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Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 1:08 PM


Well, Romance with Tradition

Tonight Odile and I celebrate the third anniversary of our first dinner together (and real date).

We will go the very same restaurant and order the very same dinners and wine. She will have steak au poivre, I will have confit of rabbit albigeoise and we will drink Caramany Cuvée de Presbytère.

You would never know it from my posts, but I have a very sentimental side.

I just love events like this.

Kinda reminds you of Groundhog Day, doesn't it?

Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 1:17 PM

I love romance, as long as its unexpected. That's why I despise Valentines Day.

I am ferociously independent and handle most everything in our marriage. However, this morning when I went out into the garage, I saw that my new registration and plates had been purchased, put on my car, and my tires changed. The quiet and thoughtful way that Scott took care of me, moved me far more than if we had repeated a dinner or partaken in an expected occasion.

Don't get me wrong, I think its great that you are sentimental and romantic. Just don't discount the small, unexpected joys.

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 1:57 PM

This is terribly silly, but I recently woke up from a nap and on the night stand by the bed, Ben had placed a package of "Peeps". I don't know another person in the world that likes them except me and a bunch of little kids. Something that ridiculous absolutely made my day.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 2:23 PM

I understand completely, Andy.

Big John and I have often returned to the motel diner out on Route 9 for the same all-you-can-eat catfish specials and longneck Buds we had on our first date. Management always makes a big deal and sends over free pecan pie with extra cool whip.

That's an evening that can only end well. Congrats, Andy, have a wonderful time.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6770)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 4:57 PM

Somehow eating and drinking does not seem sentimental.
Eating and drinking the food you like just seems like good sense to me.
But the way to a man's heart is certainly through his stomach....

Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 5:10 PM

It's not the wine and food.

It's reliving the moment when each of you thought, "At last I have found the right one," and both of you were correct in spades.

Summertime  (Level: 115.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 6:23 PM

Why so long for the "first date" Andy? OBTW, how were the scallops?

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 6:27 PM

Now if you tell us what you had for dessert I'll die a happy woman.

Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 6:31 PM

I don't understand your first question, Deedee. We met for an hour one Sunday and then went for a quiet dinner for our first real date.

The scallops were excellent. Not a hard sauce to make - just many ingredients to assemble, including ground shrimp shells and 4-épices.

Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 6:33 PM

I usually don't eat dessert, but Odile jumps for nougat with raspberry coulis.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 6:42 PM

The rabbit albigeoise sounds good but I will opt for the catfish/Budweiser combo.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 7:17 PM

It's very sweet. I love reliving some of my happiest moments. The human brain is set up that way. You forget details over time, but reliving the experience helps you remember those details and reminds you exactly how you felt. Marriage counselors use that strategy often to help people remember why they fell in love in the first place so as to give them a starting point to rekindle their relationship. It's good therapy! Congrats!

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.4 - Posts: 1581)
Wed, 1st Apr '09 8:02 PM

How lovely! I can see April Fools did not play a joke on you! Romance should never die and those small things that we do for each other will always keep the spirit alive in any relationship. My husband never goes out without coming home with a cup of coffee for me if I'm home. Just makes my day that I'm in his thoughts.

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