November 17, 2023

Phillis Carey's 2025 Cruise to Japan

Japan - Home of the Rising Sun

Sail with Chef Phillis Carey  

"The Casual Gourmet"

Roundtrip Tokyo on Oceania’s ship Riviera - 12 Days

April 13th - April 25th, 2025

Visiting Tokyo, Nagoya, Kochi, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Pusan (Busan), Hiroshima, Beppu, Pacific Ocean, Kyoto, Shimizu   

The exclusive cruise Includes:

*Airfare through Oceania or discount compensation if you use points or purchase your own flights. (There are flights direct from San Diego now!)

*Prepaid Gratuities

*Hands-On Cooking Class with Chef Phillis

*Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Parties

*Culinary Lecture--Food History of Japan

*Optional Pre-Tour of Tokyo+

*Optional Private Group Sushi, Whiskey or Sake Tours+

(+ For additional fee)

(Japanese for travel or traveler)


For cabin and cruise information

contact Adam Martindale at Cruise Planners

(206) 399-2138

Or visit the Cruise Planners website to learn

about this group, cruise information, cabin prices and to register online.


September 6, 2023



 Coming this December 3, 2023 the 



$149. per guest 

click to Pay Now 

includes samples of all the food, 2 glasses of wine and water plus the printed recipes to take home so you can cook the dishes Diane Phillips and 

Phillis Carey prepare in the class.

Sign up soon--space is limited!

Event will take place on

Sunday, December 3, 2023

from 2 to 4:30 pm 

   at The La Jolla Community Center   

located at:  6811 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037


Phillis Carey’s “Comfy Cajun/Creole Holiday Recipes”

Artichoke Crab Cakes with Louisiana Remoulade;

Creole Slaw with Cajun Seasoned Corn Dressing;

Shrimp and Grits (with Bacon, Mushrooms and Cheddar);

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Turkey Tenderloins (or Chicken Breasts) with 

Cornbread Stuffing Crust and Creamy Creole Fresh Herb Sauce;

Charred Green Beans with Toasted Pecan Butter;

Flambeed Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with Pecan Praline Sauce.

Diane Phillips “Italian Comfort Foods for the Holidays”

Herbed Ricotta Crostini with Balsamic Cherries;

Prosciutto and Parmigiano Stuffed Mushrooms;

Field Greens with Cranberry Vinaigrette, Candied Pecans and Crumbled Goat Cheese;

Pork Osso Bucco With Gremolata;

Oven-Baked Parmesan Polenta;

Lemon Sage Zucchini;

Black Forest Cherry Cake (not traditionally Italian but so good!).

 Once you sign up and pay you will receive a confirmation of payment.

       You may cancel for a full refund by November 26.  After that you will receive            a refund if your seat can be filled from the waiting list.

            A week before the event you will receive more information with directions                 and parking particulars. 

Seating will be arranged in the order you sign up and pay for the class. 

         If you wish to sit with a friend(s) be sure to let Phillis know at after you have all reserved and paid for your seats.

First day of registration is Friday, September 8, 2023 at 8 am. 

Come hungry and expect to enjoy yourself!

July 28, 2023

Culinary Tours

 Culinary Tours I've Lead Over the last 12 years!

Phillis and George in Amsterdam in 2023

It's hard to believe that it's been 12 years since I first took a group on a Holland America Cruise to Baja.  What an adventure that was with so many sights to see and so much food to try.  Many of that first group have traveled with me over and over again with new people joining us each time.  There have been many more adventures that followed as well traveled the world sampling good food and wine along the way.  I can't wait to continue the journey!

Let's see:

1. Baja in 2011 on Holland America (I remember the air show that flew right above us on the day we sailed out of the harbor as well as all the amazing tours we took and food we ate!)

2. Alaska in 2012 on Holland America (I loved watching the glacier calving--so glad I was there to see it.)

3. River Cruise Lyon to Arles, France in 2013 on Uniworld (Loved the small boat and walking off the ship and into the quaint towns.  France in the fall was perfect!)

4. New England and Canada in 2014 on Regent Seven Seas (It was great sailing out of New York City as we passed the Statue of Liberty all lit up!  We also got to see some colors change especially as we got further up the St. Lawrence.)

5. Land Tour of Australia in 2017 (Three great cities on this tour--Sidney, Barossa Valley and Mebourne.  Loved that they sort of spoke English the whole way and the food was amazing and so was the wine!)

6. Mediterranean Cruise from Rome to Rome in 2018 on Oceania (A big group on this trip with lots of specialty tours for our group.  Meals were amazing and loved Oceania's hospitality.)

7. Land Tour of Sicily in 2019 (Probably my favorite because my sister and brother came along and we visited the town my grandfather was born in and oh, yes, we ate a lot of cannolo!)

Canceled Cruise to Greece in 2020 plus 2021 off  (Oh Covid!)

8. Lisbon south and through the Mediterranean to Rome in 2022 on Oceania (So nice to be on the sea again after lockdown.  We visited all the best places including small towns and big cities.  Sick with covid for much of this trip but have some great pics of the harbors!)

9. Lisbon north to Amsterdam in 2023 on Oceania (Fun times on this cruise and really loved Bruges!  Great waffles and chocolates there. Finished in Amsterdam for several days--wow.)

Special Tour not scheduled yet for 2024?

Cruise Around Japan in early 2025 on Oceania!!!  Join me for this one!

I've seen so many places and met so many special people.  I look forward to continuing our travels together in the future, Phillis