16 February 2012

Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day.  At once both wonderful and horrible.  When you're single, it's just an overblown, commercialized excuse for stores to guilt you into spending way too much money.  Okay, I'll admit, I did feel that way a little bit when I was single.  I didn't hate Valentine's Day, I just didn't see the point.

Having someone special has changed things.  I still make sure that there are no flowers or jewelry involved, but a nice date night is something we don't do often enough.  And since this date night was just a little extra special, I spent a grand total of $8 on a new dress.

Kyle made reservations and wouldn't tell me where.  When we got in the car he said "Okay, now give me directions to the insane asylum."  Uh...

Actually, the old insane asylum in Traverse City has been redone and refilled with shops, restaurants and a Farmers Market.  Its updated name, The Commons, expresses the simple and natural that many of the vendors exhibit in their wares.

Our dinner was a Matterhorn Grill Dinner.  The waiter assured us that this was exactly what we would be served had we just come in from skiing the Swiss Alps, along with three white wine pairings (small glasses).
This was a unique and wonderful experience.  We were served a tray of raw veggies, fruit, bread, cheese and meats.  There was a small grill right in front of us, and we could grill things at our leisure, then melt some cheese in the special trays, and cover everything in cheese.
 It was so good!  We had a semi-private room, and we were told that we could take our time and eat as slowly as we wanted.  The food was delicious, and it wasn't so much food that we were overfilled, but we did eat just about everything on the plate.
We had such a great time!  And this was a really fun dinner.  It would be a nice thing to go out and do with friends - it seems like a very social way to eat.  Thanks, Kyle, for such a wonderful night!

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