I’m not one to get too excited about Valentine’s Day. After all, it’s just a consumer-driven holiday. But this year, for whatever reason, I was so excited about it. I think it was just the fact that it was one night that Tyler and I would definitely have together, just the two of us. We’ve been so busy and going in different directions lately that sometimes we only see each other before bed.
We decided to do something we wouldn’t normally do and go to a really fancy restaurant in town. We chose Madeleine’s Fusion Restuarant upon the suggestion of one of our friends who really, really loves the chic eatery in downtown Evansville. I made reservations for us about a month in advance so I wouldn’t forget and be too late to get a table. The more the night neared, the more excited I got. Their web site said there would be a fixed menu with certain items to choose from for an appetizer, second course appetizer, main dish, and dessert. The price was $90 a couple, but since we weren’t buying each other gifts and the food was supposed to be out of this world, we were okay with that.
We get there and we get one of the front tables by the window. Normally, I don’t like to be on display for everyone who passes by the restaurant, but it was okay because I was pretty proud to let everyone see I was with Tyler, who I have to say, is quite a catch. Yes, I am a very lucky girl.
We waited quite a while for the server to take our drink orders. He took about 10 minutes to dress the table behind us, but we were patient. The waiter then goes over the menu for us, although we can read. It was quite humorous and obvious that he didn’t know too much about the items on the menu, which I thought was probably understandable considering the menu changes weekly. We decide on the scallops for the first appetizer and the lobster bisque for the second. Then Tyler ordered the halibut for his main course and I got the Chicken Madeleine (chicken with artichokes and a sauce). All in all, we waited 45 minutes before we got our first appetizer. We were a little annoyed that the table behind us, which got there at least 15 minutes after we did, was served before we were. We think that it was because they ordered wine (think bigger tip). Nonetheless, the scallops were the best part of the meal. They came with a medley of different sweet potatoes that were melt-in-your-mouth good. I would never have thought to put the two items together. The lobster bisque was okay, but didn’t have a whole lot of taste to it. The temperature was perfect; not too hot, not too cool. Neither of us ended up finishing our bowl.
When the main course arrived, we each tried the other’s food. Tyler’s halibut had a really good flavor, almost woody since I’m assuming it was cooked on a wood plank and I think I detected a bit of honey, too. My chicken was good, but way too salty and peppery, which is one them that reoccured with many of their dishes. I like pepper, but I also prefer other flavors to be present. The vegetables that came with both meals were very, very yummy and different from anything I’d ever had before. I really don’t know what it was, but I may be doing some research so I can cook some at home. We didn’t finish our main dishes, partly because we were getting full and also because we were awaiting the dessert. It was heart-shaped shortcakes with strawberry, sauce, and whipped cream. It was good, but the shortcake was not as fluffy as I would have liked and I would have liked more strawberries, as well.
All in all, the dinner was good, but not worth what we paid for it. I’m definitely glad we tried it because I had been hearing really good things about it. Maybe if we didn’t have to choose from a fixed menu, it would be different, though.
I have to say that the best part was the company. Tyler and I were able to talk about things and just relax. It was so nice to be with him and laugh and just have a good time. We don’t get to do enough of any of those. After our dinner, we topped off our romantic night with a trip to Walmart. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but we have fun just browsing. We looked at tv’s (we’re finally considering getting cable and Internet, and we’ll probably put one in the bedroom) and cell phones (we’re either switching providers or getting new phones). I love how Tyler laughs and smiles when he sees new technology that he just HAS to have. His eyes light up. And you should have seen him when he found that Sprint carries a slim phone almost the size of the old one that he used to really love. He’s so cute!
When we got home, we exchanged our cards. It’s funny how similar our cards were. He gets kudos, though, for finding one that played music. When you open it, it plays “My Girl.” I always look forward to reading what he writes, though, even moreso than what the card actually says.
It all goes to show that it’s the little things in life that impress me. You can fine-dine me and buy me nice things, but it’s the things that come from the heart that mean the most.