A is for Anniversary

Since our first official date, Andrew has always been intentional about pursing me and never stopped dating me just because we got married. For most of our 3 years of marriage dates have been a regular thing. However, after Gideon’s birth, our consistency of date nights dropped off.

Part of the reason for the drop off in dates is that babysitting is now a major factor in making dates become realities. (Thankfully, we have a few friends here that deterred the extinction of date nights.)  The other explanation is that many our outings that could’ve been considered “dates” in the past have become “errands with Gideon in tow.”

In an effort to find ways to make date nights more structured, Andrew and I are going to try alphabet dating.

The decision to try it out coincided with our 3rd anniversary. Consequently the title for this post.

Andrew got bonus points by starting off my day with the delivery of flowers to our home after he had left for work. Despite being in PJs, I was thrilled to find the florist (or at least the florists’ deliveryman) on my doorstep.

Smiling about the sight and smell of the roses and the feeling of being loved!

Smiling about the sight and smell of the roses and the feeling of being loved!

(I’ll have to revise the post later with the picture of the gift I made for Andrew.)

Since our arranged babysitting wasn’t to occur until the night after our anniversary, we celebrated after Andrew came home from work with by “recreating” a few of the dishes from our candlelight dinner at Telunas.

I even made a tampung (cone) out of the nasi kuning (yellow rice) reminiscent of what we had. Thankfully the recipe was easy enough that I had no trouble following it. (I made it slightly more Andrew friendly by using brown rice. While tasty, the rice wasn’t quite the same texture. But that’s okay.)

The top of the cone goes to the special person. Andrew got the top this time.

The top of the cone goes to the special person. Andrew got the top this time.

When I looked up the complicated recipe for the beef rendang that we had at Telunas I decided to cheat and bought a spice packet from the store!

The most rewarding part of the dinner was when Andrew came home. I told him dinner would be a surprise. He asked if it was the same dish we had in Indonesia. Shocked (and a bit disappointed), I asked how he knew, because it was supposed to be a surprise. He grinned and replied that the aroma gave it away! Any disappointment I had instantly faded away as I realized that regardless of how the meal tasted at least I was close to the mark in terms of the aroma!

Right before we went to bed, I remembered we hadn’t taken a picture of us for our own anniversary. So we self-snapped a shot. Unfortunately, before we were able to perfect our “self-shooting,” the camera battery died. Oh well.

With a little bit of cropping, the self-shot turned out alright!

With a little bit of cropping, the self-shot turned out alright!

The next night, our friend Kim graciously came over to watch Gideon. This time we could get out of the house for our child free celebration of our anniversary.

Self-shot #2, this time on the MRT

Self-shot #2, this time on the MRT

We headed downtown to try out the french restaurant, Saveur.

It seemed that the little duck was the restaurant's little mascot/logo

It seemed that the little duck was the restaurant’s little mascot/logo

When we opened our menu, we were greeted with a Bible verse on love.

A very fitting (if unusual) start to our anniversary dinner

A very fitting (if unusual) start to our anniversary dinner

"When was the last time you were moved to love?" ... uh, right now.

“When was the last time you were moved to love?” … uh, right now.

Within a few minutes of ordering, our starters arrived.

Posing with our starters for each other

Posing with our starters for each other

I chose pasta and Andrew chose salad. Despite the simplicity of our dishes, they were impeccably prepared, and we would both order them again in a heartbeat.

For our main course, besides each other’s company, we shared two delicious dishes. Andrew chose sea bass.

My hubby patiently waiting for me to finish picture taking so he can dig in

My hubby patiently waiting for me to finish picture taking so he can dig in

It was an excellent choice. The fish was moist and tender with the crispiest skin. And the bed of potatoes was defined by perfectly crispy edges with smooth centers – something I’ve never quite been able to replicate when I cook potatoes at home.

For my main, I had a duck leg confit (partly because it sounded fancy).

It tasted even better than it looked!

It tasted even better than it looked!

To top off our fancy dinner we ordered dessert.

Colorful!

Colorful!

The highlight of Andrew’s desert was the basil sorbet.

Meanwhile, I couldn’t pass up the chocolate mousse I spied on the menu.

... just a bit fancier than your average mousse

… just a bit fancier than your average mousse

The mousse did not disappoint. Nor did Andrew’s company 🙂

It was a bit fancier than our average night’s dinner (though maybe not as fancy as the year before!). But then again, our third anniversary isn’t the average reason for dinner!

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3 responses to “A is for Anniversary

  1. GLAD you got to enjoy a French restaurant since you couldn’t join us at Cafe Monet (where we celebrated the (very soon) arrival of Jehiah and Selam’s son.) Sounds yummy! Happy 3rd year of marriage!

  2. Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary AND on beginning your ABC Dating Challenge – you’re right, it’s so important to keep the date nights up, especially as new parents. You have a year of fun dates ahead! We look forward to following along with your little adventure! – Denis & Emma.

  3. Pingback: J through O… Just and Odd collection of dates | Randles like Candles

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