Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Date night!

Once upon a time there was a girl. She was sixteen and had her whole life ahead of her. So many choices, so many possibilities.

Then the girl woke up and was forty. Wait. What???

For my fortieth birthday I thought it would be really nice if Chris and I went out to a fancy restaurant. Not just the local Italian place down the road. A really, really fancy restaurant.

And so....the date night to rival all date nights.

Here I am getting ready. I'm sure you're sick of dodgy in-front-of-the-mirror outfit shots by now. Sorry. But I thought you'd like to see the beautiful new dress that my mum and dad bought me for my birthday. 

Unfortunately, the weather was not accommodating. So I had to pair my dress with some tights and a jacket to avoid hypothermia.

Here we are all ready to go. I think it's cute that we look positively giddy with excitement!

First we headed off to the movies to see Crazy Stupid Love. Which turned out to be the perfect date movie, especially for a forty-year-old couple who've been together since they were sixteen and were celebrating the fact that they're still in love!

Here we are in the cinema...

I know the photo is ridiculous, but I thought I'd share anyway. By the way, does anyone know how to take photos in the dark on your iPhone? Is there any way to get a flash? Maybe an app?

Then we headed off on the Manly Ferry to Circular Quay.

For those of you who are not Australian, I'll share a little bit about the Manly Ferry.

The thirty minute voyage between Manly Wharf and Circular Quay is an iconic Sydney experience.

Though Bondi is the best known Sydney beach overseas, Manly is just as well known here and is on the north side of Sydney Harbour.

The trip to and from Manly takes you right past the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, so you get plenty of great photo opportunities.

The swell was larger than usual on our trip so it was a bit rough!

Here's the Opera House...our next destination...

We had a little pre-dinner drinkypoo at Opera Bar. Here's a link to the cocktail menu, in case you're interested. I had "Buds and Bubbles". Of course I did.

Finally it was time for the main event - dinner at Aria.

Aria is celebrity chef Matt Moran's restaurant. It's pretty fancy. We felt just a teeny-tiny bit intimidated as we went in.

Luckily we had a delightfully friendly and helpful waitress and we also engaged the services of the sommelier (wine guy!). I told you it was fancy! Between us we managed to put together a menu that was just delightful.

It's hard to look classy taking photos in a fancy restaurant, but here I am with my entree - Scallops spiced and roasted with glazed witlof, pistachios and dried apricots.

Here's my main - Snapper seared fillet with chorizo, zucchini, lemon and a romesco sauce.

I wish I could show you a photo of my dessert as well, but I just couldn't fit one in! Believe me, I wasn't thinking about the points. I would have eaten one if I possibly could. In the end, I couldn't even drink all my "Fall in Love" tea (tea infused with rose, vanilla and chocolate - absolutely divine!).

Chris and I had such a wonderful time that I wanted to share it with you all.

What's the best date you've had?


Lisa said...

How lovely Fiona! You two still look wonderful together, after all these years! Your dress is divine! What a lovely pressie from your mum & dad.

And what a treat. Aria. Wow! That food looks amazing, I think I'll have to check it out sometime... and I love the name of that tea.

Cathy said...

You looked gorgeous Fiona. Love the dress. Where did it come from?Very jealous of your dinner at Aria. What a pity it wasn't a nicer night weather wise. How exciting though a birthday dinner that didn't involve sizzler. As I said....VERY jealous.

Fiona said...

Hey Cathy - did you know that you are a "no reply" comment-er? If you check the box "show my email address" on your blogger profile I'll be able to email replies to your comments instead of having to reply here.
Guess what? The dress was from Target and not expensive! A win all round!
I think it will be a long time before I'm back at Aria or somewhere similar but the date did whet my appetite for having regular date nights with the hubby :)

sammy said...


Cathy said...

i didn't realise you could put your email as a setting. Will have to do that. Thanks.

Dillypoo said...

You look gorgeous! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love fancy nights out. They make a celebration that more festive.

Brandy@YDK said...

you look gorgeous. what a fun night