The Restaurant at Orchid Bay

We eat out quite a bit.  I love trying new food, and it’s nice not to have to cook all the time.  I also find it is a really good way to get to know an area.  Unfortunately, when you are vegan, it’s not always easy to find food that you can eat when dining out.  Since we are in the Bahamas, we headed out on the boat the other day.  The weather was phenomenal, and the wind had died down after the front moved through.  It’s always fun to explore the other islands in the Abaco Island chain and one of our favorites is Great Guana Cay.  It’s only a 2o minute boat ride across the Sea of Abaco on a calm day, and the water between where we are staying and Guana is so pretty!

I was in absolute heaven.  They say it’s better in the Bahamas and it really was on Saturday.  Just look at that water.  There is no filter on these photos.  No matter how many times we come to the Abacos, this water never ceases to amaze me.

Anyway, our neighbors recommended a restaurant at the marina that we had not tried before.  They said it was nice, and we were pretty excited about it.  The wind was light and variable and it was cool in the shade, so we sat on the front covered patio to enjoy the view with lunch.  I could have sat there all day.  Really, it was that nice.  Look at that view.  Look at it.  (The angels are singing right now.)

There is never a large selection of vegan items on any menu in the Bahamas, so I felt pretty lucky to find a garden salad and a veggie wrap.  I ordered both and asked for no cheese, please, on the veggie wrap.  The waitress brought my salad and I happily dug in.  It was super fresh and delicious, and I would definitely order it again.  Then my wrap and Bruce’s burger came out, and boy did my plate look yummy!  I went straight for the “spicy” fries, and killed about half of those before grabbing my wrap and taking a huge bite.  Well, guess what….cheese.  UGH!!!!  🙁  Yep, cheese.  I usually check BEFORE taking a bite, but I had been so specific and I know the waitress heard me.  When she came over and I told her, she was super upset and took it back to the kitchen.  The cook told her she had certainly not put any cheese IN the wrap.  She had simply put cheese on the outside flap to hold it together.  For really??????  The poor waitress was beside herself, so I couldn’t be mad at her.  *sigh

My lunch ended up being the salad and most of the french fries.  I know I can’t be the only vegan this has happened to.  It just goes to show that no matter what, you have to double check your food before taking a bite.  I would say “especially when you are in the Bahamas” or “especially when out of the United States”, but we all know this happens quite often right in our own neighborhoods, so I can’t even say that.  At least the fries and salad were good, and I really enjoyed the new Sands Pink Radler I tried.  🙂