About a year and a half ago Alex and I instituted a weekly date night as a way for us to ensure we set aside some time each week to just spend together. We did really well at keeping that up until a few months ago and then we let it become a bit more sporadic. At our date night yesterday we had such a great time that we decided to reinstate our weekly date nights and alternate who plans the outing each week.
Last night we had dinner at Harvest Vine, a Spanish restaurant in Madison Valley, which is the neighborhood right next door to us. We had been to Harvest Vine a few times but only for wine and we were dying to go for dinner since it’s such a highly rated restaurant. Usually Spanish food isn’t my favorite, but honestly, this was one of the best meals both of us had ever eaten.
We started off with a fantastic bottle of Priorat wine, which is one of our favorite wine regions, along with a plate of jamon serano, a trio of cheeses, then moved onto a plate of seared duck breast with a soft boiled egg. We grazed on our starters for a while and then took our waiter’s recommendation and ordered one of their house specialties, Pluma Ibirico, a dish from the pata negra pig, which our server explained is a special pig that is only fed acorns. The pork was served over soft potatoes and had a rich, nutty sauce. It was heavenly. We basically licked the plate clean and wished we would have gotten 4 orders of this.
Since everything we ate was relatively light and small in quantity, we both had enough room to get our own dessert. Alex, of course, got a chocolate cake with almond pastry and I got three different flavors of ice cream that was served with hazelnut cookies.
We had a wonderful evening out together. Not all of our date nights will be spent at nice restaurants, but I’m sure they’ll all be just as fun.