I want to tell you about (me and Frank’s? Frank’s and my?) our date in Aruba.
Nothing too exciting, out to dinner, and then to a casino to play with some comped chips we were given for sitting through a timeshare presentation.
But the dinner itself was quite special.
We went to a restaurant called The Flying Fishbone – you must click the link. Yes, that is the ocean. Yes, those are tables right in the water. Yes, it was every bit as amazing as you might imagine, to sit and take in some fine dining with your feet in the sand (because if you’re smart you wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off – even the waitstaff was all in flip-flops or just barefoot altogether). We ate there after dark and it was enchanting. We had the sound of the ocean, the lights of boats sailing by and the glow of Oranjestad in the distance. A musician meandered among the tables playing smooth-jazz versions of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole songs on a tenor saxophone. You’re completely outside, not an awning in sight… just the stars and moon as your shelter. Since Aruba never really gets below like 72 degrees at night, and there’s always a breeze, it was comfortable even at nearly 10 pm when we were paying our bill.
We had some yummy and very alcoholic drinks, shared a delicious crock of creamy corn soup with chunks of crab, then enjoyed our chosen entrees (I had shrimp and lobster, Frank had barracuda) and during the leisurely pace of the whole meal, talked about stuff we simply don’t have the time or energy to talk about on an everyday basis — stuff we might do when we retire, if and when we’ll be adding a third child to the mix, was there any way we could manage to stay on Aruba forever because it is so idyllic. The food was good – not the best I’ve ever had, to be sure, but very good – yet combined with the amazing, unique, incredible ambiance it made for perhaps the best dining experience of my life. The total with tip came to like $120, but that was with three drinks, soup, entrees, and a generous tip. Well worth it, in my humble opinion.
So, two thumbs up. I hope you’ll get the opportunity to experience it some time! We left with full bellies, renewed spark, sand between our toes, a lighter pocketbook, and plans to definitely do it again.