Goldring Travel's 2015 Culinary & Cultural (formerly Food & Wine) Cruise - Seabourn Quest - Part VI (Bergen, Stavanger & The Last Two Culinary Events: Shopping with the Seabourn Chef and A Cheese Tasting) - Travels Blogs

Goldring Travel's 2015 Culinary & Cultural (formerly Food & Wine) Cruise - Seabourn Quest - Part VI (Bergen, Stavanger & The Last Two Culinary Events: Shopping with the Seabourn Chef and A Cheese Tasting)



Even though the 2015 Goldring Travel Culinary & Cultural Cruise on the Seabourn Quest was coming to an end, there still were more events and more to see as we return to the more ?civilized? parts of Norway.
Bergen, NorwayAs soon as we arrived in Bergen, Norway it was time for our Private Shopping with the Seabourn Chef.  Chef Jes, properly adorned wearing the 2015 Goldring Travel Food & Wine jacket I gave him as a small ?thank you? (and which he did wear during his zodiac trip later that day!), took us for a short walk to the local fish market. 
Shopping with the Seabourn Chef Jes Paskins
holding a King Crab We were able to sample side-by-side smoked wild and farmed salmon.  Never was the flavor, texture and fat difference so striking.  Aside from the health benefits of eating wild salmon, every other aspect from a culinary perspective is better too.

 Fresh and smoked sea trout was also sampled as well as marinated salmon (gravlax) and more.  Chef Jes purchased some sea trout which he prepared for us that evening as an ?off the menu? selection.
One of the fishmongers explained that King Crab is not actually native to Norway, but was introduced into Russian waters from the Alaskan fishery.  Who knew something so ?Norwegian? is not actually ?Norwegian?"

After a quick coffee it was time for Chef Jes to head back to the Seabourn Quest to head out the much larger Shopping with the Chef?and that led us to the sweetest strawberries I have ever eaten.  There was a stand selling Belgium strawberries and Norwegian hot house strawberries.  While you might think the farmed ones would be better, it was not even close.  Extraordinary?and unexpected! Our group went in various directions with Diane and I heading out for a walk along the quayside.  Eventually we wound up at the Bergen Aquarium.  While it was a bit of a disappointment if you don?t venture out you will never know?as you will soon see!  We meandered back to the market for lunch.  I had seen a giant, but empty, paella pan earlier and I am a sucker for paella.  Many of the vendors and fishmongers are, curiously, not Norwegian and at this stand, Age Sorenson, they were from Barcelona.  However, since we were in Bergen, Norway we did order some grilled King Crab with garlic and herbs?and it was delicious.

Earlier in the day I was looking at the tourist map you pick up in each port.  I saw the LeprosyMuseum and said, ?We gotta see that!? and so, after lunch, that is exactly what we did.  Our first impression was of a miniature Alcatraz.  The building was a long rectangle with tiny rooms (just big enough for two small beds and a shared bedside table) with single windows on two levels with a catwalk.  While it was a bit creepy, it actually did a wonderful job of explaining the disease and assuring you left knowing each patient was a human being with a story and a life ending in sadne...
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