It’s taken me awhile to finish this post, but it’s finally done :). My husband and I had such a great night out, and I wanted to share part of the experience with you!
For my readers who are chronic folks, I know you can relate to how challenging it is on many days, just to get into the shower and accomplish getting dressed before it’s bed time, let alone getting “dressed up” for a night out. All those little things…hair, makeup, perfume, jewelery…etc, that may have once been part of your morning routine, have now become a full day’s event. Isn’t it ridiculous how much energy it takes to do all these little tasks, all in the midst of dealing with spasms, tremors, pain of various types, and overwhelming exhaustion?
About a week and a half ago, I planned my day out as carefully as possible, in order to have myself ready for our evening, and still have enough life left in me to enjoy myself. My in-laws were in town visiting, and had offered to watch our little ones, so that we could get away for an evening out together. We don’t often get the opportunity for a romantic evening to ourselves, so I was pretty exciting :). It was well worth all the challenges that it took to get ready, out the door, and make it through the evening, to share that experience with my hubby. It was a night to remember!
We began our evening at Parkerhouse Grill & Wine Bar. I was taken away by the ambiance and the beauty of this place. Even the washroom was gorgeous, and I would have taken a picture of that too, except the camera was at our table :P. We were having an early dinner (reso for 5pm…early for downtown), and were the only people in the restaurant for the first hour or so, which was really nice. Our server was really friendly, and we got chatting with her about the design of the restaurant, and it’s beauty. She was telling us that the owners had put $4 million into renovations! There are huge pillars with really pretty multi-color tiles that reflect the light. I also loved all the hardwood wall units with glass shelves displaying their collection of wine throughout the restaurant.
Check out this abstract suspended lighting!
Isn’t it stunning?!?!? It is a creation by a local artist, and there are several throughout the restaurant. These pretties went for $25,000 a piece.
I enjoyed a Cosmopolitan, made with blueberry vodka…yum, while hubby had a Rickard’s White.
The chef treated us to a new soup he had just whipped up. I love trying new things 🙂 Now, this is going to sound like an odd combination of foods, but I assure you, it was delicious! This soup was made with puree tomatoes and banana, and then topped with yogurt and a deep-fried banana. Scrumptious!
We ordered a tenderloin & jumbo prawns, with a side of fresh vegetables and pomme compote (mashed potatoes). It was all so good, and a perfect size portion.
After our main course, I was comfortably satisfied, however hubby was combing over the desert menu, and I couldn’t resist! We enjoyed a flourless dark chocolate cake with raspberry sorbet…Mmmm
The ambiance, cocktails, food, service, and most of all the company, made the night just perfect in every sense. It was so nice to get away from everything and enjoy this experience together. We really need to do this more often!
After dinner, we headed to the theater to see “Grown Ups“, staring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider. It was hilarious! Laughter is the best medicine right? Well, I’m pretty sure I overdosed on laughter while watching this movie! Seriously, the next morning, all the muscles in my abdomen, and even those in my ribcage area were sore. I’m not talking FM pain (which did take over the rest of my body the next day too), I’m talking good pain that you get from a workout 🙂 If you enjoy comedies, and are due for a dose of laughter, check out the trailer for this movie!
I have some more summer experiences from the last few weeks that I’m looking forward to posting. It has been a bit of a challenge writing from our laptop which doesn’t have the programs that I’m accustomed to using on our PC. The most challenging part is editing the pictures I want to post. So when I have the time and energy to edit some more pictures, I’ll tell you all about our other summer adventures 😉
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