Before I met my boyfriend, going out to eat meant a trip to the local Red Lobster to a get a weekly special of the same food that they serve in every one of their franchise locations. I never thought much of it; I went, had my meal, talked with my parents about school, and we went home, feeling greasy and not-quite-right.
D took me to a sushi restaurant in Manhattan for our first date, and I was so not used to going out to upscale restaurants, I mistakenly ate the entire edamame pod instead of just the beans. So that gives you an idea of how amateur I was.
At the end of our date, he took a business card from the host and handed it to me. “So you remember.” I still have it, and since that day I take a business card from wherever we go to eat. And let me tell you, we have been around.
I have cards from Soho, Midtown, Uptown, Staten Island, Little Italy, Chelsea, Bayridge, Park Slope, and everywhere in between. And these aren’t even all the places we have been to, I sometimes forget to take one or the place doesn’t have any. We get at least three courses at every restaurant, always trying new things and not caring if it’s 2,000 calories for the entire meal, if it’s gluten free or not, if I’ll be bloated. We don’t eat like this constantly, so this is our moment to indulge.
So, why am I writing about this on my blog? Because this is the introduction to an ongoing series of Restaurant Reviews that I will be doing on all the places I have been. It is a passion of mine and I have been wanting to do this for a very long time.
For me, sharing food with someone you love is something special. Drinking wine and talking about our days, our future, and our thoughts over a great meal is so relaxing. It truly enhances our relationship and has become a big part of it.
This blog series is also a way to record all my memories of all these time together. Some are generic nights out, but some take strange and exciting turns. It’s New York. You can expect no less.
I hope you enjoy as much as we did and maybe even visit these places one day.