Our housing hunt continues, and, the day after my birthday, we both took the day off and spent the morning running around (in a car unfortunately) with a realtor looking at houses.
We planned to wrap things up by late morning and follow the house tour whirlwind by treating ourselves to lunch. Due to excellent efficiency (and a few houses that we weren’t able to see), we were finished before eleven — too early for lunch — so we headed home. After being in and out of the car all morning, a separate car trip just for lunch was the last thing I wanted.
Bicycles were an option, of course, but I really wanted to WALK somewhere. Unfortunately, we don’t have many options within walking distance (if you discount a few fast food joints, which are not even on our radar). My criteria for a walkable non-fast food restaurant led us to La Tropicana, a restaurant we’ve been talking about trying for quite some time now.
After a bit of back and forth with the waiter and chef, we ordered some vegetized versions of a couple of their standard menu items. While I enjoyed the meal, getting to and from the restaurant on my own two feet was truly my favorite part of the outing. It felt both novel and right at the same time, and reminded me of our time in Italy last year.
I’m a little bummed that we’ve lived here for four years and just now ventured into La Tropicana — within weeks of a move that will most likely take us to a different neighborhood. We don’t eat out often, but having a good choice within walking distance is worth a lot. I hope we’ll have some walk & dine options in our new neighborhood (location TBD), because walking to a meal is the best seasoning.