So I asked my husband five places he would like to visit. His choices were California (it has been years since we have gone), Walt Disney World (which we go to frequently), Italy, Hawaii, and The Caribbean. I am not sure where the Caribbean came from, but I guess that is the idea of the whole date night challenge – finding out about your spouse and staying connected.
So I did a little research, and had to leave out The Caribbean. There was just nothing that fit for that area. The best I could have come up with was a cigar bar, and since neither one of us even like the smell of cigar smoke, that was nixed. I did manage to get creative enough to come up with the following:
CALFORNIA: On the way to our first location, I played songs like I Left My Heart in San Francisco and Do You Know the Way to San Jose. Our destination was a local place, Diletto Winery. Now we don’t drink much wine, but they do have some tasting options, and we got a fantastic appetizer there of bake brie with an apricot glaze. Paired with the wine flights it was just enough to keep our appetites at bay. We really enjoyed our time there, and an added bonus is the owner is a nice guy!
WALT DISNEY WORLD: On the way to our second location, I played our Walt Disney World CD that has plenty of songs from all of our favorite rides. It was difficult to come up with a location that represents WDW. We do not have a Disney Store near us, but I did the best with limited resources on a weeknight in a small town. We went to Chuck E. Cheese. There are games and a mouse! We played a couple of games of Skee Ball, and a few other arcade style attractions. I don’t think we have ever been there without children before, so this was definitely unique for us. It sort of reminded us of going to Video Arcades (which were all the rage) when we were dating and first married. Jeff was “excited” to feed our tickets into the machine at the end of our time there.
HAWAII: I googled Hawaiian songs and played a few on the way to the next venue. I selected a new place called Krakatoa. It has a volcano on the logo, so I thought it fit the theme I was looking for. They serve sandwiches, burgers and appetizers. We had excellent Hawaiian pulled pork sandwiches and fries. The coleslaw was slightly sweet with added pineapple and had a nice spicy kick to it. And the interior of the restaurant definitely fit with our Hawaiian location.
ITALY: Our final stop was for dessert at a local Italian restaurant. Dean Martin played on the radio while we drove. The atmosphere was wonderful and they had an excellent choice of desserts! My husband had Creme Brulee, and I had a coffee cup full of decadent chocolate mousse topped with real whipped cream! YUMMY!
While this date took a little more time trying to be creative, it definitely was worth it. As a mom, I invest time and energy into my family, children and home each and every day. And I am sure that most most do. BUT isn’t it time you invested some energy into your marriage?