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.
(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.)
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.
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.
We headed downtown to try out the french restaurant, Saveur.
When we opened our menu, we were greeted with a Bible verse on love.
Within a few minutes of ordering, our starters arrived.
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.
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).
To top off our fancy dinner we ordered dessert.
The highlight of Andrew’s desert was the basil sorbet.
Meanwhile, I couldn’t pass up the chocolate mousse I spied on the menu.
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!