Every few weeks* Mr. Knight and I have what we like to call “date night.” We usually go out to a nice restaurant (like Bonefish, Stonewood, etc.), have wine, talk, laugh, come home and snuggle up on the couch watching a movie via Netflix.
*We also have mini date nights where we cook up a yummy meal at home, chat it up, make a tasty dessert and watch a movie. :)
Anyways, this Valentine’s Day we decided to celebrate early (on Friday) with a date night at the fabulous (and delicious) Paramount Grill in downtown Gainesville. If you have an anniversary coming up or a birthday dinner, PLEASE EAT HERE. It was BEYOND delicious. I’m already dreaming of the next opportunity we will have to eat there. Yums.
Mr. Knight wondering whether his shrimp and gouda fondue will taste good. It was AMAZING. We ate that shiz up.
Mr. Knight must not of liked this picture with his beard, because the very next day he shaved it off! It’s getting to be in the 50s-70s here in G-ville, so I guess it was time for Mr. Knight to shed his winter coat. ;)
Mr. Knight has been working super long hours lately for one of his research jobs. Apparently his boss thought he should take his wife out for a nice dinner (dang STRAIGHT he should!) and gifted us a gift certificate to the Paramount Grill. We got all dressed up, him in a tie and I in my editor pants and gold heels, and headed out for some yummy eats.
Rosemary and smoked gouda fondue with shrimp, roasted root vegetables and ciabatta bread.
This appetizer puts the Melting Pot to shame.
Macadamia and plantain encrusted crab cakes, guava – basil vinaigrette and lime créme fraiche.
On our honeymoon I got super sick eating crab cakes at Mama’s Fish House in Maui (the rich-ness killed my tummy). But these crab cakes were PERFECT.
And our main course (we shared, because we’re cheap like that… and this place was super EXPENSIVE)…
Yeah… it looked so good we forgot to take a picture. Our waiter dropped the plate on the table and we attacked the chicken. It was the evening’s special – a bacon wrapped chicken in a marsala-type sauce with potatoes (cut super cool) and green beans.
It was the perfect amount of food. For 2 glasses of wine, 2 appetizers and 1 entree, our total was $70. Expensive, yes. Totally worth it as a once-a-year-special-occasion-dinner, HECK YES.
Spending the evening with your husband, fine wine, a romantic atmosphere, good stories, tear-inducing laughs, hand holding, delicious eats, and no laptop/iphone/tv/kitties in sight? Priceless.