Monday, August 3, 2009

Date Night; It's All About The...

So, if you're like us, you don't get out much...alone. Sure, there are a few opportunities to take the kids out, like to the park...or the zoo, or the pool, or soccer games, play dates, toy shopping, nature walks, movies, McDonalds...etc, etc, etc...but there rarely seems time to find someone else, not doing nearly the same things, to watch your kids so you can get a night out, ESPECIALLY overnight!

It's been over 2 years since we had an over-night out alone (you're either laughing at me or crying with me), and though I normally want to be about 11.2 inches away from my kids, I too need that bit of freedom and fun. Time to laugh, and talk with hubby, dress up, put make-up on, and see what's happening in the city. Oh who am I kidding. It's about the food.

Yesssssssss. The FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD! Oh! The splendid opportunity to eat amazing delish food in a restaurant that doesn't offer crayons, booster seats, or french fries, OR chicken skin for that matter!

OK, OK...it's also about the...SLEEP! SLEEEEEEEEEEEP! No breaking up fights, filling up water glasses, turning off lights that somehow get turned on, again, fighting monsters or waking up 3 hours earlier than you wanted to!

Food and sleep. Food and sleep! Yeah, there is that other thing too but, we ain't going there now...now all I plan to do is make you all ooooo and ahhh over some tantalizing, sensual, luscious pictures of...the food we ate!

So in celebration of our 13th wedding anniversary, and me turning 35, hubby surprised me with an overnight excursion whilst in Alaska for our vacation. It is now my quest to make you all insanely jealous and pine for a trip to my home state!

First, we had to drop the kids off to a brave and willing friend. Easy (only two of those are mine).


We are looking smashing, (and half our age, HA!) and ready to hit the town on our hot date night!


Then we had a 45 minute drive out to a small town called Girdwood. Well, that's what the visiting folk call it. We have other names for it...

Approaching our destination, we see the restaurant...Oh, looks like it's on a cliff, or ledge, or hill, right?


Wait for it...


Yeah...


It's on a FRIGGIN MOUNTAIN! 2300 feet up ya'all! See it up there? See it???

No, we didn't have to climb to get to the top, (like we did Flattop) besides, I was wearing heels, and I didn't feel like breaking my ankle. Or dying.

You use this to get up there. See the tiny tram? Going up the cables? Of course we are on the other one, I am not hanging from the cables, I'm not THAT adventurous...oh! and there is the hotel. So, so nice...

And while on the tram, going up to a lovely dinner, you see things like this!


and this!
This restaurant is called Seven Glaciers. And yes, in that pic up there, you saw one of the glaciers.

Yes, be impressed by my artistic photography, that is quite artistic, and impressive...

The view from our table...

This is about 9:45 pm. Every window has a view like this!

So to say we went all out on our meals is an understatement. First, we got a lovely Pinot to share,



and hubby ordered the Chef's Tasting Menu which sounds like something you might get at like Chili's or something, but that's like comparing gold to glitter...here it is...




He had the prawn, scallop and andouille sausage appetizer, a King Crab cocktail salad paired with a strawberry/mascarpone cheese salad, mesquite-grilled elk pork chop over creamy potatoes and fresh Alaskan salmon over wild rice, and for dessert a peach ice-cream tort...as far as I can remember...that's why I take the pictures...the wine was soooo goooood...

And here is what I had...



I had the seared duck salad with wild greens, a complimentary King Crab salad, sans strawberries (I merely mentioned I couldn't try hubby's due to the strawberries, and the chef brought me out a HUGE one!) 20 ounces of simple yet FANTASTIC Alaskan King Crab with drawn butter and some rice fritter thing that was like, amazing, and for dessert the Baked Alyeska, vanilla and chocolate mousse covered in meringue and raspberry/lemon sauce.

Oh.my.goodness. I am so jealous. And ya'all, I was there! I ate it!

Friends, to quote Ferris Bueller, "we ate pancreas!" is by far the best exclamation I can exclaim. At least that's what I think he said. And even though we didn't actually eat pancreas. The wine was sooooooo gooooooood...

Watching the sun...uh, move, across the night sky while sharing a quiet, relaxing, quiet, amazing, quiet meal with the love of my life was soooooo needed! We even had a cozy nightcap at the hotel bar afterward and enjoyed the rest of our evening alone...we even heard the kids lived it up and ate some exotic fare as well...

Eh, it's ok. The wine was sooooooooo goooooooood...








7 comments:

w said...

dude. first. you need the kids to have extra chicken skin. otherwise. you have to order five pieces all for yourself.

i can't believe you rode up on the cable train. i've seen those just snap. granted it was on cartoons. but still. i saw it happen.

the food looks amazing. the vartaniety. i'm impressedward. and lame.

Audrey said...

You look great!! The view up to the restaurant is amazing!! I'm jealous!! My little ones are 17 & 19 so we could go out on our own if we wanted to, and do on occasion, but no where near so romantic! Lucky you!!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Kim, you look so pretty! And what an amazing overnight trip! WOW! The views & the food were spectacular!

The Retired One said...

Wow. That is the most amazing scenery and climb up I have EVER seen. Good for you. You both look gorgeous and you SO deserved some time off alone for some wonderful food and....you know....
We all know that you had EACH other for dessert.
And like the wine...it was sooooooo good.
:-)

Noel said...

A date night, woohoo! We had our first date night since Christmas just last week. It's weird getting out without the kids, but good :) Looks like you had a wonderful time and THAT VIEW! to die for! Thanks for stopping by my blog - it's been awhile, but I'm getting back into gear with the new school year :)

Maniacal Mommy said...

I am so jealous! But my date night better not involve heights unless they have shots at the bottom of the mountain.

This Crazy Thing Called Motherhood said...

I was crying with you. lol Its been years since we had someone watch isabel (yes, just isabel...andrew wasn't even a thought in our heads at that point) so we could have a night alone.

Ahh, someday.

You both looked so lovely for your date night! The view was awesome and terrifying (I am a wee bit afraid of heights) and to sit in a place with glass goblets...wow!

Congrats on your anniversary and fun date night!

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