, Wide Noodles, Chinese Broccoli, Fried Wontons, Homemade Fortune Cookies.

On day three, for breakfast we enjoyed a Bruleed Florida Grapefruit, White Egg Frittata, Avocado Toast, Broken Egg Sandwich, Vanilla French Toast.

Guy Fieri has two restaurants on board the Carnival Horizon. One of those is Guy’s Burger Joint and sure enough we tried for lunch.

We had the Straight Up Burger with Fries. After, we stopped by the Lido Marketplace and grabbed a slice of Red Velvet Cake and Soft Serve ice cream.

The Lido Marketplace is a great place to stop by for lunch or dinner. The buffet there changes daily, but there is always soft serve served 24 hours a day.

For dinner, we were invited to Chef’s Table. The Chef’s Table is created for an experience of a lifetime. This is a multi-course dinner hosted by the Master Executive Chef. You are treated to a dinner in the galley. Not only do you enjoy dinner in a private dining room for you and 14 others in the galley, but you always get a tour of the galley. Your dinner consists of appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on the regular dining menus.

Some of the dishes enjoyed were Floating Mushrooms, a Crab Pop, Duck, Surf and Turf, Sea Bass, Lamb, Veal and more.

On day four, for breakfast we enjoyed a Yogurt Parfait and Pancakes before heading off the ship to Grand Cayman island.

Yogurt Parfait

For dinner, we were invited to Fahrenheit 555. Fahrenheit 555 is a steakhouse on-board the Carnival Horizon. On the menu, you can find premium cuts of beef cooked to your order, plus a selection of seafood, entrées, and a wine list that got the nod from Wine Spectator.

One thing that stood out to me about Fahrenheit 555 was the ability to pick your seasoning when you order your steak, which was awesome!

Spice Box

We also enjoyed Sliders, Tuna Tartare, Steak Tartare, Shrimp Cocktail, Surf and Turf, Prime Ribeye, Sautéed Mushrooms and a Chocolate Bomb for dessert.

On day five for breakfast, we enjoyed an Omelet and Vanilla French Toast before we headed for Cozumel, Mexico.

For lunch, we headed back onto the Carnival Horizon and had lunch at the Lido Marketplace. Not only do they have a variety of different buffet items, you can also order sandwiches that are made to order.

We ordered the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and a Classic Turkey Sandwich.

For dinner, we headed to Cucina del Capitano. Cucina del Capitano is classic Italian dishes served family-style. On the menu, you can find antipasti, entrées, pasta and desserts — inspired by our Italian captains’ and officers’ childhoods. You might even find the captain dining at his own table in the corner, which was totally true because the captain was dining there at the same time we were.

At Cucina del Capitano, we enjoyed Garlic Parmesan Bread, Meatballs, Calamari Fritti, Caesar salad, Pappardelle, Pasta Palate e Provola di Rosario, Fingerling Potatoes, Eggplant Parmigiana and Chocolate Cannoli.

On day six, we were invited to a Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast. This is a character breakfast featuring Dr. Seuss and friends. Not only is the food good, but the kids will love it.

We had the Cereal Crusted French Toast, Green Eggs and Ham and Steak and Eggs.

For lunch, we checked out Bonsai Sushi. At Bonsai Sushi, there’s sushi, sashimi, rolls, soups, sides, sakes and desserts. We had Miso Soup and a Sushi Boat.

Sushi Boat

After, we headed to the Lido Marketplace for a slice of Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Since we had a chance to try most of all the culinary restaurants on-board, dinner for the final night was back at the Meridian Dining Room.

One thing that is awesome about the dining rooms is there is a party element to every dinner. This is all lead by Sr. Maitre d’ Amith or Mr. A, who was outstanding the entire cruise.

For dinner, we enjoyed Beef Carpaccio, Shrimp Cocktail, Prime Rib, Tiger Shrimp Creole, Chocolate Cake and Baked Alaska.

The two culinary outlets, we didn’t get to try were the Seafood Shack and Bonsai Teppanyaki.

The next morning, we had an early wake up call and had to leave the Carnival Horizon. Even though it was sad, we had such an amazing time and I highly recommend booking a cruise on the Carnival Horizon.

Downtown Miami early in the morning

When you add everything this ship has to offer, you got a vacation on Carnival Horizon that truly brings it all together.

Book your vacation aboard the Carnival Horizon here.

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Top 5 South Florida Dinner and Nightlife Spots

It’s basically always summer in South Florida, right? Just because the weather is cooling off everywhere else in the country doesn’t mean it has to be here. With consistently nice weather, it’s a great time to check out local restaurants and nightlife. If you’re looking for delicious food and an incredible atmosphere, give these 5 spots a try for dinner and nightlife in South Florida.

1. Beaker and Gray

If you’re looking for a classy, upscale vibe in Miami, you won’t want to miss Beaker and Gray. With delicious, flavorful food and creative cocktails, this spot is hard to beat. From dishes like roasted cauliflower and wild mushroom to octopus and grass fed hanger steak, your taste buds will be thanking you throughout the whole meal!

2. The Historic Downtowner

A genuine local landmark to Ft. Lauderdale, the Historic Downtowner has been around since the Roaring 20s. This is the perfect place to go for those beautiful nights when you’re just craving fresh seafood and dinner outdoors. Live entertainment, craft cocktails and views of the water while yachts float by are just a few of the Downtowner’s perks.

3. Bolívar | Miami Beach, FL

Do you want authentically delicious Colombian food in South Beach? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Bolívar offers a casual lounge vibe that’s both welcoming and lively. With mouthwatering foods like ceviche, seared salmon, and pork belly straight out of South America, you won’t be disappointed at Bolívar!

