It's good for me to go out with Chris. When I go out to eat professionally, I order, I eat, I make notes. I don't tell who I am, so I never get any swag, treats or rock star treatment. But Chris does, so we did.
We pulled up to a bar stool at Rumba earlier this week and Speedy started suggesting beverages. We drank caipaifruta of the day, a caipirinha made with muddled fresh fruit. That day it was muscadine grapes so it tasted like Kool-Aid. Dangerous. We drank a Pacific Pearl. We drank a crazy pear thing with pears, cinnamon and cayenne.
I got the Mucho Monday deal: chicken coconut soup, Pad Thai and Tres Leches cake for $22. Chris and RUAbelle got a sampling of small plates.
Speedy sent us home with a brownie-like bar cookie with coconut and cardamom. Great with coffee.
Good food and good company. Chris and I are going for a repeat at Rumba on Monday October 5, 5-7 p.m., to award commenter Erin her Baconnaise (for pin-pointing the mystery popcorn cart) and to sample Charles's award-winning bacon (well, pork belly) bread pudding. It's a Dutch treat happy hour to put faces with names, rub elbows and try an exotic tipple. Meet and greet, or enjoy and remain anonymous -- either way, that's Bites style, too.