Friday night is date night in our house! In recognition of my rotten week and long annoying day hubs had arranged the perfect date night for us.
It is so important to still date after you are married. We are 15 months and going strong so I feel I can share my wisdom! Date time is important. Fix your hair and makeup, put on something cute. Make an effort.
I am supremely conscious all the time that I dress up, primp and preen, all the time when I am going out. My husband, who I want to impress and inspire, sees mostly the "staying at home" Elle. It is important to show him the "going out" Elle as well.
I had a really rough week and hubs new I was in a less than chipper mood when I got home last night. To be honest I would have loved nothing more than to slide into a bubble bath with a glass of vino and hit the sheets (for strictly slumberific purposes) at about 8pm.
I could see he was really crushed that I was not into the special date night he had planned. That is why I knew it was so important that I get into it! He came into the room as I was changing and asked me if I was getting into my "comfys". (The clothes we wear at home when we are in for the night and just lounging about at home.) I said "no - I am getting dressed for date night!"
I had my glass of wine while I watched the Colbert Report (the crowning jewel at the end of my day) and decompressed form my day. Sometimes it is hard to switch off work-brain immediately on walking in the front door at home and I need a process to wind out of lawyer mode and into weekend wife mode.
By the end of Colbert I was ready to hit the town!
We had dinner at a little middle Eastern restaurant Alabena. It was wonderful!
(please ignore my weird hair. Hubs is squashing all my curls!)
The first time we ate here we shared the banquet for 2. It was hilarious. There was SO. MUCH. FOOD. I know when I tell you this you will think it is blog-etic license or hyperbole. This is the literal truth. They had to bring us another table. Our little intimate table for two was not large enough for the banquet for two so they had to drag another table over and join it up. In front of the whole crowed restaurant. I was mortified and wanted to stand up and explain to everyone that we had not ordered this much food on purpose. It was their banquet for two! Not twenty two. Anyhoo, we ordered more conservatively last night!
We started with the zaatar pizza (thin based bread grilled, topped with zaatar herbs).
I had moujadra (a combination of rice and lentils seasoned with traditional spices, topped with fried onion and served with traditional salad.) Delicious!
Hubs had Riz a-djaj (a mixture of spiced rice with beef mince, served with diced chicken and pine nuts.) It must have been good because he moaned!
We were going to order a fatoush salad as well and I am glad we didn't! We were so full we took leftovers home for lunch today. Is that creepy or desperado? I hope not! It was too good to waste!
We grabbed some baklava to go and headed to the movies.
What better to see on Date Night than....Date Night!
It was super funny. I was worried that i would be one of those comedies where all the jokes are in the commercial. Not so. Also I L.O.V.E Tina Fey. It took about 20 minutes for me to stop seeing Sarah Palin but after that it was all good!
We had these little gems to snack on and laughed til our sides ached.
A perfect end to a rotten week!