A few things have happened over the last two weeks that have contributed to my lack of posting.
This blog has done exactly what I would hoped it would do, it has absolutely reignited my fiction writing. Pages have poured out of me the last couple of weeks and I feel like I’m making tremendous progress on my novel.
My internet went down. I spent a half hour on the phone with an optimum robot (I’m not being fresh, I literally was not talking to a human being.) trouble shooting my connection only to be taken back to the beginning when nothing they suggested worked.
I got the flu!!!!!
Finally feeling better this weekend I was desperate to get out of the house, although I was feeling my usual winter blues and was yearning for warm weather. Sean asked me last night what I wanted to do for dinner and my response was:
“I want to go somewhere warm on the beach and watch the sunset.”
Being that we are not yet billionaires and had to work today, we couldn’t exactly fly to a warm climate for dinner. But Sean had a great idea and we went to Rumba in Hampton Bays for dinner. For those of you that don’t live around here or are not familiar with Rumba it’s a great little waterfront restaurant that has a Caribbean island theme. We walked in and we were able to pretend we were on vacation for a couple of hours.
The decor is exactly what you would expect from this type of restaurant. They have a long board as a table, the lights hanging from the bar look like giant conch shells, and there is a long plantation fan that stretches from one end of the dining room to the other. There is even a TV on the wall that plays a loop of an island beach scene, which sounds cheesy but it was actually perfect!
We decided to sit at the bar, being that both of us are pretty outgoing we always love the opportunity to chat with the bartender and get to know the place a little. We especially love to do this when we are on vacation, but we often do this here at home also. And last night we were glad we made this choice because Kelly the bartender gave us great menu recommendations and was super attentive to my gluten allergy.
The food and drinks also kept with the island theme, I’m not a drinker but Sean got some sort of very summery looking cocktail and was very pleased with the selection. My favorite thing about the menu is they have either a little G or GF next to the menu items that would be available to me. Over the years more and more restaurants are labeling their menu items in this way, but this was the first time I saw two different icons on the same menu. I read the little key at the bottom and I was really pleased by their explanation. The G represented any menu item that could be altered to be gluten free, while the GF represented any menu item that was already gluten free. This made ordering so much easier.
We decided on the double dip (guacamole and pimento cheese dip with corn chips) as an appetizer, and Sean got an order of the ribs. The ribs were labeled as G but I didn’t ask them do anything different because I wasn’t planning on having any. For dinner I was tempted to get the Ahi Tuna Salad that was labeled GF, but after being sick I wasn’t really ready for raw fish yet. So instead I ordered the Island Burger with no bun, as did sean, and it was delicious. It is a burger with a slice of grilled pineapple and a gf island glaze topped with pineapple aioli sauce. You can have any of their delicious sides many of which are GF but naturally I chose french fries.
Although we had a great experience and I was pleased at my menu options, there were a couple things I would change. They have tacos on the menu, tacos I loved before I found out I couldn't eat gluten. But they use corn tortillas that have flour in them which I thought was kind of weird. Kelly did explain that the owners met some woman on a trip to California who makes her own tortillas and loved her so they've been buying from her ever since. Now as charming as a story as it was I still thought “what's the point of corn tortillas if they’re not gluten free.” However, I can't really complain because like I said there really were a lot of options for me.
So it wasn't the warm beach that I was dreaming of, however it was a great alternative, and we really enjoyed our little staycation! Can't wait for our next night on the island!
After starting my morning with an amazing Pure Barre workout, Sean and I decided to go out for brunch. Now I know that New Year's Day is holiday but I was under the impression that it was one of the holidays that restaurants stayed open for. This however did not seem to be the case, after trying a few of our favorites with no success we ended up at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor. This was not our first time dining at BC but the two previous times we had stuck to either the lunch or dinner menu. Today I was all about breakfast, although I was tempted by the Cove Salad I had last time and thoroughly enjoyed.