Date Night at Harvest Vine

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.

Cheers to fabulous food!

Cheers to fabulous food!

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.

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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.

Jamon Serano and bread

Jamon Serano and bread

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.