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Goldring Travel's 2016 Culinary & Cultural (Food & Wine) Cruise on the Seabourn Quest - Part IV (Stornoway, Scotland and Smoked Salmon)



The third day of the Goldring Travel 2016 Culinary & Cultural Cruise on the Seabourn Quest was a scheduled sea day?and the second was unscheduled, as due to high winds and heavy seas the port of Londonderry could not be reached and even the contingency plan of tendering in Greencastle, Ireland and busing it to Londonderry was frustrated as they closed the port.  (Things go so rough, that later in the evening two of my closet drawers were literally thrown out of the cabinet and onto the floor.)  But with the Captain hiding the Seabourn Quest behind a few islands, things settled.
Lighthouse - Stornoway, ScotlandAll most certainly was not lost.  A cocktail party in my suite featuring Seabourn?s new Mixology Cocktails as well as champagne, wine and?well, it is Seabourn?whatever else the guests wanted was had.  With wonderful passed canapes including lobster and foie gras, and I believe every officer that had more than two stripes as well as Chef Andreas and the Cruise Director in attendance, it was a lovely ? if not a bit rocky - time.  And, to be sure, Captain Geir-Arne Thue-Nilsen charmed everyone, as usual.

It was interesting to see which of the normally extra cost, exclusive, cocktails were ordered and how many simply enjoyed champagne and wine.  At bit of everything for everybody...It is Seabourn, of course!

With the second, unscheduled, sea day I did something I never do:  I stayed in bed and watched movies all day.  Not such a bad idea!  And, most certainly, with my hectic schedule it was something that was ? on that particular day ? my luxury?delivered.  It was then time for my second dining experience at The Grill by Thomas Keller.  It was fantastic in every possible way.  And there is a lot of food?really well prepared food delivered impeccably! As I said when The TK Grill was announced:  Order the chicken! Stornoway, ScotlandNext up after two days at sea was Stornoway, Scotland, the main city on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.  It is a sleepy little town with a small fishing fleet (salmon and lobster mainly) a small Victorian era castle.  It was a lovely sunny day and a great little place to have a long walk?I walked well over four miles.  And, of course, I used the Pokémon Go app to identify places and to lead me to others.  It really is a remarkable little thing. 
Lews Castle, Stornoway, ScotlandHaving skipped breakfast, I stopped at the Tea Room for a full Scottish breakfast (a/k/a full English breakfast) midway through my walk. 
Full Scottish BreakfastMy efforts to visit the fish mongers was frustrated by it being a Monday, as the fisherman generally do not head out on Sunday night (and the seas, of course, were a quite rough as well).  But then there was a bit of magic.
Early in the morning, at the recommendation of Chef Andreas, I stopped by The Stornoway Smokehouse.  It was, frustratingly, closed.  But as I ...
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