When I asked what you like about this blog last week I was surprised to hear so many of you say that you like when I talk about the things I do with That Husband. Really? I think our lives are pretty boring and I was really just writing those posts because they are the kind of thing our families like to read most. It’s nice to know that all the effort I put into writing them isn’t just being spent on the 3 or 4 family members we have that read this blog.
I don’t write many posts about what we do together because we don’t do go out. The highlight of our time spent together is usually when we make a batch of homemade frozen yogurt and sit on the couch and watch a movie together Friday night. With the amount he is traveling lately we really don’t have time for much more than that.
The one constant in our dating life is a night I like to call Deluxe Date Night. Instead of eating out several times a week (or month), we only eat out once (that is once per month!), and when we do we go all out. Most couples we know like to eat out more than that simply bcause they like to get out of the house, but we don’t mind staying in most of the time, and it’s so nice to feel like we can really splurge every once in awhile, even with the somewhat limited budget we are on.
Each month before we go I spend a lot of time on Guidelive.com, the best resource for arts, entertainment, sports, and food in Dallas that I’ve been able to find so far. I pour over the restaurant option, visit their websites, look over the menus and attempt to figure out what the meal would cost. In our relationship That Wife does the planning and That Husband foots the bill. It works really really well for us.
Deluxe Date Night in January started off with an endowment session in the Dallas temple.
For the month of January I chose a Turkish restaurant called Cafe Istanbul. I wasn’t sure how authentic TUrkish cusisine in Dallas, TX could be, but after tasting the food and readig through the terrible English on the menu I’m 99% sure this is the real deal.
We started with the Humus.
Creamy blend of mashed garbanzo beans, tahini, yogurt, olive oil and garlic.
Accompanied by this really delicious bread.
The place wasn’t tiny, but the warm colors made it felt warm and cozy. There were all kinds of Turkish plates, photos, and other trinkets hanging on the walls.
That Husband had Iskender Kebap.
Alexander the Great’s favorite combination. Tender ground beef and lamb cooked slowly on vertical rotisserie, served over pita bread with warm tomato-butter sauce and yogurt on the side.
My photos of his dishes are always blurry because he only gives me .00002 seconds to take the picture before he dives in.
I had Tavuk Sarma.
Marinated chicken breast, stuffed with pistachio, garnished with pilaf and served on a bed of sauteed spinach and tarragon sauce.
We always love to order desert on Deluxe Date Night.
He had Baklava.
Sultan’s homemade buttery dough, filled with walnuts and served with honey syrup.
I had one of the most divine deserts ever, Armut Tatalisi.
Pear filled with walnuts and served with Cafe Istanbul’s special wine sauce.
We are doing Deluxe Date Night next Saturday and I’m very excited to get dressed up and go out to eat again. Any Dallas readers have restaurant suggestions for us?