Let’s Eat! {July Date Night}

Being more intentional about getting time together as a couple sans kiddos meant we had to put it on the calendar. At the end of 2013, I added a monthly date night onto our Google calendar for the 3rd Monday of the month. (I wrote more about Marriage Goals in Action at Next Level Mama.) We haven’t planned the dates much beyond that point. Most of our date nights have been having dinner out (because we’re wannabe foodies), but we have stretched ourselves to be creative before, so hopefully we can vary things through the year. Any date night ideas?

July Date Night
We should just get new jobs as restaurant critics. :p Norm found out about this restaurant through some show about restaurants (KQED’s Check Please! Bay Area). I suppose he will review it soon. πŸ˜‰ We read this place had great tapas. This has nothing to do with the restaurant itself, but when we arrived, the table next to us had empty dishes that were not cleared. I thought they just didn’t have time to clear it, which was not the case since the restaurant was not full at this time. It turned out the patrons went outside for a smoke, and they did that one or two more times during their meal. They were also very loud, and as we were right next to them, it was a little distracting during our meal. At one point, Norm was taking a photo of the food, and the lady got quiet, put her hand toward her mouth and whispered to her date. He looked over and said, “They’re Yelpers.” haha! I love it, we got mistaken for Yelpers! And at another point during their meal, they started up a conversation with the waitress about her private life. TMI!! Anyhow, I hope you don’t get seated next to super loud people when you eat here.

The Place
Federicos in Union City



The Activity

Bruschetta Alla Romana: Grilled Italian bread topped in your choice of style | We got the Mediterranean, which is shrimp, roasted red bell peppers and feta cheese.

Chicken Mole Tacos: Served with avocado, queso fresco and cilantro

Mexican Sea Bass Tempura served with a honey mustard glaze (I think there was mango in there too.)

Shrimp Ceviche: Assorted seafood in a spicy lime vinaigrette over a bed of mixed greens
Choose from the following: Shrimp, Fish or Octopus.Β  Another waiter thought we ordered this, but it was actually for the loud table next to us.

Eggplant Tower: Grilled tomatoes, eggplant and melted mozzarella cheese with sun-dried tomato…this was not my favorite out of all the dishes we ordered.

Tiramisu

Us
Not the best pic (I need selfie tutorials!), but we got one of us! πŸ™‚

My date and I

This was another Parents’ Night Out sponsored by our church. We are very thankful for this community who encourages us to grow in our marriage, and not only encourages us, but puts it all into action. Free babysitting and dinner for our kiddos while we get to spend some time being husband and wife instead of dad and mom. πŸ™‚

Note: Our laptop is dying so we haven’t even gone through our photos to see what we took photos of…we will share about our fun trip soon. πŸ™‚

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Same Old, Same Old {May Date Night}

Being more intentional about getting time together as a couple sans kiddos meant we had to put it on the calendar. At the end of 2013, I added a monthly date night onto our Google calendar for the 3rd Monday of the month. (I wrote more about Marriage Goals in Action at Next Level Mama.) We haven’t planned the dates much beyond that point. Most of our date nights have been having dinner out (because we’re wannabe foodies), but we have stretched ourselves to be creative before, so hopefully we can vary things through the year. Any date night ideas?

May Date Night
I think we had a mini-date night this month already, but it had been a whirlwind of activities with the end-of-school-year stuff going on, so we needed some us time. Our church was having a family movie night, so we sent the kids off with the grandparents, and left for a date, which of course, consisted of feeding our bellies (thus the blog post title πŸ˜‰ hehe)! The girls had a great time and even won a copy of Horton Hears a Who! DVD at the movie night.

The Place
Perhaps our goal is to go to all the sushi places in the area. We ended up at Sushiland, which is a small place off of Mission Blvd in Hayward. I remember driving down this street many times during college years. The restaurant got fairly good reviews on Yelp, so off we went.

The Food
Seaweed salad and some rolls


Us
While we didn’t do much out of the ordinary, it was nice to go somewhere sans kiddos. I don’t think there were other kids at this restaurant either, so we also didn’t have to hear other people’s child bothering them. :p

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Parents’ Night Out {April Date Night}

Being more intentional about getting time together as a couple sans kiddos meant we had to put it on the calendar. At the end of 2013, I added a monthly date night onto our Google calendar for the 3rd Monday of the month. (I wrote more about Marriage Goals in Action at Next Level Mama.) We haven’t planned the dates much beyond that point. Most of our date nights have been having dinner out (because we’re wannabe foodies), but we have stretched ourselves to be creative before, so hopefully we can vary things through the year. Any date night ideas?

April Date Night
Our church’s children’s ministry had a Parents’ Night Out last Friday. After Melody’s choir rehearsal, I went to get Norm who just arrived home from work. We headed to church, and got the kids settled in. They were going to have a pizza dinner, crafts, and movie night. All the couples gathered to get some ground rules. We were not allowed to talk about our kids, our in-laws, work, or money. Then, we all headed off to our dates. The only other parameter was that we would be back by 9:30PM to get our kiddos.

The Place
During our February Date Night, we wanted to try iSushi, but they were closed on Mondays. You are probably noticing a theme with our date nights. Food is usually involved…although there are going to be more of these Parents’ Night Out, and I think it is long enough for us to catch a movie next time. We haven’t been to the theater since before we were married…2004, I think. iSushi is a small restaurant in Castro Village. Norm made reservations, so we were sure to get a seat.


The Food
They had the usual rolls there, but we decided to try some of their specialty items. Norm will probably do a review of the place soon.

Eric & Lori ~ Club K9: Tempura scallop & asparagus w/ 3 specialΒ  sauces

Here is the owner showing the jumbo prawns!

Norm was lucky there was botan ebi this particular day. Usually there is only the amaebi. I tried botan ebi for the first time.

Danielle: Hand torch Kobe beef with tuna & fresh wasabi
and
Rene & Spring, which I can’t remember what was in it, but it is something with chocolate, strawberry, and salmon…

Green tea ice cream on the house

The Activity
It actually really took us the whole time to have dinner. The place was super packed since it was a Friday night, and it is a popular restaurant. The dishes we ordered also had a wait time on the menu. We didn’t mind since we were kids-free! Since there were the few things we couldn’t talk about, we ended up chatting away about our upcoming vacation and future vacations. I think we might also talked about sports, because that’s obviously what you do on a date, right? We were also wondering what some of the other couples were up to. I think another couple also went out for sushi, and another went out for BBQ.

Us
We failed at getting an “us” photo again, but here we are on our date night. I still think this is an interesting pic of me because it looks like I have bangs and layered hair. I don’t have bangs or layered hair. :p

A huge thanks to our children’s ministry director and some of the college students at our church who hung out with our kids for the evening while we went out. πŸ™‚

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