Would denizens of this board help me plan a year of date night dinners?
My husband told me that my big gift would be one special dinner every month of 2012. HOWEVER, he set a few rules:
The restaurant must be new to us - nowhere we've ever been before.
This is a Date Night and dinner is the focus, not a bite before or after a play or concert.
We're both adventurous eaters, have zero dietary issues, and really have fun exploring a variety of foods, ethnic markets and restaurants. In general, food is primary, not tablecloths, and these dinners are absolutely not shakedowns. But since there is a Date Night theme, I think that really really noisy places are out, no matter how good the food might be, and, while reservations are not obligatory, we're probably not looking for a wait in line either. We have a whole year to plan, this could be the spur needed to make reservations at places that normally seem like too daunting a wait. We live in Oakland, so nearby would be the focus, but don't limit yourselves - we've been known to overnight elsewhere in the Greater Bay Area, and besides, we're willing to trek for good food.