I’ve heard a bunch of rumblings regarding Rockaway Beach and it’s proximity to the city – making it an easy day destination during the summer when you’re looking to escape the sweltering NYC heat.
A friend of mine invited me to Wilbur Days a few weekends ago:
…which was refreshing and strong – perfect for a beach day.
Then we hit up Rockaway Taco:
The beach location doesn’t have a full menu – it’s very limited (no tacos!). However, I confirmed that everything they offered was gluten-free, including the tostada which I got:
Tostada w/ black beans, cabbage, cojita cheese & guacamole (gluten-free): There is some serious hype surrounding Rockaway Taco but I was less than impressed. To me, this was basically one large nacho, sans any chili or melted cheese.
Next time I will hit up the actual shop, which is about a 5 minute walk away.
Since I felt less than satisfied, I knew I had to hit up Caracas before I left, and that is exactly what I did.
We were running late to the ferry and the line for Caracas was huge, so I was left with few options. I scurried to the front of the line and offered to buy a gentleman’s food if he let me cut him. Yes, that is a true story.
I think he felt sorry for how pathetic I was because he just let me graciously cut him, no fee.
I had little time to think about what to order so I went simple:
La Pelua: shredded beef w/ cheddar cheese (gluten-free): Arepas are made out of corn flour so they are gluten-free, and I could not be happier about that. These things are beyond amazing. I wish I had a picture of its melty goodness but I ate that thing so quickly I didn’t have time. I’m not sure how I’ve never been to the NYC location but I am definitely making the trip there soon and trying the other varieties.
While I was causing ruckus over at Caracas, my friend was keeping her distance at Steve’s Ice Cream. She grabbed a scoop of coconut milk ice cream (diary-free, gluten-free)…
…which was perfect for her since she’s vegan.
We hopped in a taxi and made it to the ferry just in time. I put my feet up, my music on, and relaxed; taking in the beautiful views of the water:
The dog days of summer; gotta love em.