"There were, at this very moment, half a dozen books lying neglected in her bedroom, for she knew quite well that if she read them she would only be in possession of yet more information about herself, and with even less idea of how to use it."
--Doris Lessing, Martha Quest
Located in a beautiful marina, set back from busy Washington St, The Inn at Bay Pointe is a lovely place to enjoy a meal. What sets this place off from the many other sea-side restaurants in the area is their willingness to adapt their meals to suit their gluten-free diners.
While gluten-free I have eaten there twice; first, a decadent scallop and lobster risotto and then an incredibly light, flavorful bouillabaisse. Although they don't have a separate gluten-free menu, the diner can discuss what they are interested in with the wait staff and they can then speak with the kitchen to determine if, and how it can be made gluten-free.
scallop and lobster risotto
Aside from their gluten-free-friendliness, their other meals look to die for. A family favorite is their lobster macaroni and cheese, which boasts enough whole lobster chunks to feed a small family. Their clam plate is similarly large, served on a platter at least a foot wide and the lobster special features a 2+ pound lobster, baked, boiled, or broiled. If you do plan on patronizing the Inn at Bay Pointe, however, get there early! As they do not take reservations, the wait is usually an hour + long.
Nota Bene: The Inn at Bay Pointe in no way has sponsored this post! I assure you, they have no idea who I am.
"The books of our childhood offer a vivid door to our own pasts, and not necessarily for the stories we read there, but for the memories of where we were and who we were when we were reading them; to remember a book is to remember the child who read that book."
--Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop
A few words on photographing fireworks...
1/20th, f/2, ISO 2500
In order to capture fireworks like you see them, you really need to find the correct shutter speed.
Too slow and you'll get blur and smoke, but too fast and you'll only get tiny dots in the sky.
My shutter speed was 1/20 for these pictures.
I was holding the camera so I couldn't keep the shutter open as long as I'd like without getting picture-ruining blur.
For bigger more exaggerated fireworks, bring a tripod!
1/20th, f/2, ISO 2500
"People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them. We, their hearts, become fearful just thinking of loved ones who go away forever, or of moments that could have been good but weren’t or of treasures that might have been found but were forever hidden in the sands. Because, when these things happen, we suffer terribly."
-Paul Coelho, The Alchemist
Around here, the 3rd of July is a holiday in itself. We're treated to bonfires, fireworks, and fantastic parties on the beach. Our Fourth of July was a little more mellow and I'll fill you all in soon!
Here is a cookie pizza decorated to look like a flag! So good! For the recipe, see here. For a gluten-free version like I made, substitute regular flour for gluten-free flour mix containing xanthan gum. I used Jule's Gluten-Free. Let cool in the fridge to avoid it becoming dry.