Date Night

4.12.2012

On the night when we purpose to go on a date, we do the most magical thing:

We don't talk about the wedding.

I know it's going to be such a great day when it happens.  But I also know that I've asked Bryan more than once if he wants to just take the money and run. And by run, I mean - go to the courthouse, and have enough money to make a down payment on a house and maybe a basket of tiny kittens.

So we move forward, and think outside the box. It's a huge blessing to have as many wedding planning resources as there are now. It's entirely possible to have a beautiful wedding on a small budget. 

For instance, instead of wearing a bridal gown or having my bridesmaids buy a dress - I just decided we can all wear whatever we want. We can all shave our eyebrows, and that is how we'll match on the big day. The verdict is still out, but I'm thinking of submitting the idea to Martha Stewart Weddings, for sure.

Anyway.

DATE NIGHT.

It is now my personal mission to partake in all of the local restaurants that Cincinnati has to offer. 

We love Mt. Adams, but a lot of effort has gone into making downtown Cincinnati a desirable place to visit. I think I will just have to do an entire Cincinnati post at some point. But for now, I will only talk about...



I'd only heard greatness about this place. Please, just look at the menu. Walking in, it felt full of promise. It's small, and seeping with charm. The ambience of an establishment is just as appealing as the menu to me. 

Think speakeasy meets the clean, modern lines of a home you might see in Dwell magazine. The servers were genuine, the experience was filled to the brim with character. Miike Snow was playing at one point and there were flat screens on wall. They were framed with dark wood, and playing silenced black and white Katharine Hepburn films. Are you kidding me? I was annihilated by this place.

AND THE FOOD.

We got hot dogs. But they were SO MUCH MORE than hot dogs. Bryan got the Trailer Park: a bacon-wrapped beef hot dog, with american cheese, coleslaw, and crushed potato chips on a brioche bun.

I got a Lindsey Lohan - an all beef hot dog with goat cheese, carmelized onion, bacon, arugula, and balsamic.

We weren't even able to form coherent sentences. I never realized that there was a tiny foodie monster dwelling somewhere within Bryan. He couldn't say words. He couldn't even really open his eyes when I asked him if it was good. I am pretty sure we both decided we never wanted to eat at any other restaurant besides Senate for the rest of our lives. That's totally dramatic, but we were feeling really dramatic over this food experience.

Did I mention there were duck fat fries?

Did I mention that we finished our meal with warm pretzel beignets with caramel marscarpone?

I can't believe I just wrote that much about hot dogs.


After our food coma - we were rolled out of the restaurant like Violet after she turns into a blueberry. At least that's how it felt.

We finished our evening taking in the best view of the city.


We held hands, and I saw Bryan had a look of love in his eyes.

"Are you thinking about that hot dog again?" I asked.

"Yeah, I totally was." He confessed.

"Me too."



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25 comments:

  1. brad and i would declare "wedding free nights" during our engagement and it helped us to stay normal--well, as normal as we get :).

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    1. Why isn't this published somewhere in Real Simple Weddings? Taking time to not talk about the wedding. I cannot even imagine what it is like for people that have multiple year engagements. Goooood night. And our normal is pretty weird, too :) I can't believe you're married now, too! I mean, I can totally believe it - but I think we will always be little college babies in my mind.

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  2. I. Love. Senate. Can we go on a double date sometime? :)

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    1. YES, PLEASE! We have discussed trying to find an apartment in Ft. Mitchell. Can you imagine the possibilities?

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    2. Oh my goodness. Please don't tease me.

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  3. Senate is my FAVORITE! I miss it so much, but I am so glad you got to experience the wonder with that wonderful man-o-yours. :) Next time you go, if you decide to get a drink. Order the gin paloma and hold on to your butts.

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    1. The first thing I thought of when I read that was Samuel L. Jackson with a cigarette (burnt down to the filter) hanging out of his mouth as he went to reset the electricity in Jurassic Park. What is wrong with me?

      We didn't even get drinks. Something is definitely wrong with us. I am looking at the drink menu right now.

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  4. Dat nights sans wedding preparations are hands down the smartest thing you can do. I had to declare that at least once a week when I planned my wedding in order to prevent first degree meltdowns. I'm cracking up over the hot dog names! And I'm thoroughly excited, because I live near(ish) Cincinnati (but have only driven through it twice?), so I'm going to have to drag myself down there asap!

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    1. You should do it! I just thought of a list of activities you could do - and then quickly realized they all had to do with eating. Ahaha...whoops. But really, I am continually surprised by what Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky has to offer.

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  5. YES! You send me all the reviews of these places & we will go! We are terrible at exploring & going new places, so you can help!

    p.s. I sat right behind Bryan at church this past Sunday. You were not there. We did not get to hug. Sad.

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    1. I will seriously do that - make a list for you of all the exciting new places you guys should go to.

      BAHHHH I CAN'T BELIEVE I MISSED YOU!

      I have been flying evvvvery weekend lately. I can't remember the last time I got to be home on a Sunday. What service do you guys usually go to?

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    2. YES! Can't wait to explore new places!

      We usually go to the 945. We are the ones scrambling around with kids that get kicked out of the nursery. Yep, we're THOSE people.

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  6. I love your small Big Day ideas- we had a fairly laid-back and stress-free wedding and it was great. I just awarded you the Liebster award, since I always get excited to see a new post from you in my feed!!

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    1. Thanks so much, girl! I am SO honored. Brainstorming and talking with other people about how they pulled off their own wedding has been super helpful.

      I've been horrible blogging frequently lately. I have some fun stuff coming up that I can't wait to share, though!

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  7. "We were rolled out of the restaurant like Violet after she turns into a blueberry..." Love it!! I've tried the duck fat fries and yes, they are evil-y delicious. And those pretzel beignets sound equally evil. Still have yet to try a hot dog...but I'm going tomorrow night! So I'm excited to try one. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Did you get to try one after all?

      I was so torn between choosing the hot dog or the lobster BLT...shoooot it was all so delicious.

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    2. Unfortunately no! I didn't get to try any... :( My plans cancelled on me and I haven't been back. But I also heard that the lobster mac and cheese and the
      poutine fries are delish, too! Actually, I should probably refrain from going there...it all sounds SO unhealthily good.

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  8. Ahhh! That is the best view of the city . I love it and miss it. I also want to eat at Senate....next time I am in town, I will put it on my to-eat list {along with skyline and deweys :)}.

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    1. Bryan just called me at lunch and he'd gone to get Skyline! Haha. I was trying to explain what Skyline was to someone the other day and it's just hard to do.

      Dewey's! Oh man. That's another favorite.

      Definitely go to Senate.

      Have you been to Nada? Love that one, too.

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  9. Wow that restaurant sounds (and looks!) absolutely drool-worthy.

    And that view! Definitely a great way to take it all in.

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  10. ah another ohioan! love it :)

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  11. That place sounds delicious! Derek and I never go out in Cincinnati, since whenever we're in NKY we are with his family. But, we need to start working in some going out to awesome places. Preferably with you and Bryan :)

    Also, the title of this post confuses me. Am I missing something?

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  12. i really like your blog...i think i'll add it to my blog lovin list!

    and this is going to sounds horrible but if i could do it all over again? i was keep/save the money! it would be so much more useful!

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  13. Please, please do a Cincinnati/NKY post! I'm moving there next month and I'm clueless.

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  14. I LOVE the Senate! The Lindsay Lohan dog is the BEST! Cincinnati will always have part of my heart.

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