Brunch on the Odyssey Boston

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend a blogger brunch on the Odyssey Cruise Boston coordinated by Jen Dorman, of Blog and Tweet Boston. odyssey

We boarded the cruise at noon and departed at 1pm for a two-hour cruise around the Boston Harbor.IMG_4641

The weather was absolutely gorgeous—blue skis and bright sunshine. I was excited about brunch and excited soaking in a little sun too. We were allowed to bring a guest so I invited my friend Kristen.IMG_4659

On-board, we were shown to our table on the lower deck, where complimentary glasses of champagne were waiting for us.photo1 Our waiter, Orlando, was great and immediately offered us all coffee. For anyone who preferred mimosas, he brought orange juice to add to our champagne. 5

Odyssey offers the most unique brunch setting in Boston. For the Brunch Buffet menu, the Executive Chef and galley staff prepares a bountiful array of appetizers, entrées, salads, and desserts that is sure to please any number of tastes. The Chocolate and Champagne brunch is priced at $59.90, which includes a glass of champagne.6

With both breakfast and lunch items available, I couldn’t decide, so I filled my plate with both, trying as many items as I could fit onto the plate. IMG_4624Dishes containing gluten and/or dairy were clearly labeled. There was also a separate gluten free lunch menu available 9at no extra cost) that included a few additional options not offered in the buffet line.IMG_4628


Smoked Salmon served with Capers and Red Onion


Assorted Cheeses and Mixed Green Salad with fresh fruit


Carving Station: Black Pepper Crusted Sirloin Carved to Order


Curried Vegetable Cassoulet Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots and Assorted Beans baked in a Light Tomato Curry Sauce with Cilantro

I’m usually wary of scrambled eggs on brunch buffets, but the Scrambled Eggs with Aged Wisconsin Cheddar were fluffy and somewhat cheesy, and I was pleasantly surprised. The hash browns were also tasty and not too greasy.  The vegetables were well-cooked and had great flavor. The chicken was flavorful but slightly dry. The smoked salmon was incredibly fresh and tasty, as was the fresh fruits and salad. All in all it was quite delicious, and I loved the variety of gluten free options.

And did I mention there was a chocolate fountain?!IMG_4631

IMG_4632Dessert at brunch? Don’t mind if I do. You would think after all that food I’d be full, and I was, BUT dessert is my favorite, and I always say yes.IMG_4650

In addition to the chocolate fountain, I tried the gluten free flourless chocolate torte. It was deliciously dense and rich.IMG_4651


Photo Courtesy of Gabi Valladares,

After eating, we went up to the deck to soak up the sun, relax, and take in the beautiful views. Being on the Odyssey Cruise was a great experience; Kristen and I had such a fun afternoon.

Odyssey also offers an array of dinner, lunch and afternoon cruises, and is available for private parties.

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Jessica I've been on a gluten free diet since January 2009. It's been an adventure, and a challenge at times. I love to go to new restaurants and try new foods, and being gluten free can make eating out difficult at times. But I will not let my dietary restrictions get in my way of finding new restaurants and products. These are my stories of being a young women in a big city, eating out and trying new foods, all while NOT eating gluten. Like I said, it's an adventure and you are welcome to come along... Please note that as I try to eat gluten free 100% of the time, my intolerance is not as severe as others so please use caution when dining at restaurants that are not certified gluten free.

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