4. Toro Toro | Miami, FL

Dimly lit with an elegant ambiance, Toro Toro offers the perfect atmosphere for dinner and drinks. Their dishes are flavorful, creative and stunning with a Pan Latin vibe. Don’t miss the Parmesan crusted sea scallops, their signature Toro Toro, or the delicious La Bomba for dessert.

5. YOLO | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Perfectly situated on Las Olas Boulevard, YOLO has great outdoor seating and views that are sure to keep you entertained! If you’re looking for a fun evening out, check out their Happy Hour every Monday through Friday. YOLO’s menu offers mouthwatering American cuisine and refreshing craft cocktails.

A Note on Safety

No matter how safe you are behind the wheel, there’s no way to predict another driver’s behavior. It’s always a good idea to call an Uber or a Lyft after a night out to help protect yourself and others from a potential accident. Car accidents can happen at any time, and it’s much better to play it safe. Make sure you have a sober ride lined up, and enjoy your night in South Florida.

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My Favorite NEW Salsa – Brenn’s Sweet Heat Salsa

I love a good salsa and chips so when I came across Brenn’s Sweet Heat Salsa I knew I had to try it.

Sure enough at first taste, I knew I would never eat another salsa again.

Check out my taste test below:

Brenn’s Sweet Heat Salsa has no water and no tomato paste. It’s simply darn good salsa. Brenn’s Sweet Heat Salsa is available in Mild, Medium and Hot. Brenn’s Sweet Heat Salsa is a family recipe made right in South Florida. You need to try Brenn’s Sweet Heat Salsa ASAP!

Order yours today right here and you won’t regret it.⁠

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The 10 Best Walt Disney World Foods

If you’re from Miami then you know a visit to Orlando is just a short 3 hour drive away.

This just means more visits to Walt Disney World to have all those foods and treats you could only get at the Happiest Place on Earth.

I’ve put together a list of the 10 best Disney World foods, in no particular order.

Mickey Premium Bars

You see these all over Instagram and they are the classic Disney Snack. You can find them throughout the parks at numerous food stands and quick service restaurants.

Mickey Waffles

Mickey Waffles are the essential breakfast must have item at Walt Disney World. You can find them at any Disney restaurant that serves breakfast.

Dole Whip

Get your Dole Whip fix at Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom or at Pineapple Lanai located in Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Turkey Leg

You can find these bad boys at food stands throughout the parks.

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle

This could be found at Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom.

Mickey Donut

This bad boy is a new addition to the growing Disney foods list. You can find it at Magic Kingdom at The Lunching Pad.

Mini Corn Dogs

Find these at Casey’s Corner inside of Magic Kingdom.

Mickey Pretzel

You can find them throughout the parks at numerous food stands and quick service restaurants.

Night Blossom

Find this at Animal Kingdom inside of Pandora – The World of AVATAR. The drink mixes lime, apple, and pear flavors with Pandora’s signature boba balls.

Cheddar Cheese Soup

The great thing about this soup is that during the Food and Wine Festival, you can enjoy this without making a reservation at Le Cellier in Canada.

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The Ultimate Party Planning Guide

Summer is right around the corner, which means that party planning season is coming up soon. While barbecues and picnics can make for amazing memories, planning them can sometimes be the worst part. Whether you want to order heart-shaped pizza delivery or are looking for a great drink recipe, here is the ultimate party planning guide for keeping your party both top notch and stress-free.

Decorations

If you’re going to be hosting the event outside, make sure the grass is cut and the yard is tidy. This will go a long way in terms of panache. Beyond that, a few balloons and color-coordinated plates, napkins, and cutlery can look outstanding. Your food can even lend itself to the decorating committee; try veggies arranged in the shape of flowers and heart-shaped pizza delivery.

Food

The food of course isn’t just for decoration, it’s often the star of any get-together. Pizza is the perfect party food because it’s easy to order something for everyone, and cleanup is always simple. Forget hours in the kitchen prepping food beforehand; you can order from Papa John’s and even sign up for a pizza rewards account that can ultimately lead to delicious prizes.

Drinks

Having a fun drink can really distinguish your party. Instead of a table with two-liter soda bottles, try a punch bowl full of this simple yet delicious summer cocktail that will be sure to delight all your guests:

Cranberry Limeade

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of grated lime zest

Bring the water and sugar to a boil, then mix in the rest of the ingredients. Chill for one hour before serving. If everyone at the party is over 21 years old, stir in one cup of vodka for an extra kick. Serve with ice, lime wedges, and good company.

While planning a summer extravaganza can seem complicated at first, it’s really the memories created that make it worthwhile. Remember to keep it simple, order what you don’t want to make, such as from the Papa John’s menu online, and enjoy the friendship of those who come to the gathering.

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Kellogg’s Teams up with Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s again to release Froot Loops Mini Donuts

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So, when I first heard that Kellogg’s was teaming up with Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s again to release these amazing Froot Loops Mini Donuts, I could not be more excited.

All I remember is taking a first bite into those donuts and bringing back all those childhood memories. Kellogg’s Froot Loops was my favorite cereal growing up and is still is my favorite. To think that they took those flavors and brought them into a donut is insane.

Kellogg’s Froot Loops Mini-Donuts are a great example of some of the creative and innovative solutions Kellogg’s is bringing to restaurants all across the United States.

These Froot Loops Mini Donuts smell and taste EXACTLY like the real Froot Loops cereal. It’s insane how good they taste. I mean they even look like the classic breakfast cereal. A box comes with five in red, blue, green, purple and yellow loops. These make the perfect any-time-of-day snack.

You have to try these for yourself. But I would run to your nearest Carl’s Jr. or Hardee’s because these are only available for a limited time.

Let’s get to snacking!

Although Kellogg’s, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s sponsored this post and provided me with product, all opinions and content are my own.