07 Jul

Deluxe Date Night: The St. Regis and Da Marco

Posted by Jenna, Under Date Night

Last week was not just any old Deluxe Date Night, it was an overnight-stay-in-a-fancy-hotel-with-the-best-Italian-food-in-Texas Deluxe Date Night.

The St. Regis upgraded us to a suite, probably because TH is a “preferred” guest. That’s what they call businessmen who spend their weeks away from their wives.

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These cookies were left out for us. Oh those cookies. And that orange thing you see the fruit sitting on is made of white chocolate.

And did I mention the cookies?

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I’ve been browsing self-portraits on Flickr lately (check out Miss Aniela and Laurence) and I think I’d like to start doing some. I’ll probably start a 365 day self-portrait challenge sometime in the near future.

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When That Husband got back to the hotel room (after a very long day of work) we ordered room service. My sandwich wasn’t that great, but the fries were delicious! (After I dipped them in fry sauce of course.)

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You know what I want? A butter mold with my wig on it. Wouldn’t that be the best?

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My BodyBugg was telling me I needed some more exercise so I decided to explore the hotel and take some photos.

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The 50mm 1.2 is a wonderful thing to have around my neck.

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These disembodied portraits were found throughout the hotel and I loved them.

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After a very refreshing stay at the St. Regis we packed up all of our things and checked out. But before we headed home we indulged in a luxorious meal at Da Marco. This was an extra splurgy DDN meal in honor of TH’s birthday at the end of the week.

We started off with some bruschetta. The sweet corn was wonderful.

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Pecans and pears combined in a salad are my favorite. And the cheese! I felt like I was in Italy all over again.

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For “primi”

I ordered gnocchi, he ordered parpardelle with rabbit. We switched halway through and realized that we each liked the other’s dish better. :)

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What was this? I have no idea. Something that started with a “C”, some kind of white meat with lobster and melon salad on the side. I forgot how much I love sweet and meat together.

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That Husband went with potatoes, spinach and sea bass for his “secondi”.

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It was the dessert that really sold me on Da Marco though. We were just about stuffed by this time so we only ordered one, but oooooohhhh baby. It was Panna Cotta with balsalmic drizzled on top. The tartness of the balsalmic was the absolute best complement that I can think of for the creamy and sweet Panna Cotta. Both the olive oil and the balsamic were so good that we ended up asking if they were available in the US and tipped our server extra for providing us with a business card with the names of both written down for future reference.

“Leonardi Saba” and “Peruzza Nobile di Sicilia”. I’ll be hunting them down the next time I visit Central Market.

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Great choice TH! I wouldn’t mind going back again in the future. If anyone else is considering giving up eating out on a regular basis and splurging once a month instead, I highly reccomend it!

P.S.-Any photogs know why I’m getting blurry-highlity artifacts in my photos? Dirty sensor?

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11 Comments


  1. #1 gnocchi is my favorite food in the world.
    #2 I want to do a self portiat 365 challenge at some point. I think it would be really cool. iM just not creative enough.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TH!

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  2. Yummy…corn bruschetta? ;-)

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  3. Ooh, I love gnocchi too. And my husband and I have totally done the dish swap before — I thought I liked veal but I was wrong! :)
    That looks so incredible. I wish we could do a date night like that but even though we only eat out once every couple months we can still only swing some place like Macaroni Grill. /sigh

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  4. I agree that the 365 challenge would be great and super challenging.

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  5. Anyone who takes on a 365 self portrait project amazes me. I thought about incorporating a 52 week sp project into my 365, but settled on twice a month. Even that has been challenging for me…It takes me way out of my comfort zone. I’m going to have to work on it though b/c I need something for my new website, & I can’t afford to pay anyone, nor do I know any local photogs well enough.

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  6. Hi Jenna!
    That looked like a really nice date night! :) I loved your photo documentary of the trip haha! :)

    Also, your body bugg sounds really neat!!! What a cool invention! I need to find one!

    -Shilo

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  7. You look so cute!

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  8. Mmmm…that meal made me hungry!!! I love pear in salad! Also those orchid shots are wonderful. I don’t know about the blurry object, but you can get your image sensor cleaned by Canon at any point. It seems strange that it would have already happened on such a new camera. Anyway, they do the image sensor cleaning for free, but I don’t know where in your area. I am very fortunate to live 15 minutes from a Canon service center (and I think there are only 2 in the country!) so you either go to a licensed Canon repair shop or send it in…you can try their site?

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  9. Jenna,

    You never cease to AMAZE me! I love you, miss you and we are sooo catching up asap!

    Love,
    your fav princess

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  10. Oh, it looks like you had a truly lovely time! That dinner looks phenomenal, too. I love panna cotta, nom nom nom…

    I just thought I’d mention that your Fitday/Bodybugg efforts definitely seem to be working – you look teeny tiny in that last photo, Mrs!

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  11. Wow. Looks like you had a wonderful Staycation!

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