We woke up early as Oasis arrived in St. Thomas at 9:00 a.m. We were in a hurry to leave the ship and meet up with our tour guide, so we chose a quick breakfast at the Park Café.
I reserved a 6 hour tour/shopping excursion in advance with “Godfrey Tours.” I noticed it was a very cloudy day, and wouldn’t be the greatest for photo ops.
Here are some of our favorite memories of St. Thomas:
We had a great time and headed back to the ship well before the required time of 5:00 p.m., tired and hungry. We headed to the Wipe Out Café for a snack, and to try the Pretzel Dog we read about. It was a bit mushy inside, however the guacamole and chips were great.
There were 6 flavors of self serve frozen yogurt (strawberry, strawberry half and half, and vanilla) (chocolate, chocolate half and half, and vanilla). That’s technically only 5, but whose counting!!
For dinner, we had a reservation at Chops Grille Restaurant; located in Central Park.
We started with rye bread which was fresh and warm, and offered with 2 flavored butters. For our appetizers, we chose the Shrimp Cocktail. Wow, what a difference from the main dining room. These were huge, jumbo shrimps; tender, with a nice punch of horseradish in the cocktail sauce. I had to take an angle shot to fit the shrimps in the photo!
The Shrimp and Dungeness Crab Cakes were amazing, again, completely different from the main dining room. I could actually see and taste the crab meat.
H ordered his favorite French Onion Soup, and thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a generous portion of onions and Gruyère cheese.
The Chops Signature Salad was good, but nothing out of the ordinary.
We both ordered the Filet Mignon. The steaks were perfectly cooked (medium), and very tender. H being a meat and potatoes kind of guy was very happy!
We tried all the sauces: Béarnaise, Green Peppercorn, Chimichurri (H’s favorite) and Cabernet Reduction (my favorite).
For sides, we shared (family style) the Steamed Asparagus and Cremini Mushrooms and Leeks (OMG, did I really have to share this one).
The Roasted Potatoes with Prosciutto and Parmesan were heavenly. I have never tasted such a wonderfully prepared combination of carbs!!
For dessert, we shared the popular Chocolate Mud Pie. The pie had a very firm mousse-like texture, and was delicious, but I had enough chocolate for the day. H. had no problem finishing it.
We also tried the Red Velvet Cake after seeing it at the table beside us. It was moist, but tasted awful from the bitter red food coloring. It “looked” good at our neighbor’s table, until we noticed they barely touched it. Red Velvet Cake is not one of my favorites, but I really wanted to try Oasis’ version. If you’re a fan of it, I would suggest baking with Wilton color gels as they have a red “no taste” color which is perfect for this type of cake.
The Passionberry Duo was very refreshing, and a nice change from all the sweet chocolaty desserts. We both finished it with no problem! It was also beautifully presented.
And yes, I still had room for a 4th dessert. The table beside us had ordered the Vanilla Crème Brûlée after their disappointing Red Velvet Cake. Since it was a new dessert item, I was intrigued. I could smell the vanilla bean when the woman beside me cracked into it! I was taking so many pictures for my food review, so I could not miss this one.
The brûlée came out flaming! Oh, such smooth, creamy, velvety vanilla-ness! I enjoyed every bit!
We had a reservation at 8:30 p.m. for the Headliner show. We were both exhausted and sleep deprived, so we opted out, and headed back to our room. Tomorrow was another port day, which meant a super early wake-up call again.
We had a previous issue in our stateroom, and informed our room attendant about it earlier on. Waiting for us was a pink box with 4 cupcakes from “The Cupcake Cupboard” in our room. I was so excited, having glanced many times at the daily selections, but we were not willing to pay the extra cost after I read horrible reviews on the forums.
I opened the box, and being a baker, I knew they lived up to their (bad) reputation. First off, the chocolate had bloomed. While it’s perfectly safe to still eat bloomed chocolate, they didn’t look very appetizing. H picked up one of the cupcakes and took a bite and promptly spit it back out. To be honest, the cupcakes were hard and dry, quite like a very hard muffin. H joked about throwing them against the wall to see if they would break.
We thought the gesture was very nice, but we were not craving cupcakes again (not while on board). H couldn’t understand why they would offer up such awful rock hard cupcakes at all. Unless Oasis has made enormous changes, save your money and try the delicious (and free) desserts from the Mondo Coffee Bar.
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