Carnival Cruises to Feature SmartMonkey Living Foods

SmartMonkey Foods Press Release
November 2003

Portland Chefs Create Gourmet Raw Menu for Caribbean Cruise

PORTLAND, Ore – Carnival Cruises continues to lead the industry in offering delicious, healthy shipboard cuisine by introducing its first all-day, all-raw cruise menu. Created by Portland’s SmartMonkey Foods, the ultra-healthy, environmentally-friendly fare will debut on a Carnival Caribbean cruise this month.

Recognized for pioneering healthy cruise cuisine, Carnival was among the first cruise operators to include vegetarian options at every meal. Raw foods, also known as living foods, are the next step in providing active, health-conscious, environmentally-aware passengers with the fresh, energy-boosting food they prefer.

SmartMonkey chefs Ani Phyo and Ede Schweizer are excited about their collaboration with Carnival. “Living foods are gaining popularity all over the world,” says Phyo. “It’s healthy for people and it’s healthy for the planet. The fact that Carnival recognizes it’s passengers want healthier gourmet cuisine shows that raw is moving into the mainstream. This is something of a milestone for the raw community and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

SmartMonkey Foods created an inspired “Cruise Your Way to Good Health” menu to match Carnival’s reputation for abundant, mouth watering spreads. Passengers will enjoy an array of raw breakfast options like Morning Magic Tonic (a passionate blend of lemon juice, ginger, and spring water infused with leaves of mint), Muesli Breakfast Cereal (a European inspired mix of Brazil nuts, almonds and walnuts, soaked with Almond Milk and creamy blueberry sauce), an exotic Fresh Fruit Salad (mangoes, bananas, pineapple, apples, pears, grapes and melons topped with shaved coconut and nutmeg), and Berry Beautiful Cobbler (a smooth Brazil nut filling smothered in blueberry syrup and topped with fresh blackberries).

Raw lunch options span the global palate with international dishes like Italian Herb Gazpacho, Collard Spring Rolls and Thai “Peanut” Sauce, Caribbean Kaleslaw with Sesame Wakame, and Mexicalli Salad with Guacamole and Salsa. Lunch is topped off by decadent but guilt-free raw desserts including Pecan Pie and Lemon Coconut Bars with Raspberry Compote.

SmartMonkey Foods’ gourmet raw dinner menu will tempt passengers’ taste buds and their imaginations, beginning with Raspberry and Lemon Herbal Elixir (a soothing blend of lemon juice, raspberries, blueberries, and dates infused with a hint of mint) and Orange Dream Potion (an enlightening combo of Almond Milk, orange juice, banana and Tahitian vanilla bean). The feast continues with Atlantic Sea Soup, Creamy Mushroom Soup, Good-For-You Greens in a Creamy Curry, and Lots-Of-Lettuce in an Orange Miso Dressing. Enticing and inspired living food entrees feature Save-The-Salmon Cakes with Hollandaise Sauce, as well as Satay Skewers and Thai ‘Peanut’ Sauce. Dessert is nothing less than heaven with a Carob and Almond Crunch Wedge and Banana Split in the Raw.

After enjoying the opulent spread of fresh, healthy, gourmet raw cuisine, passengers will feel energized, ready to enjoy Carnival’s cornucopia of cruise activities. Whether snorkeling, swimming, sightseeing, working out in the ship’s gym, or dancing the night away, Carnival guests will appreciate the vitality raw cuisine provides to maximize their cruising experience.

By introducing raw food into it’s dining selection, Carnival is showing it’s commitment not only to the health of it’s passengers, but also to the health of the planet. The cruise line is proud to have undertaken a leadership position in seeking solutions to managing the environmental impact of its fleet and to preserving the world’s oceans. Carnival’s environmental programs include developing comprehensive recycling efforts, following the “green ship” concept in designing and building new cruise liners, hosting the first Cruise Industry Environmental Roundtable in 1999, and serving as a founding member of the International Council of Cruise Lines environmental technical committee.

For more information on gourmet raw cuisine by SmartMonkey Foods:
Ani Phyo
Phone: 503-236-7878

Book Available: Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen
DVD Available: Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen Show

The health and nutritional claims made in this article are based on the personal experiences of the owners of SMF. Since your situation may be unique, it is encouraged that you perform your own research and make your own decision. This is not intended to be construed as medical advice.

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