"There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere . . . "
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
We were supposed to eat elsewhere this night, but the thing about Punta Gorda is that if a cook doesn't feel like cooking one night....well, he just doesn't. So when we arrived for our reservation at Earth Runnings, no one was there! Instead, Ian (from Hickatee Cottages) - ever resourceful - took us over to Asha's new restaurant over the ocean (which opened only four days prior).
We had the place to ourselves and settled into a cozy corner. The surroundings were basic but clean. Only one other table of guests arrived during our entire dinner.
First up - order the local beer! Belikin!
Tasty! And dinner itself - amazing. For me, conch curry, mashed potatoes with garlic and steamed veggies. Ben had grilled fish.
Everything was fresh and cooked to order by Asha, who also took our orders and brought our drinks. We relaxed over the ocean, watching the waves and clouds and enjoying our food and drink in the cool evening breeze. Because nothing was pre-made, our dinner experience took several hours. But we had no other other pressing plans, aside from relaxing.
Conveniently, Ms. Flo (the owner of the best - and I suspect only - taxi in town) lives right next door and drove us back down the potholed road to Hickatee.