Every December I have the good fortune of joining my family on a trip to the Bahamas. My mum has a fantastic timeshare on Cable Beach in Nassau, and we spend the week lounging in the sun, playing cards and catching up. Our neighborhood down there is currently in the midst of a huge transition while the Baha Mar Resort is being built. They have closed a couple of our favorite restaurants on the beach, with the promise that they'll replace them with dozens of restaurants, pools, casinos, and luxury accommodations. The Daiquiri Shack was one such place, and we happened to be there on its last day before being torn down. The Shack was relocated to a nicer building up the street a bit, but the ramshackle tool shed that was the home of the best daiquiris on Cable Beach will be missed.
Last night I went to the Hurricane Club for after-work drinks with a friend of mine I haven't seen in over a year. The place is tastefully decorated with Polynesian flair, without being over the top. Their cocktail menu is a treasure map of infusions, spices, juices, and tropical garnishes that turn the bar into a work of art. We each had a ginger-infused vodka with lime cordial and grapefruit and then a round of cucumber martinis with ketel one and lime. They were both fabulous (and almost too pretty to drink).
Check this place out for a classy ladies night or a date night! They're offering their Restaurant Week lunch menu through Labor Day.
We woke up Saturday and I was anxious to do something. It was chilly and foggy with a threat of rain, so with the beach off the table we decided to take a drive out to the Blue Point Brewery. We picked up some snacks at the corner bodega and hit the road. We drove along the beach wherever possible, and stopped off at the BrickHouse Brewery for lunch. It's a little brewpub in Patchogue that has an extensive food menu and a variety of beers brewed in house by Blue Point's brewmaster, Mark Burford. From there we headed up the street to Blue Point. We drove right past it and had to turn around- it's a deceivingly small warehouse-looking building and you have to drive around back before it's even recognizable as a brewery.
see the little alien magnet stuck to the tank?
The tasting room was bustling with people clamoring for samples, and brewers played frisbee with patrons between picnic tables in the parking lot. Was a very cool, laid-back atmosphere there, and staff was super friendly and willing to answer questions, show you around (and invite you to join in on their frisbee game). If you've got wheels, it was a great way to spend an afternoon- and with a little more sunshine you could hit the beach while you're out there!
I LOVE tea. So when I heard about Sanctuary T, I had to check it out stat. They offer beer and wine, but they also make tea-infused cocktails that are amazing. I had a cava de cama: elderflower, chamomile tea, and cava (sparkling wine). A girlfriend I brought along with me drank jasmine caprioskas: house-infused jasmine vodka, lime and simple syrup. Was pretty tasty. I also had a glass of "sunshine": house-infused vanilla bean vodka (yum!), raspberry puree and simple syrup. This was my fave! Their specialty drinks are a bit pricey ($12-$14) but it would be a great place for a date or night out with the girls. I'm definitely going to check them out for brunch soon! A pot of tea and french toast... I'm so there.
They also have an online shop for those of you not in the city (or anyone looking for the perfect gift). They've got a fab selection of loose teas (try red moon or geisha beauty), iced tea kits, snacks... even seasonings and bath salts. (I'm seeing a solution to my holiday shopping already...)
Sanctuary T is located downtown on Broadway near Federal Plaza. They're open 7 days a week for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Check 'em out!
I've been trying to get out to meet people and make new friends lately. I grew up on Cape Cod and am a huge Red Sox fan. I've been using meetup.com to check out new groups to join and see what people are up to. Despite how much the Red Sox are hated in these parts, there are plenty of us New Englanders who have made NYC our home. There's a Sox meetup for Boston fans to get together and watch games. Lucky for us there are a few Boston bars in the city, and these little pieces of home always help to put a smile back on my face when I'm down. I made some new friends on Monday at Professor Thom's, and we went out again last night to Pat O'Brien's on the Upper East. Nothing like some good ol' beer pong and cheering on my fave team! We're talking about starting a softball team, which would be so much fun!
If you're looking to meet new people and get out more (and who can't use more friends and fun outings?) check out meetup.com and sign up for a group or two that interests you